I am very grateful to Virginia for passing on her learnings about animals in these workshops. We obviously talked about the practical aspects of being around animals, but we also discussed ethical issues and techniques to understand animals in a more subtle way about their needs and desires. It was a very rich exchange and always framed by a great benevolence, as much from Virginia as from the participants. Thank you for this precious sharing!
A rich range of exchanges and advice transmitted in a very authentic way without fuss, a lot of humility and sincerity.
The essential points are tackled with concrete examples, which gives a good starting point and above all a basis of examples of fundamental actions to do/think about and/or not to do, and also to be attentive to obstacles, traps or bad surprises along the way.
A day of mindfulness that was very useful and opened up the paths of possibility for me!
Thank you Virginia, you are a source of inspiration and motivation. Bravo for everything you do and the energy you give to a wonderful cause.
These workshops allow us to acquire fundamental knowledge about animals and their real needs, not with the aim of exploiting them and getting something out of them, but with the sole aim of understanding who they really are by learning to listen to them, observe them and feel them, thus developing the capacity to integrate their precious teachings. Virginia's practical and theoretical advice and tips are essential to realise what it means to manage a sanctuary and its inhabitants, which is essential if you plan to create one in the future.
The workshops take place in a very warm and intimate atmosphere, where always a lot of love and kindness is felt. And of course, ending the workshops with a taste of the delights of "Aux Pains Sans Peines" is a perfect ending.
Your passion, your love and your generosity make the training for the pigs a real pleasure to experience. Beyond having a good time, you clearly give the keys to welcome these wonderful beings at home, the care, the techniques, the subtleties... etc. All this information which makes that when we have the chance to take care of these animals we are in confidence and we know where we are going - with always the unknown part of life which makes things so beautiful! I look forward to the other trainings and may other people take the path of inter-species coexistence :)
Farmers in transition
Meeting Virginia was a turning point in our lives. Until then, we were camping on our ideas, all constructed by the media... The idea was to meet and put all that aside. We met at the sanctuary where we spent an afternoon talking to the animals there. Afterwards we realised how much we had in common. In the end, we were not so different, quite the contrary... Afterwards, everything went very quickly: we were able to place our last cows at the sanctuary, exchange and reorientate ourselves.
The conversion came about almost naturally; we found a common point in all this: animals... so what could be more natural than to make plant-based bakery products? Paying homage to all those animals we killed to eat them.... Food without them... what could be better? Our bakery was created in 2022. The doors were opened by our famous trio: Virginia, Valerie my wife, and me.
For us, this conversion was a revelation and I don't regret it for anything. Today Virginia is a sister, a confidant, a person who is part of the family. There is not a day that goes by without this voice confirming our approach. To the breeders who are hesitating to make a change of direction: take the step of transition, you only stand to gain! You can count on people who will support you. Forget your preconceptions and go for it! Life is beautiful and full of surprises. Let yourself be guided, as we are, by infinite trust!
Testimonial to come
Testimonial to come