There Are No Separate Camels Here

“The collective of human egos presumes it is fit to govern even the entire world of beings and things! How can it be?”   ~ Adi Da Samraj

A forest fire like the one we just survived comes only infrequently.

As severe as it was we were fortunate the Sacred Camel Gardens lost no animals or structures. Things were close but everyone and everything was miraculously protected. Continue reading

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Sacred Camel Gardens Rebuild Update

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADear Friends, older and new!

I’m writing to communicate two things, specifically.

The first is something I’ll probably do again, which is, I want to express our deepest thanks to everyone who just jumped in and offered help to the Sacred Camel Gardens in the wake of the Valley Fire. From T-stakes, to hay and bag feed, to a pump and water Continue reading

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Camel Candles Directly Benefit Sacred Camel Gardens

225228_2077082646322_1222676096_32567713_4722841_nVegan Camel Candles
Earth-friendly, clean burning, sustainable, pure ingredients and essential oils, wood wicks from US recycled wood.
50% of proceeds benefit Sacred Camel Gardens. Continue reading

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Sacred Camels’ Night of Fire

Picture 2014“Death is utterly acceptable to consciousness and life. There has been endless time of numberless deaths, but neither consciousness nor life has ceased to arise. The felt quality and cycle to death has not modified the fragility of flowers, even the flowers within the human body. Therefore, one’s understanding of consciousness and life must be turned to That Utter, Inclusive Truth, That Clarity and Wisdom, That Power and Untouchable Gracefulness, That One and Only Reality, this evidence suggests.” ~ Adi Da Samraj  (The Knee of Listening – DawnHorsePress)

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Sacred Camel Gardens Retreat, May 2015

Last weekend, early in May, we held a three day Sacred Camel Retreat.

080926_PP_26Drawing on Adi Da’s wisdom, and stories, and stories and wisdom from other cultures (human and non-human), participants are carefully guided through three days of “immersion” in the naturally contemplative culture of the camel herd. Continue reading

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The Sacred Camel Gardens

Our herd of eighteen Bactrian camels resides in a spacious area of open fields, winter stream, trees and brush thickets.

They live, more or less, as they wish, alongside humans, in this benign circumstance happily provided for them.


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Note from Stuart: Zazoo is a wonderful camel, a real member of the equally wonderful Goforth / MacRitchie family of Northern California. It’s been a pleasure getting to know Zazoo. He’s such an interesting, loveable and honorable “person” and has been yet another teacher for me, about camels, myself and life…

zazooby Cyndi GoForth and Andrew MacRitchie

My Bactrian camel, Zazoo, was given to me by a boyfriend in 1995 when he was just 8 weeks old. I’m not involved with that man now. Today, my husband, Andrew, teases Continue reading

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All Camels and “All of This is Sacred.”

080402_BabyCamel_6“What do you do with your camels?”  I’m frequently asked.

“Do you ride them? Are they smart? I’ve heard they’re mean and dangerous. Will they pull stuff?”

I used to stumble a little with how to explain what we do with our camels, at the Sacred Camel Gardens, because it is different. Continue reading

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Baraka, Hidden Blessings

This has been one hell-of-a-year year for the Sacred Camel Gardens… serious lessons, big tests… life, death and more life…

Barack O'Mama, lovingly tending her new baby just after his birth.

Barack O’Mama, lovingly tending her new baby just after his birth.

Several months ago one of our young mother camels gave birth to a beautiful white male calf. After a long, drawn out labor things now seemed almost perfect for her. Continue reading

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May 2013 Sacred Camel Retreat

944266_121972138000894_2076738825_nThe Sacred Camel Retreat of May 3 > 5 was a richly happy event.

Five participants camped out, near the camels, in the comfortable tents provided and spent the full weekend being guided into a feeling connection with the camels, as individuals and as a herd.

The photos speak for themselves… Continue reading

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Lion and Gazelle, another view…

Days pass by un-noticed…

Ean relaxes. He swims, eats, sleeps, absorbing everything the animals have shown him. Some things he understands. The more he understands the less he knows.

1402924241_f84e00f0a5_zOne morning, after a long night in drizzling rain, Ean makes his way to a shallow cave in nearby cliffs. As he clambers inside and turns around he’s stunned to see a large lioness there, asleep, purring. Snoring beside her is a handsome gazelle. Ean slumps, motionless, silent for ages. Rain pelts outside, storming beyond the quiet, dry, cave. The great cat’s purring deepens. Rain continues all day, into early evening. Continue reading

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Google Mama Points to Infinity…

(Editor’s note: Google Mama, the lead camel of the Sacred Camel Herd, recently endured an intensely difficult labor during which she lost her calf. Google Mama herself is recovering and should be fine. The following story of Google Mama’s ordeal is graphic, describing yet another aspect of what’s involved in caring for non-humans, in the Wound of Love. The vet bill has been expensive and, if you’re moved, info on how to contribute is at the end of this post. Please help…)

Google MamaPART ONE: About a week ago, late one afternoon, one of our much loved camels went into labor. As always, Google Mama was calm and relaxed. For a normal birth the calf’s two front feet should appear first, followed by the nose then everything else. This baby, however, was emerging nose first. I waited a short while to see if the feet would appear. They didn’t.

I brushed the baby’s white, warm, wet, head and slid my hand along his neck and down into the birth canal to locate the fore-feet, hoping to bring them forward. Continue reading

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