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It’s time for another Farm Day! On June 20th, please join us for this very special event done in conjunction with Kadampa Meditation Center of Maryland by Buddhist teacher, Gen Kelsang Chogden. After our monthly farm tours at 1pm and 2pm, the meditation will begin at 3pm. Meditation session is FREE – please bring a chair or blanket to sit on.

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Buddhist teacher, Gen Kelsang Chogden

Because Burleigh is an animal sanctuary, the focus of our meditation will be Compassion for Animals. Developing compassion and kindness for animals is more important than ever in this modern day. When approached correctly, compassion is an uplifting and transformative state of mind. The more we open our hearts to animals of all shapes and sizes, the more our empathy will grow. In this way we can develop universal compassion, the most humane and beneficial state of mind. Everyone is welcome to attend!

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Billy the Cat loves his daily meditation practice. Join him for our group meditation!


Our afternoon farm tours are one hour walking tours of the entire farm led by our volunteer tour guide Rissa Miller. On the tour, you will meet the animal residents of the farm and learn a little about the property history as well.

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Meet a new friend on the tour, like Alpie the goat.

Tours kick off at 1pm and 2pm and are a suggested donation of $10/adult and $5/child. The Burleigh Manor gift shop is always open during our tours so you will have the opportunity to purchase one of our famous awesome Burleigh Manor t-shirts, a notebook, or even some handmade quince jelly-produced from quinces on the farm! We also have delicious baked good available for purchase after the tours. 100% of sales benefit the animals.

Get your tickets now! We can’t wait to see you on June 20th.

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We wanted to extend our thanks to Lauren Shafer of No Meat Athlete Baltimore and Paul Shapiro from the Humane Society of the United States for being our special guests at May’s Farm Day and Open House/Tours. Lauren’s morning run was invigorating as the group traveled from Burleigh to Centennial Park, around the lake, and back. Lauren and Paul both joined us for the farm tour, meeting lots of new friends! Bucky even took a dust bath, just for the occasion!

Our small but attentive crowd enjoyed Paul Shapiro’s inspired talk about how diet affects so many aspects of life, and how our simple daily actions can make a difference for both people and animals. He shared personal stories from his visits to factory farms, and told everyone that positive changes ARE happening in our society and more are coming. Thanks Paul!

And of course, a huge thanks  to our guests for coming and spending this lovely early summer day with us, and to the Burleigh volunteers, who make so much happen!

Hope we see you all on June 20th for our next Farm Day! This month we will have a special guest: Buddhist teacher Gen Chogden from Kadampa Meditation Center Maryland will lead a Compassion for Animals Meditation session! Stay tuned for details!

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This weekend is the 1st Veg Out Street Festival in Ellicott City. Ten local restaurants will be offering a full day of vegetarian, vegan and plant-based food and drink specials; 4 shops will offer cruelty-free, animal-friendly goods and services, including non-leather shoes and handbags; and Burleigh Manor is one of the 11 animal rescue charities involved.

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Veg Out happens in Historic Ellicott City this weekend, June 6th, from 2pm to 6pm. Stop by our table to say hello! We will be stationed in front of the Little French Market in Parking Lot D, towards the top of the hill. You’ll likely find us hanging around the Sweet Dukes Bakery stand… word is they are bringing strawberry pie and brownies…

The event is family and dog friendly, and completely free to attend. Get a punchcard from The Humane League’s check-in booth – and you can enter to win a huge prize basket, too.

See you there!

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Jack is a miniature Sicilian donkey and his ears are indeed quite big!

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When a young lady asked me this question on the tour, I didn’t know the actual answer. I told her that Jack’s ears were big so that he could hear it when you whisper “I love you”.  Of course, my young guest proceeded to tell Jack she loved him – at the top of her lungs!

In reality, donkeys evolved to have such large ears for two reasons. First, it does offer them enhanced hearing! Because of their build, donkeys aren’t as fast as other members of the equine family, like horses. It makes sense that their ears are more sensitive, so they can hear predators approach in the wild. This excellent hearing also means that donkeys are great “watchdogs” in the barnyard. Often if they hear a predator, they will bray loudly and let the other animals know – or perhaps scare the bad guys away.

Additionally, donkeys’ large ears allow them to vent heat from their heads. Native to areas in northern African, donkeys were first domesticated around 3000 B.C.  in Egypt. Their large ears help heat escape – which is useful for the regions they came from, where it can be quite warm and arid.

Come meet Jack – he is waiting to hear you whisper sweet nothings his way and there are tours this Saturday, May 30th!

 Rissa Miller is the head tour guide at Burleigh Manor and leads both private and public tours at the farm.  She welcomes your questions at any time and all the posts in her column are actual questions asked by guests during tours. Join us and try to stump Rissa!

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