At Wild Peace Sanctuary we provide sanctuary for a small herd of wild horses and burros (donkeys) who have suffered as a result of the Bureau of Land Management's removal and adoption programs, and engage them in holistic land management practices, such as conservation grazing, to improve soil health, sequester carbon, increase biodiversity, and prevent wildfire. Our developing healing and educational program offers opportunities for people to participate in and learn about regenerative agriculture, holistic animal care, earth-based living skills, and healing through reconnection with nature.
The sanctuary is located on 35 acres of wild meadows, elderberry and alder woodland, and steep forested ridges of Sitka spruce, hemlock, and Douglas fir, just a few miles inland from the spectacular Central Oregon Coast. A year-round creek runs through the property providing a seasonal home for the federally protected coho salmon that spawn here, and cut-throat trout and winter steelhead, along with all the other native wildlife that depends on these waters, including black bear, bald eagle, salamander, beaver, and the black-tailed deer, Roosevelt elk, bobcats, and mountain lions who all pass through.
By demonstrating how wild equines offer chemical-free and minimally impactful ways to restore land, we hope to inspire others to adopt wild horses and burros and engage them in similar land restoration work to protect them from being incarcerated in government holding facilities or funneled into the slaughter pipeline. We also aim to raise awareness of how the brutal and systemic removal of this native species from public lands is part of a decades-long, ongoing land grab by private and corporate industry that is devastating the natural ecosystems these keystone herbivores originated and evolved in.
MEET THE TEAM
LARA LWIN TREADAWAY
Founder of Wild Peace Sanctuary
Lara Lwin Treadaway has been communing with the wild, in one way or another, for as long as she can remember. As a healing practitioner she has worked with individuals, families, and groups for over two decades with an increasing focus on facilitating and supporting a deeper alignment and reconnection with the natural world and with our own wild nature. An advocate for simple living in order to reduce our dependence on the extractive industrial practices fast destroying Earth's ecosystems, Lara has been living a land-based lifestyle of voluntary simplicity for over a decade. Alongside her work with Wild Peace Sanctuary, she is also a director on the board of the Oregon based 501c3 non-profit, ROAD (Rural Organic Agricultural Development) For Change. Visit her professional website here.
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MARY FLETCHER BEAL
Landowner & Organic Farmer
Mary Fletcher Beal is the landowner that Wild Peace Sanctuary leases the land from for their programs to support healing between animals, people, and the land. An octogenarian, retired professor, author, and organic farmer/gardener, Mary has been farming organically for more than three decades and is passionate about supporting local food sovereignty projects. She is the founder of ROAD (Rural Organic Agricultural Development) for Change, a 501c3 non-profit focused on developing organic agriculture on rural lands through education and research, and is proud to have kept the land she stewards 100% chemical free for more than half a century. A fierce advocate for women's rights, Mary was one of the founders of the first women's safe shelter in Lincoln County on the Oregon Coast.
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