Eden Farm Animal Sanctuary, the first vegan sanctuary in Ireland, opened in Slane, Co Meath, in 2008. It is now home to more than 100 residents, all of whom have been rescued from human use, mostly for food. Alongside sheep, geese and turkeys bred for their flesh, Eden is home to a large number of ducks and chickens rescued from free range, organic and back yard egg production.

The ethos of Eden is based on the ancient philosophy of Ahimsa: striving for compassion, justice and non-violence for ourselves and for others. It entails living and teaching a vegan lifestyle that recognises everyone as an individual, feeling being and addresses the interconnected suffering of all life. Veganism is not just about what we eat; it is also about how we think and feel, how we act, and how we relate to ourselves and others. No one exists on this earth for the purpose of being of use to someone else. This is the essence of the abolitionism that Eden works for as it joins a growing population of people who strive to create a world where everyone is respected regardless of species or any other categorisation.

Eden is recruiting staff and volunteers. If you are skilled at site maintenance & construction work, veterinary or animal care work you might like to check out the vacancies page on Eden’s website for a once in a lifetime opportunity to join a team of people dedicated to making the short lifespans of farmed animals as happy as possible.

Eden works alongside its sister organisation, Matilda’s Promise Vegan Education Centre. You are welcome to come along to the next Introduction to Veganism Workshop on May 10th from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm at Yoga with Roisin, 19 Trimgate St Navan (upstairs between The Courtyard & Kidstuff) where you can enrol for the next education programme.

The next Vegan Education Programme will run for four weeks from 7.45 – 9.45 pm beginning on Monday 25th May at Yoga with Roisin, 19 Trimgate St, Navan. Matilda’s Promise also offers one to one mentoring via telephone, email and Skype.

Please contact us at edenanimalsanctuary@yahoo.ie or telephone 0872325832 for booking and further details. You can also book direct with Roisin at 0851203431.

Eden also works alongside The Compassion Foundation of Ireland, a psychology practice that offers a Clinical Compassionate Eating & Living Programme using evidence based approaches of compassion focussed therapy, mindful eating & living (MB EAT), and intuitive eating skills. This programme is designed for people who experience eating distress and who would like to live with more compassion. It is 100% plant based. Please contact thecompassionfoundation@yahoo.ie or 0872325832 for more information.