A Place of Peace is our healing sanctuary and refuge for animals in need, providing a home to over 450 animals. If the meaning of sanctuary has its roots in sacred and holy, this is a good way to describe a land which resides in mountains and mists, offering a respite from the human world for animals, nature and the Unseen.
In the way of the ancients, sovereignty of all life is respected, stewardship is benevolent and the interconnectivle nature of the web of life acknowledged and revered. Healing is natural, time-tested and holistic.
It all started with dogs at a pound in Sydney over 20 years ago. Sad, desperate, frightened dogs who needed someone to help them. And then there were horses heading to the knackers – beautiful, proud, sad, grateful to have a place to heal their splintered hearts and bodies. We, (Billie Dean and Andrew Einspruch), either found them homes, or gave them one. Because all life is precious. And we find a system that sees living beings as disposable commodities, as simply unacceptable.
Over the years hundreds of animals were saved and found loving homes through our Animal Whispers network.
And then there were the ones who stayed.
Currently A Place of Peace is a sacred sanctuary of peace and healing for some 450 animals who have been victims of human violence and disconnection, having faced slaughter, euthanasia, culling, trauma and general homelessness. These animals include cows, sheep, goats, wild and domestic horses, dogs, cats and geese.
And today, over two decades later, those animals and their stories are the foundation of our animal activism, advocacy and international education outreach. Making the world a safe place for animals is our vision and mission .. a world without violence and fear. A world of deep peace for all species.
The word “sanctuary” has its roots in sacred and holy. We realised that giving the animals freedom from the fear of death, released an enormous amount of peace and contentment. And on a ripple and resonant level, this was important to the unified field, and contributed to a paradigm-shifting tipping point, as well as to the welfare of the animals themselves. It was a form of what is called “subtle activism”.
Further as a telepath and healer in the old traditions, Billie is able to make A Place of Peace a unique kind of sanctuary where the animals have a say in how they want to live. Billie, Andrew and their daughter Tamsin, work with them in mutual respect.
Currently, A Place of Peace is a living example of compassionate action and a work in progress to create a new kind of Eden – a blueprint for how the world could look if the values and principles of ahimsa were widely adopted and the indigenous Prophecy of Peace with its promised Golden Age came into being.
“It’s like running a village,” Billie says. “Everyone has their own wants and needs.. and aside from being fed, sheltered and cared for, we have the personalities and the different kinds of inner and outer wounds to deal with. Animals can get very scarred by human beings. And I have had them tell me off for bringing them in contact with certain people who scared them for one reason or another.”
A Place of Peace is now at capacity, and it is not open to the public, to give the animals the least intrusion and the best chance to heal. Their peace is paramount. Instead we invite members of the public to get to know the Animal Peace Ambassadors, to follow the Sanctuary antics in our blogs, books and videos, to join the newsletter and learn more about the vision and thinking of what is fast becoming a sustainable living example of a compassionate ahimsa eco-system where all beings live in harmony, peace and mutual respect and support. And for the fullness of their natural lives. This includes the wildlife, trees, the land, and the Unseen, as well as the rescued farm and other animals. This is a model of how the future can be.
As both Gandhi and Buckminster Fuller both were fond of saying — “don’t bother fighting the old , just build the new.” And this is what we are doing at a Place of Peace. It’s a place where all beings are respected and revered, from flies and ants to the wild possums and wombats, to the farm and other animals who make it their home.
Billie, Andrew and their daughter Tamsin are now working to upgrade the property for the animal’s life enrichment with new shelters and fencing. The day-to-day running is all-encompassing keeping all the different personalities happy and healthy. And in between all that the family write for a living. Join the newsletter for our irregular blog and dollops of inspiration and fun animals stories, as we forge ahead into the wilds of a new frontier of non-violence, loving- kindness, respect, reverence and compassion in action.
“If you were Divine Love, how would you act?” — Billie Dean
To follow the sanctuary blog, press Sanctuary Life on the menu for stories of the animals.