Ren Hurst is creating a paradigm shift in human-animal relationships.
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Hi!  My name is Ren Hurst.  I'm an author, social entrepreneur, and spiritual activist that is rewilding hearts and undomesticating lives through interspecies relationships. 

As a former professional horse trainer, I spent more than two decades mastering how to modify the behavior of others to suit my own needs.  All that changed when I stumbled upon a radically different  approach, whose philosophy I combined with other areas of my own experience/education to reach far beyond horsemanship.  Today, my life is dedicated to speaking up for animals and teaching people what I've learned from choosing love over exploitation.  You can check out the whole story in my first book: Riding On the Power of Others: A Horsewoman's Path to Unconditional Love.

I've come to understand that domestication is a betrayal in every love relationship. In order to domesticate, one must control someone for the purpose of using them.  This sort of normalized power over others has far reaching, harmful consequences in the daily lives of many who are simply unaware.

I believe that domestication is the very root of our perceived separation from one another, and what keeps us from knowing true compassion.  We can love someone or use them, but not both.  That makes love and domestication mutually exclusive.  Fortunately, domestication is a choice and also completely reversible.

Countless animals are exploited for food, clothing, etc., but the emotional exploitation of pets is a far more insidious and less understood form of abuse that comes with a heavy price.  When one uses a captive dependent to feel the acceptance, power, intimacy, or self worth they have lost touch with inside themselves, not only is the dependent robbed of their emotional autonomy and potential, but one risks their own.  A sort of slavery to the external world is created as opposed to cultivating the emotional awareness and ability to respond that consciously determines one’s experience.
 
Perpetuated by the unnecessary use of animals, much of humanity has lost touch with the soul of who we are and our inherent kinship with all life.   I’m here to help you restore the connection through a body of work I call Sanctuary13; a set of 13 practically applied principles that can undomesticate any relationship and remove enormous obstacles to emotional independence and well-being.

Sanctuary13 can teach you how to leave primitive and exploitative systems of reward and punishment behind, replacing them with authentic love and leadership any dependent being deserves from a conscious and caring guardian.  It is truly the Golden Rule broken down for animal lovers to put into mindful, deliberate practice with an understanding that the beings dependent upon us for their basic needs owe us nothing in return for exceptional care.

This work is applicable to all species and all relationships.  Please enjoy the video below of me interacting with a young camel named Baraka at the Sacred Camel Gardens in Northern California, circa 2015.  My own awareness/understanding has evolved a great deal since then, but this is a good representation of the connection that can happen between even strangers when authentic power replaces the need to control.


PHOENIX LANDING: Our Sanctuary Home



I had 13 horses and several other animals in my care when my perspective radically shifted back in 2013.  Most of these animals were rescues, however, the majority of the horses were intended to be rehabilitated, retrained, and resold for profit.  I never planned to keep them, much less could I afford to.  Remember, I was a professional horsewoman, and training/trimming/selling horses was my income.

Keeping the animals was the only option with integrity after I changed.  Unable to find anyone else that would offer them the same degree of understanding and unconditional care, I chose to create sanctuary for them myself.  It has been quite the struggle these past six years to honor my commitment to them while caring for them full time and also trying to bring in funds to create a new, sustainable life for us all.  Somehow, we've gotten by, and we have a lot of people to thank for it.

In 2018, I was able to purchase 80 acres near the base of Mt Shasta in Northern California.  This is our sanctuary home.  I currently live completely off the grid in a very basic 96 sq. ft. tiny house in order to give the horses and other animals the life of freedom they deserve.  After burning off many old layers, through many rises (and many falls), I've finally found a place in the ashes of a giant volcano to land.  My dream is to develop this space to welcome others who need a temporary place to land too.  The desert is a fine place to rewild your heart so you can undomesticate your life.

As a patron, you'll be directly supporting the animals and the development of our sanctuary.  The sanctuary is our private home, primarily to protect the animals, but there is a section that I would  like to build cabins on to host visitors who want to disconnect from the modern world and immerse themselves in this beautiful, natural environment.  First though, we've got to get our basic needs met, and that's where you come in.  As of right now, Patreon is my primary source of income. We cannot move forward without your help.

Supporting us through this platform grants you insider access.  You'll get to know the animals and learn about our life out here in the truly wild, wild west like only a patron can.  Plus, you get the opportunity to learn how to transform your relationships with animals to create your own sanctuary home.  First and foremost, your money goes to the animals because that's where most of my money goes.  We may not be public or a nonprofit, but this is as legitimate a sanctuary as they come, and you can rest assured that the animals are the top priority here.

Other ways to Help:

If you would like to make one-time gifts to support the animals, you may do so 
here.  We are not a nonprofit, so these donations are not tax deductible, however, 100% of every donation through this link will be used for direct and necessary animal care needs only -- specifically, vet bills and hay.  All donors are welcome to review the financial transactions for this account at any time by private request.
Tiers
Sanctuary Insider
$5 or more per month

You are the foundation of creating permanent sanctuary for the animals I call family -- and for getting my work out in the world. Without you, none of this is possible.  As thanks for your support, you will receive exclusive access to regular photos, videos, and/or writing about the animals here -- and I mean exclusive.  Only patrons will ever have access to the behind-the-scenes footage and stories shared here.  You also get early access to my blogs and videos before they go public and early notification/discounts on any upcoming courses or workshops.  Thank you for being part of our extended sanctuary family.

Animal Advocate
$13 or more per month

You are serious about changing your relationship with animals to become an example of the love our world needs.  For that, I am inspired and grateful.  You will receive an artistic digital printout of the principles behind my body of work, Sanctuary13.  You are invited to send in questions about how to apply them, and each month, I will select one of the questions I receive to answer here on Patreon.


That's not all!  For just .43¢ a day, you can support me in creating a monthly video to advocate for the non-exploitation of animals, backed by my extensive background as a professional trainer.  Each month, I will publicly release a video educating viewers on the truths behind horseback riding, emotional exploitation, having pets, and several other controversial topics not as commonly understood within the vegan community.  You can even suggest what you'd like to see a video about.


Just wait, there's more.  Everyone at this tier and above is invited to join me on the 13th of each month for a regular live Q&A/hangout session.  This will be the perfect place to get any questions asked around my work, the sanctuary, my life, your specific issues with the animals in your own care, etc.  These Zoom sessions will be limited to one hour, and you can ask me anything.


* Plus all the rewards from the previous tier 

Phoenix Rising
$25 or more per month

You're ready to let the old ways burn!  At this level of support, you get to take part in weekly Sanctuary13 discussions.  In these 1-hr Zoom sessions, I will break down each of the principles (one each week) in both meaning and application before opening it up for questions.  That's only $6.25 per lesson -- what a deal!


Once you have covered all 13 principles, you will be invited to join a secret support group with others practicing these relationship guidelines, moderated by me and some of my advanced students.


This is a great opportunity to get help with your unique and specific circumstances while choosing a more self-guided approach to this work.  I will also offer discounted coaching/consulting services to all patrons at this tier and above.


*Plus all the rewards from previous tiers

Sponsor
$50 or more per month

The animals love you!  And so do we.  Thank you for helping us support them at such a tremendous level!  


As a Sponsor, you get to pick one of the animals here in sanctuary to dedicate your pledge to and learn more about.  You'll receive a frame-able print of the animal you choose as well as monthly updates on that individual.  You're more than welcome to send in questions you have about them to learn more.


*Plus all the rewards from previous tiers  

Benefactor
$100 or more per month

Wow.  Thank you so much for your generous support.  As a patron at this tier, you will receive an autographed copy of my first book, Riding On the Power of Others: A Horsewoman's Path to Unconditional Love.


You also get a private half hour Zoom call with me each month.  You may use this call for coaching, to ask questions, or just to 'hang out.'  


*Plus all the rewards from previous tiers  


I sincerely appreciate your commitment to my cause and for helping me make a new, inspiring life out of an exploitative past.  Thank you.

Goals
46% complete
My initial goal ($2000/month) is set to cover all the basic care expenses for the animals at Phoenix Landing -- mostly, this means food.  We cannot even begin to think about sustainability or the development of the sanctuary without first meeting this crucial figure.
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Hi!  My name is Ren Hurst.  I'm an author, social entrepreneur, and spiritual activist that is rewilding hearts and undomesticating lives through interspecies relationships. 

As a former professional horse trainer, I spent more than two decades mastering how to modify the behavior of others to suit my own needs.  All that changed when I stumbled upon a radically different  approach, whose philosophy I combined with other areas of my own experience/education to reach far beyond horsemanship.  Today, my life is dedicated to speaking up for animals and teaching people what I've learned from choosing love over exploitation.  You can check out the whole story in my first book: Riding On the Power of Others: A Horsewoman's Path to Unconditional Love.

I've come to understand that domestication is a betrayal in every love relationship. In order to domesticate, one must control someone for the purpose of using them.  This sort of normalized power over others has far reaching, harmful consequences in the daily lives of many who are simply unaware.

I believe that domestication is the very root of our perceived separation from one another, and what keeps us from knowing true compassion.  We can love someone or use them, but not both.  That makes love and domestication mutually exclusive.  Fortunately, domestication is a choice and also completely reversible.

Countless animals are exploited for food, clothing, etc., but the emotional exploitation of pets is a far more insidious and less understood form of abuse that comes with a heavy price.  When one uses a captive dependent to feel the acceptance, power, intimacy, or self worth they have lost touch with inside themselves, not only is the dependent robbed of their emotional autonomy and potential, but one risks their own.  A sort of slavery to the external world is created as opposed to cultivating the emotional awareness and ability to respond that consciously determines one’s experience.
 
Perpetuated by the unnecessary use of animals, much of humanity has lost touch with the soul of who we are and our inherent kinship with all life.   I’m here to help you restore the connection through a body of work I call Sanctuary13; a set of 13 practically applied principles that can undomesticate any relationship and remove enormous obstacles to emotional independence and well-being.

Sanctuary13 can teach you how to leave primitive and exploitative systems of reward and punishment behind, replacing them with authentic love and leadership any dependent being deserves from a conscious and caring guardian.  It is truly the Golden Rule broken down for animal lovers to put into mindful, deliberate practice with an understanding that the beings dependent upon us for their basic needs owe us nothing in return for exceptional care.

This work is applicable to all species and all relationships.  Please enjoy the video below of me interacting with a young camel named Baraka at the Sacred Camel Gardens in Northern California, circa 2015.  My own awareness/understanding has evolved a great deal since then, but this is a good representation of the connection that can happen between even strangers when authentic power replaces the need to control.


PHOENIX LANDING: Our Sanctuary Home



I had 13 horses and several other animals in my care when my perspective radically shifted back in 2013.  Most of these animals were rescues, however, the majority of the horses were intended to be rehabilitated, retrained, and resold for profit.  I never planned to keep them, much less could I afford to.  Remember, I was a professional horsewoman, and training/trimming/selling horses was my income.

Keeping the animals was the only option with integrity after I changed.  Unable to find anyone else that would offer them the same degree of understanding and unconditional care, I chose to create sanctuary for them myself.  It has been quite the struggle these past six years to honor my commitment to them while caring for them full time and also trying to bring in funds to create a new, sustainable life for us all.  Somehow, we've gotten by, and we have a lot of people to thank for it.

In 2018, I was able to purchase 80 acres near the base of Mt Shasta in Northern California.  This is our sanctuary home.  I currently live completely off the grid in a very basic 96 sq. ft. tiny house in order to give the horses and other animals the life of freedom they deserve.  After burning off many old layers, through many rises (and many falls), I've finally found a place in the ashes of a giant volcano to land.  My dream is to develop this space to welcome others who need a temporary place to land too.  The desert is a fine place to rewild your heart so you can undomesticate your life.

As a patron, you'll be directly supporting the animals and the development of our sanctuary.  The sanctuary is our private home, primarily to protect the animals, but there is a section that I would  like to build cabins on to host visitors who want to disconnect from the modern world and immerse themselves in this beautiful, natural environment.  First though, we've got to get our basic needs met, and that's where you come in.  As of right now, Patreon is my primary source of income. We cannot move forward without your help.

Supporting us through this platform grants you insider access.  You'll get to know the animals and learn about our life out here in the truly wild, wild west like only a patron can.  Plus, you get the opportunity to learn how to transform your relationships with animals to create your own sanctuary home.  First and foremost, your money goes to the animals because that's where most of my money goes.  We may not be public or a nonprofit, but this is as legitimate a sanctuary as they come, and you can rest assured that the animals are the top priority here.

Other ways to Help:

If you would like to make one-time gifts to support the animals, you may do so 
here.  We are not a nonprofit, so these donations are not tax deductible, however, 100% of every donation through this link will be used for direct and necessary animal care needs only -- specifically, vet bills and hay.  All donors are welcome to review the financial transactions for this account at any time by private request.

Recent posts by Ren Hurst

Tiers
Sanctuary Insider
$5 or more per month

You are the foundation of creating permanent sanctuary for the animals I call family -- and for getting my work out in the world. Without you, none of this is possible.  As thanks for your support, you will receive exclusive access to regular photos, videos, and/or writing about the animals here -- and I mean exclusive.  Only patrons will ever have access to the behind-the-scenes footage and stories shared here.  You also get early access to my blogs and videos before they go public and early notification/discounts on any upcoming courses or workshops.  Thank you for being part of our extended sanctuary family.

Animal Advocate
$13 or more per month

You are serious about changing your relationship with animals to become an example of the love our world needs.  For that, I am inspired and grateful.  You will receive an artistic digital printout of the principles behind my body of work, Sanctuary13.  You are invited to send in questions about how to apply them, and each month, I will select one of the questions I receive to answer here on Patreon.


That's not all!  For just .43¢ a day, you can support me in creating a monthly video to advocate for the non-exploitation of animals, backed by my extensive background as a professional trainer.  Each month, I will publicly release a video educating viewers on the truths behind horseback riding, emotional exploitation, having pets, and several other controversial topics not as commonly understood within the vegan community.  You can even suggest what you'd like to see a video about.


Just wait, there's more.  Everyone at this tier and above is invited to join me on the 13th of each month for a regular live Q&A/hangout session.  This will be the perfect place to get any questions asked around my work, the sanctuary, my life, your specific issues with the animals in your own care, etc.  These Zoom sessions will be limited to one hour, and you can ask me anything.


* Plus all the rewards from the previous tier 

Phoenix Rising
$25 or more per month

You're ready to let the old ways burn!  At this level of support, you get to take part in weekly Sanctuary13 discussions.  In these 1-hr Zoom sessions, I will break down each of the principles (one each week) in both meaning and application before opening it up for questions.  That's only $6.25 per lesson -- what a deal!


Once you have covered all 13 principles, you will be invited to join a secret support group with others practicing these relationship guidelines, moderated by me and some of my advanced students.


This is a great opportunity to get help with your unique and specific circumstances while choosing a more self-guided approach to this work.  I will also offer discounted coaching/consulting services to all patrons at this tier and above.


*Plus all the rewards from previous tiers

Sponsor
$50 or more per month

The animals love you!  And so do we.  Thank you for helping us support them at such a tremendous level!  


As a Sponsor, you get to pick one of the animals here in sanctuary to dedicate your pledge to and learn more about.  You'll receive a frame-able print of the animal you choose as well as monthly updates on that individual.  You're more than welcome to send in questions you have about them to learn more.


*Plus all the rewards from previous tiers  

Benefactor
$100 or more per month

Wow.  Thank you so much for your generous support.  As a patron at this tier, you will receive an autographed copy of my first book, Riding On the Power of Others: A Horsewoman's Path to Unconditional Love.


You also get a private half hour Zoom call with me each month.  You may use this call for coaching, to ask questions, or just to 'hang out.'  


*Plus all the rewards from previous tiers  


I sincerely appreciate your commitment to my cause and for helping me make a new, inspiring life out of an exploitative past.  Thank you.