Category: activism


Wednesday night we packed up the pups and drove seven hours to Tim’s parents in upstate New York.  Our little ones are staying at camp grandparents for the next few weeks while we’re hosting the Italy retreat. I already miss Gizmo like crazy and it’s only been 26 hours since we left his parents’ house (but who’s counting?)!

To add to the holiday adventure, we headed to Farm Sanctuary on Thursday to celebrate FREEDOM for all beings at their annual Pignic. Pigs LOVE belly rubs, so I’m always happy to oblige. They’ll roll over and extend their legs, eager for more. However, in the last photo I’d just realized that I’d been rubbing more than just nipples on this guy. Oops!

Interested in hosting your own Pignic? Here’s a how-to complete with recipes and more from Farm Sanctuary. May all beings be happy and free AND I hope your 4th was filled with festivities. Bisous. x

Last Weekend

On Saturday we hosted our fourth annual Yoga + the Animals event at Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary and raised $1650 for the sanctuary and our micro-grants. Here’s a video showcasing the event. Before heading out, we climbed into the pig area to share watermelon rind leftover from our vegan lunch and you’ll see that Mabel (the pink one) took hers and ran.

We freshened up to host the TDJ Soirée VIP meet and greet in my office complete with sparkling rosé, olives, vegan cheese, rosemary crostinis, macarons, and tunes by Madeline Peyroux.

TDJ Soirée dominated Sunday. Guests arrived to the sound of Heather’s piano, the scent of lavender, and a warm welcome from Mom at registration. She doled out luxe goody bags and a 25-page workbook tucked inside a gold folder.

The programming included the six Tranquility du Jour tenets: creativity, mindfulness, style & beauty, compassion, wellness, and self-care. To tie a bow around the event, Tim and I recorded a live podcast (coming later today), guests shared their takeaways, and we celebrated the day over organic wine and passed hors d’oeuvres such as beet tartare, smoked parsnip soup sip, and tomato sashimi.

You’ll find a few photos that have trickled in from my photographer, Marie, below. More to come!

In the interim, a BIG thank you to Maria, Patricia, Betsy, Lorraine, Melinda, Jean-Marie, Anu, Julie, Deborah, Robin, Linda, Alicia, Amy, Neesham, Barbara, and Rebecca for joining this experience. I’m honored to have hosted you!

I’m also SO grateful to Mom, Joanna, Carol, Patricia, Tim, and Renee for your support throughout the day. Whew, it DOES take a village and I’m glad you’re part of mine. Bisous. x

Yoga + the Animals

Join us for an afternoon with rescued farm friends at Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary in Ellicott City, Maryland (a short one-hour drive from DC) on Saturday, June 8 from 10-2.

The day’s adventure begins at 10am with tea and treats followed by a private tour of the sanctuary. Around noon we’ll roll out our yoga mats on the grass to enjoy an all-level yoga class taught by moi.

To round out the experience, you’ll be treated to a tasty homemade vegan brunch complete with cupcakes by “chef” Tim.

Your $75 ticket includes yoga, brunch, tour, and donation to benefit Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary and Pigs & Pugs Project’s micro-grant program to pig sanctuaries and pug rescues in need.

Because this is a working sanctuary, please leave your four-legged friends at home. All attendees must have their own ticket. This event is suitable for ages 14+.