Farm Sanctuary's 'Country Hoe Down' to feature wellness expert and author Kathy Freston

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You know her as the New York Time's best selling author who could win over the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Dr. Oz with her innovative concept of "leaning into" change, but on May 19, Kathy Freston will also inspire attendees at Farm Sanctuary's Country Hoe Down with her successful approach to conscious, healthy living.

Her newest book, THE LEAN: A Revolutionary (and Simple!) 30-Day Plan for Healthy, Lasting Weight LossFreston emphasizes that we take time to "consider connections" when it comes to our food, its source, and its impact on our quality of life.

Connections is certainly a theme of this annual summertime hoe down, which attracts hundreds of people from coast to coast to Farm Sanctuary's Orland, California shelter. The weekend will include dancing, live music and fabulous vegan food, plus expert workshops, networking events, and time with the lovable animal residents of Farm Sanctuary.

Freston says connecting with farm animals leaves the biggest impact. "We all live such busy lives that disconnect us from these sweet, emotional beings and the space between us makes it easy to unwittingly make choices that harm them," says Freston. "Farm Sanctuary's Hoe Down provides and opportunity for people to lean into a relationship with farm animals, and when they do I think they will be surprised by how much these friendly animals love to lean right back."

This year's Hoe Down features many exciting speakers, including Sierra Club CAFO Water Sentinel Lynn Henning; Caryn Ginsberg, author of Animal Impact: Secrets Proven to Achieve Results and Move the World; plus Farm Sanctuary favorites such as Susie Coston, national shelter director; Gene Baur, president and co-founder; and Bruce Friedrich, senior director for strategic initiatives.

Farm Sanctuary, the nation's leading farm animal protection organization, promotes legislative, policy, and individual lifestyle changes to help farm animals. Farm Sanctuary's shelters in New York and California provide lifelong care for nearly 1,000 rescued farm animals. For more information, please visit farmsanctuary.org.

Madeline Heising | Blog
Boston, MA Madeline is studying Communications and Public Advocacy at Northeastern University. Going vegan on a whim in 2011 changed her entire lifestyle for the better. Her course of study, health and career intentions now revolve around plant-based living. All it took was one question ‘Why would you care more about what goes on your body than what goes in it?’ When she’s not in classes she works at Teavana and keeps up her own recipe blog. The only thing that makes her happier than talking about food is traveling, but it’s a pretty close tie.

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