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Indraloka Animal Sanctuary in Dalton hosts arts and crafts for all ages on March 7

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary in Dalton hosts arts and crafts for all ages on March 7
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From a press release:

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary in Dalton is hosting “Intuitive Art: Arts and Crafts,” an hour of creative art play for children and adults of all ages, on Monday, March 7 from 10 a.m.-11 a.m.

Offering both structured group activity and independent time for participants to work at their own pace, the event is $5 and includes all art supplies. This hour of fun and therapeutic creativity takes place in Indraloka’s newly renovated Art Barn, which features open views of the sanctuary’s bucolic pastures and the rolling hills of the Endless Mountains beyond.

“Most people know Indraloka is an animal sanctuary, but I wonder how many realize that it’s also a sanctuary for humans,” said Indra Lahiri, Ph.D., founder of Indraloka.

“Now, more than ever, people need a place that can help them feel a sense of peace. I want our NEPA community to know that Indraloka is that place where they can come and be surrounded by natural beauty and do something fun.”

Making art is not just fun; it also has health benefits. According to a recent study published in the journal “Art Therapy,” levels of the stress hormone cortisol were lowered after study participants engaged in 45 minutes of creating art, regardless of their skill level. With Indraloka’s location (333 Oak Dr., Dalton), mere minutes from Clarks Summit, Abington, Waverly, and Scranton, popping in for an hour of art and entertainment is something that could work for anyone who wants to take a quick break from their Monday routine.

Throughout the year, Indraloka offers ongoing programs that are designed to promote good health, community, caring, compassion, and fun. In addition to summer camps, Indraloka has developed single-day and longterm programs for special needs children and adults, and programs that offer emotional and behavioral support for children, teens, and adults. Outdoor adventures include nature walks, chicken cuddles, pig snuggles, sheep hugs, and bunny games. With approximately 100 acres of pastures, Indraloka gives people the opportunity to see farm animals enjoying peaceful, nurtured lives. Many of these activities, including movie nights, take place in the big Art Barn.

For adults, there are special wine and hors d’oeuvres evenings with music and other entertainment. Event space can also be provided to organizations and individuals to host their own gatherings.

“The enthusiasm of the community is enabling Indraloka to grow into the vision we have of a place for everyone,” Lahiri noted.

“I am so grateful for the ongoing support and hope that everyone can find peace and joy with us at our beautiful sanctuary.”

All events are socially distanced, and many take place outdoors, as the health of the community and participants is important to the sanctuary.

Indraloka provides “heaven on earth” for farm animals that have nowhere else to turn. The 501(c) nonprofit informs, inspires, and empowers the community, especially children, on ways in which we can better care for ourselves and the environment while helping animals in need. It advocates for a kind and compassionate lifestyle that protects animals, the earth, and our own health. The community is invited to tour the sanctuary; reservations are required. Live, public and virtual events are hosted throughout the year for adults and children – visit for details.