TGMR is a little window of heaven in a busy world

entrance-for-tgmrSet on 15 beautiful acres in Orefield, PA, the ranch is a permanent home for over 50 animals rescued from abuse or neglect. For many sanctuaries, this would be the end of the mission. But TGMR takes the rescuing one step further. The animals are trained and socialized to become co-therapists for people suffering from emotional or mental trauma. In essence, the animals, who were once unwanted, find a new life by helping others.


Spread Happiness, Ranch Style

lamaEvery person who volunteers, every child who signs up for Ranch Camp, every donation that comes our way is so important for us to keep our ranch thriving and giving back to the community. Our WE Yoga friend Roger recently wrote a post about his recent experience at TGMR with fellow WE Yoga YTT friends. The link to the full blog post can be found below.

We are looking for campers in 3-10 grade, sponsors, volunteers, and donations for Ranch Camp on June 22-26, July 13-17, and August 3-7. Your help is always appreciated.

Our story, as most stories often do, began with an idea. The idea was simple: How can we help those who are in need? So was the answer: The Gress Ranch. Animals helping people…People helping animals. Yoga Teacher Trainees helping them both.

So, Monday, Laura, Sarah, and I met at the Gress Ranch to see how we could help. As most of you have already heard, the ranch’s biggest priority right now is getting the word out, finding volunteers, and donations for the Summer Ranch Camp this year for kids entering 3rd-10th grades. A wonderful project where kids get to meet and learn about the animals at the ranch. Great fun for the kids. And honestly, a lot of fun for us adults too.

But, I learned something unexpected at the ranch Monday. Although I really want to help the children and the animals (my two soft spots) sometimes, helping those in need means helping the people behind the scenes. Those people who have invested so much or their time, their money, and–most importantly–their heart into helping others. Sometimes, life throws a wrench into things, like it did for Kathryn and Ben who couldn’t be at the ranch on Monday, and they needed a little help too…

Everybody has their part to play and sometimes, it’s a much more subtle part. An almost overlooked part yet, without that part, without volunteers to help with the running of the ranch, without that foundation in place, there’s nothing to build that framework of help and hope on…

Read the full blog post here.

Register for Ranch Camp 2015!

Gress_Camp15_imageFor kids entering 3rd,4th,5th,6th,7th,8th ,9th , 10th grades

Enjoy a fun-filled week on a real working ranch! Activities include horsemanship, donkey cart rides, alpaca-felting, scavenger hunts and more! Learn the care and feeding of pigs, donkeys, goats, alpacas and horses. Shadow a real veterinarian and see his mobile vet clinic. Learn about responsible pet ownership and build your leadership skills. Daily themes include Team Work and The Spirit of Volunteerism. On the final day, we’ll celebrate with a lunch party and a day of games.

Registration is now open. Three weeks to choose from. Cost $200 per week. Sponsorships may be available for low-income families. Contact us for details.

June 22-26, 2015, 9 am to 2 pm

Contact Mia Bobenko for a registration package.
484-735-1431 |

Put “Ranch Camp” in the subject line.

July 13-17, 2015, 9 am to 2 pm

Contact Mia Bobenko for a registration package.
484-735-1431 |

Put “Ranch Camp” in the subject line.

August 3-7, 2015, 9 am to 2 pm

Contact Kathryn Gress for a registration package.
610-398-2122 |

Put “Ranch Camp” in the subject line.


The Gress Mountain Ranch is a sanctuary where abused and neglected animals are given life-long care to recover and thrive. In turn, the animals become therapy animals and have a big job to help people learn to improve their self-worth, communication skills, and learn respect for all livings beings.