BREAKING NEWS: Sunshine has been liberated! Read more:

NEW: Monthly Letter Club, join:

NEW: Peacebird Animal Liberation Cooperative, a vegan eco village / interspecies intentional community here at Piebird Farm Sanctuary. see:

BOOK YOUR STAY: Piebird’s Birdhouse Cottage, book your retreat:

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Piebird Farm Sanctuary, Ontario - Retreat

Piebird is a happy place to inspire kindness. We (Sherry & Yan) started Piebird in 2005 as a place of Peace-filled smiles upon the path to Animal Liberation.

As a sanctuary, 29 feathered and four-legged friends call Piebird their loving home. As a sanctuary, we dedicate our lives to their lives. As a sanctuary, we dedicate our lives to Animal Liberation — because simply, liberty lives in every heart. Animal Liberation is as essential as every other liberty. If we are not all free, then none of us will ever be. As a sanctuary we advocate for Animal Liberation, Veganism, and love!

(For the sanctuary portion of Piebird, this year is a time where the continuing evolution makes its presence felt. Consider supporting the sanctuary.)

As a farmstay, you are invited to come stay and experience this peace. If being amongst love and sanctuary is your idea of welcomed goodness, then Piebird Vegan Farmstay might be the place for you! (Birdhouse Cottage rental)

As a small seed co, this fertile soil here breathes inspiration into the heartbeats of gardeners everywhere. Feel that rousing in the roots? Feel that roaring in the heart? These seeds support sanctuary and inspire love!

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Below are some dates for our 2019 Workshop series

We’re returning to our core of offering an abundance of empowering workshops for you. For our first thirteen years here we engaged the community with a plethora of workshops and learning opportunities, but as the sanctuary responsibilities have grown, these educational experiences became fewer. So, we’re very excited to again share this sanctuary space as a place of sharing knowledge!

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Piebird Farm Sanctuary goats

From their happy pasture where the grasses glow in the afternoon Sun, to their play-yard where smiles are ever-lasting, the goat-friends govern their own days, free to be. Maybe MommaBill will lead a parade. Maybe FreedaFreeFree will find a sunbeam big enough for everyone to bliss-out in. Maybe Sunshine will watch over the younger ones as they stay up late enjoying the lovely soul of moonlight. Maybe Mercy will make a new friend. Or maybe Jollygood will just flash a smile that sends out reverberations to inspire the VeganLove revolution. For the goat-friends here in sanctuary, every day is their own to enjoy in a gentle way. Love lives here.

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Farm Sanctuary, chicken rescue

The chicken friends who live free here at Piebird are capable of great giant joys that hopefully inspire uprisings and revolts to further the vegan revolution! From Daffy dust-bathing in a sunbeam, to Otty leading an adventure to her new favourite secret spot, to Poppy contemplating which came first, her egg or her personhood — Everyone is free to be who they are without any expectation or exploitation, free to be their own persons.

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turkey save at piebird farm sanctuary vegan farmstay

Come flock and gather to meet the turkey-friends here in sanctuary and help create a safe space for them to dance and fly. See our page: Everything you need to fall in Love with Turkey-friends.

Vegan Farm Sanctuary

The need for kindness is beyond dispute. Creating a kind world for all turkey-friends will require efforts from all of us. Living with the turkey-friends that call Piebird their home has helped inspire us immensely. They inspire the moral courage of kindness. A kindness knows goodness and compels goodness.

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Farm Sanctuary Ontario

As a family, the duck-friends are the newest friends to come live here in sanctuary. In their own way, they each have a zest for life that is truly contagious and inspires hope in us.

We built them a funky 8-sided house and planted their favourite plants all around it. They have a clover meadow out the back and a pool where they swim, splash and relax poolside, preening themselves in the sunshine. The duck-friends love to explore and find interesting things behind and under everything, mostly they find freedom.

Ducks, Farm Sanctuary

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Bee colony

A couple colonies of bee-friends live free here in sanctuary at Piebird Farm Sanctuary, in homes of their own design (we build them funky hollow log structures where they are safe, free and entirely independent inside). This time of year all of the dandelions and tree blossoms are full of little ladies working away. You…Continue Reading “Bee Friends”

Peacebird Cooperative


Let this be a call to all the happy hearts who are interested in living with community in dedication to Animal Liberation. Introducing: Peacebird Animal Liberation Cooperative — a vegan community at Piebird Farm Sanctuary in Nipissing, Ontario — an interspecies intentional community focused around sanctuary and dedicated to Animal Liberation and respecting animal-personhood.

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As a sanctuary we try to empower peace. Do take a quiet moment of reflection to pause and consider how you and we can all facilitate more freedoms into the lives around us. Be mindful towards finding new and meaningful ways of respecting the personhood and autonomy of all animal-persons. By exploring radical forms of respect, sanctuary becomes a means of revolution. Thank you for adding to this. This is the kind of peace created together that you can take with you when you leave.

This week Piebird celebrates 12 years! That’s 12 years of sharing new forms of connection, friendship, love and living-together with animal-persons that will lead to a broader peace — a peace based on establishing the sovereignties of all animal-persons and respecting everyone as individuals with sentience, love, language, laughter, family, friendship, community, creativity, imagination, joy and rights. This is the work we do at Piebird Farm Sanctuary. We invite you to invite this peace into you life!

Be love, be vegan. -Yan & Sherry, August 12th 2017

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As a sanctuary, our efforts should always foster escalating freedoms. We consider the ever-maturing practice of liberation to be an essential part of what it means for a sanctuary to be a sanctuary. There is always room for furtherance and growth when we are trying to uplift others. So from efforts in restoration of respect and the sustentation of love, we rise to take this push for justice to fresh altitudes, always. This substantiates itself these days by our focus of working to culturally communicate the personhood of all animals. Come participate in sanctuary and learn from the animal-persons here who call this interspecies community their home.

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Farm Sanctuary - goats - FreedaFreeFree & LibbyBirdy

FreedaFreeFree and LibbyBirdy came to sanctuary at the same time and chose each other as their sanctuary-sister. Always together, they have an embodiment of sisterhood that is visibly luminous. Individually they are very different from each other, but they help each other be the best version of themselves. Their togetherness is inspiring!

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Sunshine at Piebird Farm Sanctuary

Sunshine at Vegan Farm Sanctuary, Ontario

Our friend Sunshine is a very happy person. As a member of our family, Sunshine makes us laugh every day and we make him smile — and oh, he has the biggest smile we have ever seen! He loves to smile and he has a billion reason to — some of those reasons are that he is loved, respected, healthy and free.

Three years ago, the Canadian Government wanted to kill him. This ill-mannered behaviour is part of an “eradication program” by the CFIA. That was the beginning of what has grown into a vividly unpleasant relationship with this Agency. 

Inspired by Sunshine, in the Autumn of 2016 we made a declaration as “Conscientious Objectors to the War against Animals” to representatives of the Government of Canada (CFIA) when they came to the sanctuary. You can learn more about Sunshine’s story & our Conscientious Objector claim here:

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Daffodil (Daffy) is a beautiful friend. She is an inspiring survivor of the egg industry. Now, here in sanctuary, she is thriving!

It took her over a year to recover from her previous life. All of the chicken friends here in sanctuary come from previous lives of oppression where head-shaking exploitation were infringements on their freedom, and Daffy’s story is a reminder that here in sanctuary, freedom is victorious!

Daffy is a kind and trusting friend to us and to the new arrivals in sanctuary. She is always the first to welcome new friends to the flock, most recently Ray.

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Ray came to sanctuary in December 2016, and immediately melted all the hearts with love. He is a cheerful fellow who likes to snuggle and dance. Even though he is tiny tiny in size, he is very very brave in this big big world. Ray is also fairly puffy and quite fluffy. He reminds us to dance every morning before breakfast. And insists upon it!

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farm sanctuary / vegan farmstay

Sanctuary should present a revolutionary vision. We very much see it as a revolutionary project to inspire society to have respectful relationships with the non-human world.

New ideas of peace, justice and love are always germinating, seeking to find their way into the light. As a sanctuary, our felt-responsibility is to give new ideas and new ways a space to be, to allow them to take root in life.

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farm sanctuary visit

The best way to visit is to either come and stay or attend one of our monthly sanctuary tours. Sign up to our email list to be alerted of the schedule.

(If you live far, far away, you can catch up with the friends online, although we are actively moving the sanctuary away from social media: InstagramFacebookTwitter )


Interested in volunteering regularly at the sanctuary? Contact us if you are interested in volunteer opportunities for the sanctuary residents, or as part of our community outreach.

Residency Experience / Piebird Farm Sanctuary Internship

This is our fourth year of offering a unique opportunity for the perfect applicant(s) to participate in the good sanctuary life here and to turn their values of compassion into hands-on experience. See:—

Sanctuary Partners

Introducing Peacebird Animal Liberation Cooperative! A vegan eco-village and interspecies intentional community at Piebird Farm Sanctuary / Vegan Farmstay. See:

Piebird is a happy place to inspire kindness. We (Sherry & Yan) started Piebird in 2005 as a place of Peace-filled smiles upon the path to Animal Liberation. Contact us

Support / donate to the sanctuary

We’re grateful for your support! Become a monthly donor: — One-time donations:

Donations and sponsorships are always appreciated to help support the sanctuary work we do here. Your generosity directly supports the lives of the sanctuary residents in meaningful and simple ways. Donations also support our outreach advocacy and sanctuary expansion.

Visit Piebird Farm Sanctuary’s online store

We had lots of fun creating beautiful things for you, please do check out our online store:

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As a sanctuary, we put our heart into a way of living that brings peace to those around us — in every way.

If you are interested in being a part of this loving and learning community, please do pay attention to the messages we speak to the world, to ensure that our efforts of “Peaceful Powered Animal Liberation” fits with your worldview.

As the sanctuary has developed, we have tried to create a space where Peace makes it’s presence felt. Being caregivers for the family of animal-friends who lives here is a form of love-based activism. Through meaningful experiences, guests here inspire themselves to care about life, Earth, one another, to critically examine social justice issues, and to foster skills and adopt actions that will help birth Peace. We are inspired by them as well. This mutual inspiration helps us all further understand our ethical, environmental and social responsibilities.

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Intersectional veganism

Guests inform our intersectionality

We feel fortunate to host a broad cross-section of guest who come stay at Piebird and share different ambitions and different dedications towards the common good of achieving a better world. The diversity of their good desires are all linked together by the similarity of hope. Yet something more than hope is happening. All around us, we see hope in action.

That inner certainty of good people with good visions has been momentously inspiring to us. As we enter our twelfth year we feel enriched by the wealth of spirit and creativeness we see that brings about freedom and inspires peace.


As a sanctuary, our effort is for freedom, and any undertaking of freedom must be as broad as freedom itself. For freedom to approach liberation, it must be immensely generous with it’s inclusion. So we take an intersectional approach to work towards making mere freedom become true liberation.

As a sanctuary, we recognize and celebrate all efforts against injustice and hierarchy in the here and now — and we build a reflective place based on meaningful solidarity with all of those efforts.

If we are celebrating truthfulness here, then togetherness is always more transformative than anything less.

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Saturday May 13th! Mother’s Day Weekend!

Why not show your love for all Mothers by participating in a vegan cafe and supporting sanctuary! Open house times: 10-1 with tours on the half-hour.

Reservations are suggested so we know how much food to prepare — contact us at 705-724-1144,

Saturday June 17th! Father’s Day Weekend!

Share your love of sanctuary with your Dad! Open house times: 10-1 with tours on the half-hour.

Other Summer schedule of monthly open-house / sanctuary-tour dates will be announced soon. Sign up to our email list to be in the know:

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The 2nd annual Pancakes for Peace! at Piebird Farm Sanctuary was a great success! Sign up to our email list to be in the know about the next one:

Saturday April 15th, 10 to noon.

To make a reservation: or 705.724.1144

Vegan & Gluten-free. Includes a sanctuary tour. Promoting peace and supporting the animal-friends at Piebird Farm Sanctuary.

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