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Meditating with alpacas – bookings now open!

With the end of lockdown, have you tried meditating with alpacas?

Enjoy an exclusive wellbeing experience – meditating with alpacas. Use the calmness and connection of alpacas to promote your inner quiet and ‘being in the moment.’ Each session is led by Alarna Lloyd after an introduction to alpacas and Spring Farm by us.

The alpaca’s presence is a fun way to experience meditation. These spiritual animals are a perfect accompaniment for the first timer or the practised meditator, wanting to experience something unusual. Meditating in small groups alongside animals can feel more powerful and enjoyable. It’s also a good way to get used to meditating with pets or larger animals when you get home – they love it!

What to expect?

  • Ten minutes of introductory talk followed by a Q & A about the farm and alpacas with the owners, Chris or Vicki.
  • You will be in a field full of friendly alpacas to sit with and enjoy different guided meditations.
  • A chance to spend time connecting to nature, the animals and each other.

Feedback from previous sessions:

“So relaxing, wonderful to spend time with the animals and combine with being in the moment which they do so well.”

“very peaceful, initially was a bit wary, but they had a very calm energy”

“easy to follow – soothing tones and background nature noise”

We are very conscious of the issues caused by COVID 19. Alarna has conducted a full on-site risk assessment for guests joining us. However, the introduction and entire visit is conducted in the open. Social distancing can be observed at all times whilst you are with us. If you need to use the toilet facilities, they are sanitised with a barrier viricide (Steri-7) prior to your arrival.

Spaces are limited to 5 people at the moment, this may change and we will be keeping up to date with Covid-19 government guidelines. The T & C’s, refunds and risk assesment are on Alarna’s website. Please check these out before booking.

For more details and for all bookings please see Alarna’s website, link below:

https://www.natures-spark.co.uk

Alpaca walking to resume from 12/4/21

The last year has been exceptional in many ways – none good that I can think of! Hopefully we will be able to say goodbye to lockdowns, tier systems and fear in the future. The good news is that alpaca walking is to resume from 12/4/21!

When COVID first hit, no one knew it would be this long until a semblance of normality would return. Here at Spring Farm Alpacas, have taken the opportunity to hopefully make things better for the future. Vicki has managed to get way ahead of normal with halter training our baby alpacas. We have also done loads of fencing work and added chalk to a number of gateways. This is to reduce the mud that can build up and make progress slippery for our walkers.

We have painted the outside of our house and our holiday let. Amazingly, we have even managed to get to grips with the garden (to an extent). On the wildlife front, we have put up many more bird boxes. To aid our bees, we have planted additional wild flowers to support them.

As an alpaca breeder we have said goodbye to a number of our breeding stock. But, we are in the process of adding some new faces to our stud male group – watch this space! It will also be a big year as far as baby alpacas (cria) are concerned. We are expecting about 30 cria this year – starting in about 8 weeks. So a very exciting time ahead.

We have had to cancel a lot of walks during 2020/21 owing to lockdown restrictions. When we do cancel alpaca walks, we typically send out vouchers (undated) so our guests can rebook when we are able to offer walks again. We are very mindful that this means that we will have a large number of guests hoping to re-book or book walks this year. Our walking team is 30 strong so that shouldn’t be an issue. But in order not to disappoint guests looking to book, we have decided to increase the maximum of walking alpacas to 12 from 10 on each walk. To keep things as personal as before, we will therefore aim to have three of us on every walk so the ratio of us to guests will actually increase!

We really can’t wait for our alpaca walking to resume from the 12th of April. Just please be aware that bookings are starting to mount up for both walks and the holiday let.

See you soon, Chris and Vicki

ALPACA WALKING IS BACK FROM 12/4/21!!

After yesterdays Government announcement, we are going to reopen our alpaca walking diary for bookings and our holiday let both from the 12th April 2021 – hooray!

It has been a long few months with no guests but needless to say, we have been busy. We have been doing farm maintenance and halter training for the class of 2020 has started. By the 12th of April, we hope to be well ahead on our halter training and hopefully the wildflower meadows should look pristine.

Last year on the 12th April, the wild bluebells in our ancient woodlands were in full bloom and we were only 13 days away from our first baby alpaca birth. For 2021, we are expecting over 30 baby alpacas and llamas.

We hope to see you soon,

Chris and Vicki, Spring Farm Alpacas

WE ARE NOW BACK IN NATIONAL LOCKDOWN AND HAVE TO CLOSE AGAIN

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE FEBRUARY 2021

Here at Spring Farm Alpacas we have to think of the safety of you, our guests, and our staff. We have to cancel all our walks whilst under National Lockdown. We realise this will be very upsetting for anyone who has booked a walk over that period. However, we have to think about safety first and adhere to the Government guidelines.

We will be constantly monitoring the situation with regards to future walks. Since the last lockdown we have been very serious about your safety when you visit us and have in place stringent COVID protocols. When we are able to reopen you can be sure that we will continue to do everything to ensure that visiting Spring Farm is as safe as it can possibly be.

If you have booked a walk in the period up to the end of February, we have sent you an email with an eVoucher so you can rebook when “things get back to normal” subject to availability. Please be aware that we don’t date our vouchers. So as long as we are here – they are valid.

You may be concerned about the welfare of our walking alpacas but you can rest assured that we will continue to look after them all with our usual care and attention. We aim to use this time (without being able to offer walks) to good end. We will finish the halter training of the 2019 born crias (baby alpacas) so the walking team may well see new entrants! We had 21 new babies during 2020 so will spend a lot of time looking after the babies (and their mums). You can follow us and what we are up to on our Instagram page: springfarmalpacas

These are difficult times for us all but you can rest assured your health is paramount to us. We will keep the diary open for future bookings after the end of March 2021. To be frank, we have no idea as to when we will be able to reopen, but think that’s a reasonable guess at present. If restrictions continue to be applied to us from the end of February, we will continue on the same basis and issue undated credit vouchers. We will update our websites and social media pages as soon as we get the green light to open again. 

Once again, we are very sorry to have to do this as we know that alpaca walking is great fun but we have to think of your welfare first and foremost. 

Stay safe and well, and hope to see you soon!

Vicki and Chris Agar, Spring Farm Alpacas and Alpaca Walking. 

Baby alpacas racing

ALPACA WALKING REOPENS 4TH DECEMBER!

After a month of Lockdown we have been given the green light to reopen for our amazing alpaca walks from Friday the 4th December. The last month has been very hard on rural businesses. So we have taken the time to catch up on fencing and other farm maintenance. We never stop!

The alpacas have been loving life as they get to go into the hay fields for the Winter. We have continued with the halter training of the class of 2019, and the walking team of alpacas are wondering when the carrots will resume!

So please feel free to book an alpaca walk now! Or, if you are looking for a present for Christmas – why not treat a loved one to an alpaca walking voucher! We go to the furthest lengths to make visiting us a safe experience and have full COVID protocols in place. Come and meet us and our amazing alpacas soon!

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE NOVEMBER 2020

Here at Spring Farm Alpacas we have to think of the safety of you, our guests, and our staff. We have taken the difficult decision to cancel all alpaca walking during this additional lockdown period – from Thursday 5th November until the 2nd December. We realise this will be very upsetting for anyone who has booked a walk over that period. However, we have to think about safety first.

We will be constantly monitoring the situation with regards to future walks. Since the last lockdown we have been very serious about your safety when you visit us and have in place stringent COVID protocols. When we are able to reopen you can be sure that we will continue to do everything to ensure that visiting Spring Farm is as safe as it can possibly be.

If you have booked a walk in the period up to the 2nd of December, we will be emailing you in the next day or so with further details and with a voucher attached so you can rebook when “things get back to normal” subject to availability. Please be aware that we don’t date our vouchers. So as long as we are here – they are valid.

You may be concerned about the welfare of our walking alpacas but you can rest assured that we will continue to look after them all with our usual care and attention. We aim to use this time (without being able to offer walks) to good end. We will finish the halter training of the 2019 born crias (baby alpacas) so the walking team may well see new entrants! We have had 21 new babies during 2020 so will spend a lot of time looking after the babies (and their mums). You can follow us and what we are up to on our Instagram page: springfarmalpacas

These are difficult times for us all but you can rest assured your health is paramount to us. We will keep the diary open for future bookings after the 2nd of December 2020 but keep an open mind as to how we proceed from here. In the event of continuing restrictions after the 2nd December, we will continue on the same basis and issue undated credit vouchers. 

Once again, we are very sorry to have to do this as we know that alpaca walking is great fun but we have to think of your welfare first and foremost. 

Stay safe and well,

Vicki and Chris Agar, Spring Farm Alpacas and Alpaca Walking. 

Alpaca walking now open!

After 3 months of not being able to offer walks to our guests – or give extra carrots to our walking alpacas – we have now reopened. The last three months have allowed us to catch up on all sorts of things. We have completed all the halter training of last years baby alpacas. We have been sprucing up our house and the outbuildings (work in progress).

Feeding alpacas carrots

So how are things different? We have gone to great lengths to protect you, our guests, and our staff. You will see a number of changes to our walks. Our staff wear masks when handing over the alpacas. We wear disposable gloves when handling anything you might handle. We sanitise our hands before cutting up carrots and then place them in sanitised beakers so you can feed your walking alpaca at the end of the walk in complete safety. We wash the head collars and lead ropes which you hold to walk the alpacas. We even sanitise the necks of the walking alpacas after each walk (where they are stroked) and rotate the team every day. So things are slightly different. The good news is we haven’t put up our prices!

Alpaca walking

All our walks are across open fields which are entirely within the boundaries of Spring Farm. Wildlife is everywhere on the farm in the meadows and we have 18 baby alpacas bouncing around. You will be entirely outdoors whilst visiting and able to socially distance. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Alpaca walk group photo

Very best wishes,

Chris and Vicki, Spring Farm Alpacas

Alpaca walking

We are back!

We have been given the go ahead to restart alpaca walking from the 4th July 2020!

We will resume our alpaca walks from Saturday 4th July whilst observing social distancing and with a full risk assessment in place.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE ALPACA WALKING CANCELLED UNTIL 4th JULY 2020

Here at Spring Farm Alpacas we have to think of the safety of you, our guests, and our staff. We have taken the difficult decision to cancel all alpaca walking during this lockdown period and until the 4th of July. Even if we were to get the go ahead at the next briefing, we will need a few days to reorganise the way we do things – and safety is paramount. We realise this will be very upsetting for anyone who has booked a walk over that period. However, we have to think about safety first. We have noted advice from the Government and the British Alpaca Society in relation to the coronavirus outbreak – and both say the 4th of July is likely to be the earliest date.  

We will be constantly monitoring the situation with regards to future walks and making sure we do everything possible to ensure your safety when we get the green light to reopen. If you have booked a walk in the period up to the 4th of July, we have emailed you a voucher so you can rebook when “things get back to normal” subject to availability. Please be aware that we don’t date our vouchers. So as long as we are here – they are valid.

You may be concerned about the welfare of our walking alpacas but you can rest assured that we will continue to look after them all with our usual care and attention. We aim to use this time (without being able to offer walks) to good end. We will finish the halter training of the 2019 born crias (baby alpacas) so the walking team may well see new entrants! We have had 13 new babies so far for 2020 with another 9 on the way. You can follow the births on our Instagram page: springfarmalpacas

These are difficult times for us all but you can rest assured your health is paramount to us. We will keep the diary open for future bookings after the 4th of July 2020 but keep an open mind as to how we proceed from here. In the event of continuing restrictions after the 4th July, we will continue on the same basis and issue undated credit vouchers. 

Once again, we are very sorry to have to do this as we know that alpaca walking is great fun but we have to think of your welfare first and foremost. 

Stay safe and well,

Vicki and Chris Agar, Spring Farm Alpacas and Alpaca Walking. 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 6/6/20 to 19/6/20

Here at Spring Farm Alpacas we have to think of the safety of you, our guests, and our staff. We have taken the difficult decision to cancel all alpaca walking during this lockdown period and until the 19th of June at the earliest. Even if we were to get the go ahead at the next briefing, we will need a few days to reorganise the way we do things – and safety is paramount. We realise this will be very upsetting for anyone who has booked a walk over that period. However, we have to think safety first. We have noted advice from the Government and the British Alpaca Society in relation to the coronavirus outbreak.

We will be constantly monitoring the situation with regards to future walks and making sure we do everything possible to ensure your safety when we get the green light to reopen. If you have booked walks up to the 19th of June, we have sent you vouchers so you can rebook when “things get back to normal” subject to availability. Please check your inbox – and contact us if you haven’t received an email. Please be aware that we don’t date our vouchers. So as long as we are here – they are valid.

You may be concerned about the welfare of our walking alpacas. You can rest assured that we will continue to look after them all with our usual care and attention. We aim to use this time (without being able to offer walks) to good end. Vicki hopes to finish halter training the 2019 born crias (baby alpacas) so the walking team may well see new entrants! We have had six new babies so far for 2020 with another 17 on the way. You can follow the births on our Instagram page: springfarmalpacas

These are difficult times for us all but you can rest assured your health is paramount to us. We will keep the diary open for future bookings after the 19th of June 2020. In the event of continuing restrictions after the 19th of June, we will continue on the same basis and issue undated credit vouchers. 

Once again, we are very sorry to have to cancel walks. We know that alpaca walking is great fun – but we have to think of your welfare first and foremost. 

Vicki and Chris Agar, Spring Farm Alpacas and Alpaca Walking.