Calm Your Monkey Mind on a Donkey Walk & Yoga with Seána

Donkey Walk n' Flow!

We’re sure anyone who has ever visited Donkey Dreamland will agree: as soon as you walk through our small gate and down those big steps, you’re hit with a sense of tranquility. While the donkeys are the main source of this incredibly calm and healing energy, the surrounding hills of La Cala de Mijas and the beautiful campo that surrounds our rescue center and sanctuary, has every bit as much to do with it.


This is exactly why our Donkey Walks have become so popular. They offer the perfect combination of quality time with our cheeky, loving donkeys, and a few hours spent breathing in the sights and sounds of our local countryside beneath the Andalusian sun. Add to that a Yoga with Seána session followed by a delicious brunch, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a nourishing morning that will keep you charged with positive energy for weeks to come. All that for just €40!


Now that we’ve gotten January – along with its Blue Monday moods, colds and taxes – out of the way, it’s time to embrace the lovely month of February with all it has to offer. A bit of romance with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, and colourful carnival vibes taking over the Costa del Sol in the week to come. To ensure you won’t find yourself with a lull in your social calendar, Donkey Dreamland has teamed with Seána once again, to offer a fantastic experience on Saturday, February 18th.  

The Benefits of Practicing Yoga in Nature

Seána, who started her own yoga journey ten years ago, is looking forward to guiding you inwards – to help you calm your monkey mind and find peace not only in your present surroundings, but throughout the rest of your day. “Yoga is meant to be practiced in nature. I believe that when we are kind to our bodies and our minds, that kindness shines through you, and to experience that and share that in nature has been proven to be extra healing,” Seána assures us.


Since the late summer of 2020, Seána and trekking guide Andy Sawyer have been offering Trek n’ Flow days, which take them to wonderful places such as the Charca del Canalon in Istan, through the Sierra Bermeja mountain range, or following in the footsteps of Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, across the sandy dunes of Bolonia.


Andy, who has trekked some of the most challenging landscapes across the globe, was first introduced to the combination of hiking, mindfulness and meditation during some time abroad in Asia, and approached Seána about the idea of offering a combination of trekking and yoga flows upon his return.

Donkey Dreamland: The Perfect Setting for Meditation

“I moved a lot of my classes outdoors because I felt that was the direction things were going after everyone was stuck indoors for so long during lockdown,” Seána explains.


Trek n’ Flow felt like the perfect addition to her offerings. “Something happens to our minds and bodies when we ground ourselves in nature; even just being barefoot on the bare earth heals your body and sends all kinds of good signals to your brain and body. It’s just meant to be!”


Last autumn saw the first Donkey Walk and Yoga with Séana event, and the feedback from participants was amazing. “Apart from being a lovely setting, looking into the kind eyes of these donkeys during our practice was the exact energy we needed! We have so much to learn from animals when it comes to mindfulness, being present in the moment and letting go of our ego. They are magical creatures and we are so lucky we get to share these moments with them.”

Treat Yourself to a Mindful Morning in the La Cala de Mijas Hills!

Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to spend your day in the best company with our donkeys, our volunteers and your yoga guide, Seána. You’ll get to recharge on cuddles from our fuzzy-nosed friends, the calming campo scenery, a series of carefully curated asanas and a brunch with a view over the sanctuary and its surroundings.


Reserve your place now – you know this is the kind of self-care your mind and body have been craving after a full-on start to the year. Best of all, this investment into your own wellbeing doubles as an investment into the donkey’s well-being, with all donations going straight back into Donkey Dreamland. It really is a win-win for all!

Three Little Piggies

Help us get the new piglets happy and integrated

Although we are very much a donkey rescue centre and sanctuary, ALL animals matter and when Amaya heard the story about these three little piggies, she knew she had to act to save them.


A few months ago a group of pigs were found abandoned. Whilst they were all adults, they were tame – but one was particularly tame and very friendly. Obviously she had previously been a pet.


She was initially taken in by a lady who ran a rescue centre for so called “dangerous dogs” but the mix didn’t work, so a friend of hers, Rachel, offered to take her in and named her Darcy. Rachel was back and forth to the UK, and was shocked to one day get a phone call from one of her daughters saying that Darcy has just given birth to four little piglets! Imaging the shock, when no-one even knew that Darcy was pregnant.


Unfortunately, due to a serious family illness in the UK, Rachel and her family have to move back to there for a while. Darcy will be well looked after, but the piglets were always only going to be temporary. The plan had been to find them loving homes – but there is no time left now. So up stepped Amaya.

New Donkey Walk Experience

The Full Moon donkey walk

On Wednesday 13th of July we did our first Full Moon Donkey Walk where guests, volunteers and donkeys set off on a walk into the sunset and enjoyed spectacular views as the full moon rose!
Priced at just a 5€ donation per person which included one drink and snacks.
Alternatively guests could meet us at the “Viewpoint” . It was a splendid evening – so much so that we will be doing it again every Full Moon.
So check when there is next a full moon and put the date in your diary and then book to join Donkey Dreamland on another spectacular Full Moon Walk.
Remember that we will be walking up hills and  along some rocky terrain, so make sure your wear suitable footwear!

Update on Olivia

Olivia is walking around like she owns the place

Olivia was placed with Lucky in a new home down at the bottom of the Sanctuary. It works for them both, as Lucky likes to know he has company even though he keeps himself to himself – and Olivia likes to be left alone! But sometimes Olivia wants to show that she is the boss at Donkey Dreamland, so she escapes and walks up the hill to her old home (which just happens to be next to the hay store!)


It’s great to see, because it means she is comfortable and confident to make the uphill trek! 


She is feeling good thanks to the revisions of our vet twice a month and the expensive medication,  special oils and nutritients we are giving to her. And it is thanks to her many supporters that we are able to provide her with this care.

Talking about Lucky

Lucky is doing well too. So long as he has some company in his paddock, he is very content.  When Olivia elects to go walk about, he gets a little upset, but he soons settles down when she returns.


The main concern with Lucky is the fact that no matter what we do, he is not gaining any weight. We had the vet out again the other day, just to give him another full medical check up. His teeth were done a few weeks ago, but we had them checked again just to be sure there is nothing obvious causing him difficulties to eat. That said, he is eating plenty, but he just isn’t converting the food to visible weight gain.


We will keep an eye on his weight situation, but overall we are so delighted to have recsued him. He definitely has some sight and he is just amazing to have around. Donkey Dreamland may be first and foremost a Donkey Sanctuary and Rescue Centre, but are so happy to have Lucky with us.

Fantastic Support from the La Cala Lions Club

LA Cala de mijas lions club

It is great that news of our work at Donkey Dreamland is spreading. The La Cala de Mijas Lions Club, which is part of the International Lions Club, recently made a donation to cover the hay and starw costs for three months. Donations like these make a huge difference and mean that we can focus our energies on Rescuing, Recuperation and Rehoming. Plus with less time needed for fundraising, we can spend more time educatng. 

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.


To show our appreciation, Amaya and her team hosted a luncheon at the sanctuary for the Lions members.

The different ways to help Donkey Dreamland

become a patron of donkey dreamland

Although Donkey Dreamland receives no Government or Local Authority funding and relies upon generosity of visitors and supporters, the plan has always been to offer events and activities which allow people to participate in donkey related experiences which turn provide the funding which is so vital to keep the sanctuary running. We want to keep doing this, so that we can generate as much of the required monthly income through providing enjoyable experiences. One such experience is ….

Walk with The Donkeys and Share Their Love


Join Donkey Dreamland rescue centre in their daily activities taking care of the rescued donkeys.


Guests will arrive at the sanctuary where their host will introduce themselves and tell some of the story of Donkey Dreamland’s formation and speak about the experiences of some of the donkeys. You will also have the opportunity to experience the life of the volunteers, looking after the donkeys. This will include feeding, cleaning their stables and paddocks, grooming, applying cures.

Once the basics of donkey handling have been explained, you will take a walk with the donkeys, enjoying the company of these amazing creatures as well as experiencing the amazing countryside surrounding the sanctuary. There will also be a traditional Andalucian brunch of local organic virgin olive oil on fresh bread with tomato and a selection of cheeses, plus orange juice or mimosas. Surrounded by beautiful wildlife and olive trees, you will find it hard to believe that you are just 5 minutes drive from the beach, except that for the most part you will have an enticing view of the sea, when you are not gazing into the loving eyes of the donkeys.

Become a Friend of Donkey Dreamland


However, we are often asked if there are other ways of helping with the santuary finances on a more regular basis. In the vast majority of  “western” countries, there is only a need for rescue sanctuaries in situations where the owners have become too old and frail to take care of their dokeys or perhaps serious illness or financial distress has caused a massive change in circumstances. For example, in the UK, there are a number of donkey sanctuaries, but few rescue centres. There isn’t the need and that allows the charities to focus their rescue work in other less “aware” countries, and they are able to do this due to the amazing support and generosity of many supporters. One such donkey charity has annual income in excess of £37 million (yes, you have read that correctly!) but unfortunately their sanctuary in Spain is closed to new rescues.


For as long as we have sufficient funds, we will never turn away a donkey that is in urgent need of help, but sometimes, in order to do that, we need to plead for financial assistance through one-off fundraising campaigns (for example the recent case of Olivia). Were we able to build a sustainable monthly income of just €5,000 we would be able to focus on the donkeys and spend less time fundraising.


The donkey walks are amazing and generate good income – and during the coming weeks we will be adding Donkey Walks in the evenings, with a picnic instead of the brunch. We’re sure they will be popular too. But there is a limit to how many we can do, so ultimately the income potential is capped. Can you help by either becoming a Best Friend, a Patron, or by sponsoring a donkey?

rescue, recuperate rehome - it's what we do!

Donkey News

Lucky - (well, he's now an honary donkey)

You may recall that when we first took Lucky the horse, he was almost totally blind. At best he could make out blurred shadows in one eye. However, after weeks of a healthy diet and loads of love and attention, there is no doubting that his sight has improved.

Whenever someone walks down to his paddock, no matter how silently we approach, he immediately walks straight towards us, looking directly at us. 


It is so heart warming and another justification (as if any were needed) for Amaya’s decision to take a horse in to the Donkey Sanctuary. He may never be rehomed, (although we live in hope that a true horse lover may take him on) but at least his remaining days, however long or short that may be, will be more enjoyable and full of love.


To each and every one of you who contributed to Olivia’s fundrasing campaign: THANK YOU. She is a different donkey from the poor beat up girl that first arrived at the sanctuary. It would have been so easy to decide that she couldn’t be saved and put her out of her misery, but with your amazing support we have again been taught to never give up. Just NEVER say NEVER.


She has the freedom of the sanctuary (except when she over indulges and has to be locked in her stable for her own protection) and the fact that she chooses to go up and down the steep rugged tracks demonstrates that although her walking will never be perfect, she is much improved and with only limited pain. Yes, after over doing it, she will have a lie down for a rest and then be very stiff when she gets up again, but she is happy and content.


Her character has come through and shows what an amazingly loveable donkey Olivia is. She is not afraid to let us know what SHE wants and for those of you who follow us on Facebook will know, she is not averse to escaping to our terrace and helping herself to oranges and bananas – and smashing a few bowls up whilst she is doing so!


We haven’t quite reached our initial target with the fundraising and there’s always pressure on the finances when any of the donkeys need regular medication as she does, but no-one said running a donkey sanctuary would be easy. If you can help fund the sanctuary running costs there are a number of ways listed below and as always we will be forever grateful, as will Olivia all the Donkey Tribe. Obviously Olivia will never be able to be rehomed due to her unique situation, but she is now very much part of our donket tribe and that is all down to your support. Thank you for giving here that chance. 

Carlos and lucero

You may recall that Carlos came to our attention due to a lovely lady from Germany named Marianne, who was staying near Velez Malaga for a few weeks. Although he had been kept in atrocious conditions, it was due to ignorance rather than intentional neglect and abuse – as it demonstrated by his fantastic character.


Lucero was a similar story, in that he was taken from his Mother at just one month old, to be a “pet”. He had no time to learn anything from his Mum – especially that he was actually a donkey, not a dog or a child’s plaything!


He came to Donkey Dreamland on a temporary basis to interact with other donkeys and learn “donkey stuff”. He and Carlos have bonded in such a way that they will not be separated. They are quite simply BEST FRIENDS. So when it is time for Lucero to go back to his owners, Carlos will be going too. We will miss them both, not just because they are both amazing and loveable donkeys, but because they have been the ones to go out to the hotel kids camps! The children simply adore them and they are so well behave despite often having to put up with a bunch of over excited kids!


But that’s in the future still. Despite his size, Lucero is six months old and he still has much to learn, so we he will be at the sanctuary for a while longer, so there is still time to come and visit them both at the sanctuary. You can’t deny that they are both simply ADORABLE. 


Who knows, Lucero may soon be ready to come on a donkey walk with visitors. Wouldn’t that be something special?

As you may be aware, Donkey Dreamland receives no government funding and relies totally on visitors and supporters to meet the monthly running costs. If you would like to help support the rescued donkeys, there are a number of ways you could assist:


Hotel kids camps

As part of our programme to reach out and educate thenext generation, we have been delighted to collaberate with The Marbella Club Hotel who have welcomed our donkeys to their “Kids Camp”. We have now made three visits with more planned over the Summer. 

Of course the intention is for the children to have a fun time interacting with our donkeys,  but at the same time learning a little about animal welfare so that we can deduce the needs for rescue centres. 


At the same time we get to spread the word about Donkey Dreamland far and wide, given the nature of the mutli-nation clientele of The Marbella Club Hotel.

school trips

We are also working with local schools, although we still need to pread the word further. The British International School of Marbella have visited and by all accounts the students had a lovely time interacting with the donkeys and learning about their welfare. In addition, the children organised a fundraising event (a charity cinema in school) and raised an incredible €1035.40 for Donkey Dreamland.

Before the month is out we have two further school visits booked, this time from local state schools and it is really satisfying that these schools have decided to use a visit to Donkey Dreamland as part of their “out of school” educational visits. With a bit of luck these visits will become annual events, meaning new children get to experience the donkeys and learn abaout animal wlefare in an interactive environment. We hope that other schools get in touch too.

Much has been happening at Donkey Dreamland

happy easter to everyone



In addition to adults and children experiencing a tour of the sanctuary and interacting with our beautiful rescue donkeys, there will be an Easter Egg hunt and artwork shop for the children. Come and spend a few hours at donkey dreamland and let your children enjoy the great outdoors, interacting with our donkeys, learning about them as well as enjoying a supervised Easter Egg hunt and Art Workshop.


All proceeds go towards helping the existing donkeys rescued donkeys as well as providing funds to finance new rescues. Thank you for your support.

private event on 12th april

Donkey dreamland rescues a horse?

We heard about a horse who had a mini stroke (or something similar) and went blind as a result. His owner had no further interest in him and he was left in a stable for three weeks and he was going to be put down. Even though we are a donkey rescue centre, we could not ignore this – especially as we currently have spare capacity and shelter. A rooster had become his companion and never left his side, so we took the rooster too!


They have both settled in well and the rooster gets upset if he can’t see the horse (sometimes we have taken him to a bigger paddock with some grass, so that he can experience walking around again, and this paddock is out of the eye line of the rooster!)


We felt they both needed a name and after assessing loads of suggestions, the volunteers settled with Lucky and Luke after a childhood comic series Amaya was very fond of: Lucky Luke. So we have Lucky, the horse and Luke, the rooster.

olivia update

Our vet is very happy and we thank him for his skill and experience. We wanted to show you a video of her almost running, but we also wanted to show you our vet, Jose Maria telling us that he is very happy. To see her almost running, visit our YouTube channel at
and see how well she is recovering! That is thanks to everyone who has donated to her GoFundMe Appeal. It has been a long and expensive process, but TOTALLY worth it. Now that she has minimal pain, her real character is coming through – and what character she has! She has obviously become used to being the centre of attention because now she demands attention whenever she feels she is not getting enough!


There is still some minor work to be done on her front hooves and this has to be done gradually by the farrier which involves filing down the heal so that it is at the correct angle for her new (correct) posture. Every donation has helped Olivia and further donations will continue to help with her recovery and recuperation. Please share the GoFundMe Appeal link so that we have a chance of reaching our target which will help reduce the financial pressure the sanctuary faces.



In the next edition...

You may recall the separate stories of Carlos and Lucero. Carlos was in need of rescuing, but Lucero was not badly treated or neglected – he just needed to interact with donkeys so that he could remember that he is a DONKEY!


Well Carlos has taken Lucero under his wing and as well as teaching him how to behave, they have bonded and are most likely to be inseparable.


They have also been out to visit a top five star hotel in Marbella to help to introduce young children at the Kids Club to Donkey Dreamland and animal welfare. More about their exciting excursions in the next issue….

Can you help us help the donkeys (and Lucky the horse)?

Please share this blog as much as you can and hopefully that will help with donations.


We have been involved in the rescue of over 35 donkeys in less than two years since are formation, but this just highlights how much there remains to do. In addition to the stated mission of Rescue, Recuperate and Rehome, we also want to get out within the community to EDUCATE, particulary so that future generations are more aware and make our role redundant. Unfortunately it all costs money. With no financial support currently coming from government, we are so grateful for the financial assistance provided by our supporters, followers and visitors. But as is so often the case, we need more. It costs around €4,000 per month to run the sanctuary. Obviously this is not just food for the donkeys – they eat alot, but not that much! That said, in the last month, the price of hay as almost tripled! We are now paying over €1,000 per month to feed the donkeys currently at the sanctuary. It’s been a dry winter and our wells have struggled to keep up with demand and a truck load of water now costs over €100 and with the summer almost upon us, we can assume we will need a truck a week. Rent also swallows up a big chunk of our income – just over €1,000 per month and maintence is an ongoing battle. On top of all of that, we always have vet bills and farrier fees. Educational visits to schools and hotels also mean additional transport costs – normally around €300 a time. So it does all add up. Our volunteers do amazing work, giving their time and love for free and we try to arrange local fundraising events, but every little bit helps.


If you are able to provide some monthly support from €10 or more, please follow the link below:

Alternatively, for just €1 per month you could become one of our TEAMERS. It may not seem like much, but Teaming is an online tool to raise funds in favour of social causes with micro donations of 1€ a month. The philosophy is based on the idea that 1€ does not have much of an impact if donated alone, but if we join forces, we can make beautiful projects possible. It will take time, but with your support spreading the word, one day we might have sufficient Teamers to help ensure each month’s cost are met, leaving Amaya and the volunteers free to focus on the Rescue, Recuperating and Rehoming of more and more donkeys.

It’s all been happening….

Sorry it’s been a few days since any updates have been posted. It’s been so busy there just hasn’t been time. But this latest blog will hopefully get you updated. 


We will cover a number of topics: Firstly an update on Olivia, then an introduction of Carlos and Lucero and then a couple of dates for your diaries.

Update on Olivia

I was going to show some pictures of her in surgery, but after uploading them I decided that for some they might be a bit a little bit too much!

However, the vet was REALLY pleased with how it went and Olivia is now standing up probably 80% of the time and her front legs are now so much straighter. (Prior to surgery, she was standing only about 20% of the time.) She is also walking a bit more, although she still walks with a stiffness, which we hope we diminish with time and exercise.


All in all, everyone is absolutely delighted with how things are progressing. However, the vet came again today to change her bandages and it has been decided the the second stage of surgery will be necessary (it was always expected that would be the case) so she will have that on Friday. It’s more invasive than the first surgery,  so we will be keeping everything crosssed that is also as successful as the first stage. We are also ordering a lrage truck full of sand so that she has her own small paddock with a really soft base. This will help her recovery and generally make life easier for her. In summer we will build a shade over it too, so that she is protected from the sun without having to walk any great distance for shade, but also has her own quiet space.


Thank you so much to every single donation to her GoFundMe campaign. We still have a little bit further to go to reach our target, so please do share the link:

Carlos becomes the 30th Donkey dreamland rescue

Carlos was found by Marianna, a lovely lady from Germany who spends time in Spain with her family. She was concerned about his terrible living conditions and dealt with the whole rescue process herself meaning that Donkey Dreamland only had to commit to taking him if a solution could be found. Marianna “negotiated” with his owner and dealt with the all of the paperwork which has to be done in order to take a donkey, plus she dealt with the vet to get all of his papers in order. 


As the pictures show, he was certainly living in horrible conditions and if left there for much longer, his health would no doubt have suffered. Fortunately he is young and relatively fit and apart from needing to be castrated, the only issue seems to be his hooves. We have already had them looked at by the farrier and hopefully he will be none the worse for his appalling living conditions.

Lucero - Rescue number 31?

To be fair this cute little rascal is not a rescue. His owners took him on two months ago when he was just two months old. As a result he has had no interaction with other donkeys and whilst the family gave him much love and attention, it got to the stage where his boisterous behave was becoming dangerous to their children.


So Lucero has come to the sanctuary for a bit of training and interaction, with a view that he will return to his family in about six months. The hope is that by then he may well have bonded with another donkey from the sanctuary and they will return to a loving home together, but Lucero will hopefully accept that he is a donkey, because at present he seems to think he is a dog!

He is going to be big. He is already huge for his size and we can tell from his ears and the thickness of his legs that he will be a BIG donkey. So after a few days of “ahs” and cuddles, we will start training him so that he knows right from wrong. But there is no denying – he is absolutely adorable!

march events for your diary

March 19th – After being closed for a few weeks (apart from pre-booked Donkey Walk Experiences) in order to minimise disruption for Olivia, on March 19th we will re-start tours of the sanctuary, subject to pre-booking.

If you are in and around La Cala de Mijas, Costa del Sol on 27th March come and join Leonie for another amazing Sound Healing session amongst the donkeys in the tranquil setting of Donkey Dreamland.


Sound healing is an ancient meditative practice that uses different musical implements to create healing vibrations around the body in a meditative state. It uses aspects of music to improve physical and emotional health and well-being. 


Healing with sound is believed to date back to ancient Greece, when music was used in an attempt to cure mental disorders. Throughout history, music has been used to boost morale in military troops, help people work faster and more productively, and even ward off evil spirits by chanting.


More recently, research has linked music to a number of health benefits, such as boosting immune functions and lowering stress levels.


We asked for a donation of just €15.00 person to participate so not only are you helping yourslef to de-stress and generally feel better, but you are also helping the donkeys too!


Also on Sunday 27th March starting at 14.00 hrs, we are celebrating the fact that it will be Mother’s Day in the UK.  Enjoy sandwiches, cakes, scones and tea or Cava and a walk around the sanctuary interacting with the lovely donkeys.


Although the event starts at 14.00 hrs, we are staggering the serving of tea so that the volunteers serving can ensure everyone is looked after in a timely fashion. So time slots have been set at half hour intervals and as such reservations are highly recommended. Your can book here.


Whilst waiting for your tea time, or after you have enjoyed your tea and Cava, you can walk around the sanctuary interacting with the donkeys and enjoy their company. What a truly relaxing way to enjoy Mother’s Day. 

Please share this blog as much as you can and hopefully that will help with donations. If you are able to provide some monthly support from €10 or more, please follow the link below:

Alternatively, for just €1 per month you could become one of our TEAMERS. It may not seem like much, but Teaming is an online tool to raise funds in favour of social causes with micro donations of 1€ a month. The philosophy is based on the idea that 1€ does not have much of an impact if donated alone, but if we join forces, we can make beautiful projects possible. It will take time, but with your support spreading the word, one day we might have sufficient Teamers to help ensure each month’s cost are met, leaving Amaya and the volunteers free to focus on the Rescue, Recuerating and Rehoming of more and more donkeys.

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