In 2011, Patricia and her husband, Vitor, decided they had enough of the big city and wanted to reconnect with nature.
They reached the town of Camanducaia in Brazil and built a sanctuary where her husband can grow organic food and she can teach yoga.
“Vale da Rainha shelters over a hundred Master Animals: cows, pigs, horses, donkeys, goats, sheep, birds, dogs and cats – all of them rescued from mistreatment,” the website described the Sanctuary. “The Sanctuary then works on emotional healing with compassion, which also reaches us, humans.”
The Sanctuary is a non-profit sanctuary with mostly volunteers operating it.
In this sanctuary, Patricia responded with compassion and love to the humans helping run the place and to the animals they rescued.
One day, a rescued bull arrived at their sanctuary.
He was supposed to be slaughtered for meat but he broke through a wall and ran away. When he arrived at the sanctuary, he was still crying.
“As I greeted him, he immediately looked at me and stopped crying,” Patricia described. “He was still a bit scared but I knew he would grow to trust me.”
But that initial meeting told Patricia this bull would never hurt her. And after that, Patricia would look for him at the sanctuary and just talk to him and sing to him.
Patricia continued to do this until one day, the bull laid down beside her and placed his head on her lap. That’s when she knew the bull trusted her.
Now, every time, the bull saw her, he would lay down on the ground, and show her his belly, waiting to be massaged on the belly. Patricia was happy to do so along with a song for him.
Patricia took care of and sang to all the animals, especially when she had a vision after buying the farm.
“One night, I had a vision of a very old woman – wise and strong. She told me to look after any and all living creatures,” Patricia shared. “The following day, a friend of mine asked me to adopt her horse because she could no longer take care of him… I thought it was all very magic – her vision, then the request. We realized we can do this for others … that is how the journey of our sanctuary began.”
At the sanctuary, Patricia said it was a place where the animals can teach humans how to love and not just be loved.