Massachusetts resident Tammy Donaghey was visiting Tops'l Farm in Waldoboro, Maine, for a yoga retreat when she looked up from her mat and saw a moose wander over to the class.
Donaghey says the moose stopped, listened to the instructor and kneeled as the yoga session ended. "It was truly an amazing experience, one we will all hold close to our hearts,” she says.
"I captured him kneeling to us. Seemed like he was saying, 'Namaste,'" Donaghey adds, noting that it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Tops’l Farm, a camp and retreat destination on the Medomak River in Waldoboro, lies on 83 acres of pasture and woodland. The town, a former German settlement, has a strong agricultural and fishing legacy, which continues through its cheesemaking, farm brewing, fermentation, soapmaking, fiber making and other lost agrarian arts.
Moose sightings are not rare in Waldoboro. Recently, the Waldoboro Police Department issued a public safety warning regarding a moose sighting. "People are pulling over to watch and take pictures, but are causing safety concerns as the road is so narrow and windy," a spokesperson said. The moose, which was apparently healthy, was believed to be in the area for a few days. It may be the same moose that was seen at the yoga class.
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The owner of In Vogue Spa in Sudbury, MA, Donaghey is also active in charities that help women in abusive relationships.
“Prior to opening In Vogue Spa, my passion was to make a difference to those less fortunate. The spa offered the opportunity for me to reach out to battered women, providing spa days for those women who need emotional and physical pampering the most. In Vogue Spa often hosts clothing and toy drives for the shelter families, and donate gift certificates to many fundraising events in support of their cause,” Donaghey says.
Donaghey uses her business to also support those battling illness.
“We are happy to provide support for anyone or cause that needs it. I am happy to visit patients in their home or hospital to give support, skin care or holistic treatments for those in pain or undergoing treatments,” she says.