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Trinity Retreat Center - Donkeys
Trinity Retreat Center - Donkeys

The Trinity Donkeys

Donkey Sanctuary

Trinity Retreat Center DonkeysWhile you’re visiting the retreat center, take time to visit our little donkey sanctuary on the edge of the Trinity Forest. We have six donkeys. They were rescued from kill pens, and their rescue embodies our mission to be a refuge for those who need peace, comfort, and healing on life’s journey.

Trinity Retreat Center Donkeys

Why donkeys? Jesus chose this humble animal to ride into the city of Jerusalem. He chose the donkey to demonstrate humility, as donkeys were thought to be a low-class animal.

We believe donkeys embody Trinity’s core values of faith, integrity, inclusiveness, compassion, social justice, and stewardship.


Donkeys love to work, and at the retreat center they pull carts, help with farming, help maintain trails, and participate in special services such as Palm Sunday at Trinity Church.


Donkeys represent the outcasts—“the least of these”—whom Christ calls us to welcome and protect. Donkeys are often misunderstood and underappreciated. When you spend time with them at the retreat center, we think you'll find they are humble, gentle, calm, and intelligent. A donkey might even put its head on your shoulder—the equivalent of a hug.


Trinity Reteat Center rescued our donkeys from kill pens, where they were being sold for their hides. The plight of the donkey is like that of the elephant and rhino, which are slaughtered around the world to feed the vanity of humans. Donkeys in China are threatened because their skin is coveted for its use in cosmetics, sweets, and a popular anti-aging medicine.

Social Justice

The rescue of donkeys embodies the retreat center’s mission to be a refuge for those who need peace, comfort, and healing on life’s journey.


Donkeys are useful in the fight against predators. The donkeys protect the retreat center’s chickens, which provide eggs for our farm-to-table kitchen.

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