How hard do you wellness? Do you indulge in the occasional turmeric latte and visit your local organic markets? Or are you more inclined to sign up for goat yoga class, take off on a dark retreat, and book into weekly sound baths? If so, this new trend is right up your alley.
Introducing cow cuddling.
People are spending good money at a farm in upstate New York to spend 90 minutes cozying up to cows. The Mountain Horse Farm explains that cows are “intuitive animals” who will “pick up on what’s going on inside and sense if you are happy, sad, feel lost, anxious or are excited, and they will respond to that without judgement.”
Time spent with cows is said to offer benefits ranging from relaxation and mindfulness to confidence-building and overcoming fears. According to the website, the experience is custom-tailored to whatever you’d like, and cows are genuinely good cuddle buddies because of their sensitive nature.
Hug haters out there can cringe all they like, but even science tells us that hugs can be good for your health. Cows are said to have a higher body temperature than humans. One farm in the Netherlands that offers the experience explains it is a unique opportunity to see, “what it means to rest your body against 700 kg of 39 degrees Celsius”. Just think of them as giant, fluffy dogs.
During the 90-minute session (which costs US$300 for two people), you can pet the cows, brush them, play with them and, of course, cuddle with them, and sessions are facilitated by an equine specialist and a licensed counsellor.
Weird or wonderful? We’ll let you decide on that one.
This piece by Anna Lavdaras was first seen on ‘BodyAndSoul’, 28 November 2018.