Oyasin Hosts Conscious Hunting Retreats to Combat Factory Farming

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Ethical Meat Acts As Alternative to Veganism That Millions Can Enjoy While Saving the Planet

The disconnection from taking a life is what leads us to make poor choices for the environment, but when we see and experience the blood and the guts we recognize the sacrifice required to put meat on the table.

With the completion of the first conscious hunting retreat, Oyasin has passed a milestone by introducing new hunters to the practice with a 100% success rate. In order to educate and facilitate ethical harvesting of wild game meat, Oyasin has developed programming and practices that allow modern, urban people with no experience to begin hunting.

This conscious and ethical hunting movement has grown as a result of environmental and moral pressure against meat factory farming. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the animal agriculture sector is responsible for 18% of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions. Many believe this is a reason to stop eating meat, but Oyasin believes there is another way.

People who eat in the United States account for approximately 95% of the population and yet only 3 - 5% of people hunt. Hundreds of millions of Americans have consumed meat their entire life without ever experiencing the process of gathering that meat for themselves. This disparity is an opportunity.

Oyasin has found an alternative to the vegan and vegetarian movements. By introducing beginners to hunting, these people not only have an opportunity to harvest wild game meat instead of factory farming, but they also create a connection to the experience of killing another animal. “The disconnection from taking a life is what leads us to make poor choices for the environment,” says Oyasin founder Mansal Denton “but when we see and experience the blood and the guts we recognize the sacrifice required to put meat on the table.”

In order to introduce people to hunting, Oyasin has developed a full-scale conscious hunting retreat called APEX that includes beginner, intermediate, and advanced hunts. Recounting a recent experience “...that’s when I teared up a bit,” Silicon Valley based entrepreneur Tim Koelkebeck said “You feel kind of hypocritical when you have been eating meat all your life and you never have to be involved in the death.”

Denton’s goal with Oyasin isn’t to convert everyone into hunters. In fact, the true aim of the organization is to reharmonize with nature, which includes incense like palo santo community gatherings around quality ceremonial cacao, using plant medicine to support inner growth and even mental health. The brand even carries bold apparel declaring “life eats life”. Whether Oyasin can kickstart a movement among meat eaters to stop supporting factory funding remains to be seen, but they hope to change the minds of one group of hunters at a time.

About Oyasin: Founded in 2018 in Austin, TX, Oyasin represents a lifestyle, providing a curated collection of resources, produces, and transformational experiences to support your reharmonization with nature. Seen in major media outlets like Outside Magazine, Entrepreneur, and BBC, the brand has already contributed to changing the collective conversation around hunting.

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