Live compassionately

Compassion is...
...standing in solidarity with all life, arising from a wish for mutual happiness and growth.
...creating an atmosphere of love and empathy. 
...not exclusive to simply humans, but all life.



Our family first started adopting hens back in 2010, when we still lived in San Anselmo, CA. But our desire to slow down our lives, along with a deep-rooted need to do something to aid suffering animals, brought us to the picturesque, small farming town of Nicasio, CA.  

We found a ranch, and decided we were going rescue some animals. What started as a private activity of rescuing a couple of goats, Rufus and Reggie from Animal Place, has been evolving into a little sanctuary. We've been able to provide a home for goats, sheep, cows, pigs, chickens, and ducks. Life on the ranch doesn't get any better - or more compassionate - than this. 

With love,
Miyoko, Michael, Seraphina, and Cammy Schinner


Our name

Driving through the West Marin countryside, you may notice that many residences, stables, and ranches have their own name. To tag along to our town's tradition, and to honor California's old Spanish heritage, we've adopted the name Rancho Compasión, Spanish for "compassion ranch". Compassion is at the heart of what we do and how we live.