Sweaty Sheep

Welcome to Sweaty Sheep!      ...but "what the heck is 'Sweaty Sheep??"

We are the playfulpassionate, & colorful sheep who wandered from the flock in order to:   

  • Seek unity through diversity (oneness is far from sameness!)
  • move beyond the blind acceptance of "second hand religious" rituals, rules, and practices of the past
  • cultivate authentic community unrestricted by labels of homelessness, disablilty, faith affiliation, gender, age, race, etc... 
  • Laugh at ourselves (life is far too important ant to be taken seriously!)
  • Have fun!   Be it a surf, sail, hike, boardgame, ski-trip, etc... As the late Plato wrote, 'we grow more through an hour of play than a life of study and conversation.'
    Our Mission:    'To embrace RECREATION to break down social, economic, and Faith barriers.
    We value:   The unique gifts of each individual and seek to create a community of mutual growth.
  • We believe:  There is not one 'right' spiritual path... thus we strive to empower and support the unique faith journeys of each individual without proselytization.  So, though rooted in the Christian tradition, we see value in all faith teachings and encourage interfaith dialogue and co-learning.  
    We never:  exclude any genders, sexual orientations, religions, species (we are super pet friendly!), etc...     We like to focus on what unites, not divides us!

Enough reading... let us show you what we mean!

Keep up  with all our events here...

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Read our most recent News Coverage here
Questions? ideas?  Email Ryan at: Ryan@sweatysheep.com 
Give a listen to past 'sermons' by CLICKING HERE! 

  • California Events
  • Easter Sunday… Surf And ...
  • God’s Garden Initiative
  • Louisville Events
  • Runpossible
  • California Events

California Events

(We are in the midst of forming a Santa Cruz chapter,

click here for a little info… Email Ryan@sweatysheep.com if you’d like to learn more about the program or have an interest in leadership.)

And Facebook “Friend” us today… everyone loves friends and you don’t want to miss an impromptu surf, sail, or hike invite!!!!





  • Dec 17th: Festive 5k Eggnog Frolic!! Fun & costume clad family friendly fun FREE run/walk
  • Dec 24th: 4pm Interfaith Christmas Eve at the Homeless Garden Project farm  (Delaware and Swanton intersection)

WE REGULARLY TAKE OVER REGIONAL CHURCHES…   Services will feature a ‘pop-up’ produce market as a farmers market simulation for our “God’s Garden” homeless community re-integration participants so come hungry… they will be making fresh juice and offering a variety of organic hydroponically/homeless grown produce! 

Wednesday evening/Thursday Lunch Sails

Come chat,philosophi, meet some awesome people, dive into some equally awesome questions… all while playing pirate on Monterey bay!  Meet 5pm @ P Dock to join Ryan or A dock to join Cormac.  443-223-7334 for details


This one is going to be EPIC!!!

March 2018…         we have a 55 person cabin on the lake 3 miles from Heavenly and plenty of relationship forming, self/social activities, good food, spiritual/emotional/physical development opportunities, etc…

Email Ryan@sweatsheep.com with interest!   Last year was awesome!!!!




Wednesday Aeriel Yoga at 111 Erret (Garfield Park Church) courtyard at noon…


Mountain Bike adventures with our Buddy, Pastor Danny and High Street Community Church.  Meet at the Church at 5:30pm and email Danny at danny@hscchurch.org

Sundays 1pm
We are having a blast surfing and sailing!!!    We sail most Sundays around 1pm and surf at various times during the week.  Email Ryan@sweatysheep.com if you’d like to join either and always follow us on Facebook.    You don’t have to know how to do either, just need to know how to have fun!!!
Our new ‘Shepherd,’ Elijah Cooper, is helping to broaden our community by providing a bridge into the special needs populations of Santa Cruz and we have some exciting ways to get plugged in!            

Join him Monday & Friday 10:30-12:30pm at trescony gardens

Every other Thursday for Bingo 5-7pm at garfield Christian Church

and keep up at: https://www.sharedadventures.org


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  • Easter Sunday… Surf And ...

Easter Sunday… Surf and Stretch Sunrise service!!

What a fantastic morning this was!!!    Take a look at the Sentinels response to our out of the box means of ministry and inclusivity!  








Take a gander at last year’s fun…    and set your alarms NOW for Easter Sunday so as to not miss the most beautiful way to prep for Easter egg hunts and marshmallow peeps!

Meet for Yoga (a laid back, all welcome, fully inclusive sunrise season) at 7am infront of the Dream in on Cowells Beach.  Bring the kiddos as we have a kid-friendly session, and for those up for a plunge, bring a surfboard for an 8am community surf session!

Email Ryan at runningmango@msn.com or call 443-223-7334 with questions, concerns, or to say hi!   …and feel free to bring a friend (or 5), a smile, and an open mind/heart!

  • God’s Garden Initiative

God’s Garden Initiative


Click here for our AMAZING BROCHURE!!

about this amazing hydroponic homeless community re-integration program…    We are indeed “sweaty” sheep as we continue putting our Orthodoxy into “Orthopraxy!”

We are thrilled to announce our first two “Homeless Gardeners” are no longer homeless!!!   Not only that, but with the ranch rocking and two mobile units placed, THESE GUYS ARE FEEDING PEOPLE!!!!   Stop by the vet center on Front St. Santa Cruz Wednesday at noon and sit with some special neighbors while feasting on fresh organic veggies!

How can you help you ask?

  • Donations of gift cards: Help us provide for those who are working to provide for the community! These veterans are transitioning out of homelessness and any support towards food, transportation, social services, or therapeutic services (medical, nutritional, counseling, etc) is incredibly helpful.
  • Purchase one of our gardens: Gardens are scalable in size from 3×3 to 12×24 ft, can be set up as aqua or hydroponic, and structured specifically to grow a variety of herbs, fruits, vegetables, etc based on your community needs. Your garden will be built by a vet participant and we hope you will consider bringing one of our trainees into your community to train your team and/or oversee your garden!
  • Hire one of our vets! Our program is meant to be a transitional (and transformational) step towards longterm employment and housing…. We would love to work with you as a potential placement site for individuals as they grow ready to re-enter the workforce.
    Make a financial contribution. All donations are tax exempt and we invite you to direct your support towards general operations or specific initiatives:

    • Provide a scholarship for a local church or nonprofit to host a hydroponic unit and mentor one of our participants
    • Provide a personal hydroponic unit for a vet as a personal small business opportunity.
    • Contribute to participant stipends (allowing our vets to be self-supporting as they advance

  • Louisville Events

Louisville Events

Louisville Happenings-

Tuesdays 6PM RunPossible: 1029 S Preston St
Fridays 5:30PM Yoga 1st and 3rd Fridays of the Month; Zumba 2nd and 4th Fridays: 1029 S Preston St
August 12th  Step Forward for Mental Health Walk: Harbor Lawn @ Waterfront Park
  • Runpossible



1029 S Preston St.

In Louisville, Sweaty Sheep launched RunPossible, a program partnered with St. Vincent De Paul that provides mentorship and wellness opportunities to individuals facing homelessness and/or working towards sobriety and self-sustainability by pairing each with local community members such as YOU.  Through running and walking, Yoga, Zumba, nutritional education, and personal relationships RunPossible initiates a self-transformation process through exercise and wellness that aids in the development of life changing friendships and self-confidence.
Every Tuesday we meet for a walk/jog at 6pm and on Fridays at 5:30pm we host Yoga with KY Yoga Initiative or Zumba with a skilled instructor. All located at 1029 S Preston Street in the SVDP Family Success Center.  

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Tuesdays 6PM Walk/runs
Fridays 5:30pm Free Yoga or Zumba


Watch and Learn

What is Sweaty Sheep?
Sweaty Sheep Superheroes
Addressing Homelessness Differently

Festive Frolic time!!!