Sweaty Sheep

“Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming down stairs, but sometimes he feels there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it.”

-Winnie the Pooh


Too often we forget there is more than one way to do "church!" (and we ain't talking about a building...)  What if there was a community who consistently sought NEW, interactive,  inclusive and FUN ways of EXPERIENCING God?  Welcome to Sweaty Sheep!  A diverse flock of openminded, openhearted, and open-armed sojourners who see faith as a journey, not a destination... and one to be lived, not labeled

True to our motto; "reCreation thru recreation," we believe in the power of play to overcome economic, social, and faith barriers in the creation of a holistic, affirming, and diversely unified community.

In the words of Sartre, the “feeling” evoked through shared experience allows our values, passions, faith, etc to not “causally effectuate” our being, “but rather make a claim on [us].” This Sartric logic calls us “to not just see the homeless person but encounter him as ‘to be helped;’ not just hear the other's voice but register a question to be answered honestly;’ and not simply happen to sit quietly in Church but ‘attend reverently.”  Sweaty Sheep is a dynamic experience so hold on tight!

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We want to extend an incredibly warm welcome for all who made our fishing trip and beach bonfire an AMAZING SUCCESS!  23 Houseless neighbors joined 19 city leaders for a time of storytelling, relationship cultivation, and healing.  Read the recent news coverage here and get ready for our  Merry Christmas Eggnog 5k's for the Homeless (in Louisville and Santa Cruz!!)

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eggnog holiday frolic!!



RSVP today for the most absurd… yet festivity fulfilling event of the season…     THE EGGNOG 5k!

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Tuesday Homeless Garden Yoga!!

***Newsflash!!**   In November we will be switching to THURSDAYS AT DEPOT PARK as our homeless trainees transition to their job skills training.  Still 2pm, still the same great crew, still outside and awesome, and YOUR STILL INVITED!

Every Tuesday throughout the Spring and Summer the community is invited to gather at the Homeless Garden Project’s Natural Bridges Farm for a holistic day of gardening, food, and yoga. From 10-2pm the Farm will welcome volunteers to work alongside the Homeless Garden Project’s “homeless trainees,” planting and harvesting both metaphorical seeds of change and literal seeds of organic flowers and produce. At noon the group gathers for a fresh lunch, prepared largely from the Garden’s organic produce, before returning to the fields preceding an inclusive all-level community garden Yoga session at 2:15pm that will close the day.

This is a unique opportunity for “housed” community members to serve and grow alongside of our homeless neighbors in an organic sanctuary setting, ripe for storytelling, that inspires and empowers mutual growth and the formation of healing relationships. The root word for Yoga derives from the sanskrit term, “Yug,” which translated means “union.” This partnership between a local business, nonprofit agency, and faith community is a demonstration of the ongoing quest for “union” between our city’s corporate, faith, and outreach communities; and mirrors the possibility for unity in our community despite the diversity of our economic, faith, and social situations.

Participants are encouraged to join in both the volunteer day as well as the 2:15pm Yoga session; however, individuals may come at any part of the day. The event is open to the larger community, free of charge, though a sliding scale donation of $10-20 or more to the Homeless Garden Project is appreciated (especially for those participating in lunch.) The community is also encouraged to bring their own vegan dish to share with the larger group, and if coming as a group an RSVP for lunch is helpful so that enough can be prepared. Please bring a mat (there are limited available at the farm) and contact Ryan at runningmango@msn.com or (443)223-7334 with any questions or concerns.


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California Events

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

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Holy Homebrew 8pm @ Garfield Park Church… Come chat, philosophi, meet some awesome people, dive into some equally awesome questions… all while sipping beer (root or regular) in a completely inclusive (all are welcome) environment… (next up: Nov 6th!!!!)


October 22nd  Coffee, Hike, Beer day! 

Meet at Aptos Coffee Roasters at 10, grab a coffee/bite, get acquainted then head out on a five mile hike through ancient redwoods, including “The Advocate Tree,” at more than 1,000 years old and 260 feet tall one of the oldest and biggest trees in the park. This trail also includes a short spur to the “Twisted Grove” where the redwoods are growing in an unusually groovy way—some believe the phenomenon has to do with strange magnetic fields inside the park.
Optional: Hike only, meet at coffee shop at 11AM sharp.
Optional: After hike micro-brew at location TBD.
Rain cancels.

Interfaith Frisbee!!

5pm frisbee followed by our UCSC small group in the College 10 community room at 7pm every monday evening (yes we know the picture says wednesday but…)

Email Ryan @ running mango@msn.com for details.  Frisbee @ OPERS fields (ucsc) This is one of our campus programs, but not restricted to students so come play!


Tuesdays 10am-2pm Garden Yoga @ Homeless Garden

(volunteer from 10-2pm alongside the homeless and stay

for a 2pm Yoga class followed by a short time of reflection.)   …ending for the season November 24t


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Louisville Events

Race Volunteer Opportunities-

February 6 Louisville’s Lovin’ the Hills: Jefferson Memorial Forest, Louisville KY
February 28 Shelbyville Triathlon Race #1: Clear Creek Park, Shelbyville KY
3rd Thurs 7PM Sweaty Sheep Monthly Service
March 27 7:15AM Annual Easter Sunrise Service: Dog Hill, Cherokee Park
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1029 S Preston St.

In Louisville, Sweaty Sheep recently launched runPossible, a program partnered with St. Vincent De Paul that provides mentorship and wellness opportunities to homeless individuals working towards sobriety and self-sustainability by pairing each with local community members such as YOU.  Through running and walking, Yoga, 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 6:15pm and on Thursdays an 11am recovery themed Yoga class hosted by the 502 Power Yoga crew!  Both at 1029 s Preston street in the SVDP community Development center  

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Tuesdays 6PM Walk/runs
Thursdays 6pm Free Yoga
Sundays 3PM Women’s Bible Study with St. Jude Recovery Program


Watch and Learn

What is Sweaty Sheep?
Sweaty Sheep Superheroes
Biking to General Assembly

Interfaith frisbee