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 email@example.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!
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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 produce!
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
***Newsflash!!** Its been a wet crazy winter… But fear not, we will be launching back into the series mid-march! Get excited!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (443)223-7334 with any questions or concerns.
(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!!!!
Rev. Ryan will be speaking at:
-Santa Cruz Unitarian (Freedom Blvd.) at 10am on May 7th and then
-Trinity Presbyterian Church in Santa Cruz (Melrose ave) on May 14th.
Both 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 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
Sunday Small Group… Every other Sunday, 4pm, childcare available, relevant topics amidst open minds. Throughout the spring we will be ‘diving’ into the world of Enneagrams! Contact Bobby at 831-406-1334 (email@example.com) or Ryan at 443-223-7334 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details
Wednesday Mountain Bike adventures with our Buddy, Pastor Danny and High Street Community Church. Meet at the Church at 5:30pm and email Danny at email@example.com
|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!!!
|Garden Yoga @ Homeless Garden
We are getting the schedule for this summer down… stay posted! Looks like we will also be doing a 5pm Thursday class at the lighthouse on Westcliff and series at New Life Recovery center.
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||RunPossible: 1029 S Preston St
||Yoga 1st and 3rd Fridays of the Month; Zumba 2nd and 4th Fridays: 1029 S Preston St
|April 16 7:15AM
||Annual Easter Sunrise Service: Dog Hill, Cherokee Park
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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||Women’s Bible Study with St. Jude Recovery Program
Need a break???
We will be hosting a contemplative retreat at Mt. Hermon this fall along with Missio Dei and Bayshore Church that kicks off Friday with a kayaking and sailing dock party as a pre-retreat adventure.
The retreat will be help at Mt. Hermon and all the info is here.
Pricing is looking like this:
Kids 0-3: Free
Kids 4-17: $40
That includes accommodations and meals from dinner Friday to breakfast Sunday, plus programming. That’s slightly more than I mentioned last week. It’s still subsidized a bit for most. If that’s out of your price range feel free to use the prices I sent before. We don’t want cost to be a reason for anyone missing out on what should be a great weekend, so if it is a problem and you want to attend, please don’t hesitate to email us and we will make it work.
DON’T MISS A FLOCKING!! Sweaty Sheep is truly Christianity on the Move, and we want YOU to keep up! Join our text message list (we won’t flood you with messages) by texting “Sheep” to 51555. This is a simple, no strings, cancel anytime, text group. If you do want to donate you can text “Sweaty” to 41444 and you can make a pledge for later or specify a donation amount. Thank you all!!
Yes… we will be dropping our pats to jaunt the streets in the spirit of Sweaty Sheep on Tuesday the 16th of September at 6pm, meeting at the BBC on Shelbyville rd. Since you can’t come to Church in your skim pies (at least without getting some strange looks,) come to Happyhour!
End of summer campout at Taylorsville lake Saturday night, sept 20-21st! Email Ryan@sweatysheep.com for details and get searching for your marshmallow stick!
Doing the Chicago Marathon?? So are we so let us know!
It’s that time of year again! Ironman is Sunday, August 24th, and there’s a ton of ways to get involved! First of all – if you’re doing Ironman, let us know on Facebook or by sending us an email.
If you’re not planning on competing, join us at the Bike Special Needs station to give some support to those awesome athletes! Go to sweatysheep.com/ironman, select the Sweaty Sheep Bike Special Needs group, and use the password ironsheep to sign up. We’ll be out by Buckner Baptist Church all day having a bunch of fun, and we need all the help we can get! Food is provided, and you’ll get a limited edition Ironman 2014 Volunteer Tshirt! So bring a friend and come out on August 24th!