Unbantu Acres… cultivating diverse community

 

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!

Cultivating relationship, purpose, and organic veggies for all!

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 a Garden: We have matched up with Tower Aeroponic systems and each garden sold earns a crew member a $50 deposit into their new savings account!  Part of our work lies in teaching financial literacy and budgeting so to help individuals save for a housing deposit and move out of transitional housing.
  • Visit/volunteer at our farm!!!     We’ve partnered with www.costonoacommons.org and host volunteers every tuesday 10am-1pm and would love to schedule a special intro/workday for you and/or your group side by side with our special needs and homeless gardeners!   335 Golfclub dr., Santa Cruz CA
  • Hire one of our trainees! 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


By | February 11, 2017 | | Comments Off on Unbantu Acres… cultivating diverse community

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!!!!

 

 

Upcoming… Hooray Dec festivities!!!  

 

  • Use up those end of year sick days and join the fun 10-2pm for sailboat refurb parties (music, laughter, various jobs, etc aplenty) at the moss landing boatyard…     Email with interest!

     
    *Tuesdays 10-1pm volunteer garden day at Costonoa Commons… 335 Golfclub rd www.costonoacommons.org 
     
    We are starting a depression Hike group…  an intentional weekly wandering for any/all going through (or wanting to help those going through) cloudy days.    Stay tuned and/or email for exacts… Ryan@sweatysheep.com 
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    Week(s) to come special events:

    -Sat Bowling Jan 27th @ Boardwalk Bowl 630-9pm

    -Sat 3rd: Join our buddies at Calvary for a Gender diversity afternoon from the The Diversity Center – Santa Cruz County… 1:00-4:00pm, Calvary Episcopal Church, Parish Hall Lincoln & Cedar Street (across from Nickelodeon) Santa Cruz, CA.

    Sunday Feb 4th:     Annual Missio Dei/Sweaty Sheep Super Bowl Party at Bobby’s (All ages, fans, etc…).  Childcare available, email for details!

  • Sunday Feb 11th:   Nicene Marks hike and philosophy-   130pm meet at the Aptos Safeway lot
  • Tuesday Feb 13th:   UKEovery!!!!     Both rec center Capitola village 6-8pm (free but donations welcome
  • Sunday Feb 18:    Sweaty Sheep takeover of Santa Cruz Unitarian! 10am on Freedom Blvd

 

  • 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! 

Uke Jam and Jabber Sessions…

Beginner Ukulele classes start February 6th and will be on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Capitola Village at Bodhi addiction Center!    Thisis a new offering and we can’t wait to grow our use-community .   Ukes available for $50 (or find your own) and these will have focused reflections on recovery and personal growth (we are all recovering from something and have room to grow!!!)
Retreatin 

Tahoe!!!

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!!!!

 

 

Feb 6-11th  Rev Ryan will be camped at the Moss Landing Harbor boatyard for a sailboat work week (and a side of surfing, kayaking, beach walking, etc…) Let us know if you can come give a few hours/days!

 

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

 

Are you are Facebook Friend yet?  Well like us and don’t miss out on all the goings ons!

 

 

 

 


By | February 27, 2016 | | Comments Off on California 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

By | February 27, 2016 | | Comments Off on Louisville Events

Runpossible

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.  

Like us on Facebook 

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

 


By | February 27, 2016 | | Comments Off on Runpossible

November Retreat!

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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
Adults: $166
Couples: $235

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.

 


By | February 26, 2016 | | Comments Off on November Retreat!

Keeping in Touch in these Texting Times…

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!!sheep phone


By | October 15, 2014 | | Comments Off on Keeping in Touch in these Texting Times…

Ironman!

louisville cropjpgIt’s that time of year again! Ironman is October 15th, 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.


By | July 19, 2014 | | Comments Off on Ironman!

Pinkerton Raid Concert

Come out this Thursday for a concert and bourbon cook-off! Jesse DeContoJesse DeConto, writer for Christian Century and indie musician, will share his stories through song. Come listen to his band, Pinkerton Raid, eat some great food, and taste home-brewed beer at Calvin Church, 2501 Rudy Lane, this Thursday at 6:00!


By | May 28, 2014 | | Comments Off on Pinkerton Raid Concert

runPossible

Now is the best time to get involved! Sign up on runpossible.sweatysheep.com to join our Wednesday morning runs at 6:00AM every week! We meet at Hotel Louisville (Wayside Christian Mission) to inspire and be inspired by some amazing people from Wayside as we run and walk together. Everyone’s welcome (slow or fast!), and if you can’t make it on Wednesday mornings, just hit the donation button to the right to buy a pair of shoes for one of the participants in need!


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