Worries to the Wind Sailing!
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We are excited to present a project that embraces the unrivaled value of the simple act of ‘play’ and ask for your support as we sail beyond the theological, social, economic, or cultural barriers which divide our community in a vessel of storytelling, healing, mutual growth, and the cultivation of diverse relationships.
Each of our activities inspires interaction between diverse groups (ie: housed-homeless, able-disabled, cross denominational affiliation) by intentionally pairing representatives of a variety of communities in a safe “playful” setting that fosters dignified authentic interaction and experiential worship. Sailing provides an incredibly accessible and relevant means of bridging these sociological gaps and a catalyst for the of dynamic and dignified interaction in the advancement of social justice, sharing of wisdom, and promotion of interfaith and community collaboration.
Our team is elated to dive into the refurbishment of a 31ft Searunner trimaran (a three hauled sailboat) that will expand an innovative therapeutic recreation and worship program by providing an accessible, communal, healthy, FREE and FUN resource to local nonprofit agencies, a formative mission or small group option for churches, unifier for ecumenical/interfaith groups, and a base for our own launch into regular alternative worship services for our growing ‘flock.’
We’ve been able to test this program thanks to the donated use of a 27 foot sailboat which has allowed us to provide free retreats, alternative experiential therapy, sailing instruction, and unique support groups to a variety of groups while gaining learned wisdom that steers this expansion. We have provided recreational based opportunities such as sailing-based bible studies and accessible therapeutic offerings to the Holistic Vets group (a local homeless veteran community,) Shared Adventures (a recreational program for the developmentally and physically disabled,) the Homeless Garden Project (a multifaceted homeless job training program, and Hope Services (a relational program providing care for developmentally disabled.) These sailing retreats are part of a larger recreational offering focused on providing experiential therapy, spiritual growth, diverse holistic recovery, and community cohesion opportunities. By providing this recreational resource to our community partners we seek to amplify the work of many by adding a ‘quality’ to the lives our partnering agencies serve.
A key component in our progression towards the overall mission lies in a recent partnership with a team of recreational therapists and psychologists, Living Evolution, allowing us to offer licensed therapist supported group therapy sessions to various agencies. Living Evolution is a nonprofit group focused on experiential therapy and a core focus on transitional age at risk youth and domestic abuse recovery. In addition, our team also includes the recreational programer for the Shared Adventure program (allowing for expertise and passion in the creation of accessible opportunities for special needs population,) representatives of several interfaith communities, participant leaders of a variety of homelessness programs, and amazing volunteers that open the doors for not only sailing, but hiking, surfing, wilderness training, rafting, and even Bingo!
call or email Ben Sandel at
or ryan at 443-223-7334 & firstname.lastname@example.org
to find out more and get involved!!!