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Save the Dates

Save the Date – Come celebrate and enjoy with us!

Happehatchee Programs Estero FLWe are very excited about our upcoming fall and winter programming! Here is a peek of what we are planning. Some of our Happehatchee Advisors have come together to offer four specialLabyrinth Walks a year on the equinoxes and solstices in coordination with the World Labyrinth Society. They are also offering a series of Art and Soul Classes.

We have great and exciting events planned for the next year and beyond so please mark your calendars and save the Happe dates below! Please scroll down for event details and descriptions.

Art and Soul Dates:

  • Sunday, September 25th 1-4 pm
  • Sunday, October 30th, 1-4 pm
  • Sunday, November 20th, 1-4 pm

Labyrinth Ceremonies

  • Thursday, September 22th, 6 pm
  • Tuesday, December 20th, 6 pm
  • Saturday, March 19th, 6 pm
  • Wednesday, June 21st, 6 pm
  • Saturday, May 6th, 1 pm *World Labyrinth Day*

Open House

  • Saturday, October 15th 2016 9-4 pm
  • Saturday February 11th 2017 9-4 pm

Members Day in the Park:

  • November 6th, 2016

Journey to Empower Your Life with Power Animal Meditations

  • January 12, 19, 26, 2017 – Thursdays: 7 pm – 9 pm
  • February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2017 – Thursdays: 7 pm – 9 pm

Open House 2016

Open House
Saturday, October 15 9 am-4 pm

A couple of times a year we open up the Happehatchee Eco Spiritual Center to the public with an Open House to introduce new people to all the exciting, fun and wonderful things we offer. Don’t miss our next upcoming Open House Dayon Saturday, October 15 from 9 am to 4 pm.

Our yoga teachers, healers, naturalists, drummers, environmental educators,  gardeners and Advisory Committee members will all be offering a taste of what we offer at Happehatchee.  It will be a fun filled day with awesome people, food and music.

Click here to read more about Open House Days.

We are a community! This is a fabulous and Free event open to the public – come join us!

Members Day in the Park 2016

Members’ Day in the Park
Sunday, November 6, 2016

We love and appreciate our Happe member that we created a special day just for them! Our nextMembers’ Day in the Park is November 6, 2016.

Happehatchee will be open to members and people who wish to join us that day. There will be many fun activities, food and music will be offered. Both sides of the park will be open and folks will be able to cross the bridge, walk both labyrinths and relax in the Bamboo studio.

Click here to read more about Members Day. Your memberships help sustain Happehatchee Center.

Labyrinth Walk 2016

Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, September 22, 6 pm

Come Walk with Us! Celebrate the Autumn Equinox on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the Happehatchee Center with a beautifulLabyrinth Walk.

Welcome Fall and Harvest Energies and bring the season into being while enjoying the slowing of the Earth and the cycle of enjoying the fruits of our labor both materially and spiritually. The Evening will close with conversation, herbal tea and refreshments.

Click here to read more about our Labyrinth Walk Days at Happehatchee.

 

 

Music of the Spirit Weekend
Music of the Spirit
Friday – Sunday, December 2nd thru 4th

This year in December, we will be celebrating the10th anniversary of the founding of Happehatchee Center and our founder, Ellen Peterson’s Birthday. This will be a fundraiser and consciousness raising event with our dear friends Kat Epple and Nathan Dyke. They will be holding a world music workshop, The “Music of the Spirit Weekend”, on December 2 and 3 and will then perform a concert with participants for the weekend on December 4.  Kat and Nathan played music at Ellen’s last birthday parties when she was alive, as well at our birthday celebrations the last few years since Ellen died.  This is already a tradition!  Click here to read more about that event and sign up now.

 Art and Soul at Happehatchee

Art and Soul Sunday, September 251-4 pm

Happehatchee is inspiring you to develop and enjoy your creative side with our fabulous new Art and Soul Days. Explore different mediums for use in the Art Journaling Phenomenon. An Art Journal can use papers, paint, clippings etc. Samples provided. An Art Journal can allow as much writing or drawing as its creator desires.

Light refreshments will be served, and a centering meditation before we begin.

Click here to read more about Art and Soul Days at Happehatchee!

Power Animal Meditations

Journey to Empower Your Life with Power Animal Meditations
January 12, 19, 26. February 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2017. Thursdays: 7 pm – 9 pm

Come join shamanic healer, Denise Exler as she shares Journey to Empower Your Life with Power Animal Meditations starting in January, every Thursday Night at 7:00 pm. At each circle, a different power animal will come forward with sacred life teachings. Power animals are spirit guides that appear in animal form and assist us in life in many ways.

The suggested $15 donation will be donated to the Happehatchee Center.  Denise can be reached atsacredhealingdrum@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

Ellen's last birthday party

This photo of Kat and Nathan was taken on Ellen’s last birthday party December 2010

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About Happehatchee Eco Spiritual Center

Happehatchee Center is a sanctuary for peace and healing. A Park in the Heart of Estero Village. Our mission is to sustain the Happehatchee Eco-spiritual Center as it provides environmental and healing arts education. We preserve and honor Happehatchee’s vibrant land as a way to make sacred connections with our selves, each other, and Nature. The Happehatchee Center is a Founding Member of the Estero Historic Preservation Citizens Committee. Happehatchee Center would greatly appreciate your support in order to continue to provide and offer everything we do as we continue to grow and offer our community even more!

 

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8791 Corkscrew Rd., Estero, Florida 33928
(239) 992-5455
happehatchee@gmail.com
www.happehatchee.org

 

Become a Happehatchee Member and Support our Mission

 

 

Office and Volunteer Hours every Friday and Saturday 10am – 4pm
Healing in Nature Several Days a Week
All additional hours by appointment or rental only

Kids at Happe Happe Children! Photo: Maxi Lorenzo

Kids at Happe
Happe Children! Photo: Maxi Lorenzo

Dear Happe Friends,

Ellen Peterson

In Loving Memory of Ellen Peterson

Five years after Ellen Peterson’s passing, we are united, organized and ready for the future.  The Land Is vibrant, and the Happe Tribe thrives, with hundreds of helpers, including volunteers, Members, visitors, friends, Advisors, Staff, and the Board of Directors.

Ellen wanted children to experience Nature at Happehatchee. This year we hosted the third Happe Summer Eco-Camp for farmworker children, and we became a site for the Amazing Summer Science and Art Camps and Homeschooler Science Classes.  Farmworker Family Festivals, the Teen River Lab,Girl and Boy Scout troops, and Canoe Safety classes bring more young people to the woods and the Estero River.

Ellen founded the Happehatchee Center ten years ago, to protect the sacred Land, the river, and the surrounding old Florida forest.  We have worked hard and continuously to create a successful community organization, fully cooperating with Lee County Code Enforcement, achieving recognition from the Lee County Historical Preservation Board, becoming part of the Great Calusa Blueway, and participating vociferously in public hearings for the Village of Estero, to protect the river life and fragile ecosystems as the new city develops around us.  Happehatchee is the Park in the Heart of the Village.

Ellen envisioned an Eco-Spiritual Educational Center.  Indeed, with a variety of popular Yoga classes four days a week, monthly Drum, Reiki and Healing Circles, Art and Soul craft classes, Maya, Water Blessing, and Labyrinth ceremonies, the WISE (Working to Improve through Self Employment) Project for farmworker women, and Workshops with world-renowned authors, artists and musicians, the Center vibrates with learning, Light, and Healing.  The co-centric circles in the Happehatchee logo represent the spiritual and environmental effects of Happe programs as they radiate out into the world.

In honor of Ellen, we recently opened a small park on the Estero River, with a ramp and picnic area.  Good friend Dennis Francisco Adams and a generous neighbor contributed funds to restore the dock, which is now a welcoming feature in our beautiful Ellen Peterson Picnic Park on the Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail.

People with disabilities, children and other friends in wheelchairs need final connection to Ellen’s Picnic Park and YOU can make that happen!  There is no safe way, by land, to reach the dock on the Estero River.  The 100-foot long ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) boardwalk from the Historic House parking lot, through the bamboo and woods, to the dock will cost $40,000.

The West Coast Inland Navigation District (WCIND) has awarded the Happehatchee Center a matching grant to construct the ADA boardwalk.  The agency’s award is contingent upon Happehatchee Center’s provision of 50% of the cost of the project. We need to raise another $20,000 in the cash match to receive their $20,000.

I will donate $1,000 to start.  Are there 19 of you, friends of Ellen, the environment, and/or the Village of Estero, who will also donate $1,000?  All twenty names, plus the dock donors’, will appear on a bronze plaque in the park.

Please donate $1,000 to the Ellen Peterson Picnic Park.
In your name,
Or in the name of someone you love.

Donate to Happehatchee

Thank you for your support. 

Because of you, the Happehatchee Center is ten years strong and glowing!

Genelle Water Blessing SWFLI hope to see you in person for a Happe day in Nature.  Exciting events coming up are the Open House on October 15, Members’ Day on November 6, and the fabulous “Music of the Spirit” Workshop with Kat Epple and Nathan Dyke on December 2 to 4.  We are so Blessed!

 

With Love and Gratitude,

Genelle G. Grant, Ed.D.
President of the Board of Directors

 

Please send your check to: The Happehatchee Center, Inc. 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero, FL 33928. Or click here to make your donation now.

 

 

Ellen Peterson Park Estero River

Park in the Heart of the Village SWFL
About Happehatchee Eco Spiritual Center

Happehatchee Center is a sanctuary for peace and healing. A Park in the Heart of Estero Village. Our mission is to sustain the Happehatchee Eco-spiritual Center as it provides environmental and healing arts education. We preserve and honor Happehatchee’s vibrant land as a way to make sacred connections with our selves, each other, and Nature. The Happehatchee Center is a Founding Member of the Estero Historic Preservation Citizens Committee. Happehatchee Center would greatly appreciate your support in order to continue to provide and offer everything we do as we continue to grow and offer our community even more!

 

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8791 Corkscrew Rd., Estero, Florida 33928
(239) 992-5455
happehatchee@gmail.com
www.happehatchee.org

 

Become a Happehatchee Member and Support our Mission

 

 

Office and Volunteer Hours every Friday and Saturday 10am – 4pm
Healing in Nature Several Days a Week
All additional hours by appointment or rental only

 

Still time to sign up for Happe Campers Summer Camp There is nothing like learning in nature!

The Happehatchee Center still has a few spots left in July for the Happe Campers Summer Campfeaturing the wonderful Super Science and Amazing Art folks! The camp is open to children in grades 1 through 5.

For registration and questions please contact Allison at allison@supersciencefl.com or give her a call at239-682-2780. If you haven’t been to the Happehatchee Center before, we invite you to stop by the on Fridays or Saturdays between 10 – 4 pm for a free tour and to check out the park!

Happehatchee offers a unique summer camp location and programming where students will learn in the Happehatchee Historic House and the breezy Peace Pavilion.  Not to mention, five acres of nature with bamboo stands, a butterfly garden and plant nursery all on the Estero River.  Kids love exploring nature in this safe space. Don’t miss out on this wonderful summer experience! Space is limited.

Happehatchee Center is located at: 8791 Corkscrew Rd., Estero, Florida 33928

July 18 – 22  Eco-Engineering: Putting the A in STEAM: Art and science has always been connected. We will use all parts of our brain- our logical and creative sides will merge together as we invent and innovate new technologies and art techniques. Campers will: learn about thermodynamics while working with our kiln, create recycled inflatable art, explore light and color, experiment with shapes and form, and design organic based jewelry and fashion and a whole lot more. On Friday friends and family will be invited to our art expo. July 25 – 29 

Eco-Tourism: Campers will take part in fun outdoor games and challenges while learning skills to live off the land. Campers will: Work as a team, compete in fun challenges, build a shelter, purify water, identify plants and animals, practice navigation basics, become one with nature, and so much more! On Friday friends and family are invited to participate in camper demonstrations throughout the Happehatchee Center.

Register today! Allison@SuperScienceFL.com or visit SuperScienceFL.com    –  239-682-2780

“YOU can make a difference by  supporting our mission!”

About Happehatchee Eco Spiritual Center

Happehatchee Center is a sanctuary for peace and healing. A Park in the Heart of Estero Village. Our mission is to sustain the Happehatchee Eco-spiritual Center as it provides environmental and healing arts education. We preserve and honor Happehatchee’s vibrant land as a way to make sacred connections with our selves, each other, and Nature. The Happehatchee Center is a Founding Member of the Estero Historic Preservation Citizens Committee. Happehatchee Center would greatly appreciate your support in order to continue to provide and offer everything we do as we continue to grow and offer our community even more!

8791 Corkscrew Rd., Estero, Florida 33928
(239) 992-5455
happehatchee@gmail.com
www.happehatchee.org

Happehatchee Eco-Spiritual Center

Happehatchee celebrated her Members with a wonderful event!

Our first Members’ Day in the Park was a rocking success! Happehatchee Members had a fabulous afternoon together on Sunday March 20th. Members enjoyed a transformative Sacred Sound Healing Circle with Isy Yoga, walking both labyrinths, plant propagation with Erica Klopf from Florida Edible Landscaping, classes in the nursery and deep conversations in nature. Resident artist Ehren Fritz Gerhard gave away two plein air painting that were created and inspired by the Happehatchee Center during the special event. The day ended with joyful music and dancing with Peter Goldbitz’s band Baker and Peters.

We hope that more of you do become supporting Members and can join us for our next free Member’s Day in the Park on November 6th, 2016. Our bridge is open to Members on Membership Days as well as occasionally for special events. Please consider becoming a member now.

Your Happehatchee Membership donations help us to be sustainable, preserve the land, and to actively engage with the Village of Estero to protect the Estero River and its banks. Memberships and donations also help us to offer free programs like our Kids’ Eco-summer Camp, WISE woman program and our Teen River Lab. To become a Member today click here now. To view a list of our current members click here. To view this original blog post click here

“YOU can make a difference by  supporting our mission!”

About Happehatchee Eco Spiritual Center

Happehatchee Center is a sanctuary for peace and healing. A Park in the Heart of Estero Village. Our mission is to sustain the Happehatchee Eco-spiritual Center as it provides environmental and healing arts education. We preserve and honor Happehatchee’s vibrant land as a way to make sacred connections with our selves, each other, and Nature. The Happehatchee Center is a Founding Member of the Estero Historic Preservation Citizens Committee. Happehatchee Center would greatly appreciate your support in order to continue to provide and offer everything we do as we continue to grow and offer our community even more!

8791 Corkscrew Rd., Estero, Florida 33928
(239) 992-5455
happehatchee@gmail.com
www.happehatchee.org