I've decided on a name for the new facility, and built the first website. Check out: Sanctuary in the Village.
Meanwhile, Ron and Jerry and BJ and Stephanie and I have been hard at work all last week ripping out the ugly old orange carpet from the office, stairs, hot yoga room, hallway and kitchen. Very ugly job, lots of dust and aching backs. From there, we've moved on to paint prep, and that's the work of the week ahead.
WE ARE PAINTING EVERY AFTERNOON THIS WEEK!
Come after class, work time is 12 - 4 every day, and we've got paint and primer, tape, brushes, rollers, masks - the works.
We appreciate everyone who is helping, donating, and cheering us on! This place is going to look so much better.
We are up and running - in a primitive kind of way, but a beautiful setting. The schedule this week for classes at the Sanctuary studio are:
Monday 9:00 am
Tuesday: 8:00 am and 10:15 am
Wednesday 10:15 am
Thursday 8:00 am and 10:15 am
Friday 9:00 am
We will be adding afternoon and weekend classes starting again in May. Thank you!
Work will be going on at the new space every afternoon this week. Right now the jobs are mostly cleaning and preparing for painting, with a few minor repair projects. As always, I'm so grateful to the many wonderful workers and all the people who stopped by with food and encouragement, and everyone who showed up to practice on Friday. We are so blessed and grateful.
Jobs for the week ahead:
Tack up the dangling wires in the back corner
Finish the temporary plywood wall
Replace the missing door knob on the downstairs storage room
Vacuum all the carpets to prepare for steam cleaning
Clean the bathrooms
Clean the small studio walls to prepare for priming
Clean the trainee kitchen and prepare walls for priming
Mask, fill holes, and prime the walls
By Thursday afternoon, we had this. The pews moved out on Thursday morning, and the rest of the day we spent cleaning the floor while our superstar Zeina filled in a thousand little holes in the concrete, grinding and sanding it smooth.
On Friday morning, we had our first class.
Yesterday was another day full of hard working helpers, sweat, sandwiches, and connection. George and Zeina made the plywood wall where the stage was, while Mario, Mary, Deborah, Shiila, BethAnn, Ron and Jim filled several truck loads of scrap wood for the dump and the burn pile. Gayle brought lunch and Carole and BJ ran classes at the studio all morning. It's amazing how fast things are moving.
We've kept all the best wood for reuse in the church as the first priority, but there are going to be scraps for garden builders and other re-cyclers - we'll let you know when to come collect them.
The priority continues to be moving the pews out to make the floor available. Pew buyers - come get them today between 9 - 2 if possible. We will help you move them out! Then, grinding the bolts off the floor and cleaning the sanctuary.
Still intending class indoors on Friday!
The whole altar / stage is now down, and there is enough wood framing and plywood to build the new stages and a facing for the missing wall here at the back of the altar. Unbelievable!
We will be ready for classes in this space on Friday. Spread the word: 9 am Friday class is ON!
Today starts at 9:00 am: We need the pews to be moved and the trash wood brought to the dump or the burn pile, so volunteers with long trailers and pick up trucks would be great. Little bits of wood and nails need to be picked up and trashed. We'd like to borrow a shop vac or two, so we can get all the saw dust and splinters up. We will need carpentry skills and tools to create this new wall along the front.
So many people are going on the gratitude list from yesterday! Zeina C, Irma and Mario P, George B, Ron B, Jim M, Stephanie and Dave B, Jerry and Cathy S, and donors Molly S, Carol W, Linda M, Jerry & Cathy and Sally D.
If I missed you name, please let me know.
Love it all.
Today is our last day at The Wimberley Community Center's Johnson Hall, named for one of our local treasures and a woman with enormous power. The Community Center exists largely because of MF Johnson's long dedication to it, and the town of Wimberley. I respect and admire her and her husband Bill and the example of their lives, and am so deeply grateful for their kindnesses to me.
The Community Center and Senior Citizen's Center have been our home since May, 2010, when Activities Director Carol Scheel took one of my classes and hired me to teach once a week. We had 8 people our first day. Now we've reached hundreds. I'm so thankful for that chance meeting with Carol, and to her for all she's done to create, build and sustain fitness programs for our senior community.
4 years later, the community has grown enough to require more classes and a better schedule than the Community Center can provide with its own busy schedule of meetings and events taking place there. So here we go! Our own place. Our own dreams.
1. Create a schedule for staffing the small studio Tuesday - Friday for recorded classes. A 45 minute sequence will be played and students are welcome to practice for free, or leave a donation, while construction continues at the church.
Here's the schedule:
Tuesday: 8 am, 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm
Wednesday: 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm,
4PM will be TREE YOGA with Helen
Thursday: 8 am, 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm
Friday: 9 am for a stretch in the parking lot with Helen.
Recorded classes in the studio: 11am, 12pm, 1 pm
Needed: 1 volunteer to coordinate and schedule. More volunteers to be present at the studio to turn on class, sign people in, etc. Also 1 volunteer to be at the Community Center each day to give information to students arriving for class.
2. Continue demolition of stage and old sound booth.
Needed: Demolition crew
The last week of March 2014 was a big one, and it marks the end of an amazing friendship with our beautiful dog Chili, who died on Monday from a gun shot wound, and ended with a new home for all my yoga classes, and a fantastic opportunity to practice better community. An old church has been sitting empty for several years in a great location near our Blue Hole Regional Park and local Hike and Bike Trail. I am so proud we can bring it back to life again rather than let it fall to ruin.
I'm going to document our progress with pictures and daily updates. Work schedules will be posted here daily so anyone with an interest can lend a hand.
I want to use this gorgeous space for all my yoga projects, and I want to welcome other people in the community who need beautiful meeting spaces at affordable prices. We want yoga and we want other fitness classes. We want meditation circles and writer's groups. It's going to be a natural for inexpensive, elegant weddings, a place for larger indoor concerts, art shows, gatherings and pas.
We are completely grass roots, and the costs for restoration will be steep, so we hope the community will gather around it with us and contribute if you can!
“It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community - a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the Earth.”
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