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.
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.
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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