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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