Happehatchee Center, Inc.
Happehatchee Center Newsletter                                        April 3, 2013
Our Hours of Operation are Fridays and Saturdays 
9:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Ellen Jay Smile
Our New Tin Roof
Our Gazebo has a new roof!

is a Sanctuary for Peace and Healing"  
  ~ Ellen Peterson  

WGCU TV - MAKERS Women who make SW Florida            Sunday, April 7, 2013  
Watch the WGCU TV Documentary:  
MAKERS : Women who make SW Florida, 
Part 5 and learn about the life of Ellen Peterson:
Sunday, April 7 @ 11:30AM, Part 5 
Portraits of women who have impacted Southwest Florida through their contributions in the arts, business, education, healthcare, politics, the environment and social justice. This episode highlightsLalai Hamric, president and C.E.O (Ret.) of  Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida;  Rae Ann Wessel, director of Natural Resource Policy for the  Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation; Nely Rodriguez, leader of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Women's Group;  Ellen Peterson (1923-2011), founder of the Happehatchee Center .... Ellin Goetz, former chair of the Conservation Collier campaign. Produced by Chelle Koster Walton and Joan Wood. 
Sunday, April 7, 2013    11:30 AM  WGCU Radio Link here
Reiki Circle 
Reiki Circle
THIS FRIDAY April 5th!
6:30PM - 8:00PM 
Healing Hands Reiki
Please join us at our monthly healing circle in the living room, sacred and beautiful indoor space inside at Happehacheee.  Reiki is an ancient, gentle Japanese healing art that promotes stress reduction and relaxation on all levels. All are welcome to attend.  
Reiki practitioners are invited to both give and receive Reiki "universal" energy.  Event includes a crystal bowl meditation, informal sharing and tea.  Wear comfortable clothing.  
~With Mary Cline-Golbitz 
and Sue Lovett


Donations are appreciated but not required.  Contact Mary Cline 207-479-4082 or Susan Lovett 617-921-1037 for more information.  Learn more about Sue Lovett and her healing Hands and Crystal Bowls here.   

Saving Our Waters with Ray Judah     Saturday May 11
Friends of Happehatchee are invited to an afternoon with with Ray Judah, former Lee County Commissioner and friends.....                                          


Ray Judah on Restoring Our Waters 

At Happehatchee Center 


Former Lee County Commissioner Ray Judah will discuss the restoration of our natural waters, on Saturday, May 11 at the Happehatchee Center in Estero.  Judah, a Southwest Florida leader who balances conservation concerns with the needs of the business community, will share his current views on protecting our local waterways. 


Judah established and supports the successful Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed Land Trust and advocates for the Conservation 2020 Program, which acquires environmentally sensitive lands to protect water supplies and open space.  Among Judah's many awards are: "Conservationist of the Year," the "Pathfinder Award" from the Urban Land Institute, and the "Presidential Advocacy Award" from the Florida Association of Counties.  With lengthy experience in government and the community, Ray Judah provides a valuable bird's eye view to guide environmentalists.


To weave analysis and action with the eco-spiritual, Rev. Mary Cline-Golbitz will guide a visualization activity dedicated to restoring our waters. 


The May 11 program will begin at 2PM and end by 4PM.  Suggested donation is $10 at the door.  


Please contact the Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Road, Estero, at 239.992.5455 or happe@happehatchee.org for more information. 

Special Yoga Class with Jeremy    April 13
 Saturday April 13th  10:00AM


You are invited to a special yoga class by        

Jeremy Phillips 


This class is offered as a fund raiser for the Happehatchee Eco-Kids summer program.  



This is for all levels.   

Please RSVP to happetachee@gmail.com  

Recommended donations of $12.00 or more is suggested.  

 Earth Day/Every Day!
Happehatchee Center will participate in two Earth Day Celebrations.  We will staff a Happe Table at Koreshan State Park  Saturday April 20 and at the Conservancy of SW Florida

 SATURDAY, APRIL 20 * SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2013 * 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Happehatchee will be exhibiting at the Earth Day celebration and the grand reopening of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center. Learn about becoming a Friend of Happehatchee, our summer kids program and future programs and events.


Celebrate the Grand Reopening of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center. The festival will include a variety of vendors and environmental exhibitors showcasing fun, educational and entertaining family activities and experiences. Enjoy local entertainment, keynote lectures, conservation, speakers and children's presentations on the main stage in the backfield with seating for 200! Eat, play and learn. Take an electric boat ride, walk a nature trail or rent a kayak.


Maya Culture Days                    May 3 - 4

Experience Maya Culture Days



Solstice Sunrise 

May 3, Friday, Maya Cross Ceremony 

(in Spanish, written English translation will be available)  


 5 - 9pm, $20 entry, 

free for Maya friends.


May 4, noon - 5PM.   Maya Arts and Jewelry sale, Maya astrology readings, Learn about your Nahuales,  $20 / Reading


    Juventude Maya  
performance by El Grupo Espiritu Maya 
They will perform at 4:00PM


Mothers Day Worldwide Meditation

 Happehatchee will honor Mother's Day, May 12th  by hosting a meditation circle for peace, 1-2:oo PM in the living room.  


Mother Gaia
People from around the world will be connected through this time of meditation for peace, 1:00 to 2:00PM  Eastern Time.   www.weareenough.org will have a listing of partners and activities inviting everyone to join us in person or in meditation.   Mother's Day from ancient times honored the Goddess and today honors women and a day of peace. 


Following the meditation is the Temple Atremisia Healing Circle

Happe Kid's Summer Program


The Happe Spirits Eco Kids Summer Program creates opportunities for children to immerse themselves in a beautiful Florida landscape, to connect to their curious selves, each other, and to the elements of nature.

~ Mary Jane Nardulli                                                                          


Our program is created by Florida-certified teacher Mary Jane Nardulli.  Ms. Nardulli is currently a Collier County Middle School science teacher and has worked with children ages 9-18 for over 15 


Our Mission                                                                                    

Our mission is to empower children NOW to connect to the Earth and the global community by learning how to advocate for nature and others. 

The children will ga
in knowledge from Happehatchee that they can use at school and in their lives, they will experience a sense of personal growth and increased confidence in their imaginations, and they will feel excitement about the earth and the natural sciences.  


Quiet, Calm, and Connected Mornings:

Each morning will start with a grounding and centering time.  We will leave expectations behind and enter a world of wonderment and awe as we connect with nature in the most perfect of places, our own HAPPEHATCHEE!!!

Tuesdays: Quiet Time in the Gazebo

Wednesdays: Nature Walk

Thursdays: Breathing and Tuning to the sounds of the river

Fridays: Sense Exploration in the Edible  Garden


Dates: Tuesdays-Fridays 9am-1pm                 

Session 1: June 18-21, 25-28 ; 

Session2: July 9-12, 16-19


Education, it's Elemental! 

Before the Periodic Table came to be,  society viewed the "elements" as air, fire, earth, and water.  We will explore how each "element" has it' root in the sciences of Earth/Space, Biology, and Chemistry/Physical Science.     


Please click on the links below to learn more about this program and to print and pass our brochure on to your friends and families with children.                                    


HappeKids Brochure Page 1       HappeKids Brrochure Page 2 

We love and appreciate all of our Happe Volunteers!
Greeters, Land Stewards, and Students are all welcomed and appreciated on Fridays and Saturdays. If you are interested in being a Happe Volunteer please click here to learn more about volunteering and the many ways you can be a part of creating and sustaining Happehatchee for future generations to come.
Happehatchee Board of Directors
Happehatchee Board of Directors
We appreciate ALL our volunteers including the Happehatchee Board of Directors that contribute hundreds of hours a month with no pay. 
Thank you for all your time, energy and love you continue to pour into the land and the vision of Happehatchee. You all rock!
Temple Artemisia~a reflection from Holley Diane

We are so pleased to offer a sacred healing circle once a month at Happehatchee.  These monthly healing circles will be a part of Happehatchee's Spiritual Ministry 
~Temple Artemisia.  
 Many people have written about the activist and environmentalist Ellen that they knew.  I have been wanting, for quite some time, to write about the spiritual Ellen that I knew.  Ellen's spirituality was Earth Based and her religion and spirituality were at the core of her political activism.  Ellen loved Gaia, Mother Earth.  She loved to call on the Great Goddess in many of her names when in circle. 
One face of the Goddess is Artemis or Diana, Goddess of Wildlands, Midwifery and the Sacred Hunt.  Besides Diane being my middle name, I have connected to Artemis/Diana my whole life.  I am a midwife and a healer.  Like Ellen I feel protective of wild habitats. Artemis, like Ellen is fiercely independent and protects Nature and all living things.  
I met some of my dearest women friends at Happehatchee when invited by Ellen to a Healing Circle in 2007.  Ellen circled her spiritual friends and healers together when she or another friend was in need of healing. Ellen had her closest spiritual partners lead the circles and they were always deeply powerful and healing for all.  Our friend Lynn Davis, whom I met at a Happe healing circle, died a month before Ellen died.  Like Ellen, Lynn died at home in Sacred Circle.  Lynn's land, where Bella, Ellen's beloved dog grew up, was called Artemisia.  Like me, Lynn felt a deep affinity with the Goddess Artemis.  So some of us who have been in Sacred Circle with Ellen before, will continue to guide this tradition and call these gatherings Temple Artemisia. 
What do we do in our Healing Circles?
We sit in a circle.  Some of us drum and we all chant two simple healing songs. This was inspired by well known drummer and healer Ubaka Hill.  (Check out her website here) 
There will be a lead drummer and someone to teach the simple healing songs. We will call in the elements/directions and create a safe space. Usually three or four people lie down or sit in the center after we all drum, attune and sing together to get harmonized and warmed up.  People who are Reiki practitioners or hands on healers often lay their hands on those in the center once the drumming and singing begin. It is very free flowing and powerful.  
Ellen held two of these circles for herself before she died. She said the first one helped her say "good-bye" and the second one gave her "Courage" to make that final journey.  So, these circles can be for healing on many levels.  I was blessed to be a part of those circles and now; I am blessed to have the opportunity to keep this tradition going.   
The next Temple Artemisia gathering will be Sunday, May 14 at 2:00PM. We ask folks to bring drums, shakers, water to drink, a snack to share for afterwards, and crystals if you want to use them.  This month men and women all are welcome. Our June Temple Artemisia Circle will be for women only.
Love to all,
Holley Diane Rauen
In This Issue
Monthly Circles of Spirit 

Reiki Circles 
First Friday of every month
This Friday April 5
(detailed invitation posted above) 
6:30PM - 8:00PM 
with Mary Cline-Golbitz 
and Sue Lovett

Temple Artemisia ~ 
Healing Circles  
Sunday April 14 ~ 
Healing Circle for everyone 
Second Sunday every month
1:30-5:00 PM 

Sunday May 11 ~ Women's Healing Circle


Samadilife Meditation
Starting Saturday May 3
11:30 AM 
with Dennis Adams
Spirit Drum Circles
Friday, April 26
Fourth Friday of every month 
7:00PM - 9:00PM
May Programs
Regular weekly gentle yoga and all levels of yoga classes will be offered Fridays and Saturdays starting in May.  
Children's Yoga is returning to Happehatchee! 
Below is our working schedule so far
...subject to change so keep checking our Calendar on our Happe website.  
Friday Yoga Classes
Gentle Yoga with Sue
All Levels Yoga with 
Happe Hour Yoga with Jeremy    
Saturday Yoga Classes
Gentle Yoga with Sue Lovett

Saturday Meditation with Dennis

Happe Hour Yoga with Jeremy

Starting in May -
Gentle Yoga with Erika 
Fridays 10:30
A multi-level Vinyasa-flow class that incorporates standing and
 balance poses to build strength and stability with seated and reclined poses for flexibility and increased range of motion. This class will include modifications to suit all levels of ability and experience. 

Come and join us for the fun and connect with that which moves you!
Happehatchee Advisory Committee Sunday, April 7
The next 
Advisory Committee 
will be
Sunday, April 7 at 
12:00 noon ~ lunch will be provided with love :>)
Will will be discussing and reporting back from committees on Sacred Grounds, Communications, Programming and Sustainability.   
Hands Across The Sands
Saturday, May 18 
Happehatchee is proud to be a cosponsor of 
Hands Across The Sands 
Fort Myers Beach
Saturday, May 18 
12:00 Noon



Hands Across the Sands 12  
Hands Across the Sands
is an international grassroots event that brings people together to oppose new offshore oil drilling and to promote a clean energy future. Our participation, along with other environmental and peace groups is to push for local solutions that will end our dependence on oil. From renewable energy, to improved public transportation, to electric vehicles -- these are the ways in which, together, we will challenge the dominance of Big Oil in Florida.
Please join hands with the Happehatchee Family 
and our larger community of SW Florida Fort Myers Beach on Saturday, May 18
See you on the beach on 
Phyllis Stanley's 91st Birthday on March 24 
A reunion of EPEC (Environmental and Peace Education Center) members gathered to celebrate 31 years of Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution honoring Phyllis and Bobbie Heinrich who co-founded EPEC.
  Music by 
Natural Spirit 
got everyone singing and dancing too!
Nature Photos 
by our caretaker and 
Garden Gnome-Stephen Orsillo
To view and enjoy more of Stephen's Happehatchee Nature Photos check out our Facebook Nature Photo Page by clicking

Ellen Peterson

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