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See what’s happening at Shepherd’s Corner! If you have any questions, please contact us at 614-866-4302 or scecologycenter@gmail.com. You can also check out our Calendar to learn about up and coming programs and events.


 

October Programs at Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center

Join us for our October programs at Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center.

Come Visit Shepherd’s Corner.
Walk our labyrinths and meditation trail.
Most Wednesdays-Fridays (from April to mid-November) we are open to visitors between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Dates when were are not open can be seen on our website calendar. You can always call ahead just to make sure we’re open for visitors.

Closed: October 3 & 4, 23 & 25.
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Storytelling Experience

Wednesday, October 16 6:30-8:00 pm
Led by Donna Doone
$5 donation

Storytelling is powerful. Come engage in the process of storytelling as we build, create, and share true and fanciful tales.

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Mindfulness in the Labyrinth: October Labyrinth walk

Friday, October 18th 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Facilitated by John Seryak, Labyrinth Caretaker
Suggested Donation: $5

Walking the sacred space of the labyrinth in silence and in the present moment allows for each sojourner’s inner voice to speak to one’s mind and heart.

***Location of walk depends on status of outdoor labyrinth***
Our labyrinth is located on Wengert Road, at the second drive to the right. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. No previous meditation experience or experience walking labyrinths is required.

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Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan
Book Discussion series
Tuesdays 10:00 am – 11:00 am (Oct. 29 – Nov. 19)

Led by Marguerite Chandler, OP
Suggested Donation: $15/all $5/per week

Eating doesn’t have to be complicated. Food is as much about pleasure and community as nutrition and health. Food Rules guides us with humor, joy, and common sense toward a happier, healthier relationship to food and the planet.

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We ask that you register for programs by calling (614) 866-4302 or through our website calendar, https://shepherdscorner.org/calendar.
All programs have a minimum of 5 participants. Registration closes three business days prior to program. All programs have a minimum of five participants and include a snack and drink.

Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center is an outreach of The Dominican Sisters of Peace.

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Alejandro (AJ’s) Journey…

Image of our now deceased llama in front of our multipurpose barn.

It is with overwhelming sorrow that Shepherd’s Corner announces the death of our awesome llama, Alejandro Amigo Llama. His condition worsened over the last few days. He was unable to stand and walk around. A llama specialist from Mount Vernon examined him. There was nothing more that could be done for AJ.

AJ is buried near the Barn next to our other llama, Fernando. To celebrate his life spring bulbs will be planted on his grave for a burst of color next year. Thank you all for your care and love for AJ. He will be missed greatly by his sheep and his humans.

We are grateful to McFarland’s Llama Farm for sharing AJ with us. We look forward to working with them to find a new llama to continue his sheep duties.

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Shepherds Fest: 9/21

This Saturday is our 4th Annual Shepherds Fest. 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm $5/vehicle.

Explore our food pantry gardens, take a hayride around the property, meet our sheep, and walk the meditation trail & labyrinth. Savor delicious food from a local food truck (Moody Trudy). Meet the Jefferson Township fire department and check out a fire truck up close. Watch Gail Maraman, a local felt artist, demonstrate her art. Chat with AEP representatives about electricity savings, consider more responsible energy use with Columbia gas. and learn about the environmental efforts of Green Spot Columbus.We will have a farm stand featuring of our naturally grown produce, 2019 maple syrup, and crafts made by the Dominican Sisters of Peace and volunteers.

Come and support our care of creation efforts at this annual event! As a note this event will be cash/check. The food truck will accept cards as payment. More information can be found here.

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September Programs at Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center

Consider joining us for these wonderful events:

Second Harvest: September Labyrinth Walk
Friday, September 13th          7:00 – 8:30 pm
Registration closes 3 business days prior to program.

Facilitated by Shawn Scott & Nancy Cameron, Earthkeepers
Suggested Donation: $5

Join us at the labyrinth to celebrate the second harvest of the year & how that relates to our life’s journey.

Our labyrinth is located on Wengert Road, at the second drive to the right. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Please wear comfortable shoes. No previous meditation experience or experience walking labyrinths is required. 

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Ponder & Pick
Monday, September 16th                               6:30-8:00 pm
Registration closes 3 business days prior to the program.

Led by Julie Laudick & Lainie Rini, our farmers
Suggested donation:$10 (includes a bag from the harvest)

Beans and peas form a symbiotic relationship with bacteria in their roots. These are particularly useful plants as they provide food while improving the fertility of the land for future crops. Join us for meditative exercise while picking beans and peas, which form a symbiotic relationship with their environment. There will be a space and time to reflect on symbiotic relationships in your life. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Please wear closed toe shoes and clothing that can get dirty. 

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Saturday, September 21st    Noon to 3 pm.
4th Annual Shepherds Fest (previously known as Field Day)        $5 per vehicle

At this open house you’ll be able to explore the gardens, take a hayride around our property, and walk our meditation trail & labyrinths. In addition to our original turf labyrinth there here is also a grass labyrinth directly behind our barn. We will have games and crafts too! There will be a delicious food truck on site if you get hungry.

Jefferson Township fire department will be present so you can check out a fire truck up close! Gail Maraman, a wonderful local felt artist, will be demonstrating her art. There will be a farm stand featuring naturally grown produce & our 2019 maple syrup. We will also have some of our crafts, made by Sisters and volunteers, for purchase. 

Share our Facebook event with all of your friends! https://www.facebook.com/events/2105725856390817/
As a reminder we are unable to accept payment via credit or debit cards.

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Come Visit Shepherd’s Corner 

Walk our labyrinths and meditation trail. Most Wednesdays-Fridays (from April to mid-November) we are open to visitors between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Dates when were are not open can be seen on our website calendar. You can always call ahead just to make sure we’re open for visitors.

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We ask that you register for programs by calling (614) 866-4302 or through our website calendar, https://shepherdscorner.org/calendar

All programs have a minimum of 5 participants.

Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center is an outreach of The Dominican Sisters of Peace.

 

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World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

What are some ways that you are working toward living sustainably?  Sunday September 1st, is World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

A Prayer for our Earth
By Pope Francis*

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.
* Pope Francis published this prayer in his Laudato Si’ encyclical.

 

Fine more information and ideas of what you can do to help Creation here.

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Rent Shepherd’s Corner

Are you searching for a place or space to hold a meeting, study group, or program? Why not consider Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center as a potential location. Our building can be rented by groups whose missions are compatible with ours. Priority is given to groups that are renting for not for profit purposes.

We would enjoy working with you to design a program to fit the needs or intentions of your group. Facilitated programs can also be scheduled to occur during rental. Some of our program offerings include meditative walking, a facilitated labyrinth, and meeting our animals.

Our rental policies and base pricing can be downloaded here or viewed in your browser.
Rentals are limited to Monday through Saturday. The main building is currently handicapped accessible and we are working to create accessible paths leading to our animals and garden.

Contact Miranda Land at scecologycenter@gmail.com, or 614-866-4302, to schedule a rental.
More information can also be found on our rental page.

At this time we do not rent the space for weddings.

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Watercolor Felting Class: 8/10

Mini Sheepscape: Watercolor Felt Landscape with Sheep
Saturday, August 10th
1:30-3:30 pm

Three registration spots remaining: 12 participant maximum
Registration closes August 7th or when capacity is reached.

Learn how to ‘paint’ with wool to create an 8” x 8” watercolor image using wet and dry felting techniques. You will build the background from a palette of dyed wool, add lines, shapes, shading, and highlights by applying wool and other fibers with a felting needle. Stitching can also be added for definition and detail. This is a beginner felting class.

Facilitated by: Gail Maraman
$20 program fee

Gail became interested in wool and felt-making when she began caring for a small flock of sheep at Windy Crest Farm in Granville, Ohio. Using the wool from her own sheep, she learned how to design and create many different types of felt: traditional, watercolor, needle, and Nuno. Today, her finished felt pieces include wearable art accessories and items for home decor.——————————–

We ask that you register for programs by calling (614) 866-4302 or through our calendar, https://shepherdscorner.org/calendar. All programs have a minimum of 5 participants.

 

 

Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center is an outreach of The Dominican Sisters of Peace.

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Weekly Farm Stand

At our 8/6 farm stand we will have cucumbers, zucchini, green beans, hot & sweet peppers, Salad mix, tomatoes (cherry & slicing), kale, eggplant, herbs and more! The stand will be held from 4:00 and 6:00 pm.

We accept cash and check as payment for produce.

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Weekly Farm Stand: 7/30

On 7/30 from 4:00 -6:00 pm we will be hosting our weekly farm stand.

There will be chard/kale, cabbage, green beans, beets, zucchini, cucumbers, eggplant, okra, hot/sweet peppers, herbs & more!
You can also expect some of the first tomatoes of the season! (Both cherry and slicers.)

As a reminder we accept cash or check for purchases.

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Labyrinth Walk: Friday August, 2nd

First Fruits: August Facilitated Labyrinth walk
Registration closes July 31
Friday, August 2 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Facilitated by Shawn Scott and Nancy Cameron, Earthkeepers
Suggested Donation: $5

Join us at the Labyrinth as we celebrate the First Harvests of our Season.

Our labyrinth is located on Wengert Road, at the second drive to the right. A snack and a beverage will be provided. Location of the walk will be weather and labyrinth condition dependent. Our main labyrinth is located on Wengert Road, at the second drive to the right. The secondary labyrinth is located behind our barn. A snack and a beverage will be provided.

Register by calling our office at (614) 866-4302 or through this link.

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