News

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.


 

Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center: Looking back on 2019

As Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center looks forward to new opportunities in 2020 to educate
about the vital work of caring for Earth, it is time well spent to look back with gratitude at
some of the gifts of 2019.  Some of our flock of sheep facing the camera.

The year began with a better than expected maple syrup production. The last several years
have seen the ever-changing weather affect the time frame for tapping the maple sugar trees.
The 2019 season yielded 15 gallons of “liquid gold” to the delight of the many maple syrup fans.

Evaporator boiling down maple sap into syrup.
Our wood powered evaporator boiling down maple sap to syrup.

The May Plant Sale always provides an opportunity to talk plants and gardening with our visitors.
All of the plants are raised at Shepherd’s Corner by our gardeners both for our neighbors to
purchase and for our gardens. Shepherd’s Corner staff paused during the sale to plant a red bud
tree to mark the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Dominican Sisters of Peace.
Join us for our May 2, 2020 plant sale.

Garden plants growing in out green house.
Plants, started from seeds, thriving under a grow light.

The 13th Farm Fresh 5K enjoyed dry conditions providing a fun and pleasurable race/walk through
the hay fields, woods and meadow areas of Shepherd’s Corner. The Farm Fresh is the primary
fundraiser for Shepherd’s Corner. The race sponsors, race teams and individual donations support
our environmental programming; subsidize the Food Pantry Garden; provide for maintenance of
the meditation trail and labyrinth. The 14th Farm Fresh 5K will be held June 13, 2020.

Folks at the start of our annual Farm Fresh 5k.
Everyone is welcome at our annual Farm Fresh 5K!

Shepherds Fest is the newest addition to our friends and family events at Shepherd’s Corner.
This year’s Shepherd’s Fest added some new activities for families including stone painting and
the opportunity to adopt one of our sheep. Moody Trudy food truck provided food for those
hungry after a hayride or walking the meditation trail and labyrinth. Our gardens welcomed
visitors and the farm stand provided a chance to buy the naturally-grown vegetables.
Next year’s Shepherds Fest is September 26, 2020.

Folks checking out our Columbus Green Spot community partner at our annual shepherds fest event.
Folks checking out our community partners at our Annual Shepherds Fest.

Another opportunity to meet our neighbors occurred on a smaller scale. Staff had the
opportunity to share spicy peppers with the Somali families who live in a nearby housing
development. The Somali women in return treated the staff to some delicious samosas and fried
bread. Staff hopes to continue this relationship and also to make connections with the Bhutanese
families that live in the area.

Hot peppers on a plant in our food production garden.
Just one of the many hot pepper varieties that are grown in our garden.

A grant from Dominican Sisters of Peace Shalom Fund provided the money needed to put in
gravel walkways from the barn to the high tunnel in the garden and to the pasture fence for
animal visits. The walkway offers a stable surface for any one that may have limited mobility.

Two Sisters walking on our new paths.
Sr. Anne Rutledge & Sr. Merita Charley

Our Food Pantry Garden (1/2 acre in seasonal production) produced a nutritious harvest of
naturally-grown vegetables for local food pantries. The weather didn’t always cooperate, deer,
rabbits, voles and ground hogs also appreciated the produce, but the persistent efforts of our
gardeners, Julie Laudick and Lainie Rini yielded 4,000 lbs in vegetables with 3,000 lbs going to
local food pantries (HEART- (Reynoldsburg, GRIN-Gahanna, and Griffin Center at Christ the
King Church). These donations happened because of our gardener volunteers who gave hours
to planting, weeding, and harvesting the vegetables.

Looking into our high tunnel, with plants growing. The sides of the tunnel have been rolled up so that the temperature can be more regulated.
Plants growing in the high tunnel in our food production garden.

As part of our efforts to encourage care for Earth, we welcomed students from Holy Spirit, St.
Pius, an Otterbein College environmental science class, and science education student teachers
from Ohio Dominican University. Visits during the year from families, individuals, and groups
also provide opportunities to share the gifts of the land along with meeting our llama, sheep and
chickens. Volunteers of all ages gave over 3,000 hours annually to further Shepherd’s Corner’s
mission of caring for land, life and spirit.

Group of folks walking along part of our meditation trail.
Ohio Dominican Faculty and Staff enjoyed a day out at Shepherd’s Corner.

We look forward to 2020 with hope and in faith in our God who provides for all that we need to live
into our mission of caring for Earth and for those in need of spiritual and physical nourishment.

 

Posted in Uncategorized

January Programs at Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center

All programs have a minimum of 5 participants & a snack and beverage are included. Registration closes three business days prior to each program. Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center is an outreach of The Dominican Sisters of Peace.

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

 

Comfort, Community, and Centering: January Labyrinth Walk
Saturday, January 11th                         10:00 am – 11:30 pm
Suggested Donation: $5
Registration closes 3 business days prior to program.

We’re all just walking each other home.” -Rumi

Facilitated by Donna Doone, OPA
Donna has been in the field of education for more than forty years. A life long learner who can often be found within circles of children and adults who are seeking creativity and playfulness as forms of expression. Donna’s zest for life and love is contagious!

Our labyrinth is located on Wengert Road, at the second drive to the right. Snacks and beverages will be included. Please wear comfortable shoes. Everyone is welcome! No previous meditation experience or experience walking labyrinths is required. ***Location of walk depends on the status of outdoor labyrinth***

———————————————-

Rediscover the Practice of Fasting

Tuesday, January 21         6:30 – 8:00 pm
Suggested Donation: $5
Registration closes 3 business days prior to program.

Discover or rediscover that fasting is a practice with many benefits for our body, mind and soul. Fasting has long been a tradition and spiritual practice of many faiths including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and others. With the coming of the observance of Lent, this is a time to reacquaint ourselves with this practice.
Come and join a conversation about personal fasting experiences and understandings of this rich spiritual practice.

“… fasting is a way of communication with God and a way of caring for God’s personal gift to us – ourselves.”  … Pat Dominic in the book Fasting Rediscovered by Thomas Ryan.

Facilitated by: John Seryak

John Seryak is a lifelong educator retired from 45 years as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, tutor, and home instructor. He is also a volunteer at Shepherd’s Corner, serves as Labyrinth caretaker and as a Board of Advisers member. John is a Third Order Secular Franciscan yet also follows the examples of the Dominican and Benedictine traditions or religious spirituality.

Posted in Uncategorized

Christmas Crafts For Purchase

Thursday, December 5th, from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Friday, December 6th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Looking for special gifts this holiday season? We will be open for the purchasing of gifts at the above listed times on December 5th and 6th.

We have chicken pot holder & towel holders, bottle stoppers, Christmas ornaments, angel pins, llama print soft lap blankets, crocheted creatures, dryer balls, bee smooth hand cream and more! Our 2019 maple syrup is sold out but we have our delicious basil garlic vinegar for purchase!

As a reminder, we are able to take cash and check for purchases made.

Posted in Uncategorized

December Programs at Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center

Join us at our monthly programs, a night walk and our winter solstice labyrinth walk.

Nearly Winter Night Walk
Thursday, December 5th 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Led by Miranda Land, Staff
Suggested Donation: $5

Come explore our woods as the twilight fades. On this walk we will seek to notice more as dusk fades into night. Please dress for the weather as this will be outside.

——————————–

Balance/Unity Labyrinth Walk
Saturday, December 21st 7:00 – 8:30 pm
***Location of walk TBA***

Facilitated by Barbara Hamilton, Musician
Suggested Donation: $5

We will share music and thoughts on the meaning of the Season.

Our main 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.

——————————–

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

All programs have a minimum of 5 participants & a snack and beverage are included. Registration closes three business days prior to each program.

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

Posted in Uncategorized

Final Public Visitation Days for 2019

This week marks our last week open to visitors until April. Wednesday (11/13) and Thursday (11/14) you can visit Shepherd’s Corner between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Give us a call at (614) 866-4302 so that we know you’ll be dropping in for a walk.
Our suggested donation is $2 per person.

We will be open for programs! Which you can check out here: https://shepherdscorner.org/calendar/.

Posted in Uncategorized

An Attitude of Gratitude: Weekday Retreat Day

It is not the joy that makes us grateful, it is the gratitude that makes us joyful.

Wednesday, November 6 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Facilitated by Linda Lee, OP
Suggested donation $10

During this weekday retreat we will take time to explore gratitude. Join us as we seek to deepen our gratitude in hopes that it leads us to action. This program will include time to explore nature and a simple lunch will be served.
We ask that you dress for the weather as part of the program may be outside.

——————————–

You can register by calling (614) 866-4302 or through our website calendar, https://shepherdscorner.org/calendar.
All programs have a minimum of 5 participants & a snack and beverage are included.
Registration closes three business days prior to each program.

Posted in Uncategorized

November Programs at Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center

Consider joining us at our November programs.

A Time For Reflection & Hope: November Labyrinth Walk
Friday, November 1st 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Facilitated by Joy Lawrence, LMT & Yoga Instructor
Suggested Donation: $5

Come celebrate the delicate balance between life and death as we share our love for the past, present and hope for the future.

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.

——————————–

An Attitude of Gratitude
Wednesday, November 6 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Facilitated by Linda Lee, OP
Suggested donation $10

During this weekday retreat we will take time to explore gratitude. Join us as we seek to deepen our gratitude in hopes that it leads us to action. This program will include time to explore nature and a simple lunch will be served. We ask that you dress for the weather as part of the program may be outside.

——————————–

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan
Book Discussion series
Tuesdays 10:00 am – 11:00 am (Nov 5 – Nov. 19)

Led by Marguerite Chandler, OP
Suggested Donation: $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.

——————————–

Come Visit Shepherd’s Corner.
Walk our labyrinths and meditation trail.
Most Wednesdays through 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.

November 14th is our last day open for public visitation until April.
——————————–

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 & a snack and beverage are included. Registration closes three business days prior to each program.

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

Posted in Uncategorized

Annual Appeal 2019

“Rather than a problem to be solved, the world is a joyful mystery to be contemplated with gladness and praise.”  Pope Francis Laudato Si 

An Invitation 

Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center is a small corner of creation committed to providing people of all ages and backgrounds an opportunity to rediscover the life-giving harmony between themselves and the land. The center was founded in 1992 by three Dominican sisters as a ministry based on the profound spiritual belief that the Creator is made known in the natural world.  Shepherd’s Corner is an invitation to recognize and respect the dignity of all creation and to care for it in a way that nurtures the future of the whole Earth community.

We invite you to partner with us in this mission. Your financial support sustains our efforts to educate youth and adults about the imperative that we as a human family need to care for Earth and all of its creatures. Your donation affirms your belief that we can bring about changes in how we live on Earth and how we relate to one another and creation.

There are several ways you can donate. You can use the enclosed envelope to send a check or cash directly to Shepherd’s Corner. You can designate how you wish your gift to be used or to make a donation in honor or memory of a loved one. You can donate through this donation form using a credit card or electronic check. Your donations will receive an acknowledgement from the Dominican Sisters of Peace for tax purposes. Make out checks to Shepherd’s Corner.

With gratitude for your support,

Sister Rose Ann Van Buren, OP and the
Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center Staff

 

Your donation supports our environmental education efforts.

Shepherd’s Corner promotes environmental education through a variety of programs. Elementary school classes, scouts and youth groups learn ways to care for creation through participation in composting and recycling activities, wetland and vernal pool studies, getting to know the SC animals, working in the children’s garden, studying the effects of water pollution, and learning about sustainable living.

The wonderful bio-diversity of the land provides opportunities to explore the wildlife including  birds and butterflies and delight in the  wild flowers. Shepherd’s Corner volunteers have created pamphlets to help identify many of the birds and wildflowers found on the land.

“There is a nobility in our duty to care for creation through little daily actions, and it is wonderful how education can bring about real changes in lifestyle.” Pope Francis Laudato Si’ 

Your donation provides food and vet care for our animals.

Our animals have important jobs on the farm.  Our sheep provide wool and manure; Alejandro, our llama, protects the sheep from predators; our chickens provide fresh eggs and help control insect populations; our bees hives pollinate plants. The animals are an integral part of education programs for students of all ages.

Your donation assists in the upkeep of the labyrinth and the meditation trail, and our efforts to preserve the biodiversity of the land.

Peace, insight, comfort, healing, energy, connection, and letting go are words often used to describe a walk in the labyrinth. Walking this circular path provides a time of quiet and meditation and reminds us of our life journey with its twists and turns. A single half-mile path leads to the center and the same path is followed back out. Labyrinth walks are scheduled throughout the year. There is also a small grass labyrinth near the Barn for those who want a shorter labyrinth experience. The 14 meditation stations meander through woods and meadow. Each station offers the walker something for the mind, body, and spirit, with theme-centered factual information, reflections, and suggested activities.


Your donation buys supplies and needed equipment
for the garden.

Shepherd’s Corner is committed to donating 60-65% of the harvest to three local food pantries. The Feed the Hungry Garden provides fresh, naturally-grown vegetables for those in need. There are two small gardens used to grow our vegetables. Much effort is given to maintain healthy soil. Nothing toxic is used in the gardens. Food pantries receiving our vegetables are HEART (Reynoldsburg), GRIN (Gahanna) and the Griffin Center at Christ the King Church.

Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center invites others to join with us in experiencing the joys and responsibilities of caring for land, life and spirit, inspiring others to become shepherds of creation in their own corners of the world.

 

Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center
987 N. Waggoner Road
Blacklick, OH  43004
614 866 4302
www.shepherdscorner.org
shepherdscorner@sbcglobal.net

A ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace

Posted in Uncategorized

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.
——————————–

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.

——————————–

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.

——————————–

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.

——————————–

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.

Posted in Uncategorized