The Latest and Greatest from Happehatchee!
The Happehatchee Center has so much exciting news and upcoming events to share with you in this edition of the Happe News!

We invite you to scroll down and click on images and links to view full articles on everything from a Letter from our President, our New Ellen Peterson Picnic Park on the Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail to our upcoming Open House, Music of the Spirit fundraiser, Members Day in the Park, Art and Soul Days, Labyrinth Walk Days and more! 
"Ellen Peterson devoted her life to preserving the environment, and she dedicated the Happehatchee Center to the protection of the Estero River and the surrounding old forest, " says Genelle Grant, Board President; "We are thrilled to be able to now honor Ellen, five years after her death, with a public park, on the Calusa Blueway, in her name."
We extend our thanks to you for your support of Ellen's dream of making a positive impact in the lives of those in our community. 
Dear Happe Friends,

Five years after Ellen Peterson's passing, we are united, organized and ready for the future.  The Land Is vibrant, and the Happe Tribe thrives, with hundreds of helpers, including volunteers, Members, visitors, friends, Advisors, Staff, and the Board of Directors.

Ellen wanted children to experience Nature at Happehatchee. This year we hosted the third Happe Summer Eco-Camp for farmworker children, and we became a site for the Amazing Summer Science and Art Camps and Homeschooler Science Classes.  Farmworker Family Festivals, the Teen River Lab,Girl and Boy Scout troops, and Canoe Safety classes bring more young people to the woods and the Estero River. 
In honor of Ellen, we recently opened a small park on the Estero River, with a ramp and picnic area. Good friend Dennis Francisco Adams and a generous neighbor contributed funds to restore the dock, which is now a welcoming feature in our beautiful Ellen Peterson Picnic Park on the Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail. 
People with disabilities, children and other friends in wheelchairs need final connection to Ellen's Picnic Park and YOU can make that happen!  

The Ellen Peterson Picnic Park is now open to paddlers on the Estero River! 

The Happehatchee Center proudly announces the opening of the Ellen Peterson Picnic Park on the Estero River. The Park is a new stop on the Great Calusa Blue Way Paddling Trail, where picnic table, dock and ramp are open to the public.  On Fridays and Saturdays, the Happehatchee Historic House, Labyrinth, and Gardens also welcome visitors.  Click here to read more... 

The Happehatchee Center Holds an Open House in the Heart of the Village

The Happehatchee Center invites the public to experience a variety of healing modalities in our upcoming Open House. Meet our teachers, staff, and volunteers and enjoy a taste of Yoga, Reiki Healing, Guided Eco Tours in Nature, kids crafts, Science demo with Super Science and Amazing Art, local vendors, and music. There will be a closing drum circle. Delicious authentic Mexican food will be available from Monica's Kitchen. This event is free to the public on Saturday, October 15, 2016, from 10 am to 4 pm. Parking is limited so please carpool.  Click here to full article...
Music of the Spirit
A Weekend Workshop and Concert with Kat Epple and Nathan Dyke 
Featuring three days of musical activities: 
December 2 - 4, 2016

This year in December, we celebrate the  10th anniversary  of the founding of the Happehatchee Center and our founder, Ellen Peterson's Birthday. This is a fundraiser and consciousness raising event with our dear friends Kat Epple and Nathan Dyke.
 Music of the Spirit Weekend , a world music workshop, on December 2 and 3  and a concert with participants for the weekend on December 4th .  Click here to read more and sign up now for this fabulous event. 

Sunday, September 25

Happehatchee is inspiring you to develop and enjoy your creative side with our fabulous new  Art and Soul Days. Explore different mediums for use in the Art Journaling Phenomenon. An Art Journal can use papers, paint, clippings etc. Samples provided. An Art Journal can allow as much writing or drawing as its creator desires.

Light refreshments will be served, and a centering meditation before we begin.
Click here to read more about Art and Soul Days at the Happehatchee Center!  Click here to read more...  
Autumn Equinox Labyrinth Walk 

Thursday, September 22, 2016!

We're excited to announce that the  Happehatchee Center  has new program - our  Labyrinth Walks . We have decided to create this wonderful program of labyrinth walking events in order to celebrate the equinoxes and solstices and we hope you come join us! 

Welcome Fall and Harvest Energies and bring the season into being while enjoying the slowing of the Earth and the cycle of enjoying the fruits of our labor both materially and spiritually. The Evening will close with conversation, herbal tea and refreshments.  Click here  to read more about our Labyrinth Walk Days at Happehatchee.  

Sunday, November 6, 2016!
The Happehatchee Center is grateful to its members who loyally support our mission to protect our environment and serve our community. We love and appreciate our Happe member that we created a special day just for you - Members Day in the Park! 
The Happehatchee Center will be open to members and people who wish to join us that day. There will be many fun activities, food and music will be offered. Both sides of the park will be open and folks will be able to cross the bridge, walk both labyrinths and relax in the Bamboo studio.  Click here to read more about Members Day. Your memberships help sustain the Happehatchee Center.
Journey to Empower Your Life with Power Animal Meditations

January 12, 19, 26
February 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2017

Seven Thursdays: 7 pm - 9 pm

Come join shamanic healer, Denise Exler as she shares Journey to Empower Your Life with Power Animal Meditations starting in January, every  Thursday Night at 7:00 pm. At each circle, a different power animal will come forward with sacred life teachings. Power animals are spirit guides that appear in animal form and assist us in life in many ways.

The suggested $15 donation will be donated to the Happehatchee Center.  Denise can be reached at
With YOUR support we preserve this sacred land and provide special Programs and Events:
  • Happe Campers Summer Camp
  • The WISE Women Project
  • Happe Teen River Lab and Eco-Camp
  • Eco Demonstration Stations
  • Land Preservation Efforts
  • Ellen Peterson Picnic Park
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Spiritual Studies
  • Happe Summer Eco-Camp for farm-worker children
  • Yoga in Nature
  • Sacred Circles
"YOU can make a difference by  supporting our mission!"  Click here to read more...
Experience the healing effects of Happehatchee classes in Nature! Visitors and Happehatchee regulars now have multiple opportunities to experience the healing effects of Yoga in Nature.  Our Yoga schedule has something for everyone...from those who want to rock out to those who are in need of a gentle rehabilitative practice.  Click here to read more...
Monthly - Ongoing Sacred Circles
Our Monthly Healing Circles are at the core of our Mission of being a Sanctuary for Peace and healing.  They include the Circles listed below as well as occasional healing Gatherings called Temple Artemisia, a tradition started by our founder Ellen Peterson herself.  $10-$15.00 suggested donation
1st Saturday every month NEW TIME
Drum Circle.
Bring your drums, shakers, open heart and dance! Donation. 4:00 pm -:5:30 pm

2nd Saturday every month Sacred Sound Healing Circle 
Check  Event calendar  for description and confirmation of event.  5:00 pm - 6:30 pm $10 Suggested Donation
4th Friday Every Month  
Healing the Healers-Reiki Healing Circle with Lenka Spiska 
All healers and Reiki practitioners on any level encouraged to come give and receive.  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm $15.00 All proceeds go to The Happehatchee Center  
Thanks again for your continued support.


Happehatchee Eco Spiritual Center
8791 Corkscrew Rd., Estero, Florida 33928
(239) 992-5455

Become a Happe member  today!
  We need the continued  support  of 
the community to keep  Happehatchee sustainable. Your contributions help
us to preserve the land & to grow
as a center for peace & healing .

Honoring Ellen Peterson, our Beloved Founder. 

Ellen Jay Smile

Photo by Nikki Butcher