Our friends and followers know that our Sunny Center family includes friends of the furry kind. Our newest addition, named Louie, arrived this week and Louie's mama Lama is taking great care of her new kid. Peter captured these precious moments of 4-day-old Louie.
Dear Friends of The Sunny Center,It is very sunny at the Sunny Center! And we want to spread that warmth to all our friends and supporters around the world! We hope this newsletter finds you in a happy place.
We are so excited about the months to come, as we have guests visiting, volunteers staying and special programs planned around the world. We couldn’t do this work without the support of you, our friends and patrons. So we are grateful that you stand with us and we thank you for your donations. Every gift matters and every gift is appreciated. Thank you.
OUR GUESTS AND VISITORS
Our visitors on their way to an open air meditation.
We are expecting our next guest later this month and look forward to his arrival. There is so much to share here – long days that last until 11p.m., bright skies, the company of our furry friends, our fresh grown veggies and laid eggs and the peace and beauty that is so bountiful here. Our most recent visitors were a group of cows that were headed off to practice some meditation in a nearby field!!!
In line with our new policy of inviting Exoneree couples as guests, we had two couples lined up to come in June but had to postpone because they are expecting babies. We expect another couple next month. Will we have to put in a nursery soon?
We also had a couple visit us from Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation in America and they enjoyed their time experiencing the healing atmosphere of the Sunny Center.
Our first Talking Circle ceremony with our volunteer Tress.
Our newest volunteer Tress arrived and she is a wonderful addition to the Sunny Center. Her skills as a nurse are such a welcomed resource for the work we do. She has fit right in at The Sunny Center!!! We all participated in a Talking Circle lead by an 88-year-old Native American healer who invited us to participate in this traditional healing ceremony.
A production of The Exonerated at the prestigious Middle Temple Hall in London.
We traveled to London and Sunny and Peter both participated in a performance of The Exonerated at the Middle Temple Hall, which dates back to the mid-1500s and is one of the four ancients inns of court which recognizes barristers and is the site where William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night received its first recorded performance here, at the feast Candlemas in 1602. The evening was hosted by Amicus, a nonprofit that trains lawyers to work on death penalty cases.
OUR FURRY FRIENDS
Our lovely Lama!
We think our goat Lama is expecting a kid this month and await the arrival of a new (goat) kid!!! We are thrilled for her, as last year she lost her mamma – her best friend, companion and sleepmate.
We send you lots of love, peace and tranquility. Enjoy these fine days and please stay in touch.
Peace and Love,
Sunny and Peter
About the Love and Courage podcast
The Love and Courage podcast series was launched by Ruairi McKiernan and features interviews with inspirational people who are making a real difference in the world today. Guests are typically people passionate about social justice, and who have demonstrated courage and conviction in their lives. One of the podcasts features Sunny and her experiences and you can listen here.
About the host
Host Ruairí McKiernan is leading Irish social innovator, campaigner, writer and public speaker. He is the founder of the pioneering SpunOut.ie youth organization, and helped set-up the Uplift and the A Lust For Life non-profits. In 2012 the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins appointed Ruairí to the Council of State, a national constitutional advisory body whose members include all current and former leaders of the country. Ruairí is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Fulbright fellowship, and he contributes regularly to the media on youth, health, community and social justice issues.
You can #subscribe, #download, #rate and #review via iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud, YouTube and please spread the word. If you are new to podcasts and have an iPhone, simply use the podcast app on your phone. On Android phones, using the Google Play App download an podcast app such as Podcast Republic and search for 'Love and Courage' and then click subscribe. Download each episode individually, subscribe for updates and sign-up for email announcements about new guests and episodes.
Sunny and Peter, along with Amanda Knox, appeared on a popular morning news show New Day during a recent visit to Seattle. Check out this video to hear them share some of their most challenging and poignant moments with TV host Margaret Larson.
Dear Friends of The Sunny Center,
We send greetings to all our friends and supporters around the world! We are enjoying exceptionally fine weather and beautiful bright Irish skies here in Connemara.