The Flowing River Sanctuary – A Safe Place to Land

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Join Prajna in her incredible efforts to build community and create a holistic movement & art based care home for young adults with disabilities and those who care for them.

school group shot 3 copyFlowing River Sanctuary is 501(c)(3) not for profit California Corporation that began as The Village School in Santa Cruz in 1999. For over ten years we provided movement based holistic healing education programs to children with developmental delays.

In 2016 we returned Santa Cruz and are looking for support to begin phase 2 of our vision. We have 2 positions open on the board of directors to help us formulate a strategic plan.

Currently, Abby and Libby are transitioning from high school toward independent living. Our home once again will serve as the home base from which we will expand.

Please feel free to contact us with questions, time, talent, ideas, and contributions. We welcome your participation!

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We are seeking families and individuals interested in creating a holistic experiential learning environment for young adults that integrates healthy cooking, spatial dynamics, therapeutic arts, yoga, and movement with a permaculture design while fostering independence. Part of our philosophy is “the brain has tremendous plasticity. It’s never too late to develop a new skill. Learning and development are a never ending and exciting process. With proper support, resources, and creativity anything is possible.”

We are looking for:

  • CURRENT NEED: A live-in home care provider to assist Prajna beginning fall, 2017. Contact Prajna for details about this position — Spanish speaking is welcome.
  • A retired (or not) professional who would like to assist us with financial planning.
  • Our current location is Santa Cruz, once we expand — teachers for woodworking, sculpting, art, and music.
  • An experienced grant writer.
  • A resource for “green wood” for our green woodworking program.
  • Technology wizards.

Or make a donation to help make our dream come true!

Your donation will go toward the creation of a holistic care home for young adults with disabilities. All donations are tax deductible and any support is deeply appreciated.




Student Progress

Abigayle

“Abby” was born at 26 weeks, weighing only 1 lb., 2 oz. She had a traumatic birth with multiple complications, including eight surgeries while she was smaller than a hand. She left the hospital at four months old weighing 3.5 pounds. It was said she would never eat like a typical child or see. This is far from the truth. Abby’s eager determination has allowed her to make great strides. At age six, neurological movement based therapy and hyperbaric oxygen assisted Abby to step out of her wheelchair and to walk independently. She began to see and speak with increased clarity. Abby is a very intelligent student who still struggles with school work due to retinopathy of prematurity; fine motor skills, and smooth balanced movement. She was a student at The Village School, The Sunroom Classroom, and is now homeschooling through Forest Charter School. Abby will be attending California School for the Blind (CSB) in the fall.

Abby is an aerialist and won a family award for her first Bikram yoga challenge. She is seeking support to continue with yoga, dance and therapy routines. She would like to reside in a holistic care home that supports dance, yoga and artistic development. Your support is welcome!

Here is a more recent video of the unstoppable Abby: Abby Ginty September 2016 Aerial Arts Santa Cruz Showcase.

Elizabeth

“Libby,” Abby’s twin, was born at 26 weeks, weighing 1 lb., 4 oz. Libby suffered extreme birth trauma receiving CPR for four hours, ending up in a semi-coma for the first six months of life. In her early years neurological damage left her myelin sheath underdeveloped. She had uncontrollable seizures, acid reflux, colic and little weight gain. At age four she had a G-tube surgically inserted to help gain weight. She has made ongoing progress, and is off all medications. She participates in a variety of holistic therapies including neurological acupuncture, hyperbaric oxygen, cranial-sacral therapy, curative care and a special diet. Libby has participated in our part-time programs. Therapeutic sage baths, yoga and CE improved the mobility of her tendons, joints, and muscles, and aided the reduction of contractures. Our dynamic and inclusive social structure supports her to sit at a table, hold her head up, and engage with the community. She is in the beginning phase of language development. Libby will require a full time residential care program as an adult. We wish to create a holistic care home for  Libby so she can continue to progress. Please join us!

Here are a few links to more recent progress with Libby demonstrating conscious care for greater function and ease in life: Libby’s Stretch RoutineLibby’s Morning and Feeding Routine, and A Peek at Libby’s Home Care and Therapy.

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