New Year, New Beginnings

Jan 23, 2017 | Uncategorized

Dear Friends of The Sunny Center,

This has been a month of looking back and looking ahead, a time of respite and renewal. And we are happy to share this newsletter and connect with our many friends and supporters around the world. We are grateful for your steady support and love. 


OUR GUESTS AND VISITORS

Our visitor braves a January swim at Coral beach

January and February are months of renewal and reflection at The Sunny Center. 
It is also a time of preparation, and we are working on scheduling a full year of guests.
While enjoying some downtime between guests, we hosted visitors from Romania, Croatia and the US, and were interviewed by a French journalist for an upcoming feature about The Sunny Center in Marie Claire magazine, scheduled to be published in February.


OUR VOLUNTEERS

We were fortunate to have a wonderful line up of eager, enthusiastic and engaged volunteers in 2016 and are working on scheduling volunteers to join us in 2017. If you are interested in volunteering at the Sunny Center, please contact us through this link.

OUR FURRY FRIENDS

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A visitor of the goat kind

We noticed the appearance of a wild goat making up to our girls. This wild young male spent a day with ours, and then disappeared up the mountain again. We wonder if there will be some new kids in the neighborhood soon!


OUR ACTIVISM

Sunny, BBC’s John Toal and Peter

We did a radio documentary called “Exonerated,” with John Toal, that aired this month on BBC Radio 4, which generated a lot of interest in helping us to help others and raised awareness about the difficulties of life post-exoneration. 
Here’s the link or listen to it on podcast at Seriously BBC 4 podcast and search for “Exonerated.” 
We have big plans for the coming year!
Our wonderful Board members will be hosting salon-style musical and artistic gatherings, to engage others in the work of The Sunny Center in a relaxed and intimate way. And we will begin work on our long range goal to replicate the Sunny Center in other places, starting with the US, and we have started to develop that model. 
We expect a full calendar of talks, presentations, and interviews in 2017.


STAY CONNECTED 

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A cozy night at our home this month

We value our many friends and supporters around the globe and want to remain in touch. You can now find the Newsletters on our new BLOG PAGE here. Periodically, we will post a blog or video so you can stay connected. And you can always send us your thoughts, suggestions and ideas by contacting us through the Contact Page. And, for more frequent updates, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
We hope for Peace and Love and Justice for the New Year!

Peace and Love,
Sunny and Peter 

Finding Peace, Joy and Hope

The events in Ukraine over the past several days have been ever-present in all of our lives through the daily news and constant social media. These times can be especially difficult for Exonerees because of the traumas they are working to overcome.

Exonerees are succeeding, thanks to you!

Helping people exonerated of crimes they did not commit, setting them back on the path to a fulfilling life, is a monumental task that we depend on the dedication of volunteers, both near and far, to achieve.

Love Is Always the Answer

Winter is always a little bit quieter than the rest of the year. After a long day spent maintaining the Sunny Healing Center and getting it ready for visitors, it’s time for us to cuddle up with the kittens and, of course, Barney, on chilly winter evenings with a warm fire in the hearth.

A Happy, Healthy and Healing New Year to All

Love has no barriers and no limits. And neither does our gratitude for your continuing support and friendship. Know that you are never alone, because you are part of our family.

Happy Holidays to Our Friends Near and Far!

These are extraordinary times. And you’ve all been extraordinary supporters. Thanks to you, we’ve been able to keep helping Exonerees in the midst of a global emergency.

An incredible opportunity to support The Sunny Center

We are so excited to announce that our board member, artist Peter Tunney, is auctioning two of his masterpieces.  You can go directly to usatoday.com/nft to get all the details.

It Takes A Community to Help Exonerees Heal

What an amazing summer this has been. We’ve been at home, raising a litter of kittens in our polytunnel and collecting eggs from our hens. And at the same time we have been able to reach out into the world and continue helping Exonerees.

Have you seen Sunny on YouTube?

Yoga and meditation are so central to our life and work at The Sunny Center. We meditate each morning to help us approach the day with a calm, clear mind (and some extra energy)!

For Exonerees, life’s little legal challenges can be huge

Exonerees face many challenges as they rebuild their lives after a wrongful conviction. One of the things that takes a backseat, as they struggle to access essentials like a place to live, medical care, and work, is thinking about how they will be cared for if they get sick.

Sometimes, it takes a (small) army

Terry Wanzer fought for more than 20 years to have his record cleared, even though he was exonerated in 1996. Our friend and volunteer Carrie is working to stop injustices like this.

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