One of my favorite places in Kansas is The Light Center just outside of Baldwin City KS. It all started about 20 years ago. Plans were created to establish a rustic retreat center and working farm. A 120 year old barn on the property was restored into a fabulous space full of great energy. All the people who have been here over the years have benefited from the peace and tranquility that radiates here. Robin Goff is the owner and operator of The Light Center which is an Alternative Unity Ministry. TLC provides a sacred space for learning and renewal about growing healthier foods, growing spiritually and growing closer as a human family. TLC is also an educational permaculture based farm and has been active in the WWOOF program for quite a few years. I am particular about what charities I like to support. It is important to me to find ones that apply the funds to where they are most needed. I’m a big supporter of The Light Center’s work as the headquarters for the LoveLight, a volunteer outreach program in South Africa .
The sanctuary that is the Light Center hosts a variety of retreats, yoga classes, Healing Touch classes, festivals, and sweat lodge! Many times people just come to spend the night and just be there. They are listed on airbnb.
LoveLight works with children in South Africa providing them with opportunity for personal growth and education. Their volunteers run a summer camp and other funds go to help those who are ready for higher education. It covers fees, books and other expenses. Robin travels to South Africa every winter to work with the children at the summer camp.
A small portion of the funds raised from the quilt raffles goes back into making more quilts but most of it goes to supporting the kids as they create a better future for themselves.
The Light Center is currently raffling off this quilt. It was made by Marsha and her mother Lancie. It’s their first one! Marsha’s children are benefiting from LoveLight’s work.
This last Saturday Robin Goff and I had a lovely time quilting together and brainstorming. About a year ago we had a rather impromptu quilting bee at TLC to make a quilt to give to a very young girl who had just lost her mother. Despite the sad tragedy, it was a really great day with lots of good company and good food and many people learning new things. We’d love to assemble such a group again at TLC. I was teaching Robin a quilting method called quilt-as-you-go. It’s something she’ll be able to take back to South Africa with her. This method allows people with limited resources and funds to finish large quilts on their own. It’s also just another way of being creative!
We decided that it would be great fun to schedule such an event this fall when everyone is starting to crave cuddling under lots of blankets again. We’re going to have a day where everyone can create a 12″ block (or two!) in the quilt-as-you-go method and then we will assemble all of them into a quilt to raffle off and raise funds for LoveLight! So stay tuned here at Fluff and Ruffles and at the Light Center website, www.lightcenter.info You can also connect with the Light Center on their facebook page and their regular newsletters.