A Sanctuary for Peace and Healing


Lowes Heroes Estero FLHappehatchee Wins the Lowe’s Heroes’ Project!

The Happehatchee Historic House is getting a fresh coat of paint! Each year, Lowe’s Home Improvement Centers across North America, Canada, Mexico and Alaska launch their Heroes Project. Employees can submit a request on behalf of a not-for-profit agency for work to be done. Lowe’s provides the volunteers, and each store has an allotted budget to help provide the supplies needed for the project. This year, Lowe’s Estero employee Patty Hughes submitted a request on behalf of the Happehatchee Center. Happehatchee won the project! Click here to view full article now.


Open House HappehatcheeHappe Open House – Save the Date – 9/26/2015

Celebrate National Estuaries Day and learn about Happehatchee Center, a sanctuary for peace and healing in the heart of Village of Estero. This event, which will have something for everyone, is being held September 26, 2015 from 10 am to 4 pm on the beautiful spot on the Estero River. This event is FREE to the public.

Learn about the history of this unique 5 acre spot by touring the grounds of this sanctuary with its old growth forest, an edible forest, a butterfly garden, a labyrinth and a suspended bridge over the peaceful Estero River. Sample classes, enjoy healthy food and visit vendor booths for great products! Click here to view more.

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Happehatchee Center is a sanctuary for peace and healing.

Our mission is to sustain the Happehatchee Eco-spiritual Center as it provides environmental and healing arts education. We preserve and honor Happehatchee’s vibrant land as a way to make sacred connections with our selves, each other, and Nature.


Drum Circles Estero

Happehatchee Center offers workshops and programs including yoga, drum circles, healing circles, concerts and more.




The Happehatchee Center relies on our volunteers to keep fulfilling our mission. Come on out and have a happe time.

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Happehatchee Center relies on a little help from friends. Any amount helps us stay open and move forward.

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Happehatchee Center history is rich and includes the Girl Scouts, WWII Bunkers, Ellen Peterson and like-minded individuals.

Our History 

The Happehatchee Center is located on Sacred Grounds

SWFL Nature WalkWhen you arrive at Happehatchee, some of the first things you notice are the tall majestic trees that populate the land. Although our parking lot is located close to Corkscrew Road, as soon as you park, you will find yourself surrounded by old pines, oaks and palms of various types, welcoming you back to nature. The placement of the lot is designed to help free your mind as you walk the path to the main campus.

We invite you to take your time and enjoy your journey to your class, your meeting, or whatever has brought you to Happehatchee. Walking along the path, Many stalks of young bamboo in forest.dwarfed by the trees and vegetation on both sides, you will soon be upon the pond, where you may spy turtles, fish, herons, an egret or the occasional hare. Also at the pond you will find water lilies and lotus blossoms.

Sitting at the picnic table you hear the gentle clacking of bamboo trunks, standing tall against the sky, as they sway in the breeze and you realize that you are indeed someplace special.

Traveling further down the path, over to the right, behind the majestic oak trees covered with resurrection ferns, is a beautiful butterfly garden, created and maintained by the Girl Scouts, who’s first camp in SWFL was located on the very ground on which you are walking.

As you continue your journey to the center of Happehatchee, you will pass a fire circle where the local Maya people gather to perform their sacred traditional ceremonies. All are invited to participate with the Maya Spiritual Guide.

In front of you now is the octagonal building called the Peace Pavilion the space where most classes and events take place. To your left is the living Food Forest and the Happehatchee Nursery.

Next you will arrive at the Historic Girl Scout House that has been here since 1947 – you have arrived now at the center of Happehatchee, a sanctuary for peace and healing.

Enjoy your time on this Sacred Land.

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8791 Corkscrew Rd., Estero, Florida 33928
(239) 992-5455

Office and Volunteer Hours every Friday and Saturday 10am – 4pm
Yoga in Nature every Tuesday through Sunday
All additional hours by appointment or rental only

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I’m looking forward to the drum circle at 5:30 this evening, and will be bringing a few extra Djembes for others to play. Love to all… Good..

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Happehatchee Open House Press Release

Happehatchee Center is Holding an Open House Honoring National Estuary Day on the Estero River. http://ow.ly/RH56L

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We are so blessed to have Isabel and Johnny be a part of our faculty and leadership at Happehatchee. Johnny teaches the 11:00 AM Hatha Yoga Class..

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