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.

Events & Programs

Ancient Oils

Happehatchee Center offers many workshops and programs including yoga, drum circles, Mangrove Cafes and more.

Upcoming Events & Programs

Volunteer to Help


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

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Donations and Gifts


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

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Our History

Ellen Peterson

Happehatchee Center history includes the Calusa, the Girl Scouts, Ellen Peterson and like-minded individuals.

Read about our History

The Happehatchee Center is located on Sacred Grounds

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 3.02.40 PMWhen you arrive at Happehatchee, one 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.

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 3.02.49 PMWe 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, 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.

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 3.02.56 PMTraveling 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 you are walking on. The garden is enclosed by a fence made from Happehatchee bamboo and constructed by the Boy Scouts.

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 3.02.59 PMAs you continue your journey to the center of Happehatchee, you will soon pass a fire pit where the local Maya gather to perform their sacred traditional ceremonies, where all are invited to watch and participate as guided by the priest.

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 Happehatchee Nursery.

You have arrived at the center of Happehatchee, a sanctuary for peace and healing.

Enjoy your stay.


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

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