In late January we released our new book, ”Letters from Sacred Rok” and in mid-February we started off our book tour by giving a presentation at the Stanford Alpine Club. On February 21st we were given the opportunity to have a book release event at Heyday Books with founder Malcolm Margolin. Being at Heyday was more than just an honor, it was a validation; when we support each other and show respect it promotes healing and confidence. Malcolm’s introduction of Sacred Rok and myself was an example of that. In his way of respecting the education I received in nature through rock climbing gave me something I know we all want to give our kids – the power to respect yourself and your uniqueness, your gift to be. Thank you Malcolm and all the people for the great night.
The following weekend Sacred Rok hosted youth from the Merced Boys and Girls Club on our first trip of the year. Many of the youth are returning from last year and some are new comers. It is so nice to see some of the young people from the last year and how they grow. This privilege to be with youth is amazing – it’s an opportunity to have fun visits, share stories and laugh.
We help to bring out the best in each other. So far we have had three trips with them this season, the most recent of which were some of the youngest yet – ages 7 to 12! These little beings shed the light even more about how precious this life really is.
A few days after our first trip with Boys and Girls Club we stepped back on the trail with Mr.Garcia and our Probation crew. It felt like we never left, our connection is strong in many ways. These relationships are based on Respect, recognizing as we enter the natural world we are equal as human beings, this is what I like to call “Higher Education.” Getting back to the basics we keep it real and real simple – for this profound reality – listening to the water and wind, smelling the trees. We learn that wisdom is everywhere in everything.
We have made a new friend from Merced, Kelly Turner. She works with young girls in the Merced area through an organization she created called Symple Equazion; she brought up three teenagers a couple of weeks ago. We found ourselves under waterfalls and rainbows, our feet in the ice cold river, looking for Eagles and meandering along. That was a great first day and we look forward to seeing them again.
March 23rd was our book signing presentation at the Merced Arts and Cultural Center on Main Street. At this gathering all of our board members shared their thoughts and feelings about why they are involved, setting me up for our power point which goes through my life - starting as a teenager and on into our book. After, we had a Q&A, this brought us into the realization of how this group of fifty people are creating a circle of like-minded Human Beings wanting the best for our young people – here and everywhere in the world.
To bring it home, Joe Frontella, our new friend and connection to the Juvenile Correction Complex, came up to read these quotes from our young incarcerated people who were on the first probation trip this year:
“We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world and the best we can find in our travels is a honest friend.”
“Yosemite is life changing and will be an inspiration for the rest of my life.”
“When you are motivated and dedicated you can climb any mountain.”
“The smallest choices we make now can have a huge impact on us later in life.”
“I learned the purpose of nature is to preserve it, so that the future generation can enjoy it.”
“Yosemite is one of the most beautiful places to go and is my gateway in succeeding in life.”
“Setting goals like climbing mountains build your character and give you confidence. Setting small goals and achieving them weekly will help you be successful.”
“When you go to Yosemite listen for the call of your destiny and when it comes release your plans and follow.”
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Sacred Rok Food Thoughts from Katie’s Camp Kitchen
Part of my job at Sacred Rok is to provide everyone with the best food I can conjure. This not only means good taste, it also means good for you.
A lot of thought and time go into thinking of recipes, adapting recipes to fit with our mission of better health through nutrition, and what ingedrients will be the most beneficial.
We have a lot of picnics with our youth and this is actually a tricky type of meal to be prepared for. I want to provide something warm, something heathy and something everyone will enjoy. Sure hotdogs are easy but hot dogs are no more than a mouthful of toxins.
A personal favorite that is not only savory but also highly healthy are cabbage rolls.
Cabbage Rolls – makes about 35 small rolls
Two head medium size cabbage
Grass fed beef, or bison
Organic onion – 1 large
Organic Green Onion – 5
Organic Garlic – 5 cloves
salt.pepper, red pepper, parsley
-heavy bottom pot
in a large bowl mix the meat (uncooked), rice (uncooked), chopped onion, chopped garlic, and spice.
wash cabbage and pull off the leaves. many times the center vein is very hard and makes rolling the leaf difficult – I cut these leaves in half – removing the vein- so that rolling is better. you want the leaves to be very pliable.
place anywhere from one to two full tablespoons of meat and rice mix in the center of your leaf and roll up- like an egg roll.
line bottom of pot with leaves – to create a barrier between rolls and bottom
place the rolls side by side in pot – layering up to one inch from the top of pot.
add enough water to cover halfway – about two cups or so
cover and steam on low heat until rice is cooked.
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