Thank you to Lisa Carroll

Go Lisa! Lisa Carroll just successfully ran the Old Ghost Road 85k Ultra on February 25, through the wilds of New Zealand’s South Island.  Lisa used her months-long training and preparation for this marathon as an opportunity to fundraise for Sacred Rok. Thanks so much to Lisa and her 38 friends and family members who together donated more than $3,900 to Sacred Rok.

Thank you from Probation

At the last lunch meeting at juvenile hall the kids got together to write some thank you letters which we are happy to share with you, that show the respect and appreciation that we all feel from your generous donations. – Ron Kauk


“I would like to thank all the people who donated money to the BCA Mission I’mpossible Club.  If it were not for your support, we wouldn’t be able to go on any Sacred Rok trips and have the experiences that we have.  For that I thank you all once again.  Your donations are well appreciated.  Have a wonderful day.”

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“I want to say that I appreciate all the donations that you have offered to help out our BCA Mission I’mpossible.  Also I would like you to know that Ron and the Sacred Rok meetings have a very big effect on people’s future and lives including mine.  As I eat the healthy food it makes me feel that I should eat more organic food when I get out.  I’m glad to be a member of BCA’s Mission I’mpossible and Sacred Rok meetings, also glad that I am able to experience with my friends and Ron himself out to enjoy our journey when we go to Yosemite National Park.  So thank you all for all the donations and help, cause it does come in handy.  I will say that those who donated are lucky to have a Sacred Rok hat because I need me one of those.”

“Thank you for our support and for helping to provide our healthy organic foods for our meetings and all our awesome nature experiences in Yosemite National Park. We all appreciate your donating and helping us with our good friend Ron, and hope you rock that good-looking hat.”

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“I am a human being and my name is CT. I am very appreciative for the donors because they care for our health and well being. Also the day trips help us take our mind off things and also get to talk and laugh it up with Ron Kauk.”

“Thanks to all the donors who helped Ron Kauk get luncheons for us who are locked up. We all appreciate it. You guys made us have a wonderful day with Ron and our friends. Also want to thank everyone including Ron that showed us how to do the trail work and all experiences at Yosemite National Park we had together.”

“I really appreciate your extremely generous donation. The food Ron brings with your donation provides a delicious meal that everyone in the cub enjoys. We don’t really get a lot of meals like the ones Ron provides, but when we do we cherish every moment of it. It also gives us an opportunity to sit down and eat with our classroom teacher Mr. McKee, the man who makes this day possible. Your donation is extremely respected and appreciated by each and every member.”

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Support a lunch meeting at Juvenile Hall

After leading incarcerated kids on a trip to Yosemite, twice a month Ron Kauk goes to juvenile hall in Merced and brings a healthy organic lunch. Each lunch for 10-12 kids costs a bit more than $100. The lunch meetings have been a great source of creativity to interpret our experiences in Yosemite while looking at the pictures we have taken and sharing healthy food. It creates an atmosphere that strengthens our connection as a family, which is what it’s all about.

Support a lunch meeting at Juvenile Hall – donate $100, and we’ll send you a hat.  We just made 50 Sacred Rok/Patagonia custom embroidered truckers hats with the Sacred Rok logo. Your support shows that you are in solidarity with the Sacred Rok effort to bring incarcerated youth to Yosemite.

Click on donate to donate via PayPal – make sure to ask for a hat in the note -or you can mail a check to Sacred Rok at PO Box 148, Yosemite, CA 95389

And if you are willing, please consider sending a picture of yourself wearing the hat – we’d love to post it on Facebook.


Imagine what it would be like to be a teenager locked in a jail cell over the holidays.

After every Yosemite trip Sacred Rok meets with the kids at juvenile hall for lunch. During the lunch meeting we share our stories and reflections from being in Yosemite, and there are also writing prompts.

We asked at our last juvenile hall lunch meeting, “If you could have one Christmas wish what would it be and why?”

“I would wish to be with all my family so I could spend the holidays and time with them.”

“To have my older brother home because he is in prison for 28 years, and we have a bond that we share like no others.”

“To spend time with my loved ones that are gone and the ones that are here.”

“If I could have one wish granted, it is that I could go home for the holidays and spend time with my family, most importantly my grandma because she is not doing well.”

“If I had one Christmas wish it would be for me and my two older brothers (who are in prison) to spend the holidays together whether it be in prison or on the outside. The reason why I want this wish granted is because I have not seen or held my brothers in almost two years.”



 Thank you to the family and friends of Dr. David John Kangas

And a special note of appreciation to the family and friends of David John Kangas, who have donated to Sacred Rok in his memory.  Dr. Kangas received his PhD from Yale University in philosophy of religion, and was an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Cal State Stanislaus.  An avid mountaineer, hiker, and skier, he loved Yosemite.  When he passed away in September 2016, his family asked that donations be made to Sacred Rok in his name.  We are honored and grateful.

San Benito County Probation – Trips to Pinnacles


Executive Director Ron Kauk along with Board member and former Superintendent at Pinnacles Steve Shackelton have led several trips to Pinnacles National Park for incarcerated youth in San Benito County.  Here are some of their reflections.san-benito-hiking-3

From E.E.:

Being out in nature reminds of life before I started getting locked up. ” Peacefulness.”  That peace is still there… if you have the desire to go out and find it.



From J.P.:

When I first went I was afraid. I thought differently about life when I was at Pinnacles. I felt like I was escaping from my problems & it felt good to get a little bit of freedom.

Nature is so beautiful, Pinnacles is such a peaceful place to be at & let go of problems. It cleared my mind.

My favorite part was that I actually made it, without giving up! At first I wanted too… But I put my mind to it and did it…… So now I know if I put my mind to something…… I can make it in Life!


From D.C.:

I felt free yesterday… I felt like we were back in time when our ancient brothers walked the earth. I realized that, in life… when you put effort in good behavior, good stuff happens to you.

Everything has a story, water, rocks, animals and humans… we all learn from one another.



From G.Z.:

The “Go Day” – The Day I went to the hiking at Pinnacles was Heaven to me. I loved it. It made me think about life. Being out there, in the mountains, climbing high in the rocks, getting a beautiful view of everything… The reason I’m calling this “Go Day” I because I never thought I was going to go hiking at Juvenile Hall and because we were stomping and stomping our way to the top… Me personally, I didn’t want to stop! I wanted to keep going and going… How much I love being out there! Hopefully, I will be gone when the next group of kids makes the trip…. Maybe they will realize what can be accomplished.



Voices from the Inside Out


Voices From Inside Out was developed jointly by Sacred Rok and the Probation Department youth. This inspirational book tells the stories of 22 young people who have come to Yosemite with Sacred Rok, and what it has meant to them.

We are asking for a suggested $20 donation (minimum) plus $5 for shipping and handling – please send a check or money order to PO Box 148 – Yosemite, CA 95389 if you would like a copy or click the PayPal button.

If you would like a book or a t-shirt, please provide details in your PayPal comment.


The Search for Freedom

As we continue our relationship with Bear Creek Academy Juvenile Hall we’re happy to share our part in a feature length film called The Search for Freedom; which has played in 80 theaters across the US and winner of numerous awards.  Here is the short:  RON KAUK SHORT from Jon Long on Vimeo.


Education Nature’s Way

Sitting by a river, hiking, camping, learning to climb a rock.   Many young people do not have the opportunity to experience nature during their everyday lives.   We are concerned that so many youth have lost touch with nature. Experience with nature serves as a source of energy for youth to discover their potential, to explore themselves, to develop relationships with caring adults, and to learn to mentor other youth. The potential of so many young people is lost because our social institutions are not responsive to these instinctive needs. We emphasize the basics by bringing attention and conscious awareness to water, food and other essential needs thus helping them to develop an appreciation for our basic needs as humans and put more value and reality into that.

Sacred Rok provides the chance for small groups of young people between the ages of 14 and 21 to get to know the natural beauty of Yosemite National Park.

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