The Kindness Rocks Project was created in 2016 by Megan Murphy a Woman’s Empowerment Coach, as a way to spread inspiration and motivation to the recipients of these inspirational painted rocks that are randomly placed for others to find. A person who stumbles upon one of these rocks is asked to join the project and leave an act of kindness for others. We all have times when we feel overwhelmed, uneasy or restless with events in our lives and in the world around us. Strength, inspiration and kindness come in many different forms. The Greater Good Retreat has fallen in love with this unique way to inspire and show kindness to others. We started painting rocks with our grandchildren. We added either messages or pictures and left them on trails and around the retreat for others to find. Visitors and guests have enjoyed finding the rocks and have enjoyed both the humor and the inspirational messages painted on their rocks. The Dirty Farmers Community Market is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and has, on occasion, helped individuals that either have community service hours to do for school, or court appointed hours to complete. We have decided to use this very unique idea of rock painting in conjunction with helping individuals who want or need to do service hours with a non-profit organization. The Greater Good Retreat has opportunities for you to not only serve and learn about giving to others but we will be offering you the opportunity to learn to love yourself first so that you can love others by participating in our “Love Rocks” project. “If You Want To Soar In Life, You Must First Learn To F.L.Y (First Love Yourself),” Mark Sterling. Whether you come to the retreat because you just want to give to others or if you need to work off service hours we all need to find fulfillment, satisfaction and love within ourselves so that our work here has more meaning. We have a large garden area and a fruit tree orchard where the food we grow will be given to senors in our community. As a volunteer, the work you do here on the grounds, in the garden, the rocks you paint and leave for someone else, is an act of kindness that makes a positive impact on someone else.

“Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day,” Sally Koch.

Besides having a great time painting rocks this week we’ve managed to finish getting more fruit trees planted, and the garden beds are loving the warmer weather and our random spring showers. We have happy, happy plants.

We’ve been blessed to spend so much time this week seeing old friends and meeting new ones as we went about our weekly tasks in town and at events in the community. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for the weekend and for Mother’s Day. May is a busy month as students and teachers end the school year and make plans for their summer break. Farmers are working the crops and farmers markets are bursting with color of the early spring harvests. Our communities have fun and exciting events planned and families are planning summer vacations. We hope you all have a wonderful and safe summer and remember we are just up the road, you are always welcome at the retreat. Check our Facebook page for events at the retreat, summer and day camps and daily happenings. Sharing of our abundance is what brings us joy.

If you want or need to volunteer with a non-profit organization, would like to schedule a day visit or overnight stay give us a call, 501-253-4716, 501-757-2750, email, text or message me on Facebook through The Dirty Farmers Community Market page.