Prizes

The first-prize winner will receive a check for $100. The second- and third-prize winners will receive a free Shehaqua t-shirt each.

Choosing a winner

All submissions will be shown to a group of judges composed of members of the Shehaqua Council and the Shehaqua Operations Team. In addition to that, all or the best designs will be posted on our Facebook page and the public will get a chance to vote for their favorite designs by liking them. (The artist will remain anonymous, so this will not become a popularity contest.) The Facebook votes and the judges' votes combined will determine the first, second, and third place winners.

Dimension, location, and number of designs

  • The dimension of your artwork cannot go beyond 12" × 12". However, 12" × 12" is much too large for most designs, and we recommend that you print out your artwork at various sizes and attach them to a T-shirt to see which size works best. Then submit your choice that can be printed at 100%.
  • Your artwork will go on the front of the T-Shirt. Additional art for the back is optional.
  • Each person can submit up to two different designs.

Wording

  • The T-shirt should include the words "Shehaqua Family." It's fine to add additional words if you so choose. Some of our previous t-shirts that included phrases such as "Loving + Serving the World," "Live for Joy," "The Family—God's School of Love," These Roots Go Deep," etc. were quite popular.

Colors

  • Your artwork can have up to four different colors of ink. If you choose to have art for both the front and the back, then each ink color used for the back counts as one of the four colors that are available to you, even if it is a color already used on the front. (For example, if you use red, green and blue on the front, it counts as three colors, and if you use red again on the back, it counts as the fourth color).
  • Using all four ink colors is optional, and you can decide to use less ink colors for your design.
  • Due to our printing process (silk screening), all designs have to be clearly separable into (up to) four flat colors. The colors can't be mixed together to create a new color, and there can't be any gradients, where one color runs into another.. (Read more about this under "Format")
  • Our T-shirts will be printed on a colored T-shirt. You can match your ink colors to a specific background color by looking at the available T-shirt colors here. Or here. (We reserve the right to change ink colors or T-shirt colors if we have used similar color schemes recently or if we don't believe that your color combinations will appeal to a large number of Shehaqua Family members.)
  • Please note that if you want parts of your design to be white, you will have to count white as one of your four ink colors.
  • Your art has to be your own work. Using clipart or stock art as elements of your own work is permissible if it does not violate the license of that art. The license has to include commercial use. (Some art in the Creative Commons allows for free use, but not for commercial use. Since our T-shirts will be for sale, only art with a license for commercial use is acceptable.) Please describe the origin of your stock art (submit a link if applicable) with your submission if you are using any.

Format

  • The art must be submitted in digital format—as a high quality jpg, tiff, EPS, or PDF file—at a minimum of 300 dots per inch (dpi). You can create your art on the computer, or, if you plan to use just one color, you can create it on paper and then scan it in at the proper resolution (300 dpi).
  • We need your artwork in two versions: One file that shows the art on top of your chosen T-shirt (background) color—this will be sent to the judges—and one without the background color that can be used for separating the colors which is necessary for silkscreen printing. We strongly encourage you to submit your file as a layered Photoshop, Illustrator, GIMP (free Photoshop alternative), or svg file with each color on a separate layer. If you don't have access to any of these programs, or don't know how to use them, we will help you separate the colors if your design wins.
  • If you create your design on paper, we recommend that you don't use pencils but ink, pens, or markers instead to create clear contrast. Complicated line drawings are more difficult to print with silkscreen printing, while designs with larger, simpler elements will look better.

Deadline

  • Please send your electronic file to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 15.

Comments

Don't let all these rules intimidate you: If your design wins we will work with you to solve any technical problems. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Send your question to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

It is with regret that we announce the cancellation of this year's Shehaqua Harvest Festival. We hope that we will meet some of you at the America and God's Will Rally on September 17 in Washington, DC, instead.

Register today for one of these programs:

Summer Programs Dates Staff
Opening Service Weekend July 22-24 Director: Sunkwon Bush
Week 1 July 24-29 Directors: Leighton DeGoede & Jana Iparraguirre
Weekend 1.5 July 29-31 Director: Mike Stewart & Danso Sawamukai
Week 2 Aug. 1-6 Directors: Claude Aubert &
Kristine Learey
Education directors: Laura Herbers & Kyra Moyer

Fees
Schedule
Click here to register

Do you feel restricted? Are there things holding you back from reaching your full potential? Maybe it's student loans. Maybe it's your relationships with your parents. Or maybe it's an old sports injury. This spring, challenge those limitations through an interactive, insightful, and experience driven weekend.

This year, the Spring Gathering wants to help you gain Spiritual/Emotional, Financial, and Physical freedom! Experienced presenters will share on aspects of Spiritual and Emotional, Financial, and Physical well being. Whether it's creating a healthier body, or a healthier marriage, we'll be talking about how to live our best life for ourselves and God. Presentations are geared towards high school through adult, but don't worry, there's plenty of fun for the whole family!

Laurel Nakai has come on board as the children's coordinator. Young kids will have a chance to take part in games and activities, and have a fun and safe place to stay while mom and dad check out a few of the sessions.

We're so excited to bring some fresh ideas and new content, to the place we all know and love. So mark May 20-22nd as: "Shehaqua Spring Gathering: freedom" in your calendar! Find out more about the program and activities on our facebook page. Click "Interested" or "Going" to make sure you don't miss an update! Can't wait to see you there!

Click here to register.

Oliver Noll, Director; Andrew Love, Assistant Director; Kester Wilkening, Advisor; Victor Servito, Education Director; Laurel Nakai, Young Family Organizer

It is with regret that we are writing to inform you that the Winter Workshop has been canceled due to low attendance this year. We needed at least 50 people signed up for the whole program by last night to move forward, and we only had 28 committed. Thus financially, the decision was made to cancel.

Again, we are sorry for this news. It hasn't been easy to digest that such a long standing tradition won't go through this year.

As promised, you will receive a full refund for the registration fee you have already paid. Sorry for the inconvenience.

We hope to see you at our upcoming Shehaqua events. We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sincerely,
The Winter Retreat Team

Our yearly Shehaqua Council Election is coming up in February 2016. Six out of the nine seats on the Council will open up, and they will either be filled by present Council members running for re-election or new candidates like you. Please consider nominating yourself and running for election! This is a special opportunity to serve the Shehaqua Family.

What does the Shehaqua Council do? The Council creates or modifies policies that govern all Shehaqua programs; approves Shehaqua Family program plans and budgets; and selects the Operations Team Facilitator.

What will you commit to if you get elected? Serve for a two-year turn; attend bi-monthly council meetings through Zoom video conference calls (about 90 minutes long); attend a one-day summit in spring in person; be prepared to serve on the Council as facilitator, administrator, or scribe if need arises.

Who is qualified to be on the Council? To qualify for the election, you must have attended at least two Shehaqua programs in the last three years; have demonstrated involvement at Shehaqua programs (for example, helped with a volunteer assignment at camp, or worked as a member of a circle); be at least 17 years old; and have a sincere desire to serve the Shehaqua Family.

Ready to run? You can sign up right here.

Nominating Someone Else. If you can't run yourself, but would like to nominate someone else you think is qualified, we welcome that. There are two ways to do this: You can send the potential candidate a personal email and encourage them to sign up online.

Or you can download this form (a Word document) and send it to them to complete and email back to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The information on the application form is the same as online.

The deadline for nominations is January 2, 2016. More about the election process in a future newsletter.