Since 1971, the Kundalini Yoga Ashram affectionately known as The Rudra Center for Enlightened Awareness has been serving the community by compassionately opening the doors to seekers of self-knowledge. The Ashram provides a place of rediscovery for individuals who have lost their way and for those who have forgotten who they are in the world. As the last active original ashram of the Rudranada lineage, the community has served tens of thousands of people seeking to reconnect with their spirit and develop a spiritually focused lifestyle for over 45 years.. The ashram is not based on dogmatism but rather the focus is on promoting unique individual spiritual perspectives and experiences.
Today we are reaching out asking for support to sustain this spiritual oasis for generations to come and we pray you will see the value in our need. In 1994, a third roof was added to the Ashram. Every year in North Texas we experience storm season from the months of March through June, then again in the fall from October through December. These harsh storms bring strong winds, tornadoes, and large hail every season. Here at the Ashram, we have seen a number of hail storms, including a baseball sized hail storm in 2014 which demolished our roof only 10 years after the addition of a third roof. It is important to note that the Ashram does not have home insurance and because of this all expensenses are left to the community to cover. The cost of insurance is more than the Ashram can manage month-to-month. As a way to keep costs low and protect the residents, participants and sacred art we have spent the last 15 years patching leaks on the roof of our teacher quarters and meditation hall. After years of this practice we are faced with the reality that we are in need of a new roof. The leaks have been unmanageable for the last 7 years and the damage is increasing on the ceilings and walls of the community. The cost keeps accumulating and we are forced to invest in an alternative solution to this issue.
We've gotten a few contractors to give us a roof assessment, and the consensus is that our roof is in dire need of replacement from the framing up. Whole sections of shingles have been blown off, plus hundreds of large welts in the shingles from hail have exposed the decking and allowed the water to seep right into our building from the heavy rains. Because the roof has three layers of shingles, is two and a half stories tall, and steep, the cost to replace this roof has been separated into two large projects. The first phase is the tear off of all three layers, and then replacing all of the plywood. Then synthetic felt will be applied across the roof on all sides. The second phase involves installing all of the roof shingles including starter strip, ridge cap, drip edge, pipe jacks, vent replacement, and even an old chimney removal. We need the generous financial support from individuals, foundations, and corporations in order to continue serving the community around us in a safe container. Your tax-deductible donation will help us provide the programs that we are committed to offering for generations.
Here is the breakdown from a reliable construction company:
Phase 1: Tear off the entire roof by removing two layers of shingles and one layer of wood shake shingles from the roof. Dispose of waste in landfill. Two story charges apply.
Re-deck the entire roof using 7/16" OSB RB plywood and proper deck clips and fasteners. Add ice and water shield to all valleys, and synthetic felt to roof. Finish roof deck with Drip Edging around the perimeter of roof. Two story charges apply.
Clean attic ensuring to be as careful and possible, drop all waste down to the ground and transfer by wheel barrel to the dump truck. There will be a considerable amount of wood chips and shakes falling down into the attic during roof tear off. Because of three layers of roof, we will need to clean up in the attic. This will require us to have access into the attic on the day of build.
Remove the old chimney and dispose. Clean up property from all nails and trash. Roof has a five year installation warranty, and shingles have a 30 year manufacturer warranty, or lifetime with class 4 impact resistant shingle.
Phase 2: Replace Shingles. Install Certainteed Landmark Max Def 30 year Architectural composition shingles. This includes three bundles of Starter course, and ridge cap. Add one pipe jack and exhaust cap to roof pipes. Install ridge vent system to roof. Two story and 8/12 steep charges apply.
Price $12,600 for Standard Grade Roof.
Ideally we would like to raise enough for the Class 4 Impact Resistant shingles, including Impact Resistant Ridge Cap on all hip and ridge. This roof is hail resistant and would ensure that we don't have to replace our roof every hail season. Ridge vents and all pipes and stacks included. Two story and 8/12 steep charges apply.
Price: $15,800 for class 4 Impact Resistant Roof
For each donation you’ll have the chance to enter into a raffle and receive one of the following gifts:
- For every $25 donation you’ll be entered to win an original art t-shirt by Robert Baker
- For every $50 donation you’ll be entered to win an original art t-shirt and coffee cup by Robert Baker
- For every $100 donation you’ll be entered to win an original art t-shirt, coffee cup and yoga mat by Robert Baker For every
- $300 donation you’ll be entered to win an original art t-shirt, coffee cup, yoga mat and a full sized canvas print by Robert Baker
We need the generous financial support from individuals, foundations, and corporations in order to continue serving the community around us in a safe container. Your tax-deductible donation will help us provide the programs that we are committed to offering for generations.