Moon Tree Community, is a ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, challenges people to experience mindfulness as they fearlessly explore the interconnectedness of art, nature, and the Spirit within. The vision began in 1993, when Sister Mary Baird whom is a naturalist as well as an artist identified a poultry barn into a resource. She decided to turn the space into a workshop and living area.
The environment became condusive to creativity, garden and prairies were planted, and art was formed. For years, peace and nature grew in this area and this attracted more naturalists and artists. In 2008, it was decided by the Moon Tree elders with support of Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ to replace the failing poultry barn and recycle it, and new plans were draw up.
Today, the brand new Moon Tree studios hosted its grand opening open house on October 22. The studio consists of three buildings: a two-story lodge for staff residence and work space, a gallery studio with a exhibit as well as workshop space, and shop studio for woodwork and metal arts. The buildings are completely eco-friendly, using water and wind energy to power the facilities. The studios are also close to be completing their L.E.E.D. certification, Leadership in Energy and Environment.
Moon Tree is currently offering fall and winter experiences, such as clay, spinning , wood working, as well as painting and drawing. Please call 574-935-1712 to register or for more information on visiting the art exhibits.