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Dear MoonTree Community,

It is my pleasure to share with you in the first of a new format of updates from our ministry. For those “Moonheads” who have been part of this community from the beginning, you might recognize the title of these newsletters, MoonLines. “Building with an Umbilical Cord from the Moon,” the idea behind MoonLines was that there was a cosmic connection between the birth of the new (at that time) MoonTree Studios and the ongoing creation of the universe. In that same spirit, these newsletters will keep you connected with the ongoing creativity here at MoonTree.

In order to know where we’re going, it’s important to know where we’ve been. For that reason, in 2021, MoonTree is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the 1991 PHJC Pastoral Plan. A beautiful and radical vision for the future of the Poor Handmaid community, the Pastoral Plan paved the way for not only MoonTree Studios, but the entire community’s current commitment to integral ecology;

“We stand as prophets called to share an alternative world-view with a society convinced that ownership, consumption and power are most important. We are voices calling for lives of interdependence and inter-connectedness in church, society and creation.  How do we respond? We resist our fears and dare to accept the challenges we find before us: We speak to the present needs of our earth by modeling an Earth-keeping vision and by developing personal and communal spiritualities that reverence creation.”

In taking these words to heart, the MoonTree staff recently finished their Permaculture Design Certificates from the Permaculture International College. An endeavor made possible by donors like you, the entire MoonTree staff is now able to operate as Permaculture educators and consultants. Hitting the ground running, we have been collaborating with the Greenhouse Manager and staff along with the entire Ecological Services department at The Center at Donaldson on a new Greenhouse design. The goal is to help eliminate the food desert in our area by providing fresh and safe produce for our own community as well as those around us.

Permaculture can be most simply defined by its three main tenants, Earth care, people care, fair share; MoonTree will spend 2021 growing in our permaculture knowledge and skills through educational programs and collaborations and we invite you to join us!

Keep an eye on our social media and website in the coming weeks for the unveiling of our new series of programming focused on permaculture through the interconnectedness of art, nature, and spirituality.

We hope that you will come and join us as we “sow the seeds for a more mindful, compassionate, and sustainable Earth Community.”

In joyful, loving service,

Matthew Celmer

Executive Director, MoonTree Studios


9638 Union Road
Plymouth, IN 46513
(574) 935-1712

MoonTree Studios, 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.

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