Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Newsletter January 2013

Happy New Year to all of our Supporters!
This has truly been a busy start to a full schedule available to all of our Veterans.  Our first Pottery Workshop was quickly filled up and has exceeded our expectations.
Many more opportunities are still open...
Upcoming Events:
*Drums for Peace-- Begins January 26th*
*Intensive Wheel-Throwing Pottery Experience-- Begins February 4th*
Intensive Wheel-Throwing Pottery Experience with Laura Garza as Facilitator ▪ beginner to intermediate participants (max. 4 ) ▪ Six Sessions: February 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, and 20, 2013; 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. EST ▪ $150.00/Free to all VTAC Members (Includes clay and firing.) For anyone who missed the opportunity to attend our last set of Clay/Pottery classes... this is your chance. Please RSVP thru your VTAC representative or contact Jim Miller.

*Art Fusion Workshop-- Begins February 9th*

*Complimentary Luncheon and Tour*
February 9th
News Release:
MoonTree Studios and VTAC Invite Veterans to Lunch
DONALDSON, Ind. - On Saturday, February 9th, 2013, 11:30 am to 2:00 pm EST, Veteran's Therapeutic Art Center (VTAC) will host a luncheon and tour of the facilities at MoonTree Studios and The Center at Donaldson.  Veterans of military service and their families are invited to the event, to learn more about the creative experiences offered at MoonTree Studios and to enjoy a day of relaxation with family and friends.
The Luncheon will familiarize those who attend with a new experience offered this year-- an intergenerational design and building experience at the MoonTree Wood and Metal Studio.  Teams are invited to conceive, plan, and building a working wooden machine to heave golf balls and seed balls for distance and accuracy.  Commonly known as catapults, trebuchets, onagers or balistas, these types of machines date back to third and fourth century BC, and are generally defined as machines that store energy, then quickly release that energy to fire a projectile.

The “Build a Catapult Experience” is open to the public as well as VTAC members. Teams are required to register by February 28, 2013 to receive the rules and building guidelines. They can design and build their catapult machine with the help of an experienced MoonTree Wood Shop Facilitator. The Catapult Experience will culminate with a Contest of Catapult Prowess and Launch of Life on the prairie surrounding MoonTree Studios on Saturday, April 27 during Earth Week. Catapults will compete for distance, accuracy, originality of design and decoration, use of recycled material, and even historical accuracy and team insignia or costume. Prizes will be awarded!


The catapult contest’s closing ceremonies will include a Launch of Life, when all catapult teams will line up for a simultaneous launch of seed balls into the grasslands around MoonTree Studios.


Call MoonTree Studios at (574) 935-1712, or VTAC at (574) 400-3258 (ask for Dan) or (574) 328-2108 (ask for Rich) by January 31 to attend the luncheon and tour.

About Moon Tree Studios

MoonTree Studios is a ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. Through participation in MoonTree experiences, people explore the interconnectedness of art, nature, and the Spirit within, to awaken to their creative potential and sow the seeds for a more mindful, compassionate and sustainable Earth Community. To learn more, please visit
About Veterans Therapeutic Art Center

Veteran's Therapeutic Art Center (VTAC) is a group of veterans founded to provide artistic experiences as a vehicle for healing to veterans and their families in Marshall, Starke, and surrounding counties in North Central Indiana.  In cooperation with MoonTree Studios, VTAC helps "veterans bond with one another through shared creative time... bonds within their own family and community as they work on projects together."  To learn more, please visit

*Mandala Creation Workshop-- Begins February 15th*

The Sacred Circle: Mandala Creation for Reflection with Vera Smucker Shenk as Facilitator ▪ beginner to intermediate participants (minimum 6/maximum 12) ▪ Six Friday mornings: February 15 and 22; March 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2013. 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. ▪ $45.00 (Includes materials)/free for all VTAC members... please contact your VTAC representative.

On the Horizon...
Chip Carving Basics, Hand Building Pottery Experience,
Contemplative Prayer: The Practice of Meditation,
Spinning in the Spirit, For the Birds -Intergenerational Experience,
Creating Our Life Stories (Mixed Media) 2 day Retreat,
Artistic Fusion: Brightly Colored Glass Over Metal,
Explore Moontree-- Create Fearlessly Workshop,
Creativity, Conflict, Collaboration 2 day Retreat,
Needle Felting,
Earth Day Celebration,
Culinary Workshops, Equine Therapy Sessions and Workshops,
Music Lessons and Jam Sessions,
Sewing and Quilting Courses...
...and FREE T-Shirts!

as always...  fondest regards... 
any questions or comments please contact me,
James Miller
Veterans Therapeutic Art Center
Art Coordinator

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