Join us in May
As our surrounding landscape bursts into full bloom, we are invited to deepen our sustaining relationships with our earth and community.
Some highlights this month include a screening of the Stone Barns episode of Against the Grain and stay afterwards for a discussion about innovative strategies for food equity on Tuesday, May 10.
Featured artists this month include an opportunity for a Spring Tour & Tea with Artist Alyson Shotz, on Saturday, May 14, as you experience Temporal Shift, a site-responsive sculpture that animates an interior courtyard of the SANAA-designed River building at Grace Farms. Also, on Friday, May 20, New Canaan Chamber Music featuring Andrew Armstrong joins us for an evening of music in the Sanctuary.
For organic gardening tips, join our Master Gardener for Instructional Outdoor Planting on Saturday, May 21st, while children ages 8-13 and their families are invited to our ongoing Young Gardener Series.
And on Thursday, May 26th, join us for Earth Equity and Design for Freedom, a day of panels and discussions focused on creating biodiversity-positive, nature-based solutions in our landscapes, and installing them landscapes with sustainable materials free of forced labor and child labor.
Daily Visitor Experiences
Upon arrival, please visit our Welcome Center in the West Barn for information about daily programs and activities that may include activities like Imagination Playground, Bunny Book Group, and other facilitated family-friendly activities developed in partnership with our Education Team Members. You can also view our art installations, or select a self-guided activity like the Family Discovery Guide from the Arts Initiative, or the River Retreat from the Faith Initiative. Schedule a Visit
Books on Faith & Meaning | Growing Morale with Steve Angle
Tuesday, May 10 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (virtual)
Philosopher Steve Angle returns to the Books on Faith & Meaning series to build a case for modern Confucianism as a way of life worth the attention of reflective modern readers. Register.
Against the Grain Screening
Tuesday, May 10 | 10 am-11:30 am
Join Community Initiative Director Karen Kariuki and David Barber, Co-Founder of Blue Hill at Stone Barns and a Founding Partner at Stone Barns Center, and Caitlin Taylor of MASS Design Group for a screening of the Stone Barns episode of Against the Grain, followed by a discussion about innovative strategies to advance food equity. Register.
Spring Tour & Tea with Artist Alyson Shotz
Saturday, May 14 | 3pm – 4:30 pm
Experience Temporal Shift, a site-responsive sculpture that interacts with natural light, animating an interior courtyard of the SANAA-designed River building at Grace Farms. Join artist Alyson Shotz and curator Pamela Ruggio for a conversation about the Arts Initiative’s interdisciplinary study of time over a seasonal cup of tea following the tour.
New Canaan Chamber Music featuring Andrew Armstrong
Friday, May 20 | 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Following our May Community Dinner, New Canaan Chamber Music joins us for an evening of music in the Sanctuary, led by world-renowned pianist Andrew Armstrong and presented in collaboration with Amy Schwartz Moretti on violin, Matthew Lipman on viola, and Raphael Bell on cello. Register.
Earth Equity and Design for Freedom
Thursday, May 26 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join Grace Farms Foundation, Edwina von Gal, an East Hampton-based landscape designer and founder of the Perfect Earth Project, and the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for a convening to renew commitments to human rights and sustainable ecosystems in landscape design and land care.
This full-day event will feature panels, tours, walks, lunch and breakout discussions with tools for establishing a new paradigm to create biodiversity-positive, nature-based solutions in our landscapes, installed with sustainable materials free of forced labor and child labor. Hear from industry leaders, including Warrie Price, Founder and President of The Battery Conservancy, Luciana Varkulja, architect and urban designer from São Paulo, James and Hayes Slade, of Slade Architecture, and more.
You’ll also explore techniques you can put into practice immediately for native, pollinator, and pesticide-free landscaping with Edwina von Gal. Register.