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P.O. Box 366, 3328 Franklin Avenue
Millbrook, New York 12545

Tel: P 845.677.3064, F 845.677.3134

Blessing our Sacred Places

“Blessing Our Sacred Places: An Interfaith Celebration” at Innisfree Garden

Millbrook NY—On Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon, join leaders and members of various faith traditions for an interfaith celebration at the enchanted Innisfree Garden.

The celebration will include music, readings, and a blessing of fields and seeds. People will walk throughout the Garden and stop at various stations to participate in prayers, song, and meditation. All are invited to bring seeds to be blessed.

Participating community leaders will include:

Rt. Rev. Andrew Dietsche, Episcopal Bishop Diocese of New York

Rev. Canon Albert Ogle, St Peter’s Lithgow

Rev. Dr. Matthew Calkins, Grace Millbrook

Dr. Umar M. Ahmad and Imam Hafiz Badar Usman, Mid-Hudson Islamic Center, Wappingers Falls

Jessica Berlin, Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village

Donna Coane, Leader and Healer, Schaghticoke First Nations

Lama Lhadrun & Lama Palzang, Kagyu Thubten Choling Monastery, Wappingers Falls

Reuben Mow, Bruderhof Communities

“Blessing Our Sacred Places” is free and open to the public. Donations of $8 per adult are suggested to support the wonderful work of Innisfree Garden and the Dutchess Interfaith Council. Music will be led by Nancy Vanderlee of St. Peter’s Lithgow. This event is co-sponsored by Grace Episcopal Church in Millbrook, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Lithgow, and Innisfree Garden in Millbrook.

This event is a part of the Food/Farm/Faith Initiative (F/F/F. This initiative seeks to grow community, nourish dialogue, and plant the future by connecting members of various food, farm, and faith communities in New York’s Hudson Valley through events and partnerships. For inquiries about this event and the Food Farm Faith Initiative please contact the Rev. Dr. Mathew Calkins at or at (845) 677-3064.

All are invited to bring a picnic lunch or food will be available for purchase from Chef John Lekic and Farmers & Chefs Food Truck.

Innisfree Garden is located at 362 Tyrrel Road, Millbrook, NY. For more information about Innisfree Gardens visit or call (845) 677-8000.