Caretaker Society


SWEAT LODGES-- Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-29 at Point of Infinity, 101 Red Star Road, Greenfield Park NY 12435


Step out of time and join us for a weekend of ceremony and celebration. We will be having a sweat Friday evening. George Leduc will be pouring. Calvin Pompana is arriving at Point of Infinity on Saturday. Both George and Calvin will be pouring at different times during the course of the weekend, George in the mornings and Calvin in the afternoon and evenings. Donna Coane will be holding Moon Lodges in her tradition without the heated stones. There will also be some of our young and older people going out onto the mountain for a rite of passage. All in all, a very powerful weekend.


PEACE TREE PLANTING, Saturday, May 28, Lost Cat Farm, 161 Cherrytown Road, Kerhonkson, NY 12446


On Saturday around mid day we will planting the TREE OF PEACE at Lost Cat Farm in Kerhonkson. Tom Porter ( Mohawk ) will be planting The Tree of Peace .


Thomas Porter (Sakokwenionkwas) is the spokesman and chief spiritual leader of the Mohawk community of Kanatsiohareke (Ga na jo ha lay gay) in Fonda, NY. Akwesasne is his home community. Tom has served the Mohawk Nation of Chiefs Council in many positions. He has been known and respected across the continent by Native and non-Native alike, since the 1960s when he co-founded the White Roots of Peace, a group of Haudenosaunee who toured from coast to coast sharing, teaching, and encouraging Native people to embrace their respective traditions. Because he recognized that Mohawk language and culture were slowly vanishing, he assisted in establishing the Akwesasne Freedom School. He is particularly known as a master storyteller, in the best tradition of Haudenosaunee orators. He conveys messages of the utmost importance with humor and anecdotes.


Calvin Pompana, who we all know and love, works tirelessly for indigenous rites locally and globally. Calvin is a Dakota Sun Dance Chief and Aboriginal Elder/Advisor for the Dakota Ojibwa Tribal Council of Manitoba, Canada, a member of the Red Hand and Red Blanket Societies, and is a founding member of the White Buffalo Spiritual Society.


George Leduc, a Sun Dancer for 20 years, was mentored by Albert White Hat Sr., Lakota educator and spiritual leader. George is Mic Mac from Nova Scotia and Grandmother Nancy 's Hunka Brother (adopted brother). George is an internationally acclaimed Native flute player and performer.


Donna Coane, Schaghticoke Council, Spirit of Thunderheart,Winner of Native American Music Award for Best Traditional Recording, Donna's gentle way of conducting ceremony in the Moon Lodge is inspiring and healing.


LOGISTICS:

  • Please bring food to share. There are stores nearby in Ellenville. Please bring your own eating utensils and dishes, if possible.

  • There is camping and some limited indoor accommodations for those in need.There will be a small land use fee.

  • There will also be clearly marked baskets provided for donations to our facilitators. There will also be a basket for expenses: firewood, stones, transportation of elders, etc.

  • Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds, but please be as generous as possible.

  • Please help us with setup and cleanup for meals. We can all share this responsibilty among ourselves.


DIRECTIONS:


Point of Infinity: From Nyack, NYC, or NJ: Take NY State Thruway North (87N) to Harriman (exit 16). Take Route 17 West to exit 113. Coming off the ramp turn right onto Route 209N, go 9 miles to the center of Ellenville, and turn left onto Route 52 (at first traffic light). Go 5.5 miles to Post Office/Fire House on left. Take a sharp left at the P.O. onto Oak Ridge Road, and go 0.7 miles to the first right. Take left fork of right turn onto Red Star Road, and go 0.5 miles to the Point on left, the 3rd house on the left.


Lost Cat Farm—161 Cherrytown Road, Kerhonkson, NY 12446

  • From the North: Take NYS Thruway/Rt 87 to exit 19, Kingston. Proceed to Rt. 28 West a short distance to exit for Rt. 209 South toward Ellenville. Stay on Rt. 209 about 14 miles through Stone Ridge, Accord, past some big farms (Kelder's farm with a big gnome on your left). You will see a “Welcome to Kerhonkson” sign after a Citgo station. In less than a mile, you will see some blue signs with arrows turning right Make that right onto Rt. 3/Samsonville Road . Follow the signs for the Pinegrove Dude Ranch, about 2 miles. Turn left at the Pinegrove sign onto Cherrytown Road. After the Dude Ranch horse field on your left, you will see two white farm houses facing each other. 161 Cherrytown Road is on the left. Phone: 845-626-2161 Joan or Wilton if you need help.

  • PARKING: There is limited parking facing the side of the house on the grass by the driveway. This is especially important for older people or people who have difficulty walking. Otherwise, people can park on the side of the road of our house (only this one side). People can be dropped off by the driveway before parking. We will have someone to assist you. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • From the South: Follow the directions to the Point of Infinity (above). Do not turn onto Rt. 52. Stay on Rt. 209 North to the village of Kerhonkson. You will reach a traffic light across from Stewarts, turn left onto Clay Hill Road. Stay toward left and take this road to the end. (about a mile) You will see a big Pinegrove Dude Ranch sign across the road. Turn left and follow the directions to the Dude Ranch. Follow directions highlighted in yellow.

  • From the South, you can also take the Thruway to Exit 18, New Paltz. Follow Rt 299 through New Paltz to the end to Rt. 44/55. go right over the mountain about 5 miles to the light on Rt. 209. Turn right onto Rt. 209 North a short way to the traffic light across from Steward, referred to earlier in this paragraph. Phone of Joan and Wilton at 161 Cherryown Road : 845-626-2161


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