Warm welcome! Here is a glimpse of our homestead on Freedom Pond in Maine. We hope you will take a moment to get comfortable, pour yourself a cup of your favorite tea, and explore these pages. Thank you for visiting, and we look forward to hearing from you.
The "we" here are Jason & Dawnella Sutton, son Jakob, and two cats in the yard. Here in the woods beside the pond is a place of peace, creativity, and growing. We offer workshops and classes on a varitey of things, have a few etsy shops for our art and crafted works, and are happy to share a bit of knowledge. The heart of Freedom Pond Moonworks comes from Dawnella's experiences as a doula, and such are the related topics you will find beneath the Mothers' Moon. heading.. Much of the creativity... the art and theater... can be found under Storyteller Moon ; and The Sugar Tree is about gardening, cooking, useful wooden art, and teas... lots and lots of teas...
The attraction to these moon names somewhat explained:
The moon, in many cultures, is thought to be a feminine force, with it’s twenty-eight day cycle around the earth controlling the tides of the ocean and women’s menstrual flow. Women have long gathered to celebrate themselves and their connection to the phases of the moon, often beneath a full moon….which is said to represent fertility. In Dawn'ella's own experience, time spent beneath the full moon by herself or with others is always very centering, peaceful, renewing & inspiring…. especially as it reflects over the water here at Freedom Pond. So the art that she was doing at the time we moved here in 1996, the herbal blends made, the beeswax candles dipped, the women’s gatherings, and all that sprang forth from her, she half jokingly called “Freedom Pond Moon-works“... long before we had any ideas of having a business. Here she wanted the women’s full moon gatherings to be like food for the soul, with each month being another celebration of the small or grand changes of the seasons and of our lives. There are names to each month’s particular moon, and though you've probably heard of the “Harvest Moon”, there are others, and we try to observe them each in our own ways. We honored a very special full May moon one year, called the “Mothers Moon” And we thought that was just so beautiful, it became the phrase she took for her doula support, and labeled related products as such. The idea for Storyteller Moon evolved out of so many wonderous ideas, creations, and yes, even stories under the moon!, As a storyteller and book seller, when one of the publishing companies we work with, Barefoot Books, released a new title in 2003 I Took The Moon for a Walk we created an event around it. Barefoot On the Moon was the theme for the day....but it came back to us through another reference later, so we latched on to it for a while!. These three 'moons'... along with a Sugar Tree... now make up Freedom Pond Moonworks