TIM CURRIER, owner of Sticks and Stones East in Newtown CT and Sticks and Stones West in Pahoa Hawaii
Tim is a Master Stone Mason that has worked with stone for 35 years all over the world. Majoring in archeology in college, his love of both stone and travel took him to Malaysia with a two-year stint in the Peace Corps. He started a preschool there and also taught English to elementary age school children. While abroad he came to love and appreciate the simple lifestyles that he still practices today.
His love and respect of nature and the land has allowed Sticks and Stones to remain the quiet sanctuary it is in the midst of bustling Fairfield County.
Tim has taught an apprenticeship program at the Weir Farm National Park Service, and also holds classes at Sticks and Stones Farm Retreat.
Tim has been an avid sailor spending many of his winters sailing either the Bahamas or Hawaiian waters. If Tim is not playing with sticks or stones, you might find him practicing yoga or Pilates, meditating, or going for a bike ride. He has 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
JUSTIN PEGNATARO, Executive director of Two Coyotes Wilderness School
Justin has been teaching children about nature for the past ten years. He holds B.S degrees in both anthropology and biology and has mentored graduate students in teaching environmental education at the Yale School of Forestry. Justin weaves nature connection with age old cultural practices and hero’s journey-based mentoring into transformational programming for both adults and children.
Justin will be brings his inspirational programs to Sticks and Stones Farm.
Wildwood Rangers-a monthly fantasy-based wilderness program where students pretend to be heroes in a ‘Lord of the Rings’ styled fantasy world while learning the basics of wilderness survival.
Nature Skills- a monthly day program focusing in mentoring and gaining skill in wildlife tracking, wilderness survival, and natural history.
Living Earth Summer Camps-week-long camps focusing on wilderness survival, natural history, tracking, and connecting to the natural world.
Other programs to look out for include in-school, afterschool and family programming.
For more info about Two Coyotes Wilderness School and their programs visit: www.twocoyotes.org
Celine Currier, Tim’s youngest daughter is ringing in the next generation of Sticks and Stones Farm!
Celine’s childhood was spent between Sticks and Stones and the Bahamas. Living with her parents in various cabins and boats from north to south. She loves to grow both vegetables and flowers (especially edible flowers!) In her mind the two most important things in life are laughter and culture. She hopes to strengthen her yoga and meditation practice at the farm alongside others striving to better themselves! She majored in Philosophy at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. Always happy to meet a new person she hopes that people in all areas of life will come and visit this energetic crossroad which is Sticks and Stones Farm.
Adelka Polak, founder and Artistic Director of SOVA Dance and Puppet Theater
Adelka is a dance, puppeteer, mask-performer and movement director whose work has brought her to Denmark, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, and Turkey. She worked with Squonk Opera who went “from junkyards to Broadway” and performed at Lincoln Center Outdoors and LaMama, E.T.C. with the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater of NYC. Ms. Polak was featured on CPTV’s “Spotlight on the Arts” with Masque Theatre in a segment nominated for cultural Emmy in 2010 and produced by Ed Wierzbiecki. Her original performances mix media such as video, fabric, objects, and natural materials with organic movement. http://www.AdelkaPolak.com
Come take a Stretch and Fitness class with Adelka Wednesdays at 7pm.
For more information check out Farm Programs.
Justin Perlman, Professional Sculptor
Justin has dedicated his life to fine art. After two years of undergraduate work in Cultural Anthropology, Justin moved on to study sculpture at the Art Students league of New York. In 1998-99 he moved to Pietrasanta, Italy where he developed his skills in Marble carving by working alongside sculptors and master artisans. Returning to the states in 2000 Justin went to apprentice at the Coopermill Bronze Works, a fine art bronze foundry in Zanesville, Ohio, where he gained expertise in all form of the bronze casting process.
In 2002 Justin became a leading member of the Slaughter House Galleries and Studios, a vibrant arts community based in a historic section of Pittsburgh. At the Slaughterhouse, Justin was actively involved in community outreach by organizing, and participating in gallery exhibitions, theater productions, and poetry readings.
Today, Justin maintains a professional sculpture studio in Ridgefield, CT, and his work is in numerous private and collections here and abroad. Justin’s notable public works in Connecticut can be seen at the Madison Sculpture Mile, and as part of the new sculpture park at the Governors residence in Hartford. As a recent addition to Sticks and Stones, Justin hopes to nurture a thriving creative culture here at the farm.