WINSLOW — The Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon-Maine have launched a partnership which plans to host a series of free educational events this January, February and March, all via zoom, to teach new ways to relate to and care for the earth.

“Our small center sits on 3.75 acres along the Sebasticook River in Winslow,” said Sr. Judy Donovan, according to a news release from the center. “We started asking ourselves, what could we do to both sustainably care for the property as well as share this land with others? Our conversations led us to wonderful partners and together we hope to make this property a kind of ‘demonstration project’ where anyone can come and learn skills they can then use at home, whether they have acres, a small yard, or just a windowsill.”

The partnership, which the Sisters call the 80 Garland Road Group, includes the Winslow Agricultural Commission, Mid-Maine Permaculture and Kennebec/Messalonskee Trails.

“With this opportunity, we come together to share ideas, create projects, and learn from one another, knowing that each person has gifts to offer,” said Sally Harwood of the Winslow Agricultural Commission. Kate Newkirk, chair of the Winslow Agricultural Commission, added, “The group’s goal is to build community, to educate and learn together, and to integrate mindfulness and spirituality into all we do.”

The project will eventually include trails, prayer and education stations, and many educational demonstrations sites of what is possible.

Three workshops are scheduled for this winter:

• January Nature Journaling via Zoom, Saturday, Jan. 8, 1-2:30 p.m. This free workshop will be led by Andrea Lani, a writer, artist, and Maine Master Naturalist. To learn more about the workshop and register, visit

• February Permaculture 101 series, offered Thursdays, Feb. 3, 10 and 17, via Zoom, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Permaculture is an approach to land management and gardening that is sustainable and derived from whole systems thinking. Participation in one or more sessions is free. To register and receive the Zoom link, email [email protected].

• March Biodiversity in the Backyard, via Zoom. Once the details are finalized for this free workshop, another correspondence will provide the date and time, additional information, and how to register.

For more information, call 207-873-4512.