CULTIVATE: Five Days at the Farminary
AUGUST 21–25, 2019, PRINCETON, NJ
Many of us wonder: But how?
We find ourselves on career paths we didn’t expect or want, stuck in life situations we never imagined, struggling to dream of another way. At the Farminary, we create space for just that kind of holy imagining and sacred dreaming—and this summer, we’ll invite 10 to 12 people to join us for a few days of farming, conversation, creating, and careful listening to each other and to God.
If you are a young adult between 25 and 35, and if you’re asking yourself what in your life needs to be sent to the compost pile and where God might be calling you to sow seeds, we invite you to apply. By the time you leave the Farminary, we hope you’ll have more clarity about your vocational calling, greater hope about a path forward, and a few new friends to walk with you along the way.
4200 Princeton Pike
Princeton, N.J. 08540
Wednesday, August 21 to
Sunday, August 25
Daily Schedule: TBD
But expect our time together to include farm chores, feasting, periods of solitude, and daily sessions together as a group. We will share stories. We will dig in the dirt (no farming experience necessary at all, but clothing and footwear that can get muddy and/or wet strongly recommended). We will think about God (you’re welcome to join us wherever you may be in your spiritual journey, but know that this will be an experience deeply rooted in the Christian tradition). We will listen for possibilities. We will break bread together (and we can make it gluten-free if you need that) and perhaps even make some. We will do our best to create space for each other to do things that relax and delight. We will be here to talk and walk one-on-one with you if that’s what you want.
Introverts: There will be alone time, but this is meant to be a shared experience!
Extroverts: This is a shared experience, but you will also have alone time!
I don’t really know where home is; I grew up in California and Florida and then spent years in London and New York. I’m a journalist by trade. I was working as a magazine editor and reporter in NYC when I began to wonder whether God was nudging me in a new direction. A long process of asking hard questions led me back to school, to study theology, though I’m still writing (my recent work has run in Travel+Leisure and Modern Farmer). I’m also a candidate for ordination in the Reformed Church in America. For now, I live in Princeton, New Jersey, with my patient, long-suffering husband, Tristan.
Ten years ago I entered the crazy, often messy, yet surely beautiful world of youth and young-adult ministry—and my love for this work is only growing. My experience includes parachurch, local church, and global missions. Because I have also spent the majority of my life training as a dancer and then dancing professionally, I am passionate about helping people learn to fully embody their faith in our fully embodied, incarnate Christ. I’m an Idaho girl who has made her way across the northern states with stopovers in Minnesota and Michigan (with a detour to South Africa). I now live in Princeton, New Jersey, with my husband, who is a college tennis coach, and Mr. Stoffels, our ridiculously adorable whoodle (Wheaton terrier/poodle).
Hana Grace Lehmann
I am a mixed-race Filipina-American from the Black Hills of South Dakota. For the past five years, I have worked as a birth and postpartum doula and educator. These birthing experiences weave themselves into my life and theology as an orientation towards cultivating life in all of its messiness, vulnerability, and power. I feel alive when I learn new things, connect to people deeply, and move my body. Recently, I have taken up the spiritual practices of baking bread and splitting wood at the Farminary. I live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with my partner, Wes, and our old pup, Lincoln.
I hail from New York City by way of North Carolina. I am 32, and my background is in science with a concentration in disease ecology. I’ve spent the last 18 years of my life farming and teaching animal husbandry as well as soil science. My current focus is to combine ecology/agriculture and faith practices and how they complement one another both physically and biblically. I also work with black and brown folk in the South Bronx, transforming abandoned lots into urban farms. My hope is to start a farm of my own and create space for young brown folk from inner cities to begin to think of themselves in relation to land, God, and self.
I’m a Guatemalan immigrant who grew up in the hood of Long Beach, California. I did not get into much trouble growing up because I have great parents who got me cable television and took me to church. I am an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA). I have worked in ministry for over a decade on both coasts, in both suburban and urban contexts. I currently live in Queens, New York, with my wonderful wife, April, and I serve as the associate pastor for youth and young adult ministries at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in Manhattan.
I wonder if you could tell that I’m a pastor’s kid even without me telling you—does it change how I interact? Probably, but maybe no more than the fact that my mom is a teacher, or that I was homeschooled until 4th grade, or that I went to high school in Kenya and Uganda. My mom is Chinese and my dad is white, which also makes me kinda hard to read. But when we meet, I think you’ll easily pick up my goofiness, nerdiness, and willingness to talk about stuff like design, pop culture, or philosophy. I’m relatively new to this farm stuff, but I have to admit that the compost pile is my favorite spot in all of Princeton.
Fee: $150. This includes roundtrip transportation to Princeton; four nights accommodation; and all meals from dinner on Wednesday through breakfast on Sunday. Cost should not be the deciding factor for any potential attendee.
Where You’ll Stay: Each participant will be housed in a private, single room, with private bath, at the Erdman Center on the Princeton Theological Seminary campus.
We are no longer accepting applications for Cultivate.
Cultivate is made possible by a grant from the Zoe Project, Princeton Theological Seminary’s young-adult innovation hub, which is supported by the Lilly Endowment