Date Of Visit: June 4, 2017
Location: 188 Cape St (rt112), Goshen, MA (about 45 minutes northwest of Springfield, MA and an hour and a half southeast of Albany, NY)
Hours: Open 7 days/week, 8:00 am – Dusk
Cost: a $10 donation is suggested. Children under 12 are admitted free
Parking: The parking area next to Three Sisters can accommodate about 15-20 cars.
Handicapped Accessible: There is limited wheelchair access.
Dog Friendly: Service pets are allowed
Highlights: unique pieces of art in a natural setting
Website: Three Sisters Sanctuary
The sign at the entrance to Three Sister Sanctuary states, “Where nature and art merge.” That’s a pretty apt description of the sanctuary if there ever was one.
Three Sisters Sanctuary is no run of the mill art sanctuary. Every piece of art is made of rock, plants, water, iron and other parts of the land in its composition. In fact, sanctuary is a very good way to describe the place. Three Sisters is more than just a place to look at art or enjoy the beautiful nature which surrounds the sanctuary. It is a place for reflection, meditation and peace.
Richard Richardson, the owner and on site artist at Three Sisters created the pieces of art to foster a feeling of serenity, inner peace and spirituality.
The name “Three Sisters” comes from Richard’s three daughters. His three daughters gave him so much joy and happiness he wanted to give this joy and happiness to others through his art. He says he did not find the garden. The garden found him. It helped fill a void in his life and it has brought him a purpose and meaning.
Richard’s use of old machines as well as other tools and spare parts is indicative of the unique style of the art at the sanctuary.
One thing you’ll notice in Richard’s works are his emphasis on people, particularly children, in his work. Looking at these works of art, you can’t help but stop and consider the effort and creativity it took to create such interesting and meaningful works of art. It certainly does make you think about the many forms of inspiration and how we express that inspiration.
From afar, some of the statues look a little like something might see in a zombie movie. But, they are all pretty harmless.
Keeping with his themes of spirituality and peace, you will also see angels and other spiritual figures.
Richard feels the presence of his older brother and his eldest daughter, who he tragically lost. He says the art and nature both work to provide healing and peace while keeping the spirit of his brother and daughter with him. Whether you are a spiritual person or not I still think you can at least find inner peace among the statues and other works of art.
Another common theme of the art at the sanctuary is the use of animals in his work. Dogs, horses, butterflies and even a few mythical creatures are a few of the animals and wildlife
You may even run into a few real wildlife. While walking along the sanctuary, I noticed this rather unhappy goose. Unsure why he or she was making faces and noises at me, I went to take a closer look. It turns out the mommy or daddy was just being protective. It seemed appropriate that life would begin here and share in the peacefulness around them.
Some of the rocks at the sanctuary are said to give up energy and even be a source of healing. In fact, if you stand in between some of the bigger rocks, it i said you will feel a certain energy and healing power. One of Richard’s daughters who was helping him during my visit said she feels rejuvenated after standing next to the rocks.
Jut when you think you’re at the end of the art sanctuary, there are pretty cool statues and other works of art at the front of the sanctuary.
Richard has succeeded in making a sanctuary that is not only a place for art lovers to seek out unique pieces of work. He has also helped create a place for people to reflect and find an inner peace.
Three Sisters Sanctuary also provides accommodations for visitors as well as ceremonies on their grounds. The Nomad’s link of the day is a blog post by Kristin Chalmers. She recently attended a wedding as the photographer and posted about Nicole And Kilean’s Medeival LARP Wedding At Three Sisters Sanctuary.