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Retreat Details

Participants (adults age 18 and over) will engage their minds through educational sessions, their spirits in meditation, their bodies in movement and ritual, and their hearts in compassionate community. Driving the trajectory of the program will be questions of how all that participants are learning and doing will impact the way we live day to day while addressing the potential for a transformed future.

The Sustainability and the Sacred program will take place on Hampshire’s beautiful forested campus. Participants will stay in on-campus housing and eat local, organic meals (a variety of options will be offered, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free).

An example of last year's daily agenda:

  • Breakfast, prepared by program participants in living quarters on campus
  • Morning Mindfulness Meditation, followed by an educational workshop
  • Lunch, a local and organic spread enjoyed in the dining commons
  • Afternoon activity involving community work and hands-on gardening beautification
  • Late afternoon education workshop
  • Dinner, local and organic spread enjoyed in the dining commons
  • Evening earth-based ritual

Over the program you will:

  • Explore ancient and modern insights for honoring and living with the earth
  • Reflect on and develop your relationship with the earth
  • Discover and deepen transformational spiritual/life practices
  • Connect spiritual insight with embodied practice and practical action
  • Develop activism rooted in awareness, spirituality, and community
  • Learn to create a compassionate, transformative community

Faculty for the program include Hampshire Director of Spiritual Life Rev. Liza M. Neal; Hampshire Contemplative Life Advisor and Transition movement leader Susal Stebbins Collins; “birth mother” of the Jewish environmental movement and Hampshire Advisor for Identity and Praxis Rabbi Ellen Bernstein; and others.


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