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Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend?

  • Anyone interested in the environment, spirituality, contemplative life, or ecological activism
  • Anyone interested in exploring a spiritual connection to the earth
  • Anyone interested in making connections with others with similar questions
  • Anyone interested in helping humanity shift to a world without oil
  • All ages, all walks of life, all faiths and no faith, all activists and non-activists

What are the living conditions?

  • Participants will reside on the Hampshire College campus in the Enfield Apartments. Each apartment can accommodate up to 8 participants, all having single bedrooms, with a shared living space, kitchen, and bathroom.

What if I have a dietary restriction?

  • All meals, whether prepared by participants or the dining commons, will be prepared with the freshest local and organic ingredients possible. A variety of options will be offered, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. Special needs may be met upon request; please be sure to reference this on your registration form if needed.


What to bring:

  • Bug repellent
  • Clothes for warm to hot humid days, possible rain, mild air conditioning
  • Personal items

Residents: Linens of your choice (sheet(s), blanket(s), face and body towel(s)

  • (pillows will be provided)
  • Optional:
  • A meditation cushion or bench (we will have some cushions on site)
  • Journal
  • Notebook
  • Drum (for fire circle)
  • Electronic devices: consider whether you really need them and might want to experiment with being device free for a few days. Cell phones should be absent or on silent (or on vibrate if needed for emergency contact) during program activities.

What to expect:

  • The program will now be one track, exploring various traditions of spiritual wisdom and practices related to sacred earth and opening up our awareness and understanding as a foundation for personal and collective change.
  • You will receive all materials needed for the program (schedule, locations for each part of the program, resource list, keys to rooms, etc.) Sunday at registration.
  • We will not be gardening or doing other physical work, but will have a fire circle, opportunities to walk in the woods, and other aware movement.
  • The faculty is essentially the same as before. For list and bios go here:
  • Your presence/heart-mind-spirit-voice-ear-body involvement will be a key part of the program.
  • You will be part of a group of about fifteen wonderful participants for these four days. (Some faculty will participate in parts of the program they are not leading.)

What are the fees?

  • Program fees are $400, per person, all inclusive.

If you have additional questions that have not been addressed, please contact Liza Neal, program director, at or at 413.559.5282.


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