Throughout the semester, Spiritual Life offers a multitude of programs. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to get involved.
Peace, Justice, and Embodiment
- Peer Meditation Circle: Spiritual Life Center, Greenwhich Donut 5, at 7 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There is no breakfast with the morning meditation.
- Meditation and Breakfast: Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m., Spiritual Life Center, Donut 5 Greenwich
- Meditation with Contemplative Life Advisor: Wednesday, 4:30 p.m., Spiritual Life Center, Donut 5 Greenwich
- Hatha Yoga: Wednesday, Monday 8 p.m. and, for staff and faculty only, Tuesday at noon, Spiritual Life Center, Donut 5 Greenwich
- Alternative Health Fair
Over a dozen practitioners from on and off campus share their talents, talk about their crafts, and allow us all to experience the joys of health and wellness. Get a massage or talk to an acupuncturist about how you might begin your own training. Have a smoothie or try some homemade bodycare products (and learn how you might make your own). The fair is meant to be experiential and fun, and it is open to the Five College community and friends. Date and time TBD.
- New Path to Health Series
Practitioners of different complementary medicine and other health and wellness practices, such as herbalists, acupuncturists, and energy practitioners, come and share their expertise with the Hampshire community every other Friday.
- Pastoral Counseling
We provide pastoral counseling and support individually. Pastoral counseling is about walking with someone through the crises and transitions of life; it is completely confidential.
- Alternative Spring Break
During spring break, Spiritual Life helps sponsor a week-long alternative spring break. Students and staff travel to New Orleans to work with NENA, the lower ninth word neighborhood empowerment network association. The group helps rebuild the community in the lower ninth ward while learning about and experiencing the history and culture of New Orleans.
- International Service Trips
International service trips explore race, culture, class, and religion in our country and others in the context of putting our own bodies to work.
- Hampshire College Veterans Administration Volunteer Corps
September 2010 marked the launch of a new Hampshire College VA (Veterans Administration) Volunteer Corps in collaboration with the Northampton VA Medical Center, a division of the VA New England Healthcare System. The aim of this program is to provide Hampshire College students, as well as faculty or staff wishing to participate, with an opportunity to match their skills and interests with the immediate needs and resources of the excellent VA Medical Center located several miles north of the center of Northampton, Massachusetts. For more information visit the hampedia page.
- Throughout the year, we celebrate many different holidays from the Muslim, Hindu, Wiccan, Jewish, Baha'i, Christian, Buddhist, and atheist calenders. For example, every winter spiritual life hosts Christmachannukwanzaadharohatsuyule, a night of celebration with food, music, and crafts from many winter holidays.
- Spiritual life also works with and supports the activities, programs, and leadership of numerous student groups, including the Jewish Student Union, the Pagan Collective, and many more.
- Intergroup Dialogue
Throughout the year there are many opportunities to get involved with intergroup dialogue for students, staff, and faculty. Spiritual Life frequently brings in speakers to discuss the intersection of religion, race, sexuality, gender, science, ethics, etc.
- Faculty, staff, and alums share the twists and turns their lives have taken: the questions they have asked and are asking; the places meaning has been found or has eluded them; and where they are today. Fridays, 12 p.m., Merrill living room.
- Sustainability and the Sacred This is a summer program exploring spiritual and practical responses to the question: How do we deepen our awareness, transform our relationship to the living earth, and change course to address fully the climate crisis and other urgent enviromental concerns? Students, parents, professors, administrators, religious leaders, and community activists from diverse spiritual backgrounds come together with leaders who bridge specific spiritual and religious traditions, personal practices, and community and political activism for holistic sustainaibility.
- Ethics and Entrepeneurship Throughout the year, this series explores the intersection of ethics, entrepeneurship, and sustainability. For instance, we have looked at the ethics of farming and the ethics of food, discerning how we make decisions in challenging context of business and social change.
- Social Sustainability This series addresses sustainability by using mindfulness practices to develop understanding and solidarity across differences of opinion, focus, culture, power and privilege, to sustain people in community as well as in our relationship to earth. Additionally this series uses the creation of intercultural community bringing students, staff, and faculty of different cultures together so that they can learn from each other and cooperate, helping them to learn to engage respectfully, to understand their past, and also how to begin to build something new. We have looked at engaged mindfulness and holistic sustainability and Ahimsa: Non-violence from different cultural and religious prespectives.