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Spiritual Life

The mission of Spiritual Life is to engage the community in questions of meaning, purpose, and how we live in the world, to develop balance of mind, body, and spirit, and to create community across difference. The philosophy of Spiritual Life is to serve the needs of the entire community (student, staff, and faculty), to address those needs from a variety of perspectives within and outside religious structures while also educating about religions and the varieties of way to access, communicate, and translate the  universal nature of those needs.

Spiritual Life and the Peer Chaplaincy Student-to-Student Support Program are the only confidential resource on campus outside health services, and we provide spiritual counseling to students, staff, and faculty. Spiritual Life is part of community advocacy, which also includes multicultural and international student services, women's and queer services, and the Wellness Center.


Director of Spiritual Life: David Ko,
Intercultural Community Advisor: Syma Sheikh,
Rabbi and Advisor for Identity and Praxis: Rabbi Ellen Bernstein,


Spiritual Life Office: Dakin House, J Basement
Program Space and Kosher Kitchen: Merrill Student Life Center, 1st floor
Spiritual Life Center: Donut 5 Greenwich, for yoga and meditation
Peer Chaplaincy office: Wellness Center, Enfield 413.313.6500


Spiritual Journey Lunches: Staff, faculty, and alums share their search for meaning
Political Journey Lunches: Stories of political development
Red Tent Lunches: Integrating health and wellness into life stories such as those of birth, death, coming of age…
Alternative Spring Break to New Orleans
Daily Meditation and Yoga
Ethical Roundtables
Engaged Mindfulness
Empathy Course, Religious Literacy 101, Introduction to Meditation From a Phenomenological Lens
Holidays: High Holidays, Sukkot, Passover, Purim, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Fall Equinox, Samhain, Imbolc, Beltaine, Eid during Ramadan, Nawhroz, Holi, Diwali, ChrismaChannuKwanzAdhaRohatsuYule, Festivus for the Rest of Us: An Atheist Holiday, and more.
Many other speakers and programs throughout the year!

Student Groups

Aliz (Queer Jews and Allies)
Hampshire Christian Student Movement
Hampshire Confucius
Hampshire Unitarian Universalist Association
Jewish Student Union
South Asian Arts and Culture
Students Exploring Contemplative Practice and Social Change
Peer Chaplains
Peer Meditation Leaders

Connect with us!

List Servs:,,,,
Facebook Pages: Hampshire College Spiritual Life, Hampshire Christian Student Union, Hampshire Unitarian Universalist Association, Hampshire College Contemplative Practices. Feel free to contact us at any time with any questions.

Places to Worship in the Valley (pdf)

Spiritual Life Events Calendar

Stay In Touch
With Spiritual Life
Snail Mail
Spiritual Life Office
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002