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Accepting applications for Genesis' School for Contemplative Living Spring 2022 Cohort 

What we practice we become

Genesis’ fourth incarnation of the School for Contemplative Living will begin in April 2022. With four residential weekends, and in-person or online group meetings between sessions, the school is a formation program for the contemplative journey, rooted in the Christian wisdom tradition in an emerging interspiritual, ecological, and socially engaged framework.  

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Upcoming 14 days - Oct 25 2021

October
1

** VIRTUAL ** Heart-Centered Meditation

Join us on Zoom for two DAILY one-hour sessions at 7:00am and 7:00pm.


October
1

Autumn in New England Sabbatical - Contemplating Natural Beauty

The peaceful, quiet space you desire is right here. Located in scenic Western Massachusetts, Genesis offers a month-long sabbatical in October for rest, reflection, and renewal. Autumn in New England is designed for all people from all faiths and spiritual paths.


October
1

**VIRTUAL & ON-SITE** Chair Yoga with Optional Meditation

All levels. Sturdy chair recommended. Optional 10-minute non-guided meditation directly following.


October
1

**VIRTUAL** The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life - 19th Annotation Virtual Retreat

You may begin the retreat anytime in October.
This retreat is designed for those wishing to experience the Spiritual Exercises but who cannot make a full-time 30-day retreat.


October
10

** VIRTUAL** Guided Relaxation

Nourish yourself deeply with this full mind and body relaxation session. Practice this in the comfort of your chair or lying down.


October
28

**ON SITE** AUTUMN YOGA JOURNEY

The shortened days of autumn call us to introspection and the regathering of our energy for the long, dark winter. Align your inner and outer self with this eight week yoga series.


October
29

**ON SITE**OFF THE EDGES AND OUTSIDE THE LINES RETREAT

Click to watch Joy talk about why this retreat is for everyone, including art phobic individuals! Drawing on themes from her book, Off the Edges and Outside the Lines, this workshop is for people who are in crisis or want a spiritual practice that includes image making, and for anyone who wants to connect with their creative side.


October
29

** VIRTUAL** OPENING TO THE LIGHT

Drawing on themes from her newest book, Stars at Night: When Darkness Unfolds as Light, Paula D'Arcy will explore how learning to move through and past life's inevitable disappointments and losses opens a door to new awareness. In the end, the darkness is recognized as the rich foundation for a larger life and the possibility of awakening to a new way of being here.


November
1

**VIRTUAL** Book Club - An Altar in the World

An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith, by Barbara Brown Taylor. Zoom gatherings take place on Mondays, November 1, 8, 15, and 22, from 10:30 – 11:30am.


November
4

**ON SITE** AUTUMN YOGA JOURNEY

The shortened days of autumn call us to introspection and the regathering of our energy for the long, dark winter. Align your inner and outer self with this eight week yoga series.


November
7

**ON SITE** IN THE HEART OF AUTUMN RESTORATIVE YOGA

November heralds the final harvest festival of the year and presages the winter season to come. In the heart of autumn before the rush of the holidays, pause and find respite in an afternoon of restorative yoga.


November
8

**VIRTUAL** Book Club - An Altar in the World

An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith, by Barbara Brown Taylor. Zoom gatherings take place on Mondays, November 1, 8, 15, and 22, from 10:30 – 11:30am.


Latest News

Circumambulating Perigrinatio

Sometimes, a calling begins with inner restlessness. A disquiet or tension, perhaps even an irritation. In the ups and downs of the day-to-day, it is easy to chalk these up to the ordinary trials and tribulations of daily life. Certainly, growing in maturity requires cultivating the ability to hold fast during turbulent times, not jumping ship at every inconvenience or upset.

Posted on 9/23/2021


Bringing Forth What Is Hidden

A while ago, Genesis received the gift of a canvas labyrinth along with a number of boxes of accessories, some easels and posters. Due to its size, the labyrinth will only fit in the Providence Room and time passed as we waited for the room to be available so we could unfold the labyrinth and walk it. In the meanwhile, Nick and Wayne stored the labyrinth, boxes and posters upstairs in a Carriage House closet. Weeks passed, then months. Years.

Posted on 8/10/2021


Microgreens, Mulberries and ‘Maters, Oh My!

These past weeks I’ve had occasion to cover Genesis’ kitchen so our beloved Chef Jen could have a couple of days off. I delighted in harvesting tart cherries from the tree behind the Carriage House and incorporating them into Rainbow Chard, bacon and cherry pizzas, Chilled Persian Soup, and cooking them down for a sauce over vanilla ice cream.

Posted on 7/14/2021


That's What Happens at Genesis

Posted on 2021-06-10


Good to Be Here

Reflecting on the spirituality of Providence

Posted on 5/7/2021


Nature Helps Us Nurture

Posted on 5/18/2021


Easter Greetings and News!

We had a lovely full house of 28 gathered to celebrate Genesis’ contemplative Easter Triduum Retreat...Read on

Posted on 2021-04-06


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We cannot create knowledge without acting. The focus of this action is (a) to transform the world, (b) to establish interdependent relationships with human beings, with the cosmos and with God.
— Paulo Friere