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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 - Sep 23 2021

September
1

**VIRTUAL** HEART-CENTERED MEDITATION

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


September
14

**ON SITE** GRACE IN MOTION

A moving celebration of spirit…praise God! All dance and fitness levels celebrated… you can even dance in a chair! In this fun and easy dance class, we join in loving community to express our love for God, our love for all of humanity, and for our deepest self.


September
24

**ON SITE** Conspire 2021: Living Inside God’s Great Story

Watch the Final CONSPIRE Conference as a virtual live stream at Genesis, in community, prayer and ritual. Presented by the Center for Action and Contemplation.


September
30

**VIRTUAL** MAKING ROOM FOR THE HOLY

There is an unnoticed spiritual cost to keeping clutter in our lives. What kind of clutter? Both exterior and interior. By keeping clutter unnoticed, both outside and inside, we can clog up our pipe of Being that connects us to the Divine.


September
30

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

This retreat is designed for those wishing to experience the Spiritual Exercises but who cannot make a full-time 30-day retreat.


October
3

**ON SITE** 6-DAY SILENT DIRECTED RETREAT

A Silent Directed Retreat is designed to provide time and space for prayer and solitude, deepen discernment, and listen to the whispered song of spirit.


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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