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53 Mill Street, Westfield, MA 01085 • 413.562.3627

A profound love for Earth. 

"We need to move from a spirituality of alienation from the natural world to a spirituality of intimacy with the natural world. From a spirituality of the divine as revealed in words to a spirituality of the divine as revealed in the visible world about us." ~ Thomas Berry

Our commitment to the environment and all creation derives from the teachings of wisdom teachers across traditions and throughout the ages. We invite you to become part of a mindful community committed to our interconnectedness with all creation and the Divine energy that makes us all One.   

2022 programs and retreats:

Virtual Book Discussion: The Seed Keeper, a Novel, by Diane Wilson, Monday, August 15 or Friday, August 19.

Awakening to Hope: Cultivating a Profound Love of Earth. Friday to Sunday, August 12-14. 

We Are All Related: An onsite ecospirititual retreat featuring a virtual keynote presentation with Diane Wilson, Award-winning Author of the 2021 novel The Seed Keeper. September 23-25.

Upcoming 14 days - Jul 1 2022


**ON-SITE & VIRTUAL** Earthing our Faith in this Time of Distress, with Diarmuid O’Murchu

Not to be missed! Beloved to the Genesis community for 20 years, this retreat will mark Diarmuid's last on-site visit to Genesis.



Join a loving, conscious, healing community for prayer and meditation. Two DAILY one-hour sessions at 7:00am and 7:00pm.


**ON-SITE** 7-night 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

Jennifer Schimmel Named New Executive Director

Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center is pleased to announce that Jennifer Schimmel has been named executive director by the Board of Trustees.

Posted on 5/10/2022

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

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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