Let the soothing natural beauty of Genesis relax and restore you.
With its splendor of colors, crisp air and crunchy leaves, Genesis’ Autumn in New England sabbatical invites inner peacekeeping, quiet reflection, and a deepening of your contemplative awareness. There’s no better time than October and no better place than Genesis to experience and receive the grace, beauty and harvest of the year.
Autumn in New England is a structured time of prayer, contemplation, and community. You will also have opportunities to experience the arts, culture and natural beauty of the region, with planned visits to The Norman Rockwell Museum, Hancock Shaker Village, and Emily Dickinson Museum.
Autumn in New England is designed for all people from all faiths and spiritual paths.
Abundance of Peace and Tranquility
Located in scenic Western Massachusetts, the Genesis Center provides an optimal environment for rest, reflection, relaxation and study. Set on 19 acres in Westfield, Massachusetts, Genesis’ land is home to the Providence Arboretum, where we tend to the grounds in concert with nature’s wisdom – free of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Wooded groves and mature specimen trees, many 100 to 150 years old, surround the property. Within are broad expanses of lawn, commemorative plantings and ornamental trees, shrubs, and gardens which enhance the natural beauty and contemplative nature of the land. Comfortable benches and lounge chairs invite you to commune with wildlife and the land. A Compassionate Curve pathway, spiral of life, peace pole, and labyrinth provide other means for inspiration and meditation.
The mission of Providence Arboretum is to raise awareness about the interconnectedness of all creation, infused with the Divine energy that makes us all One. A small fruit orchard, community vegetable gardens, compost pile, black squirrels, and a variety of birds and other wildlife participate in the council of all beings at Genesis.
Sabbatical guests enjoy access to the many quiet and contemplative spaces at Genesis, including the Carriage House, where there are areas for reading, writing, meditating, arts and craftwork. We provide a private dining room for those in sabbatical. Our food is prepared with love and local farm-fresh vegetables whenever possible. Genesis has seasonal vegetable and herb gardens and we love sharing the daily harvest with guests.
Sabbatical guests also have free use of our private TV room, laundry and fitness facilities. Genesis has an excellent, up-to-date library of books and videos relating to eco-spirituality, earth literacy and contemporary spirituality. You may register for our Healing Arts activities during your stay, including yoga, meditation, and massage. We are fortunate to have a great relationship with the Westfield YMCA, which provides our guests with a significant discount on membership. Many of our sabbatical guests enjoy having this opportunity to use the YMCA facilities.
Join us for an inspirational experience that feeds your body, heart and soul.
Hospitality is the hallmark of Genesis. We take great pride in making sure you feel welcomed and supported throughout your stay.
Cost for October 1-29, 2021: $2,765. Includes an on-site private room and three meals a day. You will have access to the beautiful contemplative spaces at the Center, including the grounds and Providence Arboretum. While you're with us, you may also register for our health and wellness activities, including yoga, relaxation meditation, massage and more.
You may extend your sabbatical to include time before and/or after the month of October.
For more information, email Sr. Jane Comerford, CSJ at firstname.lastname@example.org