53 Mill Street, Westfield, MA 01085 • 413.562.3627
Date:December 30th, 2020 to January 1st, 2021.
Time:6:00 PM to 10:00 AM


From darkness into light… in this silent retreat, we invite you to discover the transforming face of Divine Love. As we welcome the New Year, may our desire for inner and societal peace be ignited through presentations, prayer, silence, poetry, and seasonal music. Once again, or for the first time, join us during this holy and traditional time at Genesis. Begins Wednesday with supper at 6pm and concludes with brunch at 10am, following Mass on Friday.  For additional $85 cost, you are welcome to arrive a day early to settle into the retreat.

NOTE: Spaces are limited to preserve distancing.

Cost - $305, private room. Deposit $100; Balance due 14 days prior to start of program.


JoAnn Bourquard


Jo Ann is an experienced spiritual director and supervisor with a Master’s Degree in Ministry with a concentration in spirituality from Hartford Seminary and also holds a certificate in Women’s Leadership.  She is knowledgeable in Jungian spiritual direction. An experienced educator, speaker and retreat leader, Jo Ann has facilitated discernment days of reflection with themed topics such as loss, self-care, prayer and life transition. She has particular experience with ministry to widowed and divorced persons as well as those with serious illnesses.


Elizabeth Oleksak, SP


Sr. Elizabeth foundress of Genesis and semi-retired, is an experienced retreat and spiritual director and BioSpiritual Focusing facilitator and teacher of Centering Prayer. She is also an eco-spirituality resource person, historian, and flower garden supervisor.


Liz Walz, ASP


Liz Walz, ASP, Executive Director of Genesis, draws on her experience as a Catholic Worker, Plowshares activist, non-violence trainer, yoga teacher and massage therapist.  She is trained as a Spiritual Director and BioSpiritual Focusing Facilitator.

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It is the duty of every cultured man or woman to read sympathetically the scriptures of the world. If we are to respect others' religions as we would have them respect our own, a friendly study of the world's religions is a sacred duty.
- Mahatma Gandhi