53 Mill Street, Westfield, MA 01085 • 413.562.3627

Retreat Types

Genesis offers several models of retreat. All retreats feature free time for reflection, integration, reading, and walking. Often, silence is encouraged during mealtimes. Mass is offered during most retreats, although not daily. We do offer transportation to nearby parishes for liturgy upon request.  For inquiries about retreats, please call the Genesis office at 413-562-3627.

Individual Private Retreat is a time away. It is time for you to listen to the voice inside your heart and to reconnect to that which is most sacred to you. An individual retreat may be scheduled at many times throughout the year depending on Genesis availability. Stroll the beautiful grounds of our Providence Arboretum, walk our outdoor natural labyrinth or find a quiet and comfortable place inside to read and reflect. A private retreat is of your own design.

Guided Retreat is facilitated by one or two leaders who offer daily group presentations, including prayer and ritual, on a selected topic or theme over the course of several days or a week.

Silent Directed Retreat is when an individual meets daily with their Spiritual Director, or Spiritual Companion, for one-on-one sessions. During the session, experiences from the outdoor world, poetry, and/or scripture may be interwoven with the story of God’s activity in your life.

Silent BioSpiritual Focusing Retreat is similar in format to Silent Directed Retreat, with the focus of the conversation on noticing and nurturing feelings held in your body. There is a daily meeting with a director.

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
- Leo Buscaglia