53 Mill Street, Westfield, MA 01085 • 413.562.3627



Come away to a distant place and rest awhile…

“He said to his disciples, ‘Come away to some lonely place all by yourselves, and rest for awhile,’ for there were so many coming and going that there was not time for them even to eat.” ~ Mark 6:31

Those who choose Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center are drawn to the individualized approach of designing their stay. Since each guest is in search of something different, you will have the benefit of our staff members to assist you in creating your own program. Whether returning from mission abroad, transitioning from positions of leadership, or contemplating a life-transition, all appreciate the wide variety of options Genesis offers to foster holistic integration of body, mind and spirit. You will find a relaxed atmosphere, time and space for rest, reflection, reading, and the pursuit of your individual interests.

Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Providence of Holyoke, Massachusetts, welcomes persons of all faiths, spiritual paths, and backgrounds. Genesis is also home to the Providence Arboretum set on nineteen wooded acres, where the grounds are kept in concert with nature’s wisdom. The Center offers on-site and online programs, retreats, sabbaticals, and meeting/conference space for groups and guests who appreciate a holistic approach to mind, body, and spirit.

Genesis’ Spiritual Directors are experienced and employ a variety of modalities in accompaniment.

Genesis also offers an extensive resource library of books relating to earth literacy and contemporary spirituality.

Guests may also wish to take advantage of the many rich historical, cultural and educational events offered in Western Massachusetts and our nearness to the local YMCA and library. We are just over one hour from the Vermont border, the Berkshires, and other New England attractions.


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To register, please call the Genesis office at 413-562-3627 or email Liz Walz, Executive Director at lizw@genesisspritualcenter.org.


Testimonials from our Sabbatical Guests

Oh, great Father, never let me judge another man until I have walked in his moccasins for two weeks.
- A Prayer for Understanding