Program logistics

COST & REGISTRATION

The standard rate (and sliding scale, if applicable) for each retreat is indicated on its registration form (click the link on any program title to see the flyer and registration form). The fee includes program, lodging and food. A commuter rate is available for those who sleep off-campus. Please ask if you need additional scholarship funds. A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required to hold a space for a program. If you need to cancel, the deposit can be applied toward a future workshop.

To register for a program, please fill out the registration form and send it to us with a $50 deposit (we accept checks or money orders) made payable to Woolman Hill. The balance is due at the beginning of the workshop.

SCHEDULE, INCLUDING ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE

Plan to arrive after 5pm the day the program starts, in time for dinner at 6:30, unless otherwise stated. The workshop usually ends by 2pm, after lunch and clean-up on the last day. Please ask if you have questions about transportation timing or if you need a more detailed schedule, and see a typical weekend schedule here.

GETTING HERE

We are centrally located in western Massachusetts, close to both I-91 and Route 2. For those arriving by car, we will send directions with a welcome letter roughly one week ahead of the program. (Directions are also available here.)

Please let us know if you’d be interested in carpooling. The nearest Amtrak train stations are in Amherst and Springfield (MA). Amherst is about 30 minutes away, Springfield is about 40 minutes. Vermont Transit and Peter Pan bus lines stop in Greenfield, which is 10 minutes away. Please contact us to see if we can arrange a ride from these stations. The nearest airport is Bradley International, just north of Hartford (CT). It is about an hour’s drive from Woolman Hill.

ROOM & BOARD

We provide simple dorm-style lodging. Please indicate on your registration form if you need to be housed on the ground floor, close to a bathroom, or have a particular preference of rooms. We will do our best to accommodate your requests, though we cannot guarantee a specific housing assignment. There are also hotels and B&Bs nearby (see here).

We serve nourishing, primarily vegetarian, home-cooked meals and always offer a vegetarian option. Please let us know if you have dietary restrictions. The community building at each retreat includes the joyful sharing of meal chores and clean-up.

ACCESSIBILITY

The meetinghouse and the first floor of the main building are wheelchair accessible.

WHAT TO BRING

Please bring your own

  • Toiletries, towels, and bedding (sleeping bag or sheets and blankets or comforter). Pillows are provided.
  • Seasonally appropriate clothes
  • Comfortable indoor and outdoor footwear
  • You might also like to bring a flashlight, journal, musical instrument…

Please do NOT bring pets or candles.

CELL PHONES AND COMPUTERS

We have wi-fi internet access on many parts of campus; there are no computers available for public use. Cell phone reception can be limited, depending on your provider. We encourage guests to consider limiting cell phone and computer use so as not to detract from your experience of being fully present, here and now. During programs, please try not to use cell phones or laptops in public spaces, so that other guests are not disturbed.