Coming to Rowe is a pilgrimage, traveling a distance from our accustomed place to enter a sacred space, where we are transformed. Eventually we return to the turbulent world, as all pilgrims do, infused with fresh energy, courage, and love.
Nestled in the beautiful foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in Western Massachusetts, The Rowe Center offers an exceptional array of outstanding teachers and workshops in a small, intimate forum, and youth camps and adult community retreats that nurture and inspire.
At Rowe, the soul-sustaining beauty of creation abounds. Come early to walk in our enchanted forest, enjoy the sights and sounds of the waterfall, and delight in the tranquility of the old millpond. Write or read by the hearth in the gathering room and watch the glow of the fire. Spend your Saturday break hiking the trails, walking the labyrinth, taking a nap, exploring the permaculture site and organic garden, savoring the quiet of the meditation hut, or relaxing in the sauna. After dinner, watch the sunset from the porch swing or take a walk under the beautiful starry night sky after the evening session. Hang out on Sunday afternoon after your workshop, as there’s no need to hurry.
Sign up early for the most choices in where to stay. The décor is simple and fresh and the atmosphere relaxed. We have a number of private rooms for single and double occupancy in our Farmhouse, in the Orchard House and Brook House, in the Rec Hall, and in the newest addition to our campus, the charming 18th-century guesthouse on Zoar Road. Most rooms have shared baths, but some offer private ones. Several rooms are wheelchair accessible. Sign up at the last moment to honor spontaneity and adventure.
Enjoy communal living? Why not try our dormstyle housing. Not used to the idea? Many doubt they will like it but are pleasantly surprised, as they meet new friends in a way that is relaxed and fun. The Farmhouse is a comfortable old New England home originally built in 1776 and expanded over the years, most recently adding modern bathrooms, showers, kitchen, meeting room, and dining room. The winterized cabins are rustic, one-room cabins with wood-burning stoves, located near our modern, all-season bathhouse. All dorms and cabins have bunk beds and can house several people.
During conference weekends, much of our time is spent around the table, where animated, engaging conversation gives perspective to the workshop sessions, just as the retreat gives perspective to our workaday lives.
We offer the most attractive gourmet vegetarian food you can imagine (with chicken available for those who prefer meat). Our chefs consistently amaze everyone with their delicious culinary artistry, as well as their willingness to cater to special diets, from vegan and gluten-free to high protein. Our food—fresh baked breads, homemade soups, gourmet entrees, and yummy desserts—is prepared lovingly by our chefs. Their hands nurture our bodies, as their hearts nurture our souls. At Rowe we work with local farms. For example, through one of our wholesale suppliers, Foster's Market in Greenfield, MA, we buy fresh produce from our neighbors' farms at Pinehill Orchard in Colrain, Apex Orchard in Greenfield, Clarkdale Farm and Ciesluck Farm and Wargers Farm in Deerfield, Nourse Farm in Whately, Smiarowski Farm in Sunderland, Spatcher Farm in Leyden, and Diemand Farm in Wendell. It's part of our evolving dedication to green living, supporting our area community, and protecting the Earth.