Living and Working at Rowe
Located in the beautiful Berkshire foothills, The Rowe Center is widely respected as one of the finest small conference centers in the country. We offer weekend retreats with renowned leaders on a fall-winter-spring cycle. Topics include personal growth, spirituality, arts, nature, poliitical activism, and much more. Every summer, we offer adult community retreats and youth camps. Founded in 1924, Rowe's youth camps offer unique summer programs for teenagers and younger people. Our programs encourage personal exploration and responsibility in a fun-filled community environment.
Rowe is an exceptional place to work and live. If the idea appeals to you of living in a close-knit community united by a shared vision -- making The Rowe Center the best possible place it can be - living and working at Rowe may be for you.
All positions at Rowe call for energetic, flexible, well-organized, self-motivated people with positive attitudes. If you believe in the work that Rowe is doing, can juggle several projects at once, have the flexibility to move from one project to another, and still remain focused and in good humor, we would like to hear from you.
Whether you are a staff person, workstudy intern, or volunteer, when you give generously and with an open heart, you receive a lot in return. Explore the possibilities.
Meet the Staff
Executive Director - Felicity Pickett came to Rowe in 1991 and quickly showed us she knew how to work and knew how to make organizations work. Prior to coming to Rowe, she was a social worker and directed a large child care system for Catholic Charities. She began at Rowe as the Office and Finance Manager and held the positions of Camp & Conference Center Manager and Director of Operations before becoming Director in 1996.
She is the one who cares for Rowe on a daily basis, keeping her eye on the day-to-day, month-to-month, year-to-year details and rhythms. She is creative and resourceful and has kept Rowe on solid financial footing. She is an idealist and visionary. A central figure in fostering the community that lives at Rowe, she created the work-study internship program and initiated the Woodside Diversity Program. In recognition of her work, she was named Executive Director in 2012. Rowe is a better place for her commitment and her skills.
Director of Programming - On May 1st, 2012, Arthur Samuelson joined the staff in the new position of Director of Programming. Arthur brings substantial experiences, skills, and connections developed over thirty years of connecting people to and through ideas in a variety of ways, from publishing, teaching, marketing, and fundraising.
He was the Editorial Director for Schocken Books, Random House and Paragon Books, and a Senior Editor for Harper Collins and Summit Books, Simon and Schuster. His specialty as a publisher was finding ways to turn books into other people's programs so as to build an audience for his products.
Arthur has lived a life based on curiosity, transformational learning, and community. He spent many years working in the men's movement in N.Y. and lived in Israel for five years, two of them on a kibbutz. He spent two years living in an intentional community in NY City and the last year as a volunteer at Kripalu.
Arthur told us, “What I am looking for at this point in my life is a way to bring all these aspects together—learning, creating meaning for others, and community—to create not just a meaningful life for me, but for others as well.” We are really happy he has chosen to do that at Rowe.
Director of Operations - Paulette Roccio began as Facilities Manager in November of 2009. Paulette is not a newcomer to Rowe. She worked in the office in 1995 and has visited numerous times, as she is Felicity's daughter. Paulette is here with her two daughters Madison and Morgan, making our first three generation family at Rowe Camp and Conference Center.
Paulette has a background in business management and worked as a sales representative before taking this position. She was also part of a family business, Wicked Good Builders. She was ready for a change. Living and working at Rowe was a dream come true.
"How I came to live and work at Rowe is nothing short of a miracle. One midsummer day, in my Outlook inbox was an email from Felicity. The email spoke of a very powerful upcoming lunar eclipse that would assist in manifesting what you truly desired in life. I spent several hours in meditation and prayer in preparation for the ritual I would perform the night of the eclipse.
At the time I had never even considered living and working at Rowe, but from that day forward I felt I was being carried on Angels wings. Daily I prayed, and thanked the Universe in advance for bringing me what it was I desired and magically everything fell into place. Within a month of my ritual a job opened up at Rowe."
Maddie and Morgan love Rowe. They have learned a lot from living in community, and have fun hanging out more with Grammy Felicity. Both are avid Rowe campers and look forward to being at camp each summer.
Marketing Coordinator - Steve Kanji Ruhl. Kanji brings workshop programming expertise, a news media background, and promotional experience to his role of helping to edit and coordinate production of Rowe’s catalog and Center Post, create program emails, and design flyers and press releases. Kanji formerly served as the program director for youth and adult education in the lifelong learning department in Amherst, MA, supervising and marketing a broad range of programs. He also worked for many years as the arts reporter and later as arts editor for Amherst’s newspaper, and ultimately as a freelance journalist whose work appeared in The Boston Globe and elsewhere.
Additionally, Kanji serves as a core faculty member in Rowe's Certificate Program in Spiritual Guidance. Reverend Kanji is a formally ordained Zen Buddhist minister and an authorized lay Zen teacher who is employed as a Buddhist Advisor at Yale University, and as a meditation instructor at Deerfield Academy. In 2008, Reverend Kanji received his Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University; in 2005 he graduated with high honors in Religious Studies from Pennsylvania State University, focusing on world religions. He is a contributor to the book The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work (Wisdom Publications).