Rowe is just north of the Mohawk Trail (Route 2), New England’s most famous highway, and one of the region’s most scenic. Rowe offers the beauties of the Berkshires at their finest — every season is a feast of nature, from the blossoms of springtime to the glories of autumn. Come see for yourself.
The 1400 acres of town forest land surrounding our property are held in trust “forever wild.” We are a hiker’s and bicyclist’s paradise. Kayakers revel in the serenity of Pelham Lake at the base of Mount Adams or the thrills of the nearby Deerfield River. When the snow falls, our ungroomed trails are ideal for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, and groomed trails are just a short drive away. We are also within 25 miles of several ski areas, including Mt. Snow.
You may want to take time to explore nearby villages of western Massachusetts and southern Vermont, including Shelburne Falls, a charming riverside town of shops, cafes, art galleries, and bookstores renowned for its magnificent Bridge of Flowers (and also as a shooting location for several Hollywood films). We are within an hour’s drive of many art museums and cultural sites, including the exquisite Clark Art Institute in Williamstown and the ultra-cool Mass MoCA in North Adams. In coming to Rowe, consider staying an extra day or two and seeing more of what the Berkshires have to offer.
The Rowe Center is an adult education center that respects those committed to growing and learning throughout their entire lives. It is widely respected as one of the finest conference centers in the country, and its weekend retreats address topics related to personal growth, spirituality, the arts, nature, political activism, and much more. As we believe there are many ways up a mountain, Rowe’s mission is to offer and to honor diverse paths to personal growth.
Along with its setting in the Berkshires, connecting with other engaged and engaging people is part of the joy and magic of Rowe. We seek wisdom from differing perspectives, passionate pursuits, and a sense of humor about living. Rowe conferences help people deepen their spiritual journeys, strike new paths, and find inner tools for being in the world.
Come to retreat, to laugh out loud, to experience transition, and see the world from a different perspective. People who come to Rowe regain optimism, regenerate, and are inspired. Like a walk upon our mountain, the programs at The Rowe Center can offer both spirited conversation and a chance for solitary reflection.
If only for a weekend, if but to connect with others in a beautiful, peaceful place, we invite you to come up the mountain. Step aside from the more hectic and loud patterns of life. Come find new ways of being alive.