East Mountain Retreat Center

an Interfaith Retreat Facility

You Are Invited
To a Place of Beauty
and Peace

We are open April 15-October 15

The Center provides facilities and guidance to individuals and groups who wish a quiet place for reflection and meditation. We will help you find the teachers or resources that you need for your retreat, or you may just want a little space and time. In addition we endeavor to promote interfaith understanding, while respecting the integrity and differences among the various faith traditions. We aim to do this without competing with established religious institutions. In fact, we encourage people who come here to be affiliated with a worshipping community.

The center is located on about 90 acres of woodland on the side of East Mountain State Forest in the town of Gt. Barrington, Massachusetts in the midst of the beautiful Berkshire Mountains. Part of the land was leveled by the tornado of 1995 opening views to the east. There are paths and logging trails and many places to walk or sit in quiet and contemplation.

The center is open to any serious seeker regardless of faith tradition, race, gender, nationality or sexual orientation.

Individual Retreats are the primary activity at the retreat center. If desired we provide guidance for your time here. We urge people to be in retreat for a minimum of 2 days and ordinarily two weeks would be the longest stay. However, special arrangements can be made for longer stays if someone is pursuing a recognized training or discipline requiring the extended period.

30 day Ignatian retreats can be arranged.

Individual retreatants have private rooms. Please bring enough food for your stay, sheets and towels. If you are arriving on public transportation, we can assist you with shopping. Sheets and towels can be rented for $5.

SILENCE: It is expected that individual, private retreats are silent unless special arrangements are made, such as for playing a musical instrument or chanting. Ordinarily an individual's only breaks in the silence would be discussions with a guide or teacher.

COST - DONATION: You would be here as our personal guest. The suggested donation is $25/day room and any spiritual counseling that you would choose to have.

The Center can be rented for a day or part of a day for group activities such as Memorial Services, Weddings and Family Reunions.

Hikers' Accomodations:Between May 15th and August 15th we host hikers and bicyclists who arrive without cars. Suggested donation is $10/night. We do not provide meals, but there are cooking facilities and shower.

The main meeting hall and one bedroom are wheelchair accessible. Also, we will do whatever is necessary and feasible to be welcoming to people with physical limitations.

What Is a Retreat?

Every retreat is different.

For some it is a time for peaceful reflection about one's life and faith.

For others it is a time of healing, using the resources of prayer, meditation, or ritual.

Yet others may use a retreat as a time for decision making or preparation for a major task.

And others may want to learn more about the mystical traditions of their religion and need instruction in techniques of prayer or meditation.

There are combinations of the above and an infinite number of variations because of the differences in people, their personalities, and their stories.

Every religious tradition has seen value in being in retreat.
At East Mountain Retreat Center we honor that strand in all faiths

For further information please contact the director of the Center:

The Reverend Lois F. Rose
c/o East Mountain Retreat Center
P. O. Box 195
Great Barrington, MA. 01230
Phone 413-528-6617

Rev. Rose is a United Church of Christ (Congregational) minister who was ordained in 1973. She received her theological training at Wellesley College, Union Theological Seminary, the University of Chicago Divinity School, and the Assumption College (Worcester, Ma.) continuing education program. She received training in Ignatian spiritual direction from the Mercy Center in Madison, Ct.


We are open from April 15 - to October 15.


From the east take the Mass.Pike (#90) to Exit #2 in Lee. From ramp take #102 west to Stockbridge and #7 south (left) to #23. From the west get off last exit of NY thruway in Canaan, NY. Follow signs to #102, through W. Stockbridge to Stockbridge and go south (right) on #7 to #23...From the south take either the Taconic, #22, or #7 and then #23 going east through Great Barrington, staying on #23 to light north of town...From the north take #91 to Mass. Pike, or #7 in Mass., or #22 in NY to #102 in West Stockbridge...


Take Route #23 east out of Great Barrington from the traffic light where #23 and #7 join northeast of town. Go 2.1 miles (1/2 mile past Butternut) and turn right onto Lake Buel Road. Then take an immediate right at the blue sign onto the dirt road. The center is about 1/2 mile up that road.

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You may send email to us at: emrc@bcn.net

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