Community Connections


Here are some resources and connections in community to support your journey . . .

Intentional Communities and Retreat Centers:

Earthdance, Plainfield, MA
An artist-run workshop, residency, and retreat center located in the Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts.  We provide a dynamic mix of dance, somatic, and interdisciplinary arts training, with a focus on sustainable living, social justice, and community.  Earthdance has been spearheading innovative arts programming and maintaining a beautiful facility for rental groups in the Pioneer Valley for three decades.

Sirius Community, Shutesbury, MA
A non-profit educational community center offering sustainable living programs to the public and a spiritual community demonstrating attunement to nature and ecologically based lifestyles.

Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, NY
An Eco-Sufi Village where Eco honors the land, Sufi honors the Message of the Inayati Sufis, and Village honors the gathering of volunteers, residents, organizations, retreatants, and guests who come to the Abode having individual paths but the support of others along the way. All are welcome.

Holistic Resource Centers:

The Salasin Project in Greenfield, MA
Believing that healing happens through mutually empowering relationships, we at Salasin offer individuals and families a safe place to build community, support each other and work toward self-empowerment and healing.

Toivo, Advocacy Unlimited in Hartford, CT

An initiative that includes statewide classes, workshops and a mind/body focused wellness center where people can engage in expert facilitated yoga, meditation, fitness and strength training, creative writing, expressive art, walk/run groups, nutrition workshops, drum circles and much more!

Community Dances:

Greenfield Contact Improvisation Class and Jam
Tuesdays in Greenfield or at the Montague Retreat Center in the warmer months 6:30-10pm

VIDAM (Valley Improvisational Dance and Music)
Every other Monday at Karuna Yoga Studio in the Fitzwilly’s Building,
Northampton 8-10pm

Each VIDAM features veteran improvisational musician(s) who are feeling the room and collaborating with the dancers. Together we fill the space with inspiration for focussed movement, composition, and improvisation.

Dance Spirit
Sunday mornings at the Florence Community Center 10am-12pm
A sacred gathering of inclusive connection to Spirit expressed through inspired eclectic contemporary music and freeform dance and movement held together with loving community. Florence Community Center 40 Pine Street, Florence, Massachusetts 01062

Dance Spree
Fridays in Northampton 8:45-11:45pm
Dance Spree is the third oldest freestyle boogie in the world. We are a not-for-profit, all-volunteer organization committed to offering each of us the opportunity to free our bodies and minds from the pressures of civilization.

First Friday of the month dance party with expert DJs  9pm-1am
4th floor of the Fitzwilly’s Building, Northampton

Mandala Dance
Once a season ceremonial dance with mandala creation generally at Sirius Community in Shutesbury, Saturdays 7:30-10:30pm
Provides a safe sacred uplifted space for the community that supports ecstatic dance, spontaneous creative expression, facilitates heartfelt connections and appreciation for a community ritual. The dancing space is carefully decorated for each event which sets up a celebratory atmosphere. 

Meditation Centers:

Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley
A Buddhist center in the Insight Meditation tradition serving western Massachusetts. Our mission is to share the Buddha’s teachings with those who are interested. Insight PV is a non-residential center offering sittingsclasses & retreats and special events to help sustain and deepen meditation practice and bring wisdom and compassion into daily life. Eastworks, 2nd Floor 116 Pleasant Street Suite 242  Easthampton, MA

Valley Mindfulness
Valley Mindfulness offers Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and related mindfulness programs to groups, organizations, and individuals throughout western Massachusetts and globally through the Internet.

Pioneer Valley Shambala Center
Pioneer Valley Shambhala Center offers meditation, community, dialog, Buddhist teachings, and mindfulness awareness training to the Western Massachusetts region. Shambhala takes its name from a legendary society that was based on human goodness. Our communities around the world include people from all walks of life, who are interested in meditation, contemplative expression, community, and transformation of society. 191 Main Street, Northampton, MA

Tsegyalgar East International Dzochen Community
Tsegyalgar East, based in Conway, Massachusetts, was the first North American seat of the International Dzogchen Community founded by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. It consists of a large schoolhouse in Conway, and Khandroling, 220 acres of mountaintop land in Buckland, located 20 minutes northwest of the Schoolhouse.
18 Schoolhouse Road, Conway, MA

Vipassana Meditation Center – Dhamma Dhara
Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind. It is this observation-based, self-exploratory journey to the common root of mind and body that dissolves mental impurity, resulting in a balanced mind full of love and compassion.
386 Colrain Shelburne Road Shelburne, MA

Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
A large hub for spiritual practice of all kinds especially yoga and meditation in Lenox.
7 Interlaken Road Stockbridge, MA