Temenos is a non-denominational, off-the-grid, retreat center located on 70 woodland acres, offering retreatants a place to “unplug” and reconnect with nature. “Temenos” is a Greek word referring to the sacred space around an altar or shrine. Here at Temenos we remember our own sacredness, as we immerse ourselves in the quiet of the deep forest, and embrace with respect, all the woodland inhabitants within this naturally occurring temenos.
Quakers, teachers, and activists Teresina and Joe Havens purchased the property in 1973. Temenos, Inc. was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1980. Four year-round cabins and a seasonal lodge were built in the early to mid-1980s. The Lodge is available for DIY events, including family gatherings, retreats, workshops, celebrations, trainings and ceremonies, from late April through the end of October. Temenos is cared for by the Council (Board of Directors), full-time Resident Director, part-time Land Steward, and the generous donations of time and money from all who have come to love and enjoy this very special place.
The pond, dug in 1976, is spring-fed and supports a wide variety of aquatic life. There are two trails for hiking, and several sacred sites, including the Pine Grove, Hemlock Rock Labyrinth, Monk’s Cave, Jizo carving, natural Mineral Springs and Monolith. Abutting MDCR land, the forest at Temenos is frequented by porcupines, moose, bobcats, and black bears.
For additional information, tours and reservations please contact Resident Director, Elizabeth M. Witham; the phone is number below. Also, be sure to visit our website and “like” us on Facebook!
A further note: Temenos is seeking a new Resident Director to begin in April 2019. To apply for the position please go to the Welcome Page on the Temenos website for the application and instructions. Help spread the word. Thank you!
Elizabeth M. Witham
65 Mount Mineral Road
Shutesbury, MA 01072