53 Mill Street, Westfield, MA 01085
Tel: 413-562-3627 Fax: 413-572-1060
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Special Things

Genesis is a special place to us and to our many visitors with several special elements that make it Genesis including:

Our Chapel

Our Chapel
Peaceful and welcoming.


A quaint but excellent resource of books to purchase including musical CDs.


Located on the second floor of the Carriage House guests will find a collection of books and magazines on varied topics from eco-spirituality to sustainability and earth courses.

Community Garden

With our strong commitment to the environment, Genesis is happy to offer individual garden plots for rent in our large community garden. We are happy to be able to host this space for growth and cultivation of vegetables and flowers. Community gardening provides health and environmental benefits for each of us as individuals, and nourishes the land which in turn, nourishes the earth. For more information, please contact the office at Genesis.


Eco-Spirituality is explained as the exploration of our relationship with God in relation to our association with the entire Cosmos, its creation and with God in the Center. It pertains to our balance and connectedness to the Earth along with our religious beliefs. Eco-spirituality raises awareness of the natural Earth, its preservation and our consciousness regarding the presence of God in all of nature.

"Perceived as Creation, nature invites us to turn to the Creator and to take up our responsibility to protect and enhance the natural world as the Garden of both God and humankind." - Charles Cummings, O.C.S.O.

"The universe itself is the primary sacred community. All human religion should be considered as participation in the religious aspect of the universe itself. It is false to say that humanity is the most excellent being in the universe. The most excellent being in the universe is the universe itself." —Thomas Berry

For more information, please contact Sr. Elizabeth Oleksak at 413-562-3627 or email eoleksak@yahoo.com.

Life Spiral

Life Spiral
During your visit, please experience our Life Spiral representing the cycles of time, seasons, of birth, growth, death and rebirth.

Our Animal Life

Our Animal Life
Gracie at Work
Gracie - Genesis cat
Tasha - Convent cat
Ameraucana Hens
Black Squirrels

Our Granola

Specially made by our chef and served often at breakfast. Many visitors like to take some home.

Our Lavender

Grown in our garden, dried and sold in bouquets during its growing season for our visitors to take along with them.

Gift Shop

Our gift shop offers many locally handcrafted items for purchase. Our visitors always seem to find something of their liking.

Genesis How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all, the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious teeming with creatures beyond number- living things both large and small.
- Psalm 104:24-25


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