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Welcome To The Sanctuary

A 40 acre land trust & 501(c)3 retreat center.

SOLAR-POWERED

We run on renewable energy.

YURT

An ancient Mongolian circular structure, the Sanctuary’s yurt, is a beautiful place for community gatherings & workshops.

MEDITATION

LovingKindness & Touching the Earth meditations are offered weekly at the Sanctuary.  We practice walking, gardening, eating & dishwashing meditation daily – a form of Engaged Buddhism, in the style of Thich Nhat Hanh.

PERMACULTURE GARDENS

Our community garden uses raised beds because the best place to store water is in the land.

BEAVER PONDS

Only ecologically interacting systems can create healthy waterways and the Sanctuary beavers are always busy.  Walk their dams and explore the rich biodiversity at the edge, where wetland meets forest.

APIARY

The Sanctuary honey bees feed on lavender and mammoth sunflowers.

FOREST BATHING

With 30 acres of forest, walking trails, a gurgling stream and beaver ponds, there are numerous nooks to discover and practice the Japanese art of forest bathing.

WALKING LABYRINTH

Enjoy a walking meditation or sit in the center of our spiraling labyrinth under the Sanctuary sky.

CIRCUS

Ancient Egyptians considered circus arts a meditative practice. The Sanctuary’s circus arts offerings for all ages teaches the mantra – the more we concentrate, the more fun we have.

Peace is Every Step

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Our Work

The earth is a living library. Responsible land stewardship follows principles of non-violence.

yurt, labyrinth & house

A GARDEN FOR YOUR SOUL

The Sanctuary is a community resource. The grounds are open to the public Tuesday - Sunday, sunrise - sunset. Namaste.

I WANT TO BE FREE

I want you to be free. It's a lot easier for me to be free if you're free.

OUR SUPER TEAM

Our team is here for you. All beings welcome.

Justin Good, Ph.D.
Co-Executive Director
 Justin is a teacher, musician and Co-Executive Director of the Sanctuary. He teaches philosophy and meditation at Middlesex Community College and University of Connecticut in addition to his work at the Sanctuary, stewarding the land trust. His philosophical work focuses on sustainability, perception, peak oil and love. His band, the Grays, performs original jazz compositions.

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Jen Taylor
Co-Executive Director
Jen is a philosopher, circus yoga instructor, political-media activist and musician. In addition to her work as a co-director of the Sanctuary, she teaches yoga & trapeze and directs circus in the summers. Her work in using circus arts, yoga and meditation as tools for self-discovery, holistic health, deep play and community building all promote the Sanctuary’s core values. Jen heads the gardens at the Sanctuary using the principles of permaculture.
SALLY & THE GOATS
Sanctuary Security and Zen Masters
Sally and the goats work hard to keep the Sanctuary peaceful and energetically radiant by practicing the non-violent art of doing nothing. Sally loves sitting meditation and can always be found in the circle on Sundays.  Both the goats and Sally serve as a layer of protection for our free-ranging chickens. They hang out frequently together, most often catching a mid-afternoon sun nap.

When you touch non-fear, you are free.

The opposite of fear is love.

Love has no opposite.

Sanctuary Blog

Musings on sustainability, spiritual practice, direct action & non-violence.

Inside the Pumpkin Temple

November 22, 2016
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My Time With Thich Nhat Hanh

December 14, 2012
Life in Plum Village       “The energy of mindfulness is the kind of energy...

A Walk Is a Living Poem

December 6, 2012
I know you buried your bone because there’s dirt on your nose; and in your...

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