Major renovations to the main building of Woolman Hill—begun in January—have been successfully completed, increasing accessibility while maintaining the homey character of the space. A modest new wing offers first- and second-floor bedrooms and bathrooms, along with small sitting nooks and a spacious foyer area. Improved and additional ramps, three new septic systems, and a new well were also installed. Group use of the facility began again in July.
This past year, Woolman Hill—in collaboration with Beacon Hill Friends House and Peter Blood-Patterson—carried out a well-received virtual program series, Walking with the Bible, featuring nine different guest presenters. The center is planning to return to offering in-person programs in the coming year.
In the spring, a local beekeeper made arrangements to install several hives in the orchard on campus. A former board member has been sorting through archives as part of a writing project about the rich history of Woolman Hill. And the center continues to participate in the Western Massachusetts Retreat Association, a network of retreat centers in the region.
Learn more: Woolman Hill Retreat Center