Earth Alive Retreat

AUGUST 27-29, 2021

NOTE: In honor of our 5 year anniversary & a number of important milestones in our larger community, we invite you to stay on for a very special COMMUNITY CELEBRATION immediately following the event.  Details listed below.


JOIN US in celebration of this miraculous living planet we all are part of.  This family friendly event offers opportunities for rest, relaxation, and renewal.  Experience deeper, more open-hearted connections with others and Earth, as we create a loving community to honor, in sacred space, both our joys and our sorrows.  Activities include: celebration, rituals, sharing circles, healing processes, workshops, and time for exploration, connection and play.


We offer a supportive place for kids of all ages within the larger community.  Our loosely structured and co-created program includes games, wilderness connection activities, hiking, art, fairy house building, collective storytelling and more.  A place for kids to spend time living close to Earth with the space to allow their creativity to emerge.


In The Spirit of Andrew Goldsworthy we will co-create a living work of art made from natural materials found on the site.  Participants are welcome to bring “alter” contributions such as statues, sacred objects, pictures, scarves, necklaces, stones or crystals, or other meaningful objects, that they can take back with them upon completion of the gathering.  Participants will be able to work on this evolving sculpture and sacred space throughout the gathering.


We close down each night with an open campfire celebration and crowd favorite Saturday evening talent show and sharing opportunities (weather contingent).  Led by some of the finest musicians and long time members of the Earthlands community.  Together we will create a safe, supportive audience for all levels of expression, artistry, and performance.



Gaia’s Meadow at the University of the Wild

73 Glasheen Road, Petersham, MA

Free campsite is included in registration.  Participants unable or preferring not to camp, we offer a limited # of rustic rooms including a Tiny House, onsite offices, and shared pre-made tent spaces on 1st come/1st serve basis for $35.00 per night.  Off site accommodations at local hotels, motels, Inn’s or Airbnb’s may be made at participants own arrangement and expense.  We offer these for your convenience:

  • Clamber Hill Inn & Restaurant, Petersham, MA  –  978-724-8800
  • Hartman’s Herb Farm, Barre, MA  –  978-355-2015
  • The Jenkins Inn, Barre, MA  –  978-355-6444
  • North Quabbin Woods, Petersham, MA  –  888-374-0007


Friday-Sunday, August 27-29, 2021. 

Arrival may happen any time after 3:00 pm on Friday and participants should allow adequate time to complete their registration, set up their tents and get settled in.  Dining facilities will be available for an optional potluck prior, but the program will begin promptly at 7:30 pm.  For continuity and to create a safe container, we STRONGLY encourage participants to plan on attending the whole gathering.  Special accommodations will be made on a case by case basis at the discretion of the planners.


Facilitators include:

Bradley Grove Hyson (Click Link for Bio)

Cathy Pedevillano is a visionary healer, teacher, and guide committed to sharing the teachings of shamanism to bring balance and healing to our world.  She has studied with some of the most well respected shamens, elders, and indigenous healers throughout the world.  Cathy began her career as a wildlife biologist and environmental educator for a variety of state, federal, and private organizations such as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Mass Audubon Society, and Northfield Mountain, including teaching outdoor leadership and team building programs for children and adults. For 11 years she worked for the Sacred Earth Network (SEN), consulting, coordinating exchanges of indigenous peoples from Siberia and the U.S., working to protect endangered snow leopards in Eurasia, and designing and leading workshops combining deep ecology and shamanism. Whether in private or group sessions, leading workshops or trainings, Cathy assists people in reclaiming their power and waking up to who they are.

Shanti Om Gaia is a longtime ecospiritual healer, activist, and mystic who has walked thousands of miles on peacewalks in 20 countries and spoken to over 50,000 people about environmental, peace, and holistic health issues. He has facilitated numerous deep healing and connecting workshops and gatherings (including energy healing and experiential Deep Ecology) for groups of up to 100 people and served on the EarthStory (ecological retreat) Council and coordinating team for a number of years.

Chandra Bossard brings decades of experience in personal growth, activism, vegan foods and sustainable living.  She has worked with children of all ages, in diverse settings including children’s programs at a variety of  gatherings, as a child care provider and as a Mom committed to consciously raising her own home-schooled children in an eco-friendly way.  She is a storyteller, former co-host of The Monkey and Mama Show and current co-host of the Dragon Moon story hour on Brattleoboro Community Radio.  She lives in an off the grid solar powered straw bale home with her family in Vermont.

Pam Kimball, BRETH Facilitator, is an Earth Energy Healer, Dowser, Shamanic practitioner, Inspirational BRETH Facilitator, Geomancer, Reiki and Sound healing practitioner.  Pam works to identify and protect native ceremonial stone landscapes and serves on the Board for the Nolumbeka, which supports educational programs, art, history, music, heritage seed preservation and cultural events of the indigenous peoples of the Northeast.


All meals are vegan with gluten-free options available, and consisting of healthy, mostly organic items such as salads & fruits, rice or grain dishes, soups or stews, snacks and juices, coffees & teas.  Some of the highest quality well water from the Quabbin Reservoir watershed is available throughout the gathering.  We do our best to accommodate special food needs/allergies that are communicated prior to the event.  The following meals will be offered:

  • Friday – Evening Pot Luck – **OPTIONAL** – NO MEALS SERVED
  • Saturday – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Sunday – Breakfast & Lunch


We’ve found what works best is to loosely structure the gathering around 2-3 hour session blocks that allow us the freedom and flexibility to customize and be responsive to the evolving needs of the group, including adjusting for weather conditions.

*** Schedule is tentative and subject to change ***   


      • 3:00 PM Arrival, Registration & Check-In, Set Up
      • 6:00 PM Optional Potluck
      • 7:30 PM Opening Circle
      • 9:30 PM  Campfire & Socializing


      • 7:30 AM Yoga and/or Meditation
      • 8:00 AM Breakfast
      • 9:30 AM Morning Session
      • 12:30 PM Lunch
      • 2:00 PM Afternoon Sessions
      • 6:00 PM Dinner
      • 8:00 PM Campfire Celebration & Talent Show


      • 7:30 AM Yoga or Meditation (TBD)
      • 8:00 AM Breakfast
      • 9:30 AM Morning Session
      • 12:30 PM Lunch
      • 2:00 PM Afternoon Session & Closing
      • 4:00 PM Completion & Community Cleanup




To register, simply send an e-mail with the heading “EARTH ALIVE 2021 REGISTRATION” and the following information:

  • Names/(s) – of all adults and children who will be attending.
  • E-mail address/es
  • Phone #s
  • Mailing Address

A confirmation e-mail will be sent to you with payment and additional registration details.

Registration includes on-site camping, 5 meals, all program materials including children’s.

We do our best to make the program available to all who want to attend.  Theses are suggested program donation rates and we invite those able to afford more, to contribute more to offest the costs of those in greater financial need:

$225 BY JULY 18, 2021 – $100 DISCOUNT

$275 BY AUGUST 15, 2021 – $50 DISCOUNT

$325 THROUGH AUGUST 27, 2021

*** Children under 5 are free & under 12 are 1/2 price.

*** $500 Family Rate includes 2 adults and multiple children.

*** Financial Assistance and a limited number of work request discounts are available upon request.


  • Sacred items to contribute to the Earth Art alter.
  • A journal or note book & writing, drawing, coloring instruments including markers, colored pencils &/or crayons.
  • All camping gear including tent (unless staying in the lodge), bedding, sleeping gear, towels
  • Toiletries & personal care items
  • A water bottle, any dietary or nutritional supplements needed, and a food offering for the optional Friday night potluck (if attending).
  • Sun tan lotion, insect repellent.
  • Appropriate outdoor/camping clothing for a variety of New England climates including: shorts, long pants, rain gear, and bathing suits for those who’d like to swim, and a change of footwear.
  • Yoga mats, blankets, meditation cushions or special chairs
  • Incense, sage/smudge sticks, essential oils
  • Musical instruments, balls, frisbees or other fun game type things.
  • Flashlights, lanterns or other non-flammable illumination


Requests for mass transit pick-ups & drop offs must be coordinated & confirmed in advance and are subject to staff/volunteer/participant availability.


You may contact us at or 401-575-9973.


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This year marks the 5 year anniversary of Earth Alive, the 30 year Anniversary of Earthstory (an important predecessor event for many in our community) and the 1st year we will gather without a beloved member of our community who transitioned in 2019.  Harriet “PranaRose” Meiss (1936-2019),  was a profoundly wise, deeply caring, inspirational and loving teacher for many people all across the country.  She generously facilitated Sunday morning BRETH sessions for most of the the last 4 years.  We are designing a special post event program to celebrate, share, mourn, recognize and honor her and these important milestones for our tribe and larger community.  To that extent we will be inviting folks to stay shortly after the program concludes for a more casual and loose CELEBRATION with food & drink, sharing , music, dancing and more.  Program details are being worked out and will be posted here as they become available.  While related, this will be a separate and distinct program from Earth Alive and participants may attend both or either.