What to Bring and More

What to Expect (and What to Bring):

Weather
Earthdance is situated approximately 1,620' above sea level and surrounded by New England forest. The weather is generally cold and snowy in the Winter; muddy, foggy, and warm or chilly in the Spring; rainy, hot, and humid in the Summer; and foggy, warm or chilly in the Fall. The weather fluctuates a lot and can change suddenly. We advise checking the forecast when packing. Bring clothes to accomodate many different temperatures and weather patterns.

Housing
Housing is provided in the Gratitude Lodge (a.k.a. Earthdance dorm) nextdoor to our Farmhouse at 262 Prospect Street. The dorm has 3 floors of co-ed housing for guests, with rooms ranging from 3 to 12 occupants, and shared bathrooms. A private, handicap accessible bathroom is available on the first floor. A few private rooms are sometimes available for an additional fee (email contact@earthdance.net three weeks prior to an event). Most beds are singles, though a few doubles are available.

We provide pillows and blankets, with extra blankets available for cold nights. All of our beds are first-come-first-choose. Bring your own bed linens or rent them for $10.

In Summer, Fall & Spring, guests can camp on the land either with their own tent or in one of our tent cabins with 1 to 2 beds each. Camping guests use the bathroom facilities (including showers) in the main Farmhouse. Discounts are available for camping for most events. Bring your own sleeping bag(s) or rent bed linens and blankets for $10.

Bring your own towel(s) – we recommend two: one for showeing, one for the sauna — or rent them for $2.

Facilities
Our facilities include the Gratitude Lodge, main Farmhouse (featuring three studios with wood-sprung floors, a library, dining room, living room, and massage room), a wood-fired sauna, stream-fed quarry, and 125 acres of wooded land. Learn more about our facilities. Earthdance's buildings are ADA accessible. More info here.

Food
Earthdance provides three healthy, vegetarian meals a day (unless meat is specifically requested for a program), sourcing locally as much as possible and from our garden during Summer and Fall. Dietary needs are submitted through registration and accomodated as much as possible. Guests are permitted storage space in the Guest Fridge during events. The nearest grocery store is located 6.2mi away (The Old Creamery Co-op). Bring your own food items as needed.

Phone and Internet
Cell phones do not always work at Earthdance. We have a phone line for guests to make and receive calls. The number is (413) 634-0111; feel free to give this number to friends and family so they can reach you while you're at Earthdance. There is a shared voicemail box on the phone, which guests can check and record messages in the phone log. We offer free-long distance within the United States. For international calls (including Canada), please bring a calling card.

There is a computer available in our library for guests to check their email, with somewhat limited wireless access available in most of the main Farmhouse and Gratitude Lodge.

Other Things to Bring:

  • flashlight
  • water bottle with a lid
  • slippers for inside the house
  • bathing suit (for the sauna and/or quarry)
  • instruments, journal, art supplies, or anything else to make you feel at home!


Community Culture

Earthdance began as a community, and continues to have a small residential staff living onsite. While at Earthdance, we invite you to become part of this community by participating in chores (typically house cleans, meal cleans, or meal preps), respecting the staff and fellow guests, as well as caring for the space as a shared 'home.'

At the dorm, we encourage quiet hours between 9pm and 9am. Almost all rooms are shared, and we invite you to be respectful of your roommates' needs for rest.

See Earthdance's Nudity Policy.
Read Earthdance's Pledge to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

Additional Info
What to expect at an Earthdance Seasonal Jam

Bodywork
The Farmhouse contains a small massage room with a massage table that guests are welcome to use for offering bodywork services in exchange for 10% of any sales. Please read our policies below:

  • Earthdance accepts 10% of sales from all vendors including bodyworkers
  • All bodywork sessions must be scheduled ahead of time, and if scheduled during an event, coordinated with the event facilitators
  • During select events (rental groups, Earthdance workshops, festivals, and the Fall & Spring Seasonal Jams), bodyworkers can schedule bodywork sessions at Earthdance without paying event entrance fees, with the understanding that the bodyworker will abstain from participating in programming or meals and leave immediately after a session
  • During the Summer & Winter Seasonal Jams, our two largest events, those who want to schedule bodywork must register for the jam ahead of time as a regular participant—either for the full jam or as a one-day participant—and pay posted entrance fees.


Email contact@earthdance.net or call (413) 634-5678 with any questions.