Everything you need to know about being a guest at Sirius.
We’re so glad you’ll be visiting Sirius!
Each year, hundreds of guests come to Sirius to tour the ecovillage, relax on retreat, or participate in hosted educational programs.
Guest accommodations, program meeting spaces, and community kitchen/dining room are housed in one central building, the Sirius Community Center. In the tradition of retreat-style housing, our accommodations are simple, without the distractions of televisions and telephones, though we provide free WiFi for those bringing their own devices. We invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to focus on your personal growth in a truly unique community learning environment.
Please explore the rest of the site to discover the many different ways of connecting with Sirius. From gardening internships to events to R & R retreats, Sirius continues to serve as an oasis and model of sustainability, community, education, and spirituality: our fourfold mission.
See below for helpful considerations about being a guest at Sirius.
To register as an event participant, arrange a group or personal visit, to schedule personal R & R retreats, tours, guest information, or further inquiries:
Call us at 413.259.1251
Overnight Guest Quarters
Our guest spaces are mostly shared rooms, with two or three beds each. We also have three single spaces with queen-size beds. Most rooms are housed in the Community Center, but we have several in other nearby buildings as needed. Restrooms & facilities are shared but ample.
Organic vegetarian meals are included as part of the overnight package, and are taken in the Community Center dining room below the Octagon Hall. Between-meal snacks are also provided for conference guests and during other events.
Lodging and Commuter Conference Rates
These fees for overnight accommodations include 3 meals.
Private Room $160/day
Shared Room $125/day
Budget Space (camping) $85/day
Children 13-17 with parent $75/day
Children 3-12 with parent $50/day
Commuter Rate $40/day (includes lunch, dinner, and snacks/beverages between meals)
Commuter Rate $25/day (includes lunch only with snacks/beverages)
Non-Conference Guest Rate
No meals included
Organic Meal Plan
Our guest meals are prepared by people who care deeply about the planet and your health. Our cooks use organic vegetarian ingredients, many of which are grown right here in our gardens, orchards, nut trees, and greenhouse. Salads are commonly picked within an hour or two of serving.
Many non-vegetarian guests have told us they had no idea vegetarian fare could be so satisfying. We have indoor and outdoor seating, plus tables in the greenhouse, which can be toasty warm on the coldest days just from the sun. Everyone pitches in during cleanup, so our guests get a chance to meet and chat with our members and neighbors who participate in community meals.
Do you have a special diet? Let us know ahead of time so we can be sure to accommodate your needs.
Rates for guests staying overnight include 3 meals with accommodation. For guests who would like to join for meals, the additional meal costs are as follows:
We provide free WiFi for laptops and handheld devices almost anywhere at Sirius.
Visitor & Guest Protocols
For the benefit of all our members and guests, we ask visitors to observe the following protocols:
- We wish to maintain a cigarette smoke-free environment.
- Please bring no alcohol or drugs.
- Sirius is not equipped to handle pet housing.
- Please refrain from using scented products like perfumes, colognes, hair products, etc.
- Please use no candles or incense in guest rooms. Candles may be used in meeting rooms as long as they are placed in fireproof receptacles designed for that purpose and are extinguished when the room is unoccupied, such as during meals or breaks.
Things you may want to bring
Here is the list of items you can bring that will make your stay at Sirius more comfortable.
Provided… Bedding and towels are provided in each room.
- Comfortable clothing for movement and relaxation
- Flashlight for getting around forested paths at night (especially for those camping). We have extras, if needed.
- Insect repellent (Picaridin based recommended, or DEET)
- Water bottle, sunglasses, hat, and sunscreen
- Walking/hiking shoes for outdoors and hiking trails
- Sneakers for fitness activities.
- Winter: snowshoes.
- Summer: bathing suit for lakefront beach.
Note: The sauna is generally very dimly lit and bathing suit optional.
Cell Phone Service
Because of our location in the beautiful forests of the Pioneer Valley, cellphone service can be, in certain places, quite spotty. In general, Verizon service is more widely available on the property than AT&T. For calls that need to be made, we have landlines available for guest use with long distance calling cards.
We recommend getting directions through Google maps.
72 Baker Road
Shutesbury, MA 01072