Immersion Program

The Sirius Immersion Program immerses participants in herbal medicine, spiritual growth, community involvement, sustainable practices, and what it takes to live in a new paradigm. Experience the growth internally that creates opportunities for the physical healing of our planet! 




Evolution of Spirit

Conscious Cooking

Cultivation of Medicinal Plants

Cultivation of Medicinal Plants



Forest Gardening

Forest Gardening

Learning Herbal Remedies

Learning Herbal Remedies

Green Building

Green Building

Earth Stewardship

Earth Stewardship

Self Purpose

Embodied Awareness

Embodied Awareness

Session 3 ~ Sacred Moon

August 28th – October 8th

Session 4 ~ Medicinal Plant Cultivation

October 23rd – December 3rd


Connect with members of the group and explore the beauty of the land in free time. See consensus decision making in action and witness supportive conflict resolution! Earn college credit for Tree of Dreams offerings through the University of Massachusetts.

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Participants learn alternative ways to living and working in the material world through hands-on work each morning and afternoon classes in community engagement, conscious cooking, wholeness, medicinal plant cultivation, and more. Explore fun expressions of our collective creative vision together. 

Daily Schedule

7:30 – 8:30   Morning Movement or Meditation
8:30 – 9:00   Breakfast
9:00 – 1:00   Joyful Productivity
1:00 – 2:30   Lunch
2:30 – 3:15   Check-In Circle/Group Experience
3:15 – 3:30   Short Break
3:30 – 5:30   Class
5:30 – 6:30   Free Time
6:30 – 7:45   Dinner
8:00   Free time, community meetings, campfires, trips to town, open mic, etc.

Weekly Schedule

MONDAY – Wholeness
Monday is a day focused on healing, wholeness and self-care. It sets a tone for our week and the inner work we are committing to. The morning includes morning meditation and time dedicated to self care. Participants can use this time to schedule personal healing sessions with our in-house practitioners, work on a self directed project, or tend to the practices that are most personally nourishing

TUESDAY – Education
Tuesday begins our week of community work and joyful productivity, offering an opportunity to learn from the skills and experience of our community members. After lunch, participants come together to work on their Holistic Goal, a facilitated series of personal exercises to identify the heart of your intentions in life. Over the course of the program, participants are invited to identify the quality of life they most deeply desire to embody and create a personal declaration of the life they choose to live.

WEDNESDAY – Community
Wednesday is a day focused on building community and cultivating vibrancy and health within our community relationships. Our afternoon together begins with a Community Check-In circle, an opportunity for participants to share about their concerns, questions, gratitudes and breakthroughs related toriaho the community of program participants or the community at large. The members and residents of Sirius exhibit a varying mixture of involvement between working inside and outside the community, participating in shared meals, and engaging in our societal activities. This circle provides an opportunity to process, support and build skill for the inevitable growth and learning opportunities that occur within community

THURSDAY – Sustainability
Thursday is a day focused on the practices of sustainability and attunement to nature that we cultivate within our community. Our community elders and in house experts offer classes and workshops on topics related to practical skills, ecological land care, permaculture, homesteading, sustainability and gardening in attunement with nature.

FRIDAY – Spirituality
Friday is a day focused on the practices of spirituality that feed us both individually and collectively. Community members and residents share about their personal understanding of Sirius’ eclectic practice of spirituality and facilitate group experiences to deepen our personal connection to a spiritual path

SATURDAY – Joyful Productivity
Saturday’s focus is the coming together of community and the shared joy that comes from applying our many hands towards a common effort. Joyful Productivity concludes with a group Planetary Healing Meditation and community lunch. After lunch, participants enjoy some free time followed by a resident led workshop, group experience or skill share.


  • Everyday Herbalistoctagon
    seasonal medicine making, plant attunement, empowered healing

  • Conscious Cooking
    hands on education in the theory & practice of conscious food preparation
  • Course in Community
    building skills for conscious relationship and community development
  • Wholeness Energetics
    introduction to wholeness energetics and hands on healing
  • Medicinal Plant Cultivation
    hands on education in growing plants for medicine

Additional classes may include:

  • permaculture design,
  • organic gardening,
  • green building construction techniques,
  • sustainable energy production,
  • bicycle mechanics,
  • fermentation,
  • herbal medicine,
  • yoga,
  • mycology, and
  • retreat center facilities operation


Participants in our program will…

  • Gain a deeper understanding of self and purpose
  • Experience a sense of empowerment and embodied awareness
  • Witness the evolution of the spirit and experience a greater sense of wholeness, unity and connection.
  • Learn new ideas that can be implemented into their lives beyond Sirius.
  • Receive exposure and access to the path of Earth stewardship
  • Cultivate a seasonally oriented understanding of the plants, organic practices and seed to harvest gardening
  • Learn about alternative building, permaculture and forest gardening.

Community Meals & Meetings

Participants come together to create a community meal in our conscious cooking class and join in community meetings, learning meditation as a tool in consensus decision making and conflict resolution.

2016 Dates:

Session 1
May 8th – June 18th

Session 2
July 3rd – August 13th

Session 3
August 28th – October 8th

Session 4
October 23rd – December 3rd


$1950 per session ~ includes 6 weeks of classes, room, and board.

If the tuition is more than you can afford, we can work together to find the way. 




For questions about the program, e-mail Kristen Avonti at or call and leave message at the Sirius main office, 413-259-1251, clearly indicating the Immersion Program, with your name and phone number.

For regular mail, please use the address below:

Sirius Community
ATTN: Immersion Program
72 Baker Road
Shutesbury, MA 01072