What Is Spirit Camp?

For over 26 years, “Spirit Camps” have been held at the same special space in the Berkshire Mountains, the serene YMCA Camp Hi-Rock at Bear Rock Lodge. Atop Mount Washington, this weekend’s “Ritual-based Men’s Retreat” is sponsored by The North East Mens Alliance (NEMA), Inc. NEMA is a 501(c)(3), educational-based non-profit.

Men ages eighteen (18) and older have reported they found the activities and discussions “restorative” and “perspective-changing.” Spirit Camp welcomes men of all races, nationalities, creeds and sexual orientation. The objective of Spirit Camp is, and has always been, to create a safe environment for men, where they can openly be themselves among other men who may be different than them.

The facilities are simple but more than adequate, and are comfortably heated. The main building (where we circle up, drum, meet in the stone fireplace room, share wholesome meals, and sleep in bunk rooms) looks down over a 90-acre private lake and up towards the Appalachian Trail.
There are woods and blazed trails, the sound of rushing wild white river waters descending over boulders and green moss to a waterfall, and vistas perched above the distant landscapes to take in peace-filled moments.

  • Are you looking for a safe, yet challenging retreat?
  • To drum, share poetry, or just relax.
  • Dealing with aging–even with death.
  • Struggling with teenage-related challenges.
  • Open to experiencing the sacred in nature.
  • Becoming a father, or the desire to be a better one, or better uncle.
  • Need a break from your daily routine.
  • Want to feel heard, or would like to be a listener for others.

This retreat appeals both to men already experienced in men’s work and those who have never considered an event of this nature. Some men have been coming to this camp for decades, but there are always several first-timers to welcome.
Please join us for the weekend.




For directions to Camp Hi-Rock click here.

162 East Street
Mount Washington, MA 01258

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