Our Services

Meditation Meditation

A group meets weekly for 45 minutes of meditation on Mondays & Thursdays at 6:30 pm in the Farm House Studio.
All are welcome.

Yoga Yoga

A weekly all-levels yoga class is held from 8:30 – 10 am on Saturdays.
Contact us if you are interested in attending. Private lessons can also be arranged.

Food Food

Meals and cooking courses can be arranged with our chef. During the summer, fruits & vegetables come straight from our gardens and orchards.

Art Art

A beautiful site for outdoor painting & drawing, plus plenty of indoor space for art making. Group courses can be arranged.

Site Rental Site Rental

Rent the whole center to host your own gathering. The site is great for retreats, meetings, reunions, workshops or restorative getaways.

Retreats Retreats

The perfect spot to hold or attend a retreat. The beautiful grounds offer many options for people to come together or find respite.


  • Suz & Tim from New Zealand

    We had a wonderful time at the Empty Centre. My partner and I were over from New Zealand for our second visit. This place is so special. The perfect New England retreat. The views are stunning from every corner of the property. Nature as far as the eye can see. With beautiful 200 year old red farm buildings. I especially enjoy the beautifully mowed hiking trails, roaming through the meadows that weave between the trees.

    - Suz & Tim from New Zealand
  • Sharyl Green

    This land is one of my favorite places on the planet, many people would say that, I believe.

    - Sharyl Green
  • Said Graiouid, School for International Training

    A wonderful place for reflection and communion with self and nature.

    - Said Graiouid, School for International Training
  • Mimi Marchev, International HR Manager, World Learning

    The Empty Center is the perfect place for a day of focused group work away from office distractions. Tucked away on a beautiful wooded hillside, it combines the comfort and convenience of home with versatile meeting spaces.

    - Mimi Marchev, International HR Manager, World Learning

The Empty Center is a place for people to be and be together. One hundred and eighty acres full of trees, pastures, hills, ponds, and wildlife help that to happen. We offer this space in service.

Located thirty minutes from both Brattleboro, Vermont and Stratton Mountain, in the West River Valley, the Empty Center in Townshend offers an ideal setting for retreats, events, meetings, and workshops. Beyond all the space to roam and relax in, there are three houses and a cabin available for rent. The Farm House has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, as well as ample indoor meeting space and an open studio for meditation, yoga, or dance. The Garden House has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a chef’s kitchen. The Pond House is a one-bedroom cottage with a bathroom, a small kitchen, and a living/dining room. The Sugar House is a cabin with electricity, but no running water. A dome yurt is also available for camping or gatherings. A community lunch is hosted every Tuesday at The Garden House. Meals of fresh whole foods that highlight vegetables grown here on the farm can be arranged for small groups. Meals for vegetarians, vegans or any dietary restrictions are available with advanced notice. Feel free to inquire about the possibilities.

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