A Being Bending to Tend to CreationA Being Bending to Tend to Creation © Mike Horan

I’ve said before that every craftsman searches
for what’s not there to practice his craft.
A builder looks for the rotten hole
where the roof caved in.
A water-carrier picks the empty pot.
A carpenter stops at the house with no door.
Workers rush toward some hint of emptiness,
which they then start to fill.
Their hope, though, is for emptiness,
so don’t think you must avoid it.
It contains what you need!
Dear soul,
if you were not friends with the vast nothing inside,
why would you always be casting your net into it,
and waiting so patiently?


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.

Site and Facilities: 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 small retreats, events, meetings, and workshops. Beyond all the space to roam and relax in, there are three houses 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. 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.

Sorry, no pets allowed.

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