Our mission is to foster the spiritual growth of Friends (Quakers) and others

and to strengthen the application of Friends' testimonies in the world. 

We offer programs for adults and youth.

We rent this quiet space for your family reunions, school retreats, church groups, and small conferences.

Take a Trip Around the World, at Powell House

July 7-9, 2017

For a summer vacation the whole family will love, all you'll need to pack is a sense of adventure and fun! Inspired by Jules Verne's classic novel, Around the World in 80 Days, this weekend will feature food, music, crafts and games from the regions that Phileas Fogg and Passepartout visited. We'll have fun with disguises and dress-up, and enjoy a special reader's theater performance at Cabaret followed by a foreign film festival for teens. Book lovers and folks of all ages will enjoy gathering to unpack some of the novel's enduring themes. The perennial pleasures of an early summer weekend by the lake, on the trails or at the campground offers opportunities for spiritual renewal and relaxation. We hope you will join us for this intergenerational weekend which truly has something for everyone!



Shiri Dembovich is a mother and teacher who enjoys bringing literature to life as community building experiences.

Regina Baird Haag is co-executive director of Powell House, a life-long lover of great fiction, and is always interested in having fun with folks at PoHo.

Register by June 21st: $230/adults; $115/ages 13-22; $58/infants-12; $165/commuters & campers


Powell House welcomes many types of events, including:

  • non-profit groups,

  • social services,

  • schools,

  • churches and faith-based gatherings,

  • family reunions,

  • weddings,

  • memorial services,

  • and personal sojourns or retreats.

Many groups use our campground, the trails, and the swimming pond for an outdoor retreat experience.

It is a perfect place to gather away from the usual crush of technological communications and daily "to-do" lists.

As part of our commitment to creating community, guests assist in mealtime and other minor chores. Powell House has cooks available to provide meals though some groups choose to do their own meal preparation. We also have flip-chart easels and audio-visual equipment. Varying levels of service can be accommodated to ensure the experience at Powell House fits the budget and needs of the group renting the facilities.

To reserve space for weekend meetings or conferences, we often require at least nine months to a year in advance.  Midweek dates can usually be arranged with a few weeks notice. Day use, overnight accommodations and sojourning by individuals and small groups can also be arranged sometimes on short notice.

In keeping with our Quaker principles, Powell House does not allow use of alcoholic beverages by our guests, and limits smoking to a designated area outside. We also do not allow guests to bring pets on the campus.

Located in the foothills of the Berkshires between Albany, NY and Pittsfield, MA; Powell House is 150 miles north of New York City and 150 miles west of Boston. 

 February 24-26

If art leads you to a deeper spiritual journey or your spiritual journey leads you to be more creative or if you just want to explore the relationship between creativity and spirituality, this retreat is for you.

Through all forms of creativity we find opportunities for deepening our spiritual journey. In a creative community we will delve into the interrelationships between creativity and spirituality through a variety of art forms: quilting, weaving, sculpting with clay, painting with watercolors, knitting, crochet, music, cooking/baking, or origami. Each area will be led by a specialist and the time will be rich with worship and creating. The weekend culminates with a whole group sharing of our creative process and our creations.

Click here for more details:  Creativity & Spirituality 2017