Mahalo Art Center

We are a small, peaceful, inspiring, supportive and sacred place for lovers of the Earth and healthy living.
We host wellness-centered educational programs, retreats, professional trainings, and collaborative work-study opportunities. 
We serve leaders, teachers, healers, visionaries, and people interested in living conscious, creative, and fulfilling lives, engaged with Nature as an ally. We welcome like-hearted people who work on our grounds while forwarding their own personal goals. Participants include people of varied ages, perspectives, and cultures.
We use ancient and modern Nature-connected healing and expressive arts (including music, dance, visual arts, word arts, and theater) that enhance connection with self, other, community, Nature, and the Great Mystery (God/Goodness/Goddess).
Our facilities include the Mahalo Rose Encantadora sound healing temple, break-out spaces, and permaculture-inspired organic gardens, including fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, and a variety of perennial and annual herbs, vegetables, flowers, and other staples.
We are currently (summer 2018) making a gathering hall. Please contribute to this endeavor if you can. 

Gathering in Gratitude: 2018
July 8 in the afternoon - June 15 in the morning
Children 7 and up begin on Monday morning and attend day programs from 8:30 - 3 plus presentations on Friday and Saturday.
Adults and teens have flexible schedules, including most evenings, depending on their availability. Full week attendance is preferred for adults and teens
Lunches and dinners will be catered by an intern and vegan chef :)
More information about the program and scholarships is here.

Retreats: We host retreats, guided by Luz Elena Morey. Call 802-451-9495 for more information.

WE ARE A NONPROFIT! Thanks to all of you who have supported us through the years. 
In 2017, the director was struggling with a severely debilitating illness and some funds were used to keep the center running.
Despite the challenges, the work kept going:
1) We deconstructed the old garage and put up the lovely shell of a gathering hall! It has a well poured foundation and is set up for a heated floor and plumbing.  Most of the widows and one of the two doors are in! As of May, 2018 - the building is going UP and looking GOOD (and we appreciate financial help).
2) This past couple of years, with your support and prayers, we hosted:
- personal healing retreats for people, in the temple
- Wwoofers (young people who came and worked on the land)
- three summer camps
- workshops on healing from sexual trauma & on balancing the masculine & feminine

- private work facilitated by massage therapists, breath practicioners and a variety of healers
- a ceremony with Guatemalan Mayan elder Nana Wilma
- a wedding!
- much more

The three summer camps were 1) a young children's camp, 2) a young women's camp, and 3) a Gathering in Gratitude program which culminated in two presentations at a popular downtown venue. The presentations were well publicized and drew enthusiastic, engaged audiences who spiral danced with us at the culmination of each presentation. Audience members also shared about how deeply they were moved by what the ensemble had create. he presentations were offered in honor or Rupa Cousins, a dear elder of our community who recently passed - may she rest in peace.

This coming year, we intend to host gatherings that help people make their most beautiful dreams come true, from the inside, out.
In addition, t
he following is the main project which, with your help, we will bring to fruition this year:
     Finishing the Gathering Hall. The gathering hall is almost done. The building needs an insulated roof, insulation on the walls, a wood stove and proper wood stove piping. Once the building is finished, it will be able to house visiting artists and other cultural creatives, leaders, healers, teachers and those needing retreat. The gathering hall will also host community celebrations and gatherings involving food and families. Right now, Mahalo Art Center has no place for indoor gatherings that involve food and children. (The temple is available for a variety of purposes, but messy foods and family fun are not appropriate in there.)
The completion of the gathering hall is of top importance. To help, go to
As soon as we can complete the gathering hall, we will have a livable, rentable and usable space; a source of income that will help the non-profit run. If it is minimally completed, users can use the kitchen and bathroom belonging to the director in the time being.

On another note, we are in the process of consulting with elders, current tenants and extended community members about the future of Mahalo Art Center, so that it can become a stable resource and gift for the community. Your input is NEEDED. Please pray for us, as we are all connected :)
Thank you for your support. Your prayers of thankfulness for all needs being met and the most beautiful dreams coming true are most appreciated. Please send your tax-deductible donations to Mahalo Art Center, 972 Western Avenue, Brattleboro, VT, 05301, or send money via PayPal, below.  
To continue and expand our services, we appreciate your ongoing support. We touch many people in a myriad of ways through our actions, vision and mission. Thank you for your loving support.

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The health of the Earth has come to depend upon the health of the human spirit, and while humanity has burgeoned numerically and attained vast powers technologically, the spiritual dimension of human life has disintegrated, resulting in a host of maladies and destructive consequences, individually and collectively. Now is the time for humanity to come together as one family and remember its source in the Eternal.
— Pir Zia Inayat Khan
This program helped me transform wounds into precious jewels.
— Grandfather Great Blue Heron, program participant
How can one not be grateful for the work Luz Elena shares with those who come to Mahalo Art Center, gathering to reconnect and refuel with an inner wisdom, theme, or life question- and then to transform it. The Gathering in Gratitude serves as a focus for this artful expression. This ongoing event feeds not only the audience and participants, but all the world!
— Teresa Savel, Early Childhod Advocate

The word Mahalo, in the Hawaiian language, is commonly understood to mean "thank you."
In the ancient Hawaiian language, Mahalo is an act of creation. One says Mahalo before something happens.
For example, one could say, "Mahalo that this is a nurturing day for me and all with whom I interact." 
In this way, one is creating the future by calling it forth and being thankful for it before it happens.
The word Mahalo is based on ancient sounds that invoke the presence of the divine.

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