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Spiritual Life

Spiritual life on campus is as varied as those who participate in creating this unique community. Many students, faculty and staff at Green Mountain College share an interest in making the connection between concern for the earth and care for the soul. We look for ways to bring this interest alive in a variety of settings.

Throughout the academic year, the chaplain's office at Green Mountain College sponsors groups and leads activities focused on spiritual health. Current offerings include:

Spirituality activities
Guided Meditation
Meditation is a practice that allows you to take some time to breathe deeply, relax and renew. Guided meditation adds the dimension of having someone lead us in the relaxation process, often inviting us to go on an imaginative journey with the intention of letting go of stress. It is not specific to any particular spiritual tradition, although many religions have discovered and made use of its benefits. Come and practice with us!

Religious Life Committee
GMC’s Religious Life Committee coordinates a variety of religious programs and activities on campus and beyond, including outreach to local congregations and to the two United Methodist conferences near which we are located. Future plans include bringing in a variety of speakers on specific religions, spirituality, tolerance and diversity as well as helping to plan a campus-wide celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. They are also working to connect GMC’s United Methodist heritage with the college’s commitment to sustainability and social justice.

Christian Fellowship
This group meets for coffee and tea before walking into Poultney for church services on Sunday mornings. They also gather weekly for Bible Study, often enjoying dinner together and a time of informal connection.

Student Initiatives
There are always a variety of student-initiated spiritual activities on campus. Past activities have included various kinds of meditation both indoors and outside, morning chanting in the chapel, Tai Chi, yoga, meditative art projects, drumming circles, shamanic journeying, guided meditation and the building of a meditation hut.

Pilgrimage to Ireland
Pilgrimage in Ireland and within yourself. Travel to sacred sites, learn about their history from local scholars, hike up mountains, cross the seas; explore the landscape within and without. GMC students will travel to Ireland with our chaplain as a part of a Spring semester course, with the travel portion happening after graduation.

One-on-one conversations
Our chaplain is available for individual consultation or counseling Tuesday 3-4 pm, Friday 1-2 pm, or on an appointment basis. She is comfortable working with students, faculty or staff on issues that touch at the heart of what it means to be human such as:

  • The quest to live a meaningful life
  • Spirituality or religion as a resource for living well
  • Relationship issues
  • Stress reduction techniques (meditation, guided imagery, etc.)
  • Working with dreams
  • Planning weddings and life celebrations
Contact information
Rev. Shirley Oskamp
Campus Chaplain


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