Mission statement

Copper Beech Institute applies mindfulness practice to the most challenging issues of our day by offering retreats and trainings to ensure personal well-being, the health of the earth, and the peace of the entire human family. By cultivating the connection between contemplation and compassionate action, Copper Beech Institute strives to awaken us to the fullness of our potential.


Copper Beech Institute envisions a future where mindfulness and contemplative practice are transforming education, health care, business, government, and every level of society affecting a healing shift in how we relate to one another and the earth. By cultivating the inherent human capacity to be aware, we access our innate reservoir of resilience, empathy, forgiveness, and creative problem solving necessary in today’s world. Copper Beech Institute will be instrumental in making contemplative practice available and commonplace in our community to support this critical shift in thinking and being.

The Copper Beech

An ancient symbol of wisdom, the Copper Beech tree has been revered throughout the centuries for its unique beauty. Used by the Romans to craft paper, the Copper Beech became identified with the process of preserving and entrusting revered wisdom to the next generation. Creating a dense shade with its distinctive copper leaves, this majestic tree provides a place of solitude and sanctuary for all who enter beneath its branches. In parts of Europe, it was customary to plant beeches at crossroads, making Copper Beech a symbol of intersection and decision. This slow growing tree sends out new growth in Autumn even as it surrenders its leaves—a reminder that life and death are constantly comingled. An image of mindfulness practice, the tree’s growth expands outward even as it sinks roots downward. Planted in 1951, four Copper Beech trees thrive on the grounds of Holy Family Retreat Center and Monastery the home of Copper Beech Institute.

Our campus

Copper Beech Institute is an independent, non-sectarian organization in West Hartford, Connecticut located on the idyllic campus of Holy Family Retreat & Conference Center which for over sixty years has been a refuge for those seeking quiet, contemplation, and peace. The Copper Beech Institute occupies a renovated wing of the facility operating independently from the historic Catholic retreat center. The campus includes an outdoor labyrinth for walking meditation, 48 wooded acres, sculpture and perennial gardens and trails. Learn more.


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Contact Us

Phone: 860.760.9750 | Fax: 860.521.1929
Email: info@copperbeechinstitute.org

303 Tunxis Road
West Hartford, CT 06107-3119




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