In partnership with Copper Beech Institute, Hemera's Contemplative Fellowships supports professional’s growth through contemplative practice.

In an interconnected world, a contemplative practice creates the space for self-awareness that promotes personal well-being and a compassionate connection to self, community and nature.

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The Hemera Contemplative Fellowship Program was created to make the unique benefits of a sitting contemplative practice in a retreat context more widely available.  Fellowships are available to anyone with a commitment of service – a deep desire to devote oneself to serving others through their work.  Eligible applicants must be 18 years of age or older and working full-time in their profession.



•       Those who are new to meditation, have never attended a retreat longer than two nights or are new to this center are eligible for 75% support.

•       Those with previous meditation retreat experience are eligible for 50% support.

•       Those in financial need are eligible for 100% support.

•       Financial support is limited to one fellowship per individual per calendar year.

•       Fellowships are available on a first-come, first-served basis based on eligibility.

Please note: If you are awarded a fellowship, you are committing to attend the retreat for which you are applying. Should you need to cancel your fellowship for any reason, you must notify Copper Beech Institute immediately at 860-760-9750. Cancellations may result in forfeiting your eligibility for a Hemera Fellowship for the following year.

How to Apply

  1. To apply for a scholarship, please complete and submit a Fellowship Application Form by clicking the Apply button below before registering for the program you wish to attend. You will need to create an account and pay an application fee of $5. Please note your retreat of interest on the application form.

  2. You will be notified if your application has been accepted within four weeks of your application date. Most requests are granted in part or in full as funding is available.

  3. Once your fellowship is granted, you will receive an email with registration instruction. You do not need to register for the retreat prior to your award notification.

By applying for a Hemera Fellowship, you agree to allow your contact information to be shared with Hemera Foundation.

Eligible Education Fellowship Retreats

All Copper Beech programs eligible for fellowships can be viewed in the carousel below. Please click the arrow button to see more programs.