Abbey Outreach
Glastonbury Abbey Institute

The Glastonbury Abbey Institute (GAI) is an extension of the rich Benedictine monastic teaching tradition found at Glastonbury Abbey. As a spiritual resource for lifelong learning, we invite all people from diverse interfaith and cultural traditions to explore and deepen human ways of knowing and being.

All lectures, classes, and courses are provided free to the public, but donations in the suggested amounts are deeply appreciated and will help us cover the cost of our programs. Please click here to make an online donation to GAI. If you have any questions, please call 781-749-2155, ext. 300.

A downloadable pdf version of the 2022-2023 Glastonbury Abbey Institute brochure is available here. All of the GAI offerings are contained in this brochure. Listed below are several of the programs that come under the umbrella of the Institute.

Commonweal Conversations

Commonweal Conversations are virtual only. Anyone interested in thoughtful, expansive, intelligent dialogue on issues that matter—whether political, theological, cultural, or artistic—is welcome. Monday evenings at 7:00 pm. Registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link necessary to participate. Donations welcome.

Spiritual Enrichment Programs (SEP)

The Spiritual Enrichment Program provides educational opportunities for people of all faiths and at different places in their lives, to learn more about themselves, connect with others, and interact with the world around them. Some programs are virtual only, some are virtual and in person. The in person programs will be held at the Morcone Conference Center. For a schedule of talks for the 2022-23 season, please click here. Suggested donation for these is $20 per talk.

Adult Education Courses

The Artist’s Way, presented by Kay Trask, is a 13-week program based on the book “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron. Availabity and registration is available via our webiste. Questions? Please call 781-749-2155 ext. 300 or email

Women's Spirituality Group

Anam Cara is the women's spirituality group at the Abbey which offers women the opportunity to share a spiritual journey together. Held at the Morcone Conference Center on the first Friday of each month at 4 pm from September through June. All are welcome! Contact Ellie Devine at for more information.

Lenten Supper Talks

Every Lent the Church invites us to the three traditional practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The Abbey is offering 5 weekly virtual spiritual reflections and this year the focus is on different faith traditions from Muslim, Jewish to Christian. All are welcome! *Registration for each presentation is required. This program is offered online only. Registration is required in order to receive the Zoom information necessary to participate. *Go to:

The Easter Triduum

Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil make up the Easter Triduum, a single celebration of Paschal Mystery spread over three days, the center and high point of which is the Easter Vigil. For more info please click here.

Walk the Labyrinth

An opportunity to walk in the outdoors during a personal silent meditation is provided at the Abbey Labyrinth. Located on the hill across from the Tower, the Labyrinth is available anytime. See the brochure provided in a box on the site for a guide to your meditation.