Days of Reflection

Pre-registration is required for any Day of Reflection.
Please call 781-749-2155 x300 to register.

Saturday, September 21, 2019: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Inked: Grounding Yourself in the Sacred Practice of Ink Washing
Brother Matthias, OSB

Suggested Donation: $110, includes lunch and supplies

Come for a day of still reflection, spiritual nutrition and moving meditation shared within a peace filled communal setting. You will be guided through this day in an attempt for you to learn an Eastern form of Lectio Divina. Whether you are artistically inclined or not, if you are searching for new ways to tap into, embrace, and express the Spirit which personally speaks to you, this day of reflection is just what you need.

Matthias is a monk artist. His life is a daily routine of meditation, prayer and studio work, and communal time among his fellow brothers at Glastonbury Abbey. All these essential elements in his life allow him to be creative in many different mediums as he sees the process in creating and living his vocation.


Saturday, October 26, 2019: 9:30am to 2:30pm
Gratitude: A Transformative Spiritual Practice
Kay Trask, MEd

Suggested Donation: $65, includes lunch

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” — Meister Eckart

The spiritual practice of gratitude is a powerful and even transformative practice that can add so much to your spiritual life. It is also the foundation for bringing more joy to your life. Come for a day of prayerful reflection, soul searching exercises, and sharing to explore how we can integrate the practice of gratitude into our daily lives.

Kay Trask is a retired college administrator who continues to share her love of learning and teaching by presenting programs on varied spiritual practices. On this day of reflection she shares her experience with the practice of gratitude as a transformative force in her own life and how it can be in yours.


Saturday, November 16, 2019: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Reiki Level 1: Accelerate Your Own Healing
Denise Patts, RMT/Energy Medicine Practitioner

Suggested Donation: $110, includes lunch and Certificate

Reiki is a holistic healing modality from Japan. Used for general wellness as well as specific health issues, Reiki works to assist your body in reduc-ing the effects of stress, tension, chronic headaches, insomnia and problems of fatigue due to illness such as Lyme disease and Fibromyalgia. Reiki helps to create an environment for wholeness to take place and will sup-port your current methods of healing. In this Level 1 workshop you will learn about the benefits of Reiki for self-healing, practice hand positions, and receive a Reiki 1 certificate.

Denise Patts is a Reiki Master/Energy Medicine Practitioner whose desire is to work with you to balance your whole system: mind, body and spirit. Whether you need to relax and restore or are dealing with the effects of illness, her own journey to heal has impassioned her to share with others the benefits of Reiki healing. Please remember to pre-register.


Saturday, November 23, 2019: 9:00am to 4:30pm
Benedictine Spirituality as a Wisdom Tradition
Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault

Suggested Donation: $120, includes lunch

It is said that wisdom is not knowing more, but knowing MORE DEEPLY, knowing with more of your being participating. In this day-long teaching retreat, we will explore the Benedictine monastic tradition not only as a “school for the Lord’s service” (as it’s described in the Rule of St Benedict), but as a “school for growing being.” Anchored in the daily rhythms of Glastonbury Abbey, a living wellspring of this 1500-year-old tradition, we will explore how the conscious interweaving of prayer and work, word and silence, “alone and together,” gradually call forth that elusive quality known as spiritual maturity or WHOLENESS. We will also explore how this time-honored template for transformation can be adapted to the conditions of our own lives to call forth this same quality of joyous wholeness in a world so deeply imperiled by fragmentation and factionalism.

Cynthia is an Episcopal priest, writer, and retreat leader. Cynthia is a core faculty member at the Center for Action and Contemplation alongside fel-low teachers and colleagues James Finley and Richard Rohr.


Wednesday, December 4, 2019: 9:30am to 11:45am
An Advent morning of Reflection and Response
Spiritual Direction Team of Glastonbury Abbey

Suggested Donation: $35

“We are all meant to be mothers of God, for God is always needing to be born.” — Meister Eckhart

How do I respond to the call to birth God’s love in the world this Advent? During this morning program we will share reflections, periods of silence and mindful dialogue to stir the individual’s unique response to this question.


Friday, December 20, 2019: 9:30am to 11:30am
Learning and Loving the Labyrinth
Brother James Crowley, OSB

Suggested Donation: $25

As the winter solstice takes place, come and learn to love the Labyrinth as a spiritual practice. If weather permits, we will walk the lovely outdoor Abbey Labyrinth. If the weather does not cooperate, we will stay inside and develop our knowledge with the use of finger labyrinths. Either way, you will leave having learned to love the labyrinth as part of your spiritual practices.

Bother James Crowley, OSB, a monk at Glastonbury Abbey was one of the original builders of the Abbey Labyrinth several years ago, and he has con-tinued to study and share his love of labyrinths with those looking to add walking mediation to their spiritual practices.


Saturday, March 28, 2020: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Science and Religion: What Indeed Has Athens to do with Jerusalem?
Fr. Albrecht Nyce, OSB

Suggested Donation: $80, includes lunch

The question deals with the relation between reason— represented by Athens, and faith — represented by Jerusalem. It was posed by the church father Tertullian (c. 160-230 CE) and remains a central preoccupation among contemporary philosophers of religion. We will consider notions of ultimate meaning, infinity/eternity, comfort, and terror of the absolute, all in light of the challenges by the natural sciences. No prerequisites except a mind open to wild speculation!

Fr. Albrecht Nyce, OSB, is a monk of Glastonbury Abbey and formerly a college professor. He holds degrees in science and religion. He frequently feels the existential angst of having one foot firmly planted in the science of the 21st Century and the other rooted in the mysticism of the 12th.


Saturday, June 6, 2020: 9:30am to 1:30pm
The Strengths Within You Meditation
Nicole Reilly, Kara Lynch and Josh Black

Suggested Donation: $50, includes lunch

Everything you want to be exists within you. But this doesn’t mean going it alone. On this day of reflection, we will help you build your confidence and gain clarity on the strengths within you. Through tea, meditation, journaling, intention setting, and sharing in small circles, we will teach you how to begin to quiet your mind and awaken your full potential.

Return home with an individualized plan and a clear focus on how to set daily intentions that will begin to create the changes that you desire in your life.

Nicole Reilly, a meditation facilitator at the Abbey, along with Kara Lynch and Josh Black, co-creators of The Strength Within You Method, invite you to awaken to your full potential.