Conference Center


The contents of the Peace Abbey Museum & Conference Center were relocated and gifted to UMASS Boston to start the new Center and Archives for Peace, Social Action, Public Policy and the Arts.

Conference Center

Conference Center

Formerly the main Schoolhouse of The Life Experience School, est 1972, the Conference Center houses a wealth of material for the visitor, as well as the administration offices of The Peace Abbey director and staff. Most notably, it offers a unique venue for meetings, political actions, performances, or your next conference, retreat or celebration.As visitors enter The Peace Abbey’s main entrance on Rt 16/27, the Conference Center is the building to the left. Ample parking is available to the side of the building and adjacent to the Veganpeace Animal Sanctuary barn.The Peace Abbey has welcomed guests and visitors from throughout the world. We have had the privilege over the years of welcoming Mother Teresa, Thich Nhat Hanh, Maya Angelou, Muhammad Ali, Patch Adams, Daniel Berrigan, Arun and Sunanda Gandhi, Howard Zinn, Julia Butterfly Hill, Camilo Mejia and his family and Paula and Tatiana Rusesabagina from Rwanda.Organizations that have had meetings and their annual retreats at the Abbey include: Earthsave, Amnesty International, American Friends Service Committee, Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, Wellesley College multi-faith Council, Greyhound Y2K National Board of Trustees, Greyhound Friends of Hopkinton, Buddhist Fellowship, Unitarian Universalist area churches, Young Friends (Quakers), Yoga International, Military Families Speakout, Young Jains Association of Boston, the Hindu Student Union, Mass Action for Animals, and Veterans for Peace.Contained within the Conference Center is the Greenhouse Cafe, The Pacifist Living History Museum, The Boston Vegetarian Resource Library, the Coffeehouse performance venue and two meditation areas on the second floor. Located at the entrance of the Quaker Meeting Room next to the Peacemakers Table is the National Registry for Conscientious Objection which is available to sign when arranged in advance. The public is welcome to visit throughout the week, though group visits must be scheduled through the Abbey Office.The Conference Center has a fully equipped kitchen and various spaces suitable for ceremonies, such as weddings and civil unions, conferences, family gatherings and performances

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Room One THE PACIFIST LIVING HISTORY MUSEUM Stewards at The Peace Abbey serve as curators and archivists for the many relics, personal affects, manuscripts and documents placed at the Abbey by members of the Peace Movement, friends and supporters. 
THE PEACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE LIBRARY The Peace Abbey library contains one of the most comprehensive collections of books, videos, and audio CD’s on the subject of peace and social justice. The library has sections within the Conference Center and also in the Multi-Faith Chapel. 


THE QUAKER ROOM Members, friends, supporters and visitors to The Peace Abbey are invited to share one hour of meditation and prayer each Sunday morning in the Quaker room at the Conference Center. It is a time for those who have been involved in the work of peace and social justice to renew, connect and share the sense of peace that comes through gathered silence.


THE PEACEMAKERS TABLE The students of The Life Experience School gather weekly at the Peacemakers Table, joined by visitors and honored guests including Maya Angelou, Mother Teresa, Dan Berrigan, and Mohammad Ali to name just a few. Photgraphs of our numerous visitors adorn the table. 


THE COFFEEHOUSE is situated in the lower level of the Conference Center. The performance space has hosted dance recitals, rock, folk and classical music concerts and film presentations. The space seats upward of 150 and features our own PA system, and projection screen. Amongst our regular coffeehouse performers are Woodwork and Magical Strings. Read More


THE GREENHOUSE MEETING ROOM a cyber-gathering spot Join us in the Greenhouse Meeting room for  coffee, or a little afternoon tea while listening to the sounds of jazz, and surf the web with FREE wireless internet access. Beverages (soda, water, tea & coffee are available). 



THE NATIONAL REGISTRY OF CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS The National Registry for Conscientious Objection was created at The Peace Abbey following the war in the Persian Gulf in early 1991. The National Registry provides men and women of all ages with an opportunity to register their objection to personal, national, and international violence. 


THE ‘PEACE’ ROOM where all the coordination and planning for our PROJECTS and CAMPAIGNS take place. Among these are RATC, CityCare, The Romero Project, The Samantha Smith Project, Stonewalk, The Mother Teresa Statue Project, Conscientious Objector Resources and many other.



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