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Have you visited the Peace Abbey?

Posted by Emily Sweeney  November 14, 2011 03:47 PM

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[Gandhi stands guard at the Peace Abbey. Globe Staff Photo by Yoon S. Byun]

The Peace Abbey is a spiritual oasis that’s tucked away in the wooded hamlet of Sherborn. The multi-faith retreat center is home to the Pacifist Living History Museum and Emily the Sacred Cow, and over the years has hosted well-known visitors like Mother Teresa, Howard Zinn, Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, and, most recently, Joan Baez.

But the future of the Peace Abbey is up in the air. Faced with mounting bills, the cash-strapped nonprofit is appealing to the public and hoping that an angel investor can save the place.

Peace Abbey supporters are doing whatever they can to help. On Nov. 6, they held a fundraiser at Roots and Wings in Natick. About 250 people attended the benefit, which raised $3,000:


The folks at the Peace Abbey want to continue to offer peace and social justice programming in Sherborn, and they're on the lookout for a like-minded organization to purchase the property. If you know anyone who might be interested, check out their latest newsletter (PDF) or contact the Peace Abbey office at 508-655-2143.

Meanwhile, the Peace Abbey continues to operate as usual. The campus is located at 2 North Main St. in Sherborn. Yoga classes are offered Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. and meditation sessions are held on Sunday mornings.

Visitors are welcome to check out the museum, animal rights memorial, and the rest of the grounds 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.

If you haven't been before, it might be worth checking out...before it's too late.

-- Emily Sweeney

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