Retreats and Quiet Places


Throughout the year, the Office of the Chaplain and Religious and Spiritual Life offers occasional retreats for those who seek time for renewal. Many of the student-run spiritual and religious organizations also sponsor evening and weekend retreats to which all are welcome. We also regularly refer seekers to the many retreat centers in Massachusetts and throughout the Northeast (see a partial list below). 

Quiet Places

Christian chapel with large glass windows and chairs set up in an oval

Williams Chapel

The Preston N. Williams Chapel is our largest spiritual gathering space.

Swartz Hall | 45 Francis Ave


Sunlit chapel, with dark wooden walls, chairs set up in the center

Divinity Chapel

Prayer rugs, meditation cushions, scriptures of many traditions and prayer beads available.

14 Divinity Avenue | Divinity Hall, 3rd floor

Spacious, sunny room with high ceilings, wooden paneling, hanging glass globe lights, and a circle of chairs

HDS Multifaith Space

Swartz Hall | 45 Francis Ave

Small sunny room with plants, pillows, small stools, and rugs

CSWR Meditation Room

Center for the Study of World Religions

42 Francis Avenue| Harvard Divinity School

Flat stone circular labyrinth surrounded by shrubbery and a stone bench

HDS Labyrinth & Contemplative Garden

Near Rockefeller Hall | 45 Francis Avenue

Spring flowers blooming in the CSWR courtyard

CSWR Courtyard

Center for the Study of World Religions

42 Francis Avenue| Harvard Divinity School

Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street

Memorial Church
Harvard Yard

Meditation Space, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Longfellow Building
13 Appian Way, Room 214
Open Monday–Friday

The Class of 1959 Chapel, Harvard Business School
Soldiers Field Road

Meditation room, Harvard Kennedy School
Littauer Building, Room G28
79 John F. Kennedy Street

Prayer/meditation space, Smith Center
Room 732 (next to the Muslim Chaplin’s Office)
1350 Massachusetts Avenue
Open Monday–Friday, 10 am–5 pm

Winter Garden Meditation Room, Center for Government and International Studies
Knafel Center, basement floor (access through the Harvard-MIT Data Center)
1737 Cambridge Street

Serenity Room, Harvard College
Grays Hall Basement, Room 021
Harvard Yard
For first-year Harvard College students only but please note that the guided meditation sessions offered here by the Center for Wellness are open to all.

Interfaith Prayer and Meditation Space, Harvard Law School
Wasserstein Hall, Student Organization Workroom,
1585 Massachusetts Avenue, 2nd floor
Access for HLS students only.

Society of St. John the Evangelist
980 Memorial Drive
Between their scheduled services, the chapel of the Society of St. John the Evangelist is available to all for quiet meditation and prayer. The chapel is generally open Tuesday–Sunday, 6 am–9 pm.

Outdoor Spaces


The courtyard of the Center for the Study of World Religions, 42 Francis Avenue.

The park on the grounds of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 136 Irving Street.

The courtyard garden of Adolphus Busch Hall, 27 Kirkland Street, Monday–Friday, summer and part of the fall.

Radcliffe’s Sunken Garden, corner of Garden St. and Appian Way.

Garden at Longfellow House, Washington’s Headquarters National Park, 105 Brattle St.

Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street.

Fresh Pond, at Fresh Pond Parkway and Concord Ave.


Charles River Reservation and Esplanade.

Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston.

Arlington - Lexington

The Minuteman Bikeway


Walden Pond

External Links

Retreats and Contemplative Organizations

The sites below are maintained by organizations external to Harvard Divinity School; their inclusion here does not necessarily imply endorsement by HDS. If you know of other resources that you think should be considered for inclusion on this page, please email Kerry A. Maloney, the chaplain and director of religious and spiritual life.

Abode of the Message Retreat Center (New Lebanon, NY)

Adelynrood Retreat and Conference Center (Byfield, MA)

Aryaloka Buddhist Center (Newmarket, NH)

Bethany House of Prayer (Arlington, MA)

Blue Cliff Monastery (Pine Bush, NY)

Cambridge Peace House (Cambridge, MA)

Cedar Hill Retreat Center (Duxbury, MA)

Center for Contemplative Mind in Society (Northampton, MA)

Earthdance (Plainfield, MA)

Eastern Point Retreat Center (Gloucester, MA)

Elat Chayyim: The Jewish Retreat Center (Accord, NY)

The Empty Bell (Northampton, MA)

Evensong Retreat and Spirituality Center (Harwich Port, MA)

Ferry Beach Retreat Center (Saco, ME)

Find the Divine, Friendly Crossways (Harvard, MA)

Glastonbury Abbey (Hingham, MA)

Hallelujah Farm Retreat Center (Chesterfield, NH)

Holy Cross Monastery (West Park, NY)

Insight Meditation Society/Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (Barre, MA)

Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center (Bangor, PA)

Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health (Lenox, MA)

Mary House (Spencer, MA)

Morgan Bay Zendo (Surry, ME)

Mount St. Mary’s Abbey (Wrentham, MA)

New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care (New York, NY)

Online Ignatian Retreat (in the Christian tradition)

The Peace Abbey (Sherborn, MA)

Pendle Hill (Wallingford, PA)

Ponkapoag Camp (AMC cabins in the Blue Hills Reservation, Canton, MA) (directory) Retreats Online, Massachusetts (directory)

Rolling Ridge Retreat Center (North Andover, MA)

Rowe Camp and Conference Center (Rowe, MA)

Saint Joseph's Abbey (Spencer, MA)

Shambhala Boston (Boston, MA)

Sisters of St. Margaret (Boston and Duxbury, MA)

Society of Saint John the Evangelist (Cambridge and W. Newburyport, MA)

Spirit Fire Retreat Center (Leyden, MA)

Starflower Farm and Studios (Monroe, ME)

Star Island (Portsmouth, NH)

Stony Point Center (Stony Point, NY)

The Walker Center (Auburndale, MA)

Temenos Retreat Center (Shutesbury, MA)

Woolman Hill Quaker Center (Deerfield, MA)

Zen Mountain Monastery (Mt. Tremper, NY)

Zen Peacemakers Montague Farm (Montague, MA)