Live life to the fullest with our renowned Learning in Retirement program, offering concerts, lectures, movies, classes, and activities.


At Carleton-Willard, we don’t pick activities that will merely keep you busy. We know you want to keep right on exploring, learning, and growing; we cater the offerings to fit this need. Here, you are encouraged to stretch and develop your mind, body, and spirit as much as you wish.

Culture and Learning

You will have the opportunity to meet some of the most talented musicians, artists, and authors in the country, as they visit the Village to share their talents with you. There are also numerous group excursions to Boston’s best museums, historical sites, theaters, and concert halls.


Perhaps, like many of our residents, you are deeply involved in volunteer activities and wish to continue that pursuit. Here, you’ll find our residents donating their time in a variety of fulfilling ways, including tutoring a student at the local school, helping a recovering patient at the community hospital, or providing legal advice through the SCORE volunteer mentoring program. Community is important to everyone at Carleton-Willard, and we offer plenty of ways to both strengthen it from within and make an impact on the outside world.


Of course, there is always some physical activity going on here as well. Join the standing morning game of billiards, or learn croquet on our award-winning pitch. All day long there are exercise classes and strength training sessions to join if you’re interested in a group activity. If you’d rather exercise on your own, just take a swim in our spectacular indoor pool, visit our fitness center, or take a walk on our trails.

Other Passions

Do you have a passion for an activity you don’t see on the schedule? We’ll help you get it started! Whether you want to continue a favorite pursuit or see this time as a chance to try something new, you’ll find it here in the Village.

This program is the best of its kind anywhere, and I’ve presented at almost all of them!

Richard Bradley, lecturer

At other communities, people pretty much want to hear about what’s currently on display at the MFA. But at Carleton-Willard, people not only want to hear details about the exhibits, they want to talk about their own art experiences.

Mimi Braverman, instructor and lecturer with Boston’s Museum of Fine Art