The John Main Seminar in 2022
This year, the Seminar will be held at Bonnevaux. Herman Van Rompuy and Laurence Freeman will lead the event. The Seminar talks will be framed by four periods of meditation a day and a final contemplative Eucharist. A three-day retreat led by Laurence Freeman will precede the seminar.
More detailed information about content and price coming soon.
Pre-seminar retreat is led by Laurence Freeman.
You are welcome to join us for both the retreat and seminar or just for the seminar.
John Main Retreat and Seminar:
Monday, 14 November – Sunday, 20 November
John Main Seminar:
Thursday, 17 November – Sunday, 20 November
Registration opens soon.
How did the John Main Seminar start?
The first seven Seminars were held at the former Benedictine Priory of Montreal, beginning the year after John Main’s death. They were relatively small-scale events and the presenters were all prominent members of the Community with high standing in their professional fields.
The 1991 Seminar was a transformative event for the WCCM, inded the birth of the organisational aspect of the ‘monastery without walls’. It was held in New Harmony, Indiana. The participants were representative of a growing global family. The presenter was Bede Griffiths, the pioneer of interfaith dialogue and friend of John Main who spoke on Main’s vision of community under the theme of The New Creation in Christ. Immediately after the Seminar he remained with the leadership of the Community and contributed to a three-day process out of which the WCCM’s organizational and structural constitution were established.
All our events taking place at Bonnevaux offer an opportunity to discover the rich cultural and historical French and European heritage of the 12th-century Abbaye de Bonnevaux, as well as to explore the varied and natural beauty of the land which we cultivate as a model of ecological responsibility.