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Save The Date – John Main Seminar and Retreat at Bonnevaux

This year, the Seminar will be held at Bonnevaux and led by Herman Van Rompuy and Laurence Freeman. The Seminar will be preceded by a 3-day preparatory retreat.
Laurence Freeman

Leader

Laurence Freeman

Fr Laurence is a Benedictine monk of the Monastery of Sta Maria di Pilastrello, Lendinara, in the Benedictine Congregation of Monte Oliveto. He is Director of Bonnevaux and of The World Community for Christian Meditation.

Other Leaders

Herman Van Rompuy
Herman Van Rompuy

Herman van Rompuy is a Belgian politician who served as Prime Minister of Belgium and later as the first permanent President of the European Council, 2009 to 2014.  He is acknowledged as a seasoned statesman of stature and wisdom. He also contributes from his contemplative experience in regular talks to his fellow meditators in the WCCM.

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.

View talks from past seminars here.

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.

Laurence Freeman

Leader

Laurence Freeman

Fr Laurence is a Benedictine monk of the Monastery of Sta Maria di Pilastrello, Lendinara, in the Benedictine Congregation of Monte Oliveto. He is Director of Bonnevaux and of The World Community for Christian Meditation.

Other Leaders

Herman Van Rompuy
Herman Van Rompuy

Herman van Rompuy is a Belgian politician who served as Prime Minister of Belgium and later as the first permanent President of the European Council, 2009 to 2014.  He is acknowledged as a seasoned statesman of stature and wisdom. He also contributes from his contemplative experience in regular talks to his fellow meditators in the WCCM.

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