Young is a state of mind not just a metric:
this retreat is designed for meditators between 20 and 40 — generations trying to deal with an increasingly atomised and distracted world. Those with more experience of life will be of help to the younger and the younger can help re-energise the older. The retreat is in two parts: days at Bonnevaux sharing in the life of the community, meditation, worship, work and study and days walking the Camino. The Camino is optional so please let us know if you are interested as places for that are limited.Through meditative practice, bodywork, teachings, creative expression and spiritual direction an experience will evolve that can be applied to your life as a whole. You can work each day on the land and our new organic farm project. The schedule offers time for meditation, silence and yoga, as well as creative activities such as drawing and painting, writing, music, and dancing.For anyone wanting to train their contemplative side it soon becomes obvious that friendship is a necessary strength for sustaining your practice. This will be a theme and, we hope, a personal discovery of this retreat.The retreat is designed to train a new generation of contemplatives – in the world, in marriage and work done for a better world – as active participants in building just and compassionate communities. Through immersion in the Christian mystical tradition and the legacy of John Main OSB, who brought meditation back to the centre ofChristian life, you will be challenged to find fresh applications for the rich heritage of contemplation shared by the WCCM. Fr. Laurence Freeman, OSB, monk and Director of WCCM, will lead the retreat with the help of experienced teachers from within the WCCM.
Laurence Freeman, OSB, is director of the World Community and of Bonnevaux, where he now lives.
Giovanni is part of the WCCM since the beginning, being involved in its official foundation in 1991. He is an Oblate, a certified Advanced Rolfer™, a Rolf Movement™ practitioner and a Yoga Teacher.