Basic Christianity: what does the “real thing” look like when all the kitsch has collapsed? (James Alison)

This event is online only and in English.

During the week of 21 -26 July,  James, priest, theologian and author, will accompany us with meditative readings of scripture aimed at allowing us to undergo slow shifts in our underlying narrative of what Christianity is about. As the week develops he will begin the task of putting together hints of a new narrative for living and understanding the Christian faith: the Gospel of Grace. There will be opportunities for Q&A with James, as well as some in discussion with Laurence Freeman.

Daily Schedule Live Online (French Time)

All the videos of the talks (either pre-recorded or live streamed) will be available on-demand for participants.


  • 15:00 – 16:00  Opening Talk

Wednesday – Saturday

  • 12:15 Midday prayer & meditation
  • 15:30 – 16:30 Talk
    •         30-min break
  • 17:00 – 17:45 Q&A 
  • 20:00 – 21:00 James Alison in conversations with Laurence Freeman (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday)


  • 12:00 Mass homily

The retreat starts Tuesday at 15:00, and ends Sunday after midday mass.

To reap the full benefits the retreat offers, we recommend that you meditate 2-3 times per day. 

How to Create Your Own Retreat

This online retreat is designed to be flexible around your daily life and time zone. Please visit here where we provide support on creating a rhythm and structure to your retreat: how much silence you would like, meditation times, reading of sacred texts, practicing yoga and more, plus other suggestions to help you embody the retreat and stay off-line as much as possible. 

This retreat requires Registration – please click the button below to register.

The registration contribution is €150- 350 (€30 – 70 per day). However, finances should not be a reason for not participating — please email events@bonnevauxwccm.org if you have a need to agree a lower contribution.

James Alison

James is a Catholic priest, theologian and author. He earned his doctorate from the Jesuit Faculty in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. James has lived in many countries and works as an itinerant preacher, lecturer and leader of retreats. He is one of the principal theological interpreters of the work of René Girard (most recently as author of an introduction to the Christian faith for adults following Girard’s thought, and co-editor with Wolfgang Palaver of a handbook on mimetic theory and religion), and is a Fellow of Imitatio (www.imitatio.org). Over the years James has firmly but gently faced down Church authority on matters gay and lived to tell the tale. His writing can be accessed on www.jamesalison.co.uk When not on the road he lives in Madrid with his son, Luiz Felipe, and (canine) grandson, the French Bulldog, Nicholas.


Jul 21 - 26 2020


the registration contribution is €150- 350 (€30 - 70 per day - 5 days retreat)
James Alison


James Alison