The Desert Blooms; Lent Retreat (Laurence Freeman & Giovanni Felicioni)

This event is online only

The Desert Blooms

Lent Retreat with Laurence Freeman & Giovanni Felicioni

25 – 28 Feb, 2021

The whole of the Christian mystery is the passing through death into a life that takes us through birth and rebirth.  In Lent, we can first taste what this means by simplifying our life and developing a liberating self-discipline where we need it most.  We enter the desert thirsting but will soon find that it blooms into spring.

Schedule (French time)


  • 10:30 – 11:30am   —  Welcome, introduction, opening talk
  • 12:15pm      — Midday prayer & meditation
  • 1:40 – 2:40pm      — Small group discussion
  • 6:00pm     — Contemplative Eucharist & meditation + Q&A

Fri & Sat

  • 7:00 – 7:30am — Meditation (not online) – optional 
  • 7:45am   — Morning prayer & meditation
  • 9:30 – 10:20am  —  Yoga
  • 10:30 – 11:30am  —  Talk
  • 12:15pm     — Midday prayer & meditation
  • 1:40 – 2:40pm      — Small group discussion
  • 6:00pm    — Contemplative Eucharist & meditation + Q&A


  • 7:00 – 7:30am — Meditation (not online) – optional 
  • 7:45am — Morning prayer & meditation
  • 10:00 – 11:30am  —  Talk, small groups, Q&A
  • 12:00pm  — Contemplative Eucharist

Update: Laurence will now be broadcasting from Bere Island (aka Berevaux) with enhanced and dramatically improved internet service!

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 event is online only

Laurence Freeman is a Benedictine monk of the Monastery of S. Maria del Pilastrello, Lendinara, Italy, in the Benedictine Congregation of Monte Oliveto. He is Director of Bonnevaux and of The World Community for Christian Meditation.

Giovanni Felicioni (Bonnevaux Associate Director) has been part of the WCCM since its inception in 1991. He is an Oblate, a certified Advanced Rolfer™, a Rolf Movement™ practitioner and a Yoga Teacher.


Feb 25 - 28 2021
Laurence Freeman


Laurence Freeman

Other Leaders

Giovanni Felicioni
Giovanni Felicioni