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Sacred Life is Death and Resurrection – Holy Week Retreat

Easter – the word’ easter’ – is about divine estrogen, the natural element that supports the human life process. It is the climax of the annual cycle of Christian sacred time. Human birth and growth – and all of nature – is cyclical drawing us into the mighty dance of death and resurrection. It is our preparation for the entering the cycle of divine being which is self-transcending, boundlessly expanding life. Entering the profound myth of Easter in friendship and a spirit of discipleship, awakens us to brighter and more crystal-clear reality. The story comes alive in us and teaches us each year unexpected things about ourselves and our destiny.

This retreat is both for the beginning and ongoing meditators. There will be four periods of meditation a day to accommodate your level of practice. Mornings will be in silence through breakfast and lunch, with the afternoon opening to times of rest and solitude and a convivial dinner where you can get to know your neighbour.

This event takes place at Bonnevaux and offers 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

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.

ArrivalSunday 23 March 2024, check-in: 13h30 – 15h30
DepartureSunday 31 March 2024, after lunch (15h00)