The New Zealand Community for Christian Meditation

For Love of the World


Silent Retreat

Contemplation, Faith and the Active Life,
led by
Sarah Bachelard
founding director of the
ecumenical worshipping community
Benedictus Contemplative Church
23rd – 26th January 2017
University of Waikato Hamilton, New Zealand

For more information and enrolment view here Retreat Brochure 2017  or contact us here


An invitation to meditate

We invite you to practice meditation with the support of a group and for spiritual companionship.

Our groups are growing communities of people who chose Christian Meditation as a spiritual practice. We value the support and learning we receive from each other. We acknowledge a common life source that nurtures our unfolding, even though we might call the experience by different names – God, Christ, Love, Spirit, Universe, Creator.

Every time we sit to meditate we are entering a tradition.

Fr John Main

We can meditate outside of any spiritual tradition but, it will always lead us back home where we belong: the heart.

Fr Laurence Freeman

Christian Meditation, an ancient form of contemplative prayer, is deeply anchored in the teachings of the Early Christian Desert Fathers and Mothers of the 4th and 5th centuries.

It echoes the spirit of the psalmist’s words:


The present day global spread of meditation in the Christian tradition expresses a universal human need for stillness and presence in a world ruled by a pace of change not previously experienced in human history.

Prayer today, often dominated by our intellect, can lose its connection with the heart. Meditation in the Christian tradition reconnects us with the heart, the spirit within, and opens us to its transforming influence in our lives.