A Contemplative Christianity for our Time

Contemplative experience increasingly looks like our best hope for the world. But what does this mean for Christianity itself? In an age where many say ‘just meditate', who needs religion? In this year’s John Main Seminar, Sarah Bachelard explores this challenge and will lead us to fresh insights for the church and society at large.

The presenter for this year’s seminar is Rev. Dr. Sarah Bachelard who is an internationally respected theologian, retreat leader and priest. She is the founder and leader of Benedictus Contemplative Church in Canberra, Australia and an honorary fellow at the Australian Catholic University. Sarah was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University where she studied theology with former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. She is the author of two books, Experiencing God in a Time of Crisis and Resurrection and Moral Imagination.

Registration is also open for the Pre-Seminar Silent retreat with Fr. Laurence Freeman, OSB entitled Sources of Wisdom. His talks will explore the meaning of wisdom for our time and the sources to be found in Spirit, Failure, Scripture and Silence. Laurence Freeman, OSB is a Benedictine monk of the Monastery of Christ our Saviour, Turvey, England, a Monastery of the Congregation of Monte Oliveto; and Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM).


Pre-Seminar Silent Retreat

Sources of Wisdom

with Laurence Freeman, OSB

Monday, August 5, 2019
Check in 2 pm to 6:30 pm
Opening session begins at 7 pm
Silent Retreat concludes August 8, 2019 at 1 pm

John Main Seminar 2019

Presented by Rev. Dr. Sarah Bachelard

A Contemplative Christianity for our Time

Presented by Rev. Dr. Sarah Bachelard

Thursday, August 8, 2019,
Check in 2 pm to 6:30 pm
Opening session begins at 7 pm
Seminar concludes August 11, 2019 at 12:15 pm

Post- Seminar Pilgrimage

Monday, August 12, 2019
to Wednesday August 14, 2019



Quest University
3200 University Boulevard
British Columbia,


The Silent Retreat is only available with on-campus lodging. No commuters.

If you need a special diet or assistance with mobility please indicate when you register.


A limited number of partial scholarships are available.
To request, you must send a written request to JoAnn at