Laurence Freeman OSB

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Laurence Freeman OSB

Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM)

Laurence Freeman OSB studied English Literature at New College, Oxford University. Before entering monastic life, he worked with the United Nations in New York, in banking and journalism. John Main was his teacher and Fr. Laurence assisted him in establishing the foundations of The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM).

Laurence is a monk of the Benedictine Congregation of Monte Oliveto Maggiore and the Director of WCCM, a global, inclusive contemplative community. He lives and teaches at the new WCCM International Centre of Bonnevaux in France. He teaches meditation from the Christian tradition and sees meditation as able to open the common ground  of universal wisdom present in all faiths. He is active in inter-faith dialogue and co-founded the Way of Peace series with the Dalai Lama. He has written extensively on the new contemplative consciousness necessary to passage through humanity's present crisis. He travels widely to teach and lead meditation retreats.

In 2012, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of his work for global peace through inter-religious dialogue and contemplative unity. He holds Irish, Canadian and British nationalities. His personal site is

Laurence Freeman is invited to the Advisory Committee as an expert in contemplative practices, universal wisdom and consciousness, and with a rich community and organisational network.