Meditation is a gift for all ages but the earlier it becomes part of our lives the better. Under so many pressures and often facing so many chooses to the importance of meditation to the young is paramount today. The personal balance and the sense of inclusive community that meditation brings are both crucial aspects of young lives and meditation is both a spiritual path and a life skill for them. The World Community works in different ways to bring meditation to this generation - through retreats and seminars, small groups and retreats such as the annual Bere Island Holy Week Retreat.
Bere Island Easter Retreat
This retreat is a special opportunity for young adults to share community life and meditation. Close to nature, in community shared in accommodation on the island and yet participating with the general group, it is a time for reflection on the deep mysteries of life revealed in the Easter story. For many young people, religious symbols and ritual seem unfamiliar and the shared experience of the Easter liturgies is often a new and enriching experience for them.
Meditatio House in London
The House is the heart of the Community life. A small community of young oblates from different countries lives here, sharing daily life and three times of meditation and prayer each day. The house is open to all and Wednesday nights host a special group for young people in an extended community. Each month there is a retreat day for young people including yoga (or other bodywork), meditation and a social supper. The house holds frequent courses and day-retreats as well as a number of "Study and Practice" Weeks to help young people go deeper in their understanding and practice of meditation. Meditatio House, which also hosts the WCCM International Centre whose work the resident community supports, is thus a meeting point of friendship for the global family of the community.
John Main Center for Meditation and Inter-Religious Dialogue at Georgetown University
The John Main Center is located at the heart of the campus at Georgetown University in Washington DC. There are regular times of meditation and many other programmes. The centre is open to students and all members of the university community of all beliefs. The Center sponsors two houses called Contemplation-In-Action House(s) where students share community life enriched by their growing experience of meditation as part of their lives.
Online meditation is not only for the young, but it has an important appeal to younger people ans well as those who for different reasons may not be able to get to a physical group. People are usually touched and surprised by the sense of connection and intimacy felt by meditating with others online. We have online groups in different time zones.
Link: you can check the list of groups here.
The WCCM is often present at major events that focus on young people, like the GreenBelt Festival in the UK. Many young meditators visit Taize or walk the Camino to Compostella. In 2014 the first Bere Island Music and Silence Festival (photo) was organised by young meditators of the community and brought together younger and older people to share silence, music from different cultures. The event is part of WCCM annual calendar.