Monte Oliveto Retreat

What is the Monte Oliveto Retreat?

The annual Monte Oliveto Retreat is a week-long silent retreat that brings meditators together from around the world to the peace of the spiritual home of the Olivetan Benedictine Congregation in Tuscany

Frequent meditation, a simple eucharist, a short daily meeting with your guide, natural beauty, healthy and delicious Italian food and the friendship of the monastic community beside us – all these elements support and enrich this week’s experience. And be prepared to be surprised by how mind, body and feelings can calm and simplify.

"Monte Oliveto is a place of beauty, a place of silence and also a place of teaching. The three aspects are for me, very much important...And after a week of being here, you have new energy and a new sight of the totality."
Jose Pype - Belgium
Jose Pype
from Belgium

Who can attend?

The retreat is open to all, though it would be very advisable to have some experience of regular meditation before participating in this week-long silent retreat. Participants commit to the whole week and this is a condition of acceptance on the retreat.

Monte Oliveto Retreat 2024 : October 6 - 13 2024

It Is What It Is: We Are Who We Are

led by Laurence Freeman

This year’s Monte Oliveto retreat will be a fuller and deeper invitation into silence. “There is nothing so much like God as silence”. 

This mystical truth is proven when we discover that silence allows us to be who we are and God to be who God is.

Watch Past Monte Oliveto Retreats

If you’re interested in watching recordings of past Monte Oliveto Retreats, you can subscribe to WCCM+, where we will upload recordings from the event shortly. WCCM+ is our community’s video streaming platform with recordings from past retreats, talks and led meditations. 

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About Monte Oliveto

Situated on a rise, among cypresses, overlooking the beautiful, natural landscape of the Sienese hills, the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore is the Mother House of Laurence Freeman’s monastic family. It is an exceptional monument to art as well as a centre of Benedictine spirituality.

The WCCM international retreat has been held in this place of beauty and peace for 30 years and leads its participants into a deeper and more peaceful place from which to continue their life’s work and journey. 

Photo of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, by Andy Hay from Flickr and Andrea D’Angiolo from Flickr

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