« Come apart and rest awhile… »

« In the guest that we welcome, it is Christ Himself whom we receive »
(Règle de Taizé)

The women, men and sometimes families we welcome come from very different horizons. All are, like us, seekers for Meaning, for Life, for Happiness, for God.

Coming to Grandchamp

As an individual guest

for a few days of silence with the possibility to be accompanied by one of the sisters

For a retreat

proposed by the community according to the annual program

With a group

who have their own programme and want to live it in the setting offered by the Community

This is also possible

Join us for a time as a Volunteer

to share the community’s life of prayer and work for a time

Share you time and talents

by helping us with practical needs


Retraites 2020

30.12.2019 – 01.01.2020
« En route vers… du neuf ? »
Retraite de Nouvel An

04 – 05.01.2020
« Est-il donc Roi ? »
Retraite de l’Épiphanie

25 – 26.02.2020
« Entrée dans le carême – en route vers Pâques »
Vivre le mercredi des cendres

« A toi le jour, à toi aussi la nuit…. »
Journée de retraite à partir du bibliologue

08.04 – 13.04
« Amour confirmé, passage créé : c’est la Pâque de Jésus ! »
Vivre la Semaine Sainte et Pâques
– retraite autrement

05.05 – 14.05
retraite annulée
« Introduction à la prière contemplative»

29.05. – 01.06.2020
« Le Souffle de Dieu : un nouvel élan vers les autres »
Vivre la fête de Pentecôte

« Le jardin de la relation »
Retraite pour couples

13.08 – 16.08.2020
« Introduction à la prière contemplative »

21.08 – 30.08.2020
« Jeûne et saveurs bibliques »
Une semaine de jeûne

« Je t’ai appelé par ton nom. Être disciple »
Journée de retraite à partir du bibliologue

07.10 – 11.10.2020
« Marchons avec les béatitudes…. »
Retraite itinérante

23.10 – 25.10.2020
« Entrevoir l’invisible » à la découverte de l’eucharistie
Weekend pour jeunes adultes (20 à 39 ans) 

03.12 – 06.12.2020
« Un cœur qui écoute … »
Introduction à la prière silencieuse

« Une halte à l’approche de Noël »
Retraite d’un jour dans l’Avent

23.12 – 26.12.2020
« Et le Verbe s’est fait chair… »
Célébrer et vivre ensemble la fête de Noël

30.12.2020 – 01.01.2021
« Une nouvelle année – vraiment? »
de Nouvel An

Courses and sessions

« La Création, voix de Dieu »
Ateliers bibliques avec Thérèse Glardon :

Sagesse – humour – souffrance – espérance

samedi de 14h30 à 17h30

07 mars – 13 juin – 10 octobre

« Rabbis du Talmud et premiers chrétiens »
Enquête sur des textes cryptés

Séminaire avec Dan Jaffé, professeur d’histoire des religions, université Bar-Ilan (Israël)

Mercredi 5 février de 14h à 17h30

Chant sacré et Silence:
« Adonaï, ouvre mes lèvres… »

Session avec Manuel Coley, chef de choeur, compositeur

Du 17 au 20 septembre

“Sessions Bethasda Évangélisation des profondeurs”
A new cycle begins in 2019

More information :

Lectio Divina

Soirées de Lectio Divina avec Sœur Pascale
vendredi de 20h00 à 21h30

17 janvier – 14 février – 27 mars (annulé) – 17 avril (annulé) – 05 juin

            25 septembre – 16 octobre – 13 novembre – 18 décembre

Our prayer life

Common prayer:

7:15 – 12:15 – 18:30 – 20:30

Eucharistie :

Thursday at 18:30 and Sunday (usually) at 7:30

Eucharisties de fête en 2020
5 janvier – Épiphanie – 11h30
26 février – Mercredi des Cendres – 07h15
5 avril – Rameaux – 11h00
12 avril – Pâques – 05h00
21 mai – Ascension – 11h30
31 mai – Pentecôte – 9h00
6 août – Transfiguration – 11h30
24 décembre – Noël – 22h30
31 décembre – St Nom de Jésus – 23h00


Dès le 1er décembre 2019 – 1er Avent – Année A

Le 8 juin 2020 nous reprenons les lectures du Temps de l’Église à la 10e semaine.

 Here you can find the list of readings

Practical information

Information and Registration

Our reception is usually open: Tuesday morning – Sunday afternoon or evening.
Monday – “desert day” for the Community – the reception is closed.

Communauté de Grandchamp
Grandchamp 4
CH 2015 Areuse


+41 32 842 24 92 (Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am – 11.30am)

Price of stay

Full board price per day: CHF CHF 60.00 à CHF 80.00
(In Euro according to course, currently € 50.00 to € 72.00)

Limited income (students, unemployed …): CHF 30.00 to CHF 40.00

Each one contributes to the expenses according to his possibilities. The financial question shall not be an obstacle for anyone. Whoever can put more makes it possible – by a discreet gesture of solidarity – for the ones who can pay less.

The payment of your stay is made by a bank transfer or on the spot in cash in the reception room..

It is not possible to pay with a credit card.

Bank details (CHF and EUR)
Bank account CHF

Account holder: Fondation des retraites spirituelles de la Communauté de Grandchamp
PostFinance, 3030 Berne CCP 20-2358-6
IBAN : CH36 0900 0000 2000 2358 6


Bank account EUR

Account holder: Communauté de Grandchamp
La Banque Postale – Centre Financier, F 69900 Lyon Cedex

IBAN : FR50 2004 1010 0406 2253 6H02 519
RIB : 20041 01004 0622536H025 19

If you are interested in coming to Grandchamp you can send us an e-mail with the following information:

  • Last name / First Name
  • When would you like to come?
  • Retreat title (if you are interested in coming to participate in a retreat listed in our program).
  • Please introduce yourself briefly and express in a few words why you wish to come.
  • Do you already have experiences of a place of silence and prayer?
  • How did you hear about Grandchamp?
  • If you are interested in coming to Grandchamp with a group please express in a few words what group it is and how you plan this stay among us and also indicate the number of people.

Good to know

Rooms: The single rooms (for the most part) are simple. In many rooms there is a sink, shower and toilet are shared. We invite you, if possible, to bring bedclothes and towels. Otherwise you can rent them of the community.

The meals are taken in silence, which allows us to prolong the prayer and opens to another form of communion. They are sometimes accompanied by a reading or by music. Please tell us if you have a diet. (If you have a gluten-free diet we ask you to bring your own bread.)

We do not have WIFI. In Salle d’accueil there is the possibility to connect to the internet.

The chapels Arche and Béatitudes are always open for prayer and personal meditation.

The ‘Salle d’accueil’ is the welcoming place for guests and visitors. It is also a small shop, where you can buy cards, books and products of our crafts, like candles, weavings …
It is open
from Tuesday to Saturday included
in the morning: from 9h30 to 12h
the afternoon: from 16h to 18h
Sunday from 11h – 12h and 15h30 to 17h15.

Daily schedule (in general)

Tuesday to Saturday

7:15 am Morning prayer – breakfast between 8:00 and 9:00 am

12.15 pm Midday prayer – lunch

Tea between 3:00 and 5:00 pm

6.30 pm Evening prayer – followed by evening meal

Thursday Eucharist – followed by the evening meal

8:30 pm Complies


7:30 am Eucharist  (in general) – breakfast after the celebration until 9:30

12:15 pm Midday prayer – followed by lunch

5:30 pm “Goûter-souper“

6.30 pm Evening prayer

No Compline – (During the time of Advent and Lent at 9:00 pm)


A day of silence and solitude for the Community; there is no morning prayer in common

Breakfast between 8:00 and 9:00

8.00 pm Silent prayer for the world followed by Compline at 8.30 pm

How to get to Grandchamp

By public transport
The railway station of Neuchâtel is the closest on the Geneva-Basel and Paris-Berne-Zurich lines.
Here you can check the train schedule and buy tickets. In Neuchâtel: leave the station towards the Jura (hills and not towards the lake), cross the street and take the bus nr. 107 or 109 (direction “Place Pury”, buy the ticket until “Areuse”, pay in Swiss money)
Leave the bus at Pury Place, cross the street towards the lake via the subway.
Take the tram to Areuse. (Here you find the timetables for the bus and the tram)
Cross the square in front of the stop of the tram, cross the main street and take the small street towards the lake (it is indicated “beach” and “Grandchamp”). The community is about 5 minutes away. walking.

The Reception Room is in the 1st house on the right entering the hamlet, 1st door.

By car
On the motorway (Lausanne-Yverdon-Neuchâtel-Bienne or Bern) take the exit Areuse.
Follow, in the roundabout (1st coming from Yverdon, 2nd coming from Neuchâtel), “Cortaillod, Areuse”.
After about 100 m turn left towards “beach, Grandchamp”.
Grandchamp is a few hundred meters away.
Before entering the hamlet, leave your car on the place reserved for this purpose.

GPS coordinates: N 46.95248 ° / E 006.85876 °