« 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.

Prier en communion avec nous

Prière commune :
7h15 – 12h15 – 18h30 – 20h30

Eucharistie :
7h30 dimanche et 18h30 jeudi


Veillée de l'Avent
20h15 à l'Arche

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

« Notre âme attend le Seigneur, en Lui la joie de notre coeur »
Retraite d’un jour dans l’Avent

21.12, 18h -22.12, 16h
Accueil fermé

« ... et après »
Célébrer et vivre ensemble la fête de Noël

24 décembre
Eucharistie à 21h00

26.12, 14h -29.12, 16h
Accueil fermé

«Je t’ai appelé par ton nom...»
Retraite de Nouvel An

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 2023

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

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

« Un enfant nous est né – le Fils nous est donné ! »
Célébrer et vivre ensemble la fête de Noël

Retraite de Nouvel An

Retraites 2024

Retraite de l’Épiphanie

« Entrée dans le Carême : en route vers Pâques »
Vivre le Mercredi des Cendres avec la Communauté

« Introduction à la prière contemplative »

27.03 – 01.04
Retraite de Pâques
« Cheminer vers Pâques avec les perles de la foi »
avec la pasteure Sarah Badertscher

Retraite à partir du bibliologue

« Introduction à la prière contemplative »

17.05 – 20.05
Retraite de Pentecôte
« Capter le vent de l’Esprit »
Avec la pasteure Béatrice Perregaux Allisson

Retraite pour couples
« Le mystère de la confiance au cœur de notre relation »
Marlise et Laurent Bachmann avec soeur Marie-Elisabeth

Courses and sessions

Pourquoi juifs et chrétiens se sont-ils séparés ?

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

Jeudi 15.02 de 14h à 18h

Notre reliance avec tout le Vivant :
une expérience qui nous change !

Ateliers bibliques d’écospiritualité
avec Thérèse Glardon

24 février  – 04 mai – 26 octobre
samedi de 14h00 à 18h00

Retraite « Amour et Pardon »
organisée par la Fraternité du Bon Samaritain

du 14 au 22 juin 2024

Pour plus de renseignements :

Sessions Bethasda Évangélisation des profondeurs
Un nouveau cycle commencera en 2025

Pour plus de renseignements :

Lectio Divina

Soirées de Lectio Divina avec une soeur


vendredi de 20h00 à 21h30

01.03 – 10.05 – 14.06 – 06.09 – 15.11

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 2023
24 décembre – Noël – 21h00
31 décembre St Nom de Jésus 23h00

Eucharisties de fête en 2024
6 janvier Épiphanie 11h30
14 février Mercredi des Cendres 07h15
24 mars Rameaux 11h00
31 mars Pâques 05h00
9 mai Ascension 11h30
19 mai Pentecôte 9h00
06 août Transfiguration 11h30
24 décembre – Noël – 21h00
31 décembre St Nom de Jésus 23h00


Dès le 28 novembre 2021 – 1er Avent –
Année C

Le 13 juin 2022 nous reprenons les lectures du Temps de l’Église à la 9e 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 70.00 à CHF 90.00
(In Euro according to course)

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 °