About The World Community for Christian Meditation


The community is a global and inclusive contemplative family. The roots of the World Community lie in the desert tradition of early Christianity dating back to the 4th century. In 1975 John Main, an Irish Benedictine monk (1926-1982), started the first Christian Meditation Centre in London. The first of the family of weekly meditation groups around the world began to meet then.

At the John Main Seminar in 1991, led by Bede Griffiths OSB, meditators from around the world came together to shape the future direction and organization of the community as a ‘monastery without walls’. They named it The World Community for Christian Meditation because it was not only formed and nurtured by the practice of meditation but existed to share this gift with others. The symbol of the Community - the two birds looking in different directions but resting on the chalice - is a modern version of an ancient way of representing the union of the contemplative and active dimensions of life.


The World Community is now present in120+ countries. Individuals, weekly groups and centres share the peace and compassion that are the spiritual fruits of meditation. Groups meet in homes, parishes, schools, offices, hospitals, prisons and universities.There are groups for the homeless, for those in recovery from addiction and a special emphasis of the community is to share this gift of meditation with the poor and marginal. Christian Meditation Centres, such as the John Main Centre at Georgetown University, help to share the teaching. There are also online meditation groups. Because meditation is a universal wisdom, contemplative dialogue with other faiths is a priority. The realtionship with the Benedictine monastic family is especially valued and a WCCM Oblate Community grows within the larger community of meditators.

Recent initiatives have led to teaching Christian meditation to young children, as an Eleventh Step practice, and in the worlds of medicine, business and finance where personal integrity and corporate wisdom are needed, with those working in difficult conditions for peace and justice and with clergy of all denominations and the sick and dying.

The Community presents an annual John Main Seminar, retreats, seminars and introductions to meditation developed by its School of Meditation. It supports the practice through the quarterly Meditatio Newsletter, social media, a daily and weekly mailings, APPs and an online radio.

On its 20th anniversary, the Community opened its Meditatio program, revised its governance structure and undertook a development of its outreach in crucial areas of social concern, technology, leadership, healthcare, education and the training of young meditators for the next generation of leadership.

The Meditatio Centre in London coordinates a diverse programme of seminars and workshops. Training programs share the insights gained in this way with national coordinators and group leaders around the World Community. Meditatio's spiritual outreach thus bridges the religious and the secular and the local and the global. Meditatio House forms young meditators from different parts of the world as interns or as part of the "Oblate year" formation program.

Medio Media, the publishing company of the Community run from Singapore, produces books, CD’s and DVD’s. Many countries have national WCCM websites and as you will find here at the central WCCM website, there are special pages for specific fields in which the Community shares its gift of meditation.

Recently WCCM has founded its new spiritual home at Bonnevaux in France. Bonnevaux is the international meditation and retreat centre of the WCCM. Visit the Bonnevaux retreat programme to learn more about upcoming retreats. 

The Mission Statement of the World Community is part of the WCCM Constitution accepted by all national communities: To communicate and nurture meditation as passed on through the teaching of John Main in the Christian tradition in the spirit of serving the unity of all.