The main L'Abri house is an old English Manor set in spacious grounds. It has two private apartments that accommodate workers (in-house term for members of the permanent community). This is also where visitors live. Additional to the Manor House is an Old School House, a converted Pumphouse, Wellhouse and Stable block that provide accommodation for the workers. These homes make up the L'Abri community, and are where visitors share many of their meals.
There is no formal curriculum. Each day you will have time to avail yourself of our extensive collection of recorded lectures together with a well-stocked library. One of the workers will meet with you regularly to guide you and to discuss personal issues with you. In addition there are two weekly lectures and a book group.
All visitors are expected to help with the practical tasks involved in living in community. We view this aspect as an integral part of your experience here.
The mid-day meal is a time where lively discussions take place over the table. It is the moment where community life comes together preparing and serving the meal, sharing food together, asking questions and growing in our learning as we listen to each other.
You must be at least 18 years old. Most of the student accommodation is in single-sex dormitories of 8-10 people per room, but we also have some limited space for married couples and families.
A pay phone is provided on which you can make and receive calls 01420 538329. There is no wireless facility for laptops. We do provide limited access to one internet terminal during evening hours and days off. This is provided for a small charge and time is limited so as not to infringe on community life. We strongly recommend that you leave your laptop at home. You will not need it at L'Abri. We suggest this not because we are against technology. Rather we have observed that laptops all too often tend to be an unwelcome distraction. In coming to L'Abri, you are setting aside a period of time to focus on important questions related to the meaning and significance of your life. A laptop will not help further this objective. We do however welcome all musical instruments.
You should not plan on touring the area (except on Thursdays, your day off), or leaving on weekends during your time with us. Long-term guests are encouraged to take time in the middle of term for travel if that is what they want to do. We will provide towels and bedding throughout your stay, and your laundry is done on a regular basis.
Informal clothes are virtually always appropriate here. Keep in mind that our homes are QUITE COOL most of the year, so bring plenty of layers for indoors and out. Plan to bring an alarm clock and a watch, as we will rely on you to keep to the daily schedule.Find out when we are open>>