One of the helpful dimensions of life at L’Abri is the integration of study and discussion with practical community work. This contributes to seeing the Christian life in a more holistic manner, rather than compartmentalized. The study portion of the day is spent in Farel House, where we have our library and lecture collection as well as other articles and papers covering a broad range of subjects. It is essential that you view study times as a significant part of your day. The other part of the day is spent working at whatever needs to be done to keep the community going. This involves anything from gardening to shoveling snow to cleaning and cooking, including learning to bake fresh bread. All are expected to take part in both aspects of community life. L’Abri is not a quiet retreat center and the time here can be busy and rather intense. However, days off on Thursdays and Sunday afternoons allow time for exploring the area, sight seeing, skiing, hiking, and so on.
During your stay with us, you should not plan on touring the area except during your designated time off. (You will have all of Thursday and half of Sunday – 1 1/2 days in total – to use each week as free time to explore if you wish. If you wish to travel more than this during your time in Europe, we ask that you plan to do so before or after, not during, your stay at L’Abri. We have found that excursions beyond the time allotted by the work-study schedule end up creating too much discontinuity in the community life. If during your stay with us (between your booked dates of arrival and departure) it becomes absolutely necessary to leave L’Abri for a few days, we will ask you to pay for your bed while you’re gone. In other words, when people book in for certain dates, our expectation is that they will be with us for those dates. Unfortunately, due to Swiss law, we are not allowed to accept anyone under 18 years old.