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The Balanced Life

From an intuition that we needed to find a way to make our life and values relevant to young people, the Balanced Life Project was born.


Our aim can be summarised in a simple statement: we would like to encourage young fans of St Benedict. We are reimagining the Way of St Benedict in the 21st Century.


The Balanced Life Project is not an end in itself - it is a means to live what the ancients called “the Good Life”, or for those with faith, a life with God. It is a call to engage in dialogue, to be, as Fr Timothy Radcliffe said to us, “open to the truth of others and to reach out across polarities, to listen to others like Jesus listened to the woman at the well, and to engage in life-changing conversations which bring healing and hope.”

Our goal in the Balanced Life Project is to help young people to structure their lives in a sustainable and balanced way around four areas of focus (or pillars): finding purpose; making connections and forming good relationships; cultivating healthy habits; and making a positive impact on the world. 


“What Benedict is giving us – if we will listen and take heed – is the possibility of fullness of life. And that means some sort of balance – a balance 'so delicate, so risky, so creative' as the Benedictine hermit Maria Boulding puts it that she likens it to a bird in flight, a dancer in motion. ” Esther de Waal 


If you are interested in knowing more about the Balanced Life Project and upcoming events for young adults, please contact our Discipleship Coordinator on, or follow us on on social media – Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

Hills and Valleys

The brothers and sisters should have specified periods for manual labour as well as for prayerful reading.

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