The young people share the daily life with about twenty brothers and sisters of the abbey - meals, services, prayer, social time.


Year 2024-25
Applications are now open!

Semester 1, “HDS 1, all to Hautecombe”: September 30 to December 15, 2024

Semester 2, “choose your formula”:
January 27 to June 08, 2025

Find out more about the 3 month, 1 year (and 1 month in summer) programmes


The price range is: 3200€ – 4100€ per semester. This covers the cost of accomodation, courses and retreat, as well as the general costs of the abbey for the duration of the programme.

For those who can’t afford this budget, we offer several alternatives for financing the year. Please do not hesitate to contact us.


Our application process is based on an application form and an interview with the team, to enable you to get to know the team, and us to know you!

The location

The discipleship school is located at Hautecombe Abbey, on the shores of Lake Bourget, surrounded by the mountains of Savoy.

For over 900 years, generations of religious have prayed at Hautecombe Abbey. Nestled beside a lake and between mountains, the beauty of its location invites worship and contemplation.
In 1992, the Chemin Neuf Community chose to establish an international centre of formation for young people aged 18-30, in order to equip them to build foundations for their Christian life.


The formation is given in French – which implies that a certain level of language is necessary to follow the course and participate fully in the community life.

Generations of young people who have attended HDS from all over the world can testify that learning a new language can be a challenge, but also a source of great enrichment!

The language programme in Tigery, near Paris, offers a 3-month French language course.

Write an email in your language to ask for more information