Welcome to L’Arche Genesaret in Canberra

L’Arche Genesaret is a Community of people with and without intellectual disability, sharing life in Community, belonging to an International Federation. L’Arche is a French word meaning “the Ark”. Together we build community where people with and without disabilities experience a place of belonging and welcome.

Our households are based in the Woden area and, since July 2016, our administrative office moved to 38-40 Colbee Court in Phillip. The ground floor is in the process of being developed as our new “Hub@L’Arche” and we are very excited about the potential of this exciting new venture in the heart of Woden. (Read more About the Hub@L’Arche). If you would like to become a sponsor or donate to the Hub, you may be interested in our Wish List.

We are an intentional community in the Christian tradition, respecting and welcoming people of all faiths and different beliefs. Our name “Genesaret” is a place name from the Gospels and signifies our Community in Canberra as a place of faith and healing. Each person is encouraged to discover and share their unique gifts and grow in love, self-giving and wholeness. Together we hope to experience “mutually transforming relationships” and seek the way of “doing with”, rather than “doing for”.

We strive to enable our members living with an intellectual disability to experience independence and choice in daily life and maintain employment, therapeutic and recreational activities, day programs and social connections with friends, family, churches and the broader local community.

Members of L’Arche Genesaret include those who live in our four community households in the Woden Valley, along with members who live in their own homes or units around Canberra and spiritual members who live beyond Canberra.

We share daily life in our community households and come together regularly for friendship, prayer, celebrations and retreats.  Hospitality is central to our community life and we love to welcome friends and visitors to share a meal in the evenings or on the weekends.

Our Community is supported by Volunteer Live-In Assistants, Live-Out Assistants (employees), Community Members, a Community Council, a Board of Directors, volunteers, friends and families.

(Updated November 2016)