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The Catalyst Programme is a fieldwork discipleship course which will be continually running for our community at Ashburnham Place. Volunteers (usually between the ages of 18-27yrs) from all over the world are invited to take part in this training course for a year alongside our long-term community members. There are around 100 community members living on site at any one time throughout the year. Volunteers who come for a year, make up around half of our community members.

18-27 (27 and older may be accepted in certain circumstances)
Free! weekly expenses provided. (excluding mission trips)


The Catalyst Programme has undergone some significant changes over the last couple of years. Whilst the COVID pandemic has been an extremely difficult time for all of us at Ashburnham Place, not being able to serve guests has given us the space to pray and really reflect on what we want our discipleship programme to look like.

Underpinning all of our thinking around the structure and content of the programme, has been the conviction that it is more important than ever for all those who spend time in our community to come away with a better understanding of what it looks like to be a follower of Christ, in a very holistic sense. Through a combination of service, community, and discipleship training, young people are given the opportunity to grow and flourish as image bearers of God.


Framing all that we do at Ashburnham Place is a commitment to serving others. As a result, you will be expected to volunteer for 32hrs per week. For the most part this will be within your designated team, of which there are five: Kitchen, Hospitality, Grounds & Gardens, Welcome and Bookings and Orangery Tea Room. Furthermore, you will be expected to attend our weekly Catalyst teaching sessions, which are seen as essential to your discipleship journey whilst you are with us. These sessions are structured around ten core modules, with each module being studied in depth across a period of four weeks. Some examples of those modules are as follows: Engaging with Scripture, Creation Restoration, Calling and Identity.

Volunteers will still have the option of joining one of our three streams, where there will be the opportunity to spend time with like- minded members of the community, reflecting on, in greater detail, the significance of each module from the perspective of the stream you have chosen.