June 16, 2017
June 16, 2017
May 16, 2017
Giovanni Felicioni explains how WCCM found Bonnevaux to be its new international home and speaks of the possibility of developing three levels of silence at Bonnevaux
May 1, 2017
Watch a video of a recent visit by members of the Guiding Board:
March 20, 2017
A contingent of meditators who represent some of the first core community of Bonnevaux recently visited the community’s new home (see photos here).
“It was a grey day in early February when I visited Bonnevaux for the second time. We imagined the future visitors gathering between the main house and the guesthouse and the barn. We discussed having the dining room in the restored stables with the cobbled floor, and the horse boxes with dining tables to create a sense of closeness and community. On warm days we will be able to eat outside. The beautiful barn will become a flexible space, a wonderful conference and meditation area. With or architects, who are donating their time and talent to the project, we will make space for offices and later small cells, again bringing together solitude and community. Inside the main house where the community will move in a few months, we ended the visit in the dining room, where the owner had kindly made a friendly with wood from the property. We sat in a wide circle around the table, said our opening prayer and meditated for the first time together in Bonnevaux. Laurence invited each of us to make a prayer from the heart after meditation, and we listened to a wonderful expression of our oneness and diversity.”(Henriette Hollaar)
“It was exciting to be with the first potential members of the community at Bonnevaux. It felt like one minute we were looking at properties and listening to see if the Spirit was advocating for this project and the next minute a property has been found and people were incarnating it. To be together meditating at the property, sharing meals, discussing the plans, talking things through and laughing a lot. Such joy and presence.” (Giovanni Felicioni)
February 21, 2017
The Community’s new home will be a ‘centre of peace for peace’. It looks ahead. But it is also rooted in an ancient sacred tradition. Bonnevaux is on one of the four ancient routes from Paris to Santiago de Compostela, the ‘Via Turonensis’, or the Way of Tours. The Pilgrimage to Santiago, the Shrine of St James the Apostle, was made as early as the 10th century. But by the end of the 12th century, it was the major Christian pilgrimage after Jerusalem. It is easy to imagine Bonnevaux, founded as a Benedictine monastery in 1119, as a stopover for pilgrims. To have a safe place where they could sleep, eat and pray and maybe get some medical help. The pilgrims would have come from nearby Poitiers, where they prayed at the church of Notre Dame Grande of Poitiers, received the pilgrim’s blessing and a stamp in their pilgrims’ passport. The day before they would have been in Châttelerault, where you can still visit find the ancient statue of a blissful-looking St James. Then they would follow the road to Melle and most likely prayed in the beautiful 4th century church of St Hilaire. Future pilgrims to Bonnevaux will be able to visit these sacred sites and also walk part of the Camino de Compostela.
February 8, 2017
Laurence Freeman visited Hong Kong recently and celebrated a Chinese New Year dinner with the community. In this opportunity he said some words of gratitude to the Hong Kong Community especially for its support of Bonnevaux, the project of a new international home for WCCM.
Listen to the short speech below:
January 17, 2017
This is the January issue:
December 13, 2016
The vision of Bonnevaux was shared recently during Fr. Laurence’s visit to Brazil, (1st to 11th December). He led three retreats and gave talks in Vinhedo (São Paulo), Campina Grande (Paraíba), Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais) and Rio de Janeiro. At each retreat the participants generously gave to the Bonnevaux fund and the Brazilian community suggested having an annual ‘Brazilian week’ at Bonnevaux when the renovation is done.
CHI YU CHUNG (Hong Kong WCCM Community)
As a ‘young meditator’ I have a very hopeful sense of the future of WCCM and that it can bring the gift of peace to people of my generation in all walks of life. In this constantly distracted world, peace has become a rare treasure. Meditation has indeed empowered us and leads us into the realm of peace, which is in our heart. I see Bonnevaux as one of the great turning points of our community, and I believe it will attract a new generation to embrace this gift of peace and then bring it to the chaos of the world.
If you have any questions about how to support Bonnevaux please do not hesitate to contact us.
Briji Waterfield, Director of Special Projects
WCCM International Office, St Marks, Myddelton Square, London EC1R 1XX, United Kingdom
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7278 2070