BONNEVAUX

Looking at our New Centre

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)

harrisPAUL HARRIS (Patron of the WCCM)
John Main once said that: ” Meditation creates community”. By this he indicated not only the personal union with others in the depths of our own being, but as well the uniting of contemplative spiritual practice to small communities in the world at large. We see this in the ancient Israelites who formed 12 small family units; the first Christians met in homes for support and encouragement; spiritual seekers gathered in monasteries to foster love and friendship: currently Christian Meditators meet for support in weekly groups worldwide.
Bonnevaux can further encourage this universal yearning for community by deepening the contemplative spiritual roots of a new generation in a Benedictine style community. I wholeheartedly approve of this Bonnevaux initiative.

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Briji Waterfield, Director of Special Projects
WCCM International Office, St Marks, Myddelton Square, London EC1R 1XX, United Kingdom
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Email: Briji@wccm.org
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