Existing Building Fabric

The main house was planned in an H-shape with a central core, dating from the late 18th century, flanked at the ends by two protruding wings. These two wings are older than the central building as is evidenced by their vaulted rooms and their Medieval fireplaces.

Documents and archives show that an Abbey, affiliated to the Order of Cîteaux, was built here in 1201. No longer in existence, all that remains are a small room and the superb gallery of its former cloister, listed as a French Historic Monument.

This large, 2-storey residence has a sober, balanced architecture, its facades featuring regularly spaced openings. The building has numerous doors leading outside, a large stairway and three back stairways that go up to the first floor.

The fabric of the building is in a good state of repair and it’s roof was recently fully restored.

The Masterplan will be designed to position new buildings around a village green, intended to engender a sense of community amongst guests.

The village green will form the fulcrum or the beating heart of the community. It will have the community’s key building: the Conference Centre located on its northern side and will be left open on its southern side to allow light in and generate inspiring views onto the lake and picturesque landscapes to the south.


The plan for the development of Bonnevaux to its full potential will proceed by phases for each of which funding is needed.
Phases of Renovation and New Construction:


PHASE ONE (COST: € 2.5 MILLION) - initial renovation

  • Initial renovation work on the main house and guesthouse

PHASE TWO (COST: € 2.5 MILLION) - for continued renovation

  • Completion of main house, for community and guests
  • Completion of guesthouse
  • Renovation of the Barn as conference and meditation space

PHASE THREE (COST: € 1.5 MILLION) - for additional renovation

  • Contemplative cells
  • Gardens and woods

ELIZABETH CARDONE (Former Director of the John Main Center, Georgetown University, Washington DC)
The establishment of Bonnevaux is an especially wonderful stage of development for the World Community for Christian Meditation. Several years ago, I had the privilege of being part of the Meditatio House  WCCM community in London. That experience of daily meditation, rooted in a loving community, has had a lasting effect on my life. No doubt Bonnevaux will provide a center and a foundation to nurture the spiritual lives of many in future generations. Our world is in need not only of deep prayer, but of individuals and communities who share the fruits of that experience.  I see every day and first-hand the powerful effect of rooting the daily practice of meditation in a physical space. Bonnevaux will be a great gift and blessing to the WCCM and to the wider world. It will be a global center and a local home for those seeking to deepen their practice and experience the richness of community life. Centers of contemplation such as these have the power to truly change and bless our world. I look forward to the fruition of the Bonnevaux project!

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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