Bonnevaux means Good Valley – and in this gentle valley of meadows, woods, lake and river are a cluster of buildings waiting to be restored and revitalised into a peaceful contemplative centre. 

On the ancient foundations of a Benedictine monastery built here nearly a thousand years ago, our vision to build a contemplative community for the 21st century is being realised with your help and support.

Having acquired the property at the end of 2017 thanks to the generosity of all our donors, we can now turn our attention to creating a welcoming space for future guests. The buildings as they stand are in various stages of disrepair but here is a glimpse of our future plans:

Main House 

The foundations of the Main House go back to the 12th century and was remodelled in the 19th century. It will be restored to become a home for the core community who will run Bonnevaux. It will also provide some accommodation for guests.


The current Barn will be converted into a Meditatio Conference Centre for our seminars, retreats and workshops providing seating for 180 people and smaller break-out rooms.


This will become the main Guesthouse providing accommodation for 50+ people.  The Stables will also provide space for the office, a bookshop and a Visitors Centre.


These semi-derelict buildings will be converted into self-contained guest units.

Contemplative Village

The long term vision is to create Contemplative cells in the grounds for residents who may wish to make longer retreats.

Gardens, Woods and Lake

The grounds are beautiful and extensive.  With plans to develop an organic kitchen garden and a medicinal herb garden, work on the land will be continuous and ongoing by visitors and enthusiastic volunteers.

Gardens, Woods and Lake

Phases of Development

The plan for the development of Bonnevaux to its full potential will proceed by phases for each of which funding continues to be needed.  Essential work has started in February 2018 and we aim to complete Phase One by the end of 2019. However we do hope to finish the renovation to the Main House and Barn by Spring 2019 so that we can welcome guests and start our program of retreats and events.


  • Renovation work on the Main House
  • Conversion of the Barn into a Conference Centre
  • Heating Plant and Sanitation Network ​
  • Conversion of the Stables into the main Guesthouse


  • Contemplative Village – new construction


  • Hunting Lodge and Gatehouse
  • Gardens and woods

fr-richard-fh-porch-300x205RICHARD ROHR OFM (Founder of Center for Action and Contemplation)
Thank you for sharing with me the vision of your new international center. By reason of the Incarnation, Christians invariably become attuned to the importance of place and the effectiveness of the right symbol.  This is the way the inner message become outer and the hidden message becomes both visible and attractive. I feel this is happening and will happen at Bonnevaux. I fully congratulate the World Community for embarking on the project of this new center for its whole community and for all who are seeking depth and peace. It is a truly beautiful place and I am sure it will communicate the beauty of the peace of contemplation. Having an ancient monastic origin adds another dimension to the spirit of the place. Talking with you I know that all contemplatives will feel welcome here and I hope all friends of WCCM can fully support this great venture.

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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