A Place for Peaceful Transformation

Bonnevaux is a new meditation and conference centre at the heart of The World Community for Christian Meditation dedicated to personal and social transformation

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Renovations for Retreat and Conference Center at Bonnevaux Center for Peace, Poitiers France

Retreat & Conference Centre

The Retreat Centre (opens July 2020) has capacity for up to 39 guests. The Meditatio Conference Centre is a multipurpose facility with capacity for 200 (opens in the beginning of 2020).

Small Group Retreat at Bonnevaux Center for Peace


The programme highlights the contemplative dimension of modern life and society. Together with meditation retreats there are conferences and seminars with both spiritual and professional focus. All these events are held within the rhythm of daily meditation and the community’s life.

The Abbaye is home for the resident community receiving guests, meditation, community life, silence


The central house is home to a residential community living in the spirit of the Rule of St. Benedict. The core community includes oblates, other residents and long-term guests. Its daily round, built on the monastic rhythm of prayer, work and study, hospitality and care for others, is the quiet pulsebeat of life at Bonnevaux. 

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Taynã Malaspina Oblate Coordinator, Brazil

Taynã Malaspina

Oblate Coordinator, Brazil

“Being in Bonnevaux, in this physical space, for a few days with people from around the world was so beautiful. We meditated together, studied the Rule of St Benedict, we had a “Desert Day” with a deep communion through silence. The Spirit of St Benedict lives in this place and I am deeply grateful with this experience.”

Richard Rohr OFM

Founder of Center for Action and Contemplation

“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.”

Silvia Dozzo

Meditator from Italy

I spent a week in Bonnevaux in August 2019. I took part in the Nordic Watercolours and Meditation Retreat. It was a week full of colours, meditation and nature. I would recommend it to anyone. I’d also tell them to treasure and feel that sense of peace and fullness that comes from meditation on their way back from Bonnevaux.

Visit Bonnevaux

Located outside of Poitiers. We are a renovated secluded abbey in the French country side. With only a 90 minute train ride from Paris or a quick 20 minute drive from the nearby airport, Bonnevaux is situated at the perfect intersection of convenience and seclusion

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