Programme of Retreats, Seminars & Workshops (All the online events of this programme are organised by WCCM)

John Main Seminar and Pre-Seminar Retreat at Bonnevaux

This year, the Seminar will be held at Bonnevaux and led by Herman Van Rompuy and Laurence Freeman. The Seminar will be preceded by a 3-day preparatory retreat.

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Notice COVID-19

Guests and Visitors to Bonnevaux

In accordance with official guidance from the French government (and Dr Barry White who has been advising us on Covid), vaccination is not required to visit/stay at Bonnevaux.
In order to ensure the safety of everyone, we request a negative antigen test (home test is fine) immediately before traveling to Bonnevaux and again on day 2 of your stay. 

retreat centre

Retreat & Conference Centre

The Retreat Centre can host up to 39 guests. The Conference Centre is a multipurpose facility for up to 200.

Small Group Retreat at Bonnevaux Center for Peace


The programme highlights the contemplative dimension of modern life and society. In addition to meditation retreats, we host conferences and seminars with both a spiritual and professional focus. All of these events take place 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. The daily round, built on the monastic rhythm of prayer, work and study; hospitality; and care for others; is the quiet heart 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

Bonnevaux is located outside of Poitiers. We are a renovated, secluded abbey in the French countryside. Only a 90 minute train ride from Paris or a quick 20 minute drive from the nearby airport, Bonnevaux is perfectly situated where convenience and seclusion meet.

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