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What is Bonnevaux?

Bonnevaux is the international meditation and retreat centre of The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM). A residential community lives in the spirit of the Rule of St Benedict together with volunteers from many parts of the world. Bonnevaux serves global peace and unity among all traditions through dialogue, silence and friendship.

Bonnevaux is the spiritual home for the WCCM. The Community is now present in more than 100 countries with 67 National Coordinators. Each National Community serves the WCCM mission of sharing the gift of meditation with all “in the spirit of serving the unity of all”. Bonnevaux also serves as a place for forming teachers and the next generation of WCCM. It has a special concern for young people facing the challenges of modern life.

Our hope is that everybody who visits Bonnevaux will have been touched by the spirit of peace and a deeper experience of silence. With this seed of transformation they will then be better able to develop the contemplative dimension in their own lifes and in the lives of those they live and work with.

Mission

Teaching meditation from within the Christian tradition and universal wisdom, as a way of personal and social transformation.

Vision

The World Community for Christian Meditation is a global and inclusive contemplative family. Its roots lie in the desert tradition of early Christianity (4th century). In 1975, John Main (1926-1982) started the first Christian Meditation Centre in London. When he died his student Laurence Freeman took the lead in global expansion of the Community. The World Community is now present in more than 100 countries with 3000 weekly meditation groups, centres, and a publishing company. 

Since John Main began the first Christian Meditation Centre at his monastery in 1975 the seed of his vision has grown to become a “global monastery without walls”. The idea of having a physical home for this community has grown through many years of discernment.
The mission of the Community has dimensions of inreach and outreach. By inreach we mean the awakening of the contemplative dimension of Christian faith and life, especially through the teaching of meditation in churches, dioceses, schools, and universities. By outreach we mean sharing of the fruits of meditation in a secular context in order to develop new forms of leadership and new ideas for organizational and professional life.

Like the WCCM, Bonnevaux is an ecumenical community committed to friendship and collaboration among all faiths and secular society.

Development Plans


The plan for the development of Bonnevaux to its full potential will proceed by phases for each of which funding continues to be needed. The Abbaye, home for the residential community, is now completed. Learn more about the plans for the Conference Centre, Retreat Centre and other facilities.

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Our Story

The World Community for Christian Meditation is a global and inclusive contemplative family. Its roots lie in the desert tradition of early Christianity (4th century). In 1975, John Main (1926-1982) started the first Christian Meditation Centre in London. When he died his student Laurence Freeman took the lead in global expansion of the Community. The World Community is now present in more than 100 countries with 3000 weekly meditation groups, centres, and a publishing company.

At the 25th anniversary celebration of its formation, the National Coordinators of WCCM called for an international centre and home to serve the community and to support its future development. In close collaboration with the WCCM in France we were led to Bonnevaux. It was significant to us that a pioneering contemplative community in the Benedictine tradition was founded there in 1119. In 2019 Bonnevaux renews this life in a new way.

Bonnevaux means ‘beautiful valley’. The peaceful energy that is felt there today is the fruit of this transmission for which we are exploring new forms. Thanks for the generosity of WCCM members and National Communities as well as foundations and trusts, we were able to purchase the property in 2017. The renovation started in 2018 and still in progress.

Our Network

WCCM

Bonnevaux is the international home for the World Community and a Centre for Peace.

Visit WCCM

Meditatio

With a secular approach keeping in mind the diverse background of participants, Meditatio brings the practice of meditation into the fields of education, business, medicine, prisons, children… Programs in several countries of the world are delivered throughout the year

Visit Meditatio

The School of Meditation

It is part of WCCM and its work. A wealth of programs and resources has been developed to initiate, support and guide people on their journey.

Visit The School of Meditation

Meet the Community


Bonnevaux is the international meditation and retreat centre of The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM). A residential community lives in the spirit of the Rule of St Benedict together with volunteers from many parts of the world. Bonnevaux serves global peace and unity among all traditions through dialogue, silence and friendship.

Meet the Community