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A Contemplative Experience of Health and Healing
A Meditatio retreat – seminar exploring a contemplative approach to living the true meaning of health and healing.


03 - 08 May, 2022
"A Contemplative Experience of Health and Healing"

The aim of this retreat-seminar is to discover how to live the true meaning of health and healing. We will explore how it may be experienced – even more strongly – in times of sickness or when we feel the weight of our own mortality.

A contemplative approach assures that all levels of awareness are heightened allowing us to see more clearly and deeply. With gentle power, meditation enhances this awakening helping us to experience life in all its fullness.

Participants will be helped to explore a contemplative approach to sleep, food, posture, movement and emotional wellbeing, all of which will be based around a daily practice of meditation with the Bonnevaux community.

Four experienced teachers from different backgrounds (Conventional Medicine, Yoga/Rolfing, Herbal Medicine and Spirituality) will guide the retreat in the peaceful beauty of the Bonnevaux Centre for Peace in France.

Each day we will join with the Bonnevaux community in their rhythm of meditation times. This daily rhythm will integrate talks, discussion and practice across the following areas:

  • Meditation (adapted for beginners and regular practitioners)
  • Yoga (inclusive of beginners and those with limited movement)
  • Lectio (rediscovering the art of reading wisdom texts)
  • Lifestyle Health: each day we take a contemplative focus on one of the key pillars of healthy living: Sleep, Food, Movement and Cognitive/Emotional balance
  • Understanding Herbs as medicine (including tasting and preparing them)
  • 1:1 discussion with the teachers

We warmly invite you to this retreat experience to share and learn a contemplative approach to health and healing which you can apply in all aspects of your life.

This event takes place at Bonnevaux and offers an opportunity to discover the rich cultural and historical French and European heritage of the 12th-century Abbaye de Bonnevaux, as well as to explore the varied and natural beauty of the land which we cultivate as a model of ecological responsibility.

This is a Meditatio Seminar. Meditatio is the outreach of the WCCM.

ARRIVAL : Tuesday 3 May, check-in : 14:00 – 17:00

DEPARTURE : Sunday 8 May, 14:00


Unfortunately, our Retreat Centre guest house is full. There are a few places within walking distance (10minutes) at B&B La Cadoue  (lacadoue.fr). Please, contact Mr and Mrs Christiane and Gabriel SIMAR at simar.gabriel@gmail.com or by phone +3305 49 60 96 46 (landline)
or 06 17 35 17 96 (mobile) to book your room first. Then email Marie-Christine Duperrier at Bonnevaux mc.duperrier@bonnevauxabp.com to proceed with registration and payment.

CONTRIBUTION – sleeping off site : 400€ for the retreat including meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)


The prices reflect the need to achieve self sufficiency. Therefore if you’re able to give a little more we would be very grateful. If you need a concession please let us know. We do not turn anybody away for lack of resource.


— Please ensure you have travel insurance in place as we cannot refund cancelled travel for any reason. — If you cancel your Bonnevaux booking up to 30 days before the event starts, you will be refunded the full cost of the event.  Cancellations occurring within 30 days of the event start will be offered a voucher for a future event. Bonnevaux reserves the right to cancel events at any point – cancellations occurring within 30 days prior to the event start date will be subject to the voucher refund policy only. The prices reflect the need to achieve self sufficiency. Therefore if you’re able to give a little more we would be very grateful. If you need a concession please let us know. We do not turn anybody away for lack of resource.

The Community (who are vaccinated), welcome guests and visitors who have also been fully vaccinated. We ask for a negative Covid test in the previous 48 hours. Those who are not vaccinated should arrange accommodation near Bonnevaux, and may come to the prayer and meditation times while observing the usual precautions of mask and social distancing indoors. Please ask us if you have further questions.


Membership fee is paid once per year, valid strictly from Jan – Dec.
** by French law you must be a ‘member‘ of the charity (association ABP) Abbaye de Bonnevaux – Centre Pour la Paix in order to participate at an on-the-ground event at Bonnevaux – 86370 Marçay, France.
Membership is non-binding. It simply means that you are invited to attend the annual general meeting if you wish and that you may receive information about our events during the year.
The Abbey of Bonnevaux is the spiritual home of the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) which includes a Conference and Retreat Centre dedicated to peace. The on-the-ground activities of the Abbey are organized under the responsibility of l’Association Abbaye de Bonnevaux – Centre pour le Paix (ABP).  The Association, which is governed by the French law of 1st July 1901, is registered in Poitiers under the reference RNA: W863007299. 
Address : Bonnevaux, 86370 Marçay, France.
Phone number : 06 33 43 71 71 / 06 61 96 57 74.
José Pype (President of the Association); Giovanni Felicioni (Associate Director and Programme Manager)
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