There are two ways we can live our life: from our emptiness and from our fullness. Living from our emptiness is like a pond that has no source inside and fills itself from the water from outside. This is the life of ego, the life of becoming. Living from our fullness is like a pond that has a source within and overflows from its fullness. This is the life of God, the life of unfolding. Jesus Christ called it ‘ the kingdom of God’ . The retreat tries to describe the process of how to evolve from the life of becoming to the life of fullness, from the life of ego to the life of God. There will be two teaching sessions and one session of discussion each day. We follow the rhythm of the community.
This event is in English and French.
All our events taking place at Bonnevaux offer 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.
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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.
MEMBERSHIP FEE ** – 10€
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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