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From Russia With Love: Three Spiritual Journeys

During this retreat Nicholas Colloff will help us to explore the lives of St Seraphim, Dostoyevsky and Mother Maria.
Nicholas Colloff

Leader

Nicholas Colloff

Nicholas Colloff is co-founder of the Prison Phoenix Trust, which teaches meditation to people in prison. He has a long association with the contemplative tradition in Christianity. While studying theology at university, he was taught the Jesus Prayer by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom, the long-standing Russian Orthodox Archbishop in London, and has subsequently twice helped run retreat centers and lived for 9 months in a Dominican contemplative community in the US, among other things.  He has led Quiet Days/Retreats with many different groups, among them Dominican nuns, Anglicans, and Quakers. He is now based in Switzerland and is the director of a charitable foundation whose work is focused on Africa and Latin America.

Date

Feb 16 - 19 2022

Location

Bonnevaux - On the Ground

“The goal of the Christian Life is the acquisition of the Holy Spirit” St Seraphim of Sarov

St Seraphim, a monk, is Russia’s most beloved, joyful saint; Dostoyevsky one of its greatest, if troubled, novelists; and, Mother Maria, a social activist (and nun), who died in Ravensbruck concentration camp, having helped people fleeing persecution in Paris, and an exemplary witness to what unites all three; namely, a searching exploration to live out the second commandment, “to love one’s neighbor as oneself”, truly living in the Spirit that makes us one. 

They are three lives rooted in faith, nourished by meditation, enriched in a living community of prayer, liturgy, and study. None of their lives were easy, all three endured much, as they sought to fully embrace what it might mean to be a human person living in community, at one. The weekend will explore these lives and how we might learn from, and be inspired by them, in our own journeys in linking meditation to other resources of faith and expressing them in communion with one another.

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.

 

Arrival and Departure

ARRIVAL: Wed 16 Feb, check-in : 14:00 – 17:00.

DEPARTURE: Sat 19 Feb, 14:00

 

Contribution for the Retreat

 

CONTRIBUTION FOR THE RETREAT WITH FULL ROOM AND BOARD – 465€

 

Registration Opens Soon

 

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. 


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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Nicholas Colloff

Leader

Nicholas Colloff

Nicholas Colloff is co-founder of the Prison Phoenix Trust, which teaches meditation to people in prison. He has a long association with the contemplative tradition in Christianity. While studying theology at university, he was taught the Jesus Prayer by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom, the long-standing Russian Orthodox Archbishop in London, and has subsequently twice helped run retreat centers and lived for 9 months in a Dominican contemplative community in the US, among other things.  He has led Quiet Days/Retreats with many different groups, among them Dominican nuns, Anglicans, and Quakers. He is now based in Switzerland and is the director of a charitable foundation whose work is focused on Africa and Latin America.

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