Although all our retreats include the silence of meditation, this retreat moves immediately into a sustained, purifying silence for the whole week. There are eight periods of meditation without opening or closing words; a daily fifteen minute meeting with a mentor; a short daily talk; and a silent Eucharist. Retreatants will need a certain level of experience and will be expected to participate fully throughout.
The surprise in this retreat is that its silence and rhythm can be so rich and full an experience of peace and freedom that, as Laurence Freeman says, “we are all of us closer to a calmer and clearer mind than we usually imagine. Even without great revelations, a retreat like this, where each supports the other in deep silence, can show us how the busy mind can quite quickly arrive at our capacity for peace and balance that our over active daily lives usually make us forget.”
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.
Transformed by Silence
Intensive Silent Meditation Retreat
|Arrival||Saturday 4 February 2023, check-in: 14h00 – 17h00|
|Departure||Sunday 12 February 2023, after lunch (15h00)|
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If you would like to journey in spirit alongside us here at Bonnevaux and “make your own retreat at home” please see the resources we provide by clicking HERE. You might also want to consider using the schedule below.
To avoid confusion please note that we are not providing the retreat content online.
— 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.
Membership Fee ** – 10€
Membership fee is paid once per year, valid 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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