How do we enter into an intimacy with the Creator of the Universe? It seems insane to even think about it!
And yet, were we not created in His image and likeness? And then, did He not become incarnate in this man called Yeshua? Thus do we not possess the means to take the path to God? One of these is to be discovered within ourselves: this capacity for the absolute that we all carry deep within us; the other comes from the life and words of this Jew whom we call Christ.
There are several passages in the New Testament that allow us to unlock the door that opens into the spaces of God. Let us take two. One is from Matthew (11:27): “no one knows the Father except the Son”; the other is from the first epistle of John (4:7): “and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God”.
Thus, it is through the Son and it is through love that we enter into intimacy with God.
We shall therefore take the path that is the Son in order to advance, in our own measure, towards the love that is the Father. In doing so, we will also draw on our tradition, those women and men who, before us, have undertaken this journey in the Spirit and have bequeathed to us some lights that can guide and support us today in our own journey.
All events at Bonnevaux offer the opportunity to discover the rich French and European cultural and historical heritage of the 12th century Abbey of Bonnevaux, as well as to explore the varied and natural beauty of the land we cultivate as a model of ecological responsibility.
Wednesday 12 October, check-in : 14:00 – 17:00
Sunday 16 October, after lunch from 15:00
At Bonnevaux we aim to offer a healthy cuisine for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. IMPORTANT! Leaving the option blank (on the registration form below) means you have chosen the non-vegetarian option. Please understand that we cannot change your meal plan once you are at Bonnevaux. Please be aware that food may contain some common allergens (e.g. nuts). In case of food allergy or intolerance, please contact us with a medical certificate.
Contribution for the Retreat
400€ for the retreat and full room and board (single room)
320€ for the retreat and full room and board (shared twin room)
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.
This retreat is in the French language.
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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