Unified Consciousness: One Mind One heart is WCCM’s theme for 2022. This retreat will bring younger people together from around the world to reflect on the meaning of the oneness for themselves and for the planet. It will help us to emerge from the isolation and fear of Covid into a new engagement with reality and potential.
The experience of unity among the participants enjoying their diversity will be an important part of the week’s experience. Just as peace needs to be found within us before we can live peacefully in our personal lives and bring it to he world, so the spring of inner joy needs to be unblocked and set to flow. The daily schedule will focus on allowing this to happen freely.
- Meditation is a universal wisdom and practice which Bonnevaux teaches from the Christian tradition. Participants will share regular times of meditation within the rhythm of the life of the Bonnevaux community. People new to the practice as well as regular meditators will all find something to help them learn and grow more
- There will be opportunity to learn or re-learn the art of reading wisdom texts from various traditions. This can then become a valuable resource in later life as inter-religious dialogue becomes something we experience interiorly.
- A good relationship with the body and sexuality is essential to human harmony. With yoga, bodywork, help with posture and getting your hands dirty in the garden, the retreat will show how to balance the physical with the spiritual and the intellectual and emotional aspects of experience.
- Sharing comfortably in an atmosphere of trust and without pressure is also conducive to oneness. We can share as we feel comfortable about such things as life-work balance, making choices, overcoming addictive behaviour finding a partner, taking risks, healing from trauma and discovering how to be a friend
In this retreat, we will reflect experientially on the theme of unified consciousness from a personal and global. We will explore an important question for our world at this moment: Does meditation make a difference? How does personal transformation lead to global change? Climate change, Covid and now the tragedy of Ukraine show us – painfully – that we are one family, interdependent and reliant on each other in mind, body and heart. How can meditate make this experience of unity joyful and hopeful?
The WCCM Young Adults retreat is intended to grow a new generation of contemplatives, living in and working for a better world, making fulfilling relationships, finding how solitude and community go together in a healthy life.
Bonnevaux is the international home for the WCCM. It has a thousand year history as a beautiful and healing place of contemplation. A core community has been living here in the spirit of St Benedict’s Rule for Life since 2019. We are now opening up to retreats and guests. The community life of meditation, worship, work and study integrates bodywork, wisdom teaching, music, creative expression and spiritual direction. On this retreat you will taste something of this rhythm of life which we hope you will take back to your daily life and work.
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.
The retreat will be guided by a team of the community led Fr Laurence Freeman and Giovanni Felicioni. If you have any questions about the retreat or need financial help to come, please contact Geert Geert@wccm.org
Preparation for the retreat
To help prepare for the retreat we recommend you visit the wccm site : www.wccm.org and browse the introduction and teaching on meditation and the global aspects of the community.
ARRIVAL: Wednesday 27 July, check-in: 14h00 – 17h00
DEPARTURE: Wednesday 3 August, 15h00
CONTRIBUTION: 700€ for the retreat and full room and board
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.
Bonnevaux is the spiritual home for The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM). Our hope is that everyone who visits Bonnevaux will be touched by the spirit of peace and a deeper experience of silence.
The retreat contribution shown includes the cost of the retreat and full room and board.
— 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 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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