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One in Mind One in Heart – A Meditation and Lifestyle Retreat for young Adults

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.
Laurence Freeman

Leader

Laurence Freeman

Fr Laurence is a Benedictine monk of the Monastery of Sta Maria di Pilastrello, Lendinara, in the Benedictine Congregation of Monte Oliveto. He is Director of Bonnevaux and of The World Community for Christian Meditation.

Other Leaders

Giovanni Felicioni
Giovanni Felicioni

Giovanni (Bonnevaux Associate Director) has been a part of the WCCM since the beginning, being involved in its official foundation in 1991. He is an Oblate, a certified Advanced Rolfer™, a Rolf Movement™ practitioner and Yoga Teacher.

Tayna Malaspina
Tayna Malaspina

Taynã is a WCCM oblate and International Coordinator of Meditation for Young people. She started her work in the community with a meditation project with children. She graduated in Social Communication with a master’s degree in Social Psychology. Taynã is 38 years old and has two daughters (2 and 8 years old). Christian meditation was the path I found on my spiritual journey responsible for deepening my Christian faith through the experience of being with God in silence. Bonnevaux is an oasis of peace in a world marked by distractions. Living in the atmosphere of Bonnevaux allows us to look at our current lifestyle and "recalculate our route", seeking a better balance between action and contemplation. In this retreat, I will support the young people in mentoring moments and also in an activity about reflection on life and purpose (connection between mind and heart).

Geert Van Malderen
Geert Van Malderen

Geert Van Malderen is from Belgium, has 2 children and one grandchild. He loves hiking, biking, dancing, meditating and singing. He will learn us some new contemplative songs.

Emilia Bury
Emilia Bury

Emilia Bury christian meditator since 2021, Teacher in forest kindergarten, actress, dancer, singer. Interested in nature and joyfull, simple lifestyle. She offers creative workshop to find a passion in movement, wake up creativity, connect with own body. The workshop is built on a few pillars: writing, dancing, contemplative walk.

Nick Scrimenti
Nick Scrimenti

Nick Scrimenti is currently a resident at Bonnevaux and manages Special Projects for the WCCM. He holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School (HDS), where he also earned a graduate certificate in Religious Studies & Education. At HDS, Nick specialized in comparative theology and the history and practice of contemplation across religious traditions. Nick's research on Fr. John Main's encounter with Swami Satyananda was awarded a place in the 2021 Stendahl Symposium for excellence in topics concerning conversations across religious boundaries. Nick is passionate about advancing an understanding of the role of religion in peacebuilding and public life. In his spare time, Nick is a freelance writer and an amateur photographer. He believes that photography and contemplation are mutually reinforcing practices, teaching us "ways of seeing" that have the power to transform our lives toward integration, peace, and unity. Enos Mantoani and Nick will be offering a workshop on Contemplative Photography for our retreatants. We will have a conversation about what "contemplative photography" is, an exercise on how to shoot contemplatively, as well as instruction on how to view photography using the tradition of visio divina. On-the-ground retreatants will get a chance to practice the art of photography on the picturesque grounds of Bonnevaux. If you have a camera, please bring it, but any smartphone with a camera will work just fine! They will offer the Contemplative Photography workshop for both online and in-person retreatants.

Enos Mantoani
Enos Mantoani

Enos Mantoani is an Italian meditator, born in 1980. He's currently the National coordinator for Italy and an oblate novice of the community. He's developing a project on Contemplative photography and meditation within the WCCM's Teacher Leader Programme 2021/2022. His passion for photography started at the same time of his encounter with our community and the practice of meditation. Nick Scrimenti and Enos are going to offer some reflections and some exercises designed to nurture a contemplative view of the world that surrounds us. This can be reflected in producing or viewing images in a different way from the one we are nowadays used to. "I am really happy to help develop these sessions because I was part of the first Young Adults Retreat held in Bonnevaux in 2019. That retreat was of extreme importance for my spiritual growth and deepened my bond with the community."

Anja T'Kindt
Anja T'Kindt

Anja T'Kindt, 45 years old, lives in Belgium. She has worked with people with learning disabilities in L'Arche for more than 20 years. "These people have taught me to live on the level of the heart, meditation is just the next step. I spread the gift of meditation to everyone with workshops in care-centers, schools, business,...", says Anja. In her workshop she will help you to express what's living in your heart through coloring, painting and pasting. We learn to let go of our judgment of ourselves and enjoy the creative process in itself. NO prior artistic knowledge is a plus.

Date

27 Jul, 2022 - 03 Aug, 2022

Location

Bonnevaux - On the Ground

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

MEAL OPTIONS

At Bonnevaux  we aim to offer a healthy cuisine for vegetarians and non-vegetarians.  IMPORTANT!  Leaving the option blank (in 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

595€ for the retreat and full room and board (single room)

455€ 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.

About Bonnevaux

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.

Registration

The retreat contribution shown includes the cost of the retreat and full room and board.

Cancellations

— 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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Laurence Freeman

Leader

Laurence Freeman

Fr Laurence is a Benedictine monk of the Monastery of Sta Maria di Pilastrello, Lendinara, in the Benedictine Congregation of Monte Oliveto. He is Director of Bonnevaux and of The World Community for Christian Meditation.

Other Leaders

Giovanni Felicioni
Giovanni Felicioni

Giovanni (Bonnevaux Associate Director) has been a part of the WCCM since the beginning, being involved in its official foundation in 1991. He is an Oblate, a certified Advanced Rolfer™, a Rolf Movement™ practitioner and Yoga Teacher.

Tayna Malaspina
Tayna Malaspina

Taynã is a WCCM oblate and International Coordinator of Meditation for Young people. She started her work in the community with a meditation project with children. She graduated in Social Communication with a master’s degree in Social Psychology. Taynã is 38 years old and has two daughters (2 and 8 years old). Christian meditation was the path I found on my spiritual journey responsible for deepening my Christian faith through the experience of being with God in silence. Bonnevaux is an oasis of peace in a world marked by distractions. Living in the atmosphere of Bonnevaux allows us to look at our current lifestyle and "recalculate our route", seeking a better balance between action and contemplation. In this retreat, I will support the young people in mentoring moments and also in an activity about reflection on life and purpose (connection between mind and heart).

Geert Van Malderen
Geert Van Malderen

Geert Van Malderen is from Belgium, has 2 children and one grandchild. He loves hiking, biking, dancing, meditating and singing. He will learn us some new contemplative songs.

Emilia Bury
Emilia Bury

Emilia Bury christian meditator since 2021, Teacher in forest kindergarten, actress, dancer, singer. Interested in nature and joyfull, simple lifestyle. She offers creative workshop to find a passion in movement, wake up creativity, connect with own body. The workshop is built on a few pillars: writing, dancing, contemplative walk.

Nick Scrimenti
Nick Scrimenti

Nick Scrimenti is currently a resident at Bonnevaux and manages Special Projects for the WCCM. He holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School (HDS), where he also earned a graduate certificate in Religious Studies & Education. At HDS, Nick specialized in comparative theology and the history and practice of contemplation across religious traditions. Nick's research on Fr. John Main's encounter with Swami Satyananda was awarded a place in the 2021 Stendahl Symposium for excellence in topics concerning conversations across religious boundaries. Nick is passionate about advancing an understanding of the role of religion in peacebuilding and public life. In his spare time, Nick is a freelance writer and an amateur photographer. He believes that photography and contemplation are mutually reinforcing practices, teaching us "ways of seeing" that have the power to transform our lives toward integration, peace, and unity. Enos Mantoani and Nick will be offering a workshop on Contemplative Photography for our retreatants. We will have a conversation about what "contemplative photography" is, an exercise on how to shoot contemplatively, as well as instruction on how to view photography using the tradition of visio divina. On-the-ground retreatants will get a chance to practice the art of photography on the picturesque grounds of Bonnevaux. If you have a camera, please bring it, but any smartphone with a camera will work just fine! They will offer the Contemplative Photography workshop for both online and in-person retreatants.

Enos Mantoani
Enos Mantoani

Enos Mantoani is an Italian meditator, born in 1980. He's currently the National coordinator for Italy and an oblate novice of the community. He's developing a project on Contemplative photography and meditation within the WCCM's Teacher Leader Programme 2021/2022. His passion for photography started at the same time of his encounter with our community and the practice of meditation. Nick Scrimenti and Enos are going to offer some reflections and some exercises designed to nurture a contemplative view of the world that surrounds us. This can be reflected in producing or viewing images in a different way from the one we are nowadays used to. "I am really happy to help develop these sessions because I was part of the first Young Adults Retreat held in Bonnevaux in 2019. That retreat was of extreme importance for my spiritual growth and deepened my bond with the community."

Anja T'Kindt
Anja T'Kindt

Anja T'Kindt, 45 years old, lives in Belgium. She has worked with people with learning disabilities in L'Arche for more than 20 years. "These people have taught me to live on the level of the heart, meditation is just the next step. I spread the gift of meditation to everyone with workshops in care-centers, schools, business,...", says Anja. In her workshop she will help you to express what's living in your heart through coloring, painting and pasting. We learn to let go of our judgment of ourselves and enjoy the creative process in itself. NO prior artistic knowledge is a plus.

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