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Sacred Life is Death and Resurrection – Holy Week Retreat

Easter – the word’ easter’ - is about divine estrogen, the natural element that supports the human life process.
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.

Date

23 - 31 Mar, 2024

Location

Bonnevaux - On the Ground
86370 Marçay, France

Easter – the word’ easter’ – is about divine estrogen, the natural element that supports the human life process. It is the climax of the annual cycle of Christian sacred time. Human birth and growth – and all of nature – is cyclical drawing us into the mighty dance of death and resurrection. It is our preparation for the entering the cycle of divine being which is self-transcending, boundlessly expanding life. Entering the profound myth of Easter in friendship and a spirit of discipleship, awakens us to brighter and more crystal-clear reality. The story comes alive in us and teaches us each year unexpected things about ourselves and our destiny.

This retreat is both for the beginning and ongoing meditators. 

  • Speakers
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.

  • Schedule

This retreat will be led by Laurence Freeman and will follow a peaceful daily rhythm of prayer, movement, talks, silence, and rest.

There will be morning, midday, and evening meditation within a simple liturgy, contemplative Eucharist, talks by Laurence Freeman, yoga led by Giovanni Felicioni, and time for solitude in a beautiful natural setting.

ArrivalSaturday 23 March 2024, check-in: 13h30 – 15h30
DepartureSunday 31 March 2024, after lunch (15h00)
'I had a great feeling of the things that Father Laurence talks about, like the idea of the fruit of meditation, spaciousness, being less needy, leaving the self behind'​
Margaret McCarthy
Margaret McCarthy
Meditator, Ireland
  • Venue
  • Contribution
Single rooms 1120€
Shared / Twin rooms 720€

The prices reflect the need to achieve self sufficiency. Therefore if you’re able to give a little more we would be very grateful. Please, click here to donate.
If you need a concession please let us know. We do not turn anybody away for lack of resources. Please, click the email address  contact@bonnevauxabp.com to contact us.

  • Dietary Information

At Bonnevaux, we aim for healthy, well-rounded, and nutritious meals. Please indicate your meal preference (non-vegetarian, vegetarian) below within the registration process.

* Unfortunately, we cannot cater to specific intolerances and allergies — we do not have the team or facilities for this. Please also be aware that traces of allergens (e.g. nuts) may be found in the food at Bonnevaux.
* We are committed to balancing protein, carbohydrates, fats and fiber from organic meat, plant-based proteins, vegetables, un-processed carbs, grains, legumes and fruit.
* Gluten and Lactose intolerance: we cannot create individually tailored meals. Should the main course at lunch contain your intolerance, you can always choose from the vegetables on offer and rice (plus non-gluten bread). The salad and soup bar in the evening will offer you a variety to balance out and complement what you have eaten for breakfast and lunch.
* Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at: contact@bonnevauxabp.com.

  • Register

Cancellation

— 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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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.

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