Save The Date – Events for WCCM and Bonnevaux in 2023

Mark your calendar for our events in 2023.


01 Jan, 2023 - 31 Dec, 2023

Please keep your eye on our websites. We will be posting webpages with more information on these events in the coming months.

4 – 12 FebruaryTransformed by Silence” – Intensive Silent Meditation Retreat
with Laurence Freeman
20 – 26 FebruaryPlanting & Practice Retreat
Come and plant trees and hedging and meditate with us at Bonnevaux
BonnevauxFree, donate if you wish
22 FebruaryAsh Wednesday Contemplative
with Eucharist Laurence Freeman
1 – 5 March“The Wisdom of the Desert: Freedom to Change” – Lent Retreat
with Laurence Freeman
7 – 12 MarchA Benedictine Wisdom School
with Cynthia Bourgeault
Bonnevaux400€ – 500€
1 – 9 April“The Mystery of Easter is Being Remade”Holy Week Retreat
with Laurence Freeman
Bonnevaux640€ – 800€
2 – 7 May“Risking Delight” Retreat
with Sarah Bachelard
Bonnevaux400€ – 500€
6 – 11 June“Radical Regeneration: Christ Consciousness and Sacred Activism” Retreat
with Andrew Harvey
Bonnevaux400€ – 500€
1 – 2 August“Stability and Plasticity: Embracing Life’s Changes” – Young Adult RetreatBonnevauxtbc
6 – 11 NovemberDeveloping a Well-tempered Practice – Yoga & Meditation Retreat
with Giovanni Felicioni
Bonnevaux400€ – 500€
14 – 19 November

“Good Measure, Pressed Down And Overflowing:

How Contemplation Shapes Our Action” Retreat

with Rowan Williams

Bonnevaux400€ – 500€
5 – 10 December“Waiting for Change, Waiting for Transformation” –  Advent Retreat
with Laurence Freeman
Bonnevaux400€ – 500€
24 DecemberChristmas Eve Vigil
with Laurence Freeman
25 DecemberChristmas Day Contemplative
with Eucharist Laurence Freeman
Date Event Location Contribution
20 – 26 February Planting & Practice Retreat Come and plant trees and hedging and meditate with us at Bonnevaux Bonnevaux Free, donate if you wish
6 – 11 November Developing a Well-tempered Practice Yoga & Meditation Retreat with Giovanni Felicioni Bonnevaux 400€ – 500€
  • Schedule
Arrivalbetween 14:00 and 17:00
Departureafter lunch

You are welcome to stay at Bonnevaux before and / or after a retreat.
Please do not book any travel until registration for your event has opened and you place is confirmed.

All our on-the-ground events take place at Bonnevaux and offer 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.

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  • Andrew Harvey
    Andrew Harvey

    Andrew Harvey is an internationally renowned religious scholar, writer, teacher, and the author of more than 40 books, including the critically acclaimed The Hope; Son of Man, and Savage Grace with Carolyn Baker. Born in south India in 1952, Harvey has devoted much of his life to studying the world’s mystical traditions, including intensive study of Hinduism, Buddhism and Sufi mysticism.

  • Cynthia Bourgeault
    Cynthia Bourgeault

    Cynthia Bourgeault is a modern day mystic, Episcopal priest, and theologian. For thirty years she worked closely with Fr. Thomas Keating as a student, editor, and colleague and has taught and written extensively on Centering Prayer. She is a core faculty member at the Center for Action and Contemplation and founding director of an international network of Wisdom Schools. In addition to her work on Centering Prayer, she is the author of numerous other books on the Christian Mystical and Wisdom tradition, including The Wisdom Jesus, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene, and her most recent, Eye of the Heart: A Spiritual Journey into the Imaginal Realm.

  • 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.

  • Laurence Freeman
    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.

  • Martin Laird
    Martin Laird

    Martin Laird, O.S.A., is an Augustinian friar, and Professor of Early Christian Studies at Villanova University. Laird is the author of three highly-regarded books on Christian contemplative spirituality: Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation, A Sunlit Absence: Silence, Awareness and Contemplation, and An Ocean of Light: Contemplation, Transformation and Liberation. He is also the author of an academic monograph, Gregory of Nyssa and the Grasp of Faith. He lectures widely through the United States, the United Kingdom and Ireland.His books are deeply grounded in the Christian tradition and yet are accessible guides to how silence integrates into prayer and everyday life.

  • Rowan Williams
    Rowan Williams

    Bishop Rowan Williams has recently retired as Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and before that was Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002 to 2012.  He has written widely on theology, spirituality and literature, and his most recent books include Candles in the Dark and (with Mary Zournazi) Justice and Love: A Philosophical Dialogue.  He has a long history of engagement with WCCM.

  • Sarah Bachelard
    Sarah Bachelard

    Sarah Bachelard is a theologian, retreat leader and founder of Benedictus Contemplative Church, based in Canberra, Australia. Sarah gave the 2019 John Main Seminar on the theme ‘A Contemplative Christianity for our Time’, and her books include Experiencing God in a Time of Crisis, and Poetica Divina: Poems to Redeem a Prose World. She loves to discern connections between the wisdom of tradition, contemplative practice and our lived experience.

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