The Abbaye is home to a residential community living in the spirit of the Rule of St. Benedict.
The central house is home to a residential community living in the spirit of St. Benedict. This core community includes oblates and long-term guests. Daily life is built on the spirit of silence within the monastic rhythm of prayer, work and study, hospitality and care for others.
During the set times of prayer and meditation all other activities rest and move into silence. All are invited to share in the daily work of running the centre.
Meditation Times: 06h30, 07h20, 12h15, 18h00, 20h30.
Saturdays: 06h30, 07h20, 12h15, 17h00, 20h30.
Sundays and Feast Days: 07h30, 08h15, 12h15, 17h00, 20h30.
John Main OSB
John Main OSB (1926-1982) was a major spiritual figure of the twentieth century, known for his revival of meditation in the Christian tradition as part of the contemplative dimension of faith for all people. His simple and profound teaching recognise that meditation creates community. The Community at Bonnevaux and the wider World Community are witness to this insight.
Core Resident Community
Laurence Freeman OSBDirector of WCCM and of Bonnevaux
Giovanni FelicioniAssociate Director of Bonnevaux
Catherine CharrièreProgramme & Abbaye Manager
Mary KatherineGuest coordinator
David SimpsonEstate Manager
Henriette HollaarLiturgy and House Affairs
Association de l’Abbaye de Bonnevaux
Jean-Claude MarquisPresident of the Board
Yves ContentTreasurer, Board Member
Marie Dominique RenaudBoard Member
Arnaud CallecEnvironment Committee
Jacqueline MarquisVolunteer Group
Pascale CallecBoard Member and WCCM National Coordinator for France
This 12th century former Benedictine Monastery serves as the main house for the Bonnevaux community.Learn more
The Community Online
Find online courses in The School of Meditation, online meditation groups, and regular readings to support your daily meditation.