Daily Life

Daily Medidation & Prayer at Bonnevaux WCCM, Poitiers, France


The central house is home to a residential community living in the spirit of St. Benedict. Some long-term residents also live alongside the core community. Daily life is built on the spirit of silence within a 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.
Saturdays: 06h30, 07h20, 12h15, 17h00.
Sundays, Wednesdays and Feast Days: 07h00, 07h45, 12h15, 18h00.
Location: Barn



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 OSB

Director of WCCM and of Bonnevaux


Giovanni Felicioni

Associate Director of Bonnevaux


David Simpson, Bonnevaux WCCM

David Simpson

Estate Manager


Henriette Hollaar Bonnevaux WCCM

Henriette Hollaar

Liturgy and House Affairs


John Manson

Building Maintenance


Geert Van Malderen

Abbey Manager





Association de l’Abbaye de Bonnevaux

Jose Pype

ABP President


Sean Hagan



Bertrand Bouhour




Arnaud Callec

Environment Committee


Jacqueline Marquis

Volunteer Group


Pascale Callec Bonnevaux WCCM

Pascale Callec

Board Member and WCCM National Coordinator for France



The Abbaye

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. 

Visit the WCCM website