The central house is home to a residential community living in the spirit of the Rule of St. Benedict. The core community includes oblates, other residents and long-term guests. Its daily round, built on the monastic rhythm of prayer, work and study, hospitality and care for others, is the quiet pulsebeat of life at Bonnevaux.
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. The 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 of the centre.
Meditation Times: 06h30, 07h20, 12h15, 18h00, 20h30.
John Main OSB
John Main OSB (1926-1982) was a major spiritual figure of the XX Century. Important for his recovery 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 World Community itself witness to this insight in their life
Laurence Freeman OSBDirector of WCCM and of Bonnevaux
David SimpsonFrom UK
Henriette HollaarFrom Holland
Andrew McAlisterFrom Australia
Susanne BlaserFrom Switzerland
Giovanni FelicioniAssociate Director, from UK
Catherine CharrièreFrom Switzerland, Programme Manager
Sébastien BrissetteFrom Canada
Mary KatherineFrom USA
Andres PerezFrom Colombia
Sandrine VinayFrom France
Marie DominiqueFrom France
Fréderique SaillardFrom France
Philippe SaillardFrom France
Pascale CallecFrom France
Rebecca BrewinFrom Uk
Arnaud CallecFrom France
Jacqueline MarquisFrom France
Jean-Claude MarquisFrom France
This 12th century former Benedictine Monastery will serve as the Main House for the Bonnevaux community.Learn more
You can come to Bonnevaux as a volunteer. Sharing in the community life of prayer, work and study, you can contribute your talents on the land, in the kitchen, helping with hospitality or administration. The volunteer programme is shaped both for those new to meditation and those wishing to deepen their practice.
The Community Online
Find online courses in the School of Meditation, online meditation groups and regular readings to support your daily meditation.