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. 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.
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