Daily Life

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.
Local: Chapel


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

Core Community

Laurence Freeman, OSB, director of WCCM and of Bonnevaux/directeur de la communauté mondiale et de Bonnevaux

Laurence Freeman OSB

From UK/Du Royaume-Uni, Manager of the Abbaye/Intendant

Andrew Cresswell

From UK/Du Royaume-Uni

Delyth Creswell

From UK/Du Royaume-Uni

David Simpson

From Holland/De Hollande

Henriette Hollaar

From Switzerland/De la Suisse

Susanne Blaser

Associate Director, from UK/ Directeur associé, Du Royaume-Uni

Giovanni Felicioni

From Switzerland/De la suisse, Programme Manager/Gestionnaire de programme

Catherine Charrière

From USA/Depuis les Etats unis

Mary Katherine

From Brazil/Du Brésil

Carlos Siqueira

Extended Community

From France/De France

Sandrine Vinay

From France/De France

Marie Dominique

From France/De France

Fréderique Saillard

From France/De France

Philippe Saillard

From France/De France

Pascale Callec

From UK/Du Royaume-Uni

Rebecca Brewin

From France/De France

Arnaud Callec

From France/De France

Jacqueline Marquis

From France/De France

Jean-Claude Marquis

The Abbaye

This 12th century former Benedictine Monastery will serve as the Main House for the Bonnevaux community.

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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. 

Visit the Online School