How your donation helps to realize and support Bonnevaux.
Thanks to the amazing generosity of large and small donations from around the world, we have been able to purchase Bonnevaux and almost complete the first phase of its renovation. The resident community moved into the Abbaye at Easter 2019. Our immediate need is for your financial support to complete the Retreat Centre by July 2020.
See the Retreat and Conference Centre next phases:
The Retreat Centre
We need your help now to raise 3 million euros for the conversion of the stables as our retreat centre with accommodation for up to 39 retreatants. The retreat centre will be of simple design and environmentally responsible. It will include ensuite rooms, bookshop, guest sitting room and dining facilities. You may make a single donation or a regular monthly contribution.
The Conference Centre
The former barn is being converted into a multipurpose conference centre with a capacity for 200. This striking space will be used for major speakers, workshops, bodywork session, concerts.
Gatehouse, Hunting Lodge and Camping Barn
Funding is being raised for these out-buildings which will be used for simple accommodation for younger visiting groups.
The beauty and peace of Bonnevaux´s 65 hectares (160 acres) reflects the contemplative life lived there from its foundation as a Benedictine monastery in 1119 until the French revolution. The land has over 20 different habitats, some of which are of heritage value. The community see themselves as stewards of this fertile place.
Ideas for the future
With the completion of the retreat centre the conference centre, the Abbaye and the out-buildings we will be equipped to develop the vision of Bonnevaux for the next generation. Ideas for future projects are being considered and welcomed. These include a number of hermitages in the woods, additional accommodation for long-term retreats and a Courtyard of Workshops.