How your donation helps to realize and support Bonnevaux.
Bonnevaux – the international centre of the WCCM – was born in vision and grows with the generosity of many individuals and groups around the world. Thanks to the sharing of time and talents and an ongoing flow of large and small donations, we were able to purchase this beautiful place which was a Benedictine monastery from the early 12th century, to settle here and to start the programme of events and hospitality.
The major renovation of the buildings is in the hands of DP Architects of Singapore who give all their professional services freely. Their brilliant work has already received acclaim from their profession.
Bonnevaux is strong with the energy of peace, which is why it is developing as a global centre for peace. A resident community provides the stable spiritual heart for the daily rhythm of prayer, work and study as well as hospitality for guests and seekers of all kinds. During this time of the pandemic we are also going outwards with a wide range of online retreats, conferences and courses.
Our immediate need is for your financial support to complete the Retreat Centre by the middle of 2021. Please see the vision described below. Then, if you feel you can support it and help us to keep on schedule, any level of donation will be warmly welcome and certainly will make you part of the Bonnevaux journey with us. Thank you. Peace.
–Laurence Freeman OSB
See the Retreat and Conference Centre next phases:
The Retreat Centre
We need your help now to raise funds 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 was 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.