Retreat Center

‘‘It is the white space between the words on a page that makes it readable. Without periods of silence and non-action, our words and our deeds jumble up into meaningless spirals of stress. We need a web of silence spread around the world just as extensively as the web of technology.

– Laurence Freeman, OSB

Notice COVID-19

Guests and Visitors to Bonnevaux

In accordance with official guidance from the French government (and Dr Barry White who has been advising us on Covid), vaccination is not required to visit/stay at Bonnevaux.In order to ensure the safety of everyone, we request a negative antigen test (home test is fine) immediately before traveling to Bonnevaux and again on day 2 of your stay. 



Retreat Centre

Accommodating up to 39 guests.

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Conference Centre

The multipurpose Meditatio Conference Centre has a capacity of 200.

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The Land

The land is home to over 20 different habitats, some of which have heritage value. We consider ourselves to be stewards of this fertile place.

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A Contemplative Community

Bonnevaux is the international meditation and retreat centre of The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM). A residential community lives in the spirit of the Rule of St Benedict together with volunteers from many parts of the world. Bonnevaux fosters global peace and unity among all traditions through dialogue, silence and friendship.

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“I fully congratulate the World Community for embarking on the project of this new center for its whole community and for all who are seeking depth and peace. It is a truly beautiful place and I am sure it will communicate the beauty of the peace of contemplation.”

RICHARD ROHR OFM (Founder of Center for Action and Contemplation)