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

Retreat Centre

It opens April 2020 and has capacity for up to 39 guests.

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Conference Centre

The multipurpose Meditatio Conference Centre (to be completed in September) has a capacity for 200.

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The Land

The land has over 20 different habitats, some of which are of heritage value. The community see themselves as stewards of this fertile place. 

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Upcoming Retreats

Living Different: A Meditation Retreat for Young Adults

24-31 July 2019
Laurence Freeman

This retreat is designed for meditators between 20 and 40, trying to deal with an increasingly atomised and distracted world.

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Walking The Camino to Santiago de Compostela

31 July - 4 August

A retreat is an inner pilgrimage. In all traditions walking to a sacred place is a symbol of this - though in modern times we have largely lost the sense of physical pilgrimage and replaced it with tourism. Bonnevaux is right on the ancient Paris/Tours portion of one the most ancient Christian pilgrim walks - the Camino to Santiago de Compostela. So, after the retreat we will spend 3 to 4 days walking this Way. We plan to walk about…

Watercolor and Contemplation Workshop (Led by Tilde Carlson & Frédérique Saillard)

14 August - 18 August

WCCM New Nordic Watercolor workshop at l’Abbaye de Bonnevaux The purpose of the workshop is to deepen the ability to stay in the present moment during the meditation and during the painting sessions. The way to introduce the painting exercises is a liberating and playfull way of using the colors. It brings people closer to themselves as the meditation does.   Facilitators Tilde Louise Carlsen, a danish watercolor painter will introduce the painting and the bodywork will be led by…

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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 serves 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)