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

During the continuing situation caused by COVID-19 Bonnevaux has to operate under certain restrictions regarding visitors and guests until May 15. We are accepting a few guests a month for a working retreat who are free to stay for a minimum of two weeks. If you wish to visit or come to stay during this time please contact the Abbaye here. We review the COVID situation twice a month and will update this message accordingly. Thank you.

Retreat Centre

Opening at the end of 2020 and 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)