Heaven in a Grain of Sand: The Universal and the Particular (led by Alan Wallace)

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How wisdom traditions can find themselves in each other – in English with French translation

During this week the renowned Buddhist teacher, Alan Wallace, will be a Bonnevaux Teacher-in-Residence. With Eva Natanya and Laurence Freeman, both Christian teachers, Alan Wallace will lead conversations on the way a dialogue between both mystical traditions can lead to the great unity to which our world aspires.

Start and stop times

The retreat starts on Friday 20 MARCH. Registration at 10:00. Meditation at 12:00 midday.
Final session ends at 16:00 on Sunday, 22 Mar.


Registration is still open for this retreat – accommodation is now limited to only “off-site independent booking”.When registering, please select the option for “off-site / independent booking and payment / no meals included”. Please note Retreatants are responsible for transportation to and from the Abbey.

We will have to keep 20% if the cancellation happens until one month before the beginning of the retreat and after this we will keep 50% for the administration charge.
The cancellation must be made by the person submitting the booking form and is communicated to us in writing or via email. Cancellation will take effect from the day that the written request is received by us. We strongly recommend that you have your own travel insurance to cover any loss or injury, and including cancellations.

Alan Wallace

Alan Wallace is a prominent voice in the emerging discussion between contemporary Buddhist thinkers and scientists who question the materialist presumptions of their 20th-century paradigms. He left his college studies in 1971 and moved to Dharamsala, India to study Tibetan Buddhism, medicine and language. He was ordained by H.H. the Dalai Lama, and over fourteen years as a monk he studied with and translated for several of the generation’s greatest lamas. In 1984 he resumed his Western education at Amherst College where he studied physics and the philosophy of science. He then applied that background to his PhD research at Stanford on the interface between Buddhism and Western science and philosophy. Since 1987 he has been a frequent translator and contributor to meetings between the Dalai Lama and prominent scientists, and he has written and translated more than 40 books. Along with his scholarly work, Alan is regarded as one of the West’s preeminent meditation teachers and retreat guides. He is the founder and director of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies and is the motivating force behind the development of the Center for Contemplative Research in Tuscany, Italy.

Eva Natanya

Eva Natanya is a scholar of Christian systematic theology and Tibetan Buddhism, with long-term experience in interreligious dialogue worldwide. She is an academic lecturer, writer, translator, retreat leader, and teacher of meditation. Her website is: www.evanatanya.com

Laurence Freeman

Fr Laurence is a Benedictine monk of the Monastery of S. Maria del Pilastrello, Lendinara, Italy, in the Benedictine Congregation of Monte Oliveto. He is Director of Bonnevaux and of The World Community for Christian Meditation.


Mar 20 - 22 2020


€130 (off-site accommodation, independent booking and payment - no meals included)
Alan Wallace


Alan Wallace

Other Leaders

Eva Natanya
Eva Natanya
Laurence Freeman
Laurence Freeman