Welcome to Bonnevaux - Centre for Peace

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Welcome to Bonnevaux

Centre for Peace, International Meditation Retreat Centre of the WCCM

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BONNEVAUX CENTRE FOR PEACE

Why Is Bonnevaux Coming To Be The Journey So Far

The Journey Ahead

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65 hectares of woods, fields & pasture

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Abbaye de Bonnevaux

800 Years dedicated to ‘peace as our quest and aim’ (Rule of St Benedict 6 th century)

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At first sight it felt clear that this peaceful and beautiful place should be the international home of the WCCM as a centre where friendship across all differences and divisions could flourish, locally and globally.

[Above] Church and the monastry of Bonnevaux. Abbey plan of Bonnevaux in 1824. Church, Cloister, and the Convent Buildings L'église et le monastère de Bonnevaux. Plan de l'abbaye de Bonnevaux en 1824. L'église, le cloître et les bâtiments conventuels [Below] Restes du Cloître de l’ancienne abbaye

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B O N N E VA U X | H I S TO R I C A L PA L I M P S E S T

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From day one, it was clear, that this place would become The Bonnevaux Meditation Retreat, the future home of the WCCM and a place to promote peace on many levels: from the internal and local to the global and geo-political.

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POITIERS The site is located twenty minutes by car from Poitiers-Biard International Airport, with flights to the British Isles. The TGV train from Poitiers station takes 90-minutes to Paris, which can also be reached via the A10 motorway in 3 hours.

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L O C AT I O N

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18 May 2016: The First Visit (L-R: Ng Kok Song, Angelene Chan, F Laurence) © DP Architects Pte. Ltd, All rights reserved.


“As a community it will be an active working symbol of the underlying unity of humanity in a world of diverse faiths and cultures. Meditation, the universal human spiritual tradition, is both the way of silence and the way of deep community, communion with ourselves and others, with the terrestrial environment, with the universe and with God." -Laurence Freeman

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A Place to Recover Hope

That is the conviction we must come to in our meditation, that the darkness cannot quench the light -John Main © DP Architects Pte. Ltd, All rights reserved.


Father Laurence once compared architecture to meditation. He said: “The architect puts order into ideas and makes them part of a whole. In the same way, meditation is that kind of architecture of the mind and architecture of the spirit that keeps order within ourselves. It gives us a sense of design, that life isn't chaotic, that life can have a structure, a sense of design, or as John Main said, a sense of purpose.” In other words: Architecture puts the physical world in order, just as meditation puts our inner world in order.

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BONNEVAUX CENTRE FOR PEACE

Why Is Bonnevaux Coming To Be The Journey So Far

The Journey Ahead

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S TA B L E S : 1 2 2 0 m 2

ABBEY: 2180m2

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BARN: 340m2

OUT BUILDINGS: 620m2

NEW BUILDINGS: 375m2

CHAPEL

PROPOSED BUILDINGS

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ABBEY: 2180m2

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ABBEY & CLOISTER

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CHAPEL

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The Main Reception area, situated on the main site axis, is the first space arriving guests will be greeted: an area of calm, and warm welcome

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BARN: 340m2

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THE BARN C E N T R E F O R D I A L O G U E , L E A R N I N G A N D C E L E B R AT I O N

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Upper Level, Before

Lower Level, Before

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The Barn will be repurposed to become the central cerebrum of the campus. A place at the geographical centre, where the community will gather, listen and learn.

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OUT BUILDINGS: 620m2

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C O N T E M P L AT I V E V I L L A G E | U P C O M I N G

NEW BUILDINGS: 375m2

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RETREAT CENTRE

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HUNTING LODGE

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35m2

34m2

Ground Floor - Existing

First Floor - Existing

Ground Floor - Proposed

First Floor - Proposed

TOTAL FLOOR AREA: 69m2

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Ground Floor - Alternative with Extension

TOTAL FLOOR AREA: 91m2

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Contemplative Village BONNEVAUX CENTRE FOR PEACE

Why Is Bonnevaux Coming To Be The Journey So Far

The Journey Ahead

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800 years after the original Abbey was founded, in 2019 it became the international home of the WCCM’s ‘monastery without walls’. Accessible by rail, car and plane, Bonnevaux is a haven of natural beauty and peace. The spirit of the land heals the ravages of urban stress and helps to awaken one to life as a spiritual journey and to learn or to deepen one’s daily practice of meditation.

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800 years after the original Abbey was founded, in 2019 it became the international home of the WCCM’s ‘monastery without walls’. Accessible by rail, car and plane, Bonnevaux is a haven of natural beauty and peace. The spirit of the land heals the ravages of urban stress and helps to awaken one to life as a spiritual journey and to learn or to deepen one’s daily practice of meditation.

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Contemplative Village BONNEVAUX CENTRE FOR PEACE

The Journey Ahead

PERSONAL RETREAT CELLS & MEETING ROOM

GARDENS

Outstanding works to be completed in order to:

1. have sufficient rooms for a workable business model 2. transform Bonnevaux into an attractive destination for people – aesthetics & infrastructure required © DP Architects Pte. Ltd, All rights reserved.


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Storage

Meeting Space

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MEETING ROOM | FLOOR PLAN

DDA WC

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Contemplative Village BONNEVAUX CENTRE FOR PEACE

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PERSONAL RETREAT CELLS & MEETING ROOM

GARDENS

Work to be completed will ensure:

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A. ABBEY & CLOISTER

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“to serve as a place of peace & contemplation”

Low Curved Wall To Echo Of Footprint Of Former Abbey

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[ Left ] Proposed Plan of the Cloister

The Church and Monastery of Bonnevaux in the 1824 Plan

A1:The trees at the dining grove are symbolic of the pillars within the nave of the once existing abbey.

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[ Right ] Making History Visible

A low curved wall nestled under the existing trees echoes the footprint of the former abbey, an informal seating place where the community can gather. © DP Architects Pte. Ltd, All rights reserved.

PROPOSED PL AN | CLOISTER

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A Sacred Site

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T H E P R O P O S E D A B B E Y | C L O I S T E R , B E F O R E , 1 5 M AY 2 0 1 6

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B7. Open Courtyard

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B8. Garden 3 B9. Garden 4

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B10. Ruin Planters

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B11. Central Pathway B12. Garden 5

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B13. Entrance Courtyards B14. Garden 6

B15. Pigeonry Ruin B16. Bell Tower

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B4. Garden 1 B8. Garden 3

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B13.

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B3. Grove

B9. Garden B13. Entrance Courtyards

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B2.

B2. Sloping Lawn Amphitheatre

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B10. Ruin Planters B6. Garden 2

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B7.

B7. Open Courtyard

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B2. Sloping Lawn Amphitheatre B7. Open Courtyard

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