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One in Mind One in Heart – A Meditation and Lifestyle Retreat for young Adults (Online)

Laurence Freeman

Leader

Laurence Freeman

Laurence Freeman is a monk of the Benedictine Congregation of Monte Oliveto. He is the Director of Bonnevaux and of The World Community for Christian Meditation.

Other Leaders

Giovanni Felicioni
Giovanni Felicioni

Giovanni (Bonnevaux Associate Director) has been a part of the WCCM since the beginning, being involved in its official foundation in 1991. He is an Oblate, a certified Advanced Rolfer™, a Rolf Movement™ practitioner and Yoga Teacher.

Tayna Malaspina
Tayna Malaspina

Taynã is a WCCM oblate and International Coordinator of Meditation for Young people. She started her work in the community with a meditation project with children. She graduated in Social Communication with a master’s degree in Social Psychology. Taynã is 38 years old and has two daughters (2 and 8 years old). Christian meditation was the path I found on my spiritual journey responsible for deepening my Christian faith through the experience of being with God in silence. Bonnevaux is an oasis of peace in a world marked by distractions. Living in the atmosphere of Bonnevaux allows us to look at our current lifestyle and "recalculate our route", seeking a better balance between action and contemplation. In this retreat, I will support the young people in mentoring moments and also in an activity about reflection on life and purpose (connection between mind and heart).

Geert Van Malderen
Geert Van Malderen

Geert Van Malderen is from Belgium, has 2 children and one grandchild. He loves hiking, biking, dancing, meditating and singing. He will learn us some new contemplative songs.

Emilia Bury
Emilia Bury

Emilia Bury christian meditator since 2021. Teacher in forest kindergarten, actress, dancer, singer Interested in nature and joyfull, simple lifestyle. She offers creative workshop to find a passion in movement, wake up creativity, connect with own body. The workshop is built on a few pillars: writing, dancing, contemplative walk.

Nick Scrimenti
Nick Scrimenti

Nick Scrimenti is currently a resident at Bonnevaux and manages Special Projects for the WCCM. He holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School (HDS), where he also earned a graduate certificate in Religious Studies & Education. At HDS, Nick specialized in comparative theology and the history and practice of contemplation across religious traditions. Nick's research on Fr. John Main's encounter with Swami Satyananda was awarded a place in the 2021 Stendahl Symposium for excellence in topics concerning conversations across religious boundaries. Nick is passionate about advancing an understanding of the role of religion in peacebuilding and public life. In his spare time, Nick is a freelance writer and an amateur photographer. He believes that photography and contemplation are mutually reinforcing practices, teaching us "ways of seeing" that have the power to transform our lives toward integration, peace, and unity. Enos Mantoani and Nick will be offering a workshop on Contemplative Photography for our retreatants. We will have a conversation about what "contemplative photography" is, an exercise on how to shoot contemplatively, as well as instruction on how to view photography using the tradition of visio divina. On-the-ground retreatants will get a chance to practice the art of photography on the picturesque grounds of Bonnevaux. If you have a camera, please bring it, but any smartphone with a camera will work just fine! They will offer the Contemplative Photography workshop for both online and in-person retreatants.

Enos Mantoani
Enos Mantoani

Enos Mantoani is an Italian meditator, born in 1980. He's currently the National coordinator for Italy and an oblate novice of the community. He's developing a project on Contemplative photography and meditation within the WCCM's Teacher Leader Programme 2021/2022. His passion for photography started at the same time of his encounter with our community and the practice of meditation. Nick Scrimenti and Enos are going to offer some reflections and some exercises designed to nurture a contemplative view of the world that surrounds us. This can be reflected in producing or viewing images in a different way from the one we are nowadays used to. "I am really happy to help develop these sessions because I was part of the first Young Adults Retreat held in Bonnevaux in 2019. That retreat was of extreme importance for my spiritual growth and deepened my bond with the community."

Anja T'Kindt
Anja T'Kindt

Anja T'Kindt, 45 years old, lives in Belgium. She has worked with people with learning disabilities in L'Arche for more than 20 years. "These people have taught me to live on the level of the heart, meditation is just the next step. I spread the gift of meditation to everyone with workshops in care-centers, schools, business,...", says Anja. In her workshop she will help you to express what's living in your heart through coloring, painting and pasting. We learn to let go of our judgment of ourselves and enjoy the creative process in itself. NO prior artistic knowledge is a plus.

Unified Consciousness: One Mind One heart is WCCM’s theme for 2022. This retreat will bring younger people together from around the world to reflect on the meaning of the oneness for themselves and for the planet.

Date

Jul 27 2022 - Aug 03 2022

Location

Online

Conducted via Zoom or live-stream.

Unified Consciousness: One Mind One heart is WCCM’s theme for 2022. This retreat will bring younger people together from around the world to reflect on the meaning of the oneness for themselves and for the planet. It will help us to emerge from the isolation and fear of Covid into a new engagement with reality and potential.

The experience of unity among the participants enjoying their diversity will be an important part of the week’s experience. Just as peace needs to be found within us before we can live peacefully in our personal lives and bring it to he world, so the spring of inner joy needs to be unblocked and set to flow. The daily schedule will focus on allowing this to happen freely.

  • Meditation is a universal wisdom and practice which Bonnevaux teaches from the Christian tradition. Participants will share regular times of meditation within the rhythm of the life of the Bonnevaux community. People new to the practice as well as regular meditators will all find something to help them learn and grow more
  • There will be opportunity to learn or re-learn the art of reading wisdom texts from various traditions. This can then become a valuable resource in later life as inter-religious dialogue becomes something we experience interiorly.
  • A good relationship with the body and sexuality is essential to human harmony. With yoga, bodywork, help with posture and getting your hands dirty in the garden, the retreat will show how to balance the physical with the spiritual and the intellectual and emotional aspects of experience.
  • Sharing comfortably in an atmosphere of trust and without pressure is also conducive to oneness. We can share as we feel comfortable about such things as life-work balance, making choices, overcoming addictive behaviour finding a partner, taking risks, healing from trauma and discovering how to be a friend

In this retreat, we will reflect experientially on the theme of unified consciousness from a personal and global. We will explore an important question for our world at this moment: Does meditation make a difference? How does personal transformation lead to global change? Climate change, Covid and now the tragedy of Ukraine show us – painfully – that we are one family, interdependent and reliant on each other in mind, body and heart. How can meditate make this experience of unity joyful and hopeful?

The WCCM Young Adults retreat is intended to grow a new generation of contemplatives, living in and working for a better world, making fulfilling relationships, finding how solitude and community go together in a healthy life.

THIS EVENT IS HELD ONLINE – CEST TIME ZONE

Wednesday, 27 July

19:45                                       Welcome and Orientation

 

Thursday, 28 July

12:15                                       Midday Prayer and Meditation

15:30 – 16:30                      Talk by Laurence Freeman 
                 

Friday, 29 July

12:15                                      Midday Prayer and Meditation

15:30 – 16:30                      Talk by Laurence Freeman

Saturday, 30 July

12:15                                      Midday Prayer and Meditation

15:30 – 16:30                      Talk by Laurence Freeman

20:00                                      Satsang & singing time

Sunday, 31 July

12:00                                      Contemplative Eucharist live from Bonnevaux

Monday, 1 August

12:15                                      Midday Prayer and Meditation

15:30 – 16:30                      Talk by Laurence Freeman

Tuesday, 2 August

12:15                                       Midday Prayer and Meditation

15:30 – 16:30                      Talk by Laurence Freeman

20:00                                      Satsang & singing time

Wednesday, 3 August

10:45 – 11:45                      Talk by Laurence Freeman

12:15                                      Midday Prayer and Meditation

ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO AT YOUR OWN PACE:

Yoga (recorded sessions)

Creative Space + Personal Meditation in Nature

Personal one to one with a mentor

This event is held online.  Registrations give 1 year access to recordings. 

Contribution  is £25 (concession price £20).

The prices reflect the need to achieve self sufficiency. Therefore if you’re able to give a little more we would be very grateful. If you need a concession please let us know. We do not turn anybody away for lack of resource. 

On-the-Ground at Bonnevaux

You can experience this retreat in person and enjoy the benefits of all Bonnevaux can offer. Click  on the button below to find out more.

How to Create Your Own Retreat

This online retreat is designed to be flexible around your daily life and time zone. Please visit here where we provide support on creating a rhythm and structure to your retreat: how much silence you would like, meditation times, reading of sacred texts, practicing yoga and more, plus other suggestions to help you embody the retreat and stay off-line as much as possible. 

Registration

Laurence Freeman

Leader

Laurence Freeman

Laurence Freeman is a monk of the Benedictine Congregation of Monte Oliveto. He is the Director of Bonnevaux and of The World Community for Christian Meditation.

Other Leaders

Giovanni Felicioni
Giovanni Felicioni

Giovanni (Bonnevaux Associate Director) has been a part of the WCCM since the beginning, being involved in its official foundation in 1991. He is an Oblate, a certified Advanced Rolfer™, a Rolf Movement™ practitioner and Yoga Teacher.

Tayna Malaspina
Tayna Malaspina

Taynã is a WCCM oblate and International Coordinator of Meditation for Young people. She started her work in the community with a meditation project with children. She graduated in Social Communication with a master’s degree in Social Psychology. Taynã is 38 years old and has two daughters (2 and 8 years old). Christian meditation was the path I found on my spiritual journey responsible for deepening my Christian faith through the experience of being with God in silence. Bonnevaux is an oasis of peace in a world marked by distractions. Living in the atmosphere of Bonnevaux allows us to look at our current lifestyle and "recalculate our route", seeking a better balance between action and contemplation. In this retreat, I will support the young people in mentoring moments and also in an activity about reflection on life and purpose (connection between mind and heart).

Geert Van Malderen
Geert Van Malderen

Geert Van Malderen is from Belgium, has 2 children and one grandchild. He loves hiking, biking, dancing, meditating and singing. He will learn us some new contemplative songs.

Emilia Bury
Emilia Bury

Emilia Bury christian meditator since 2021. Teacher in forest kindergarten, actress, dancer, singer Interested in nature and joyfull, simple lifestyle. She offers creative workshop to find a passion in movement, wake up creativity, connect with own body. The workshop is built on a few pillars: writing, dancing, contemplative walk.

Nick Scrimenti
Nick Scrimenti

Nick Scrimenti is currently a resident at Bonnevaux and manages Special Projects for the WCCM. He holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School (HDS), where he also earned a graduate certificate in Religious Studies & Education. At HDS, Nick specialized in comparative theology and the history and practice of contemplation across religious traditions. Nick's research on Fr. John Main's encounter with Swami Satyananda was awarded a place in the 2021 Stendahl Symposium for excellence in topics concerning conversations across religious boundaries. Nick is passionate about advancing an understanding of the role of religion in peacebuilding and public life. In his spare time, Nick is a freelance writer and an amateur photographer. He believes that photography and contemplation are mutually reinforcing practices, teaching us "ways of seeing" that have the power to transform our lives toward integration, peace, and unity. Enos Mantoani and Nick will be offering a workshop on Contemplative Photography for our retreatants. We will have a conversation about what "contemplative photography" is, an exercise on how to shoot contemplatively, as well as instruction on how to view photography using the tradition of visio divina. On-the-ground retreatants will get a chance to practice the art of photography on the picturesque grounds of Bonnevaux. If you have a camera, please bring it, but any smartphone with a camera will work just fine! They will offer the Contemplative Photography workshop for both online and in-person retreatants.

Enos Mantoani
Enos Mantoani

Enos Mantoani is an Italian meditator, born in 1980. He's currently the National coordinator for Italy and an oblate novice of the community. He's developing a project on Contemplative photography and meditation within the WCCM's Teacher Leader Programme 2021/2022. His passion for photography started at the same time of his encounter with our community and the practice of meditation. Nick Scrimenti and Enos are going to offer some reflections and some exercises designed to nurture a contemplative view of the world that surrounds us. This can be reflected in producing or viewing images in a different way from the one we are nowadays used to. "I am really happy to help develop these sessions because I was part of the first Young Adults Retreat held in Bonnevaux in 2019. That retreat was of extreme importance for my spiritual growth and deepened my bond with the community."

Anja T'Kindt
Anja T'Kindt

Anja T'Kindt, 45 years old, lives in Belgium. She has worked with people with learning disabilities in L'Arche for more than 20 years. "These people have taught me to live on the level of the heart, meditation is just the next step. I spread the gift of meditation to everyone with workshops in care-centers, schools, business,...", says Anja. In her workshop she will help you to express what's living in your heart through coloring, painting and pasting. We learn to let go of our judgment of ourselves and enjoy the creative process in itself. NO prior artistic knowledge is a plus.

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