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Where has the joy gone? Reconnecting with our True Selves (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

Tayna Malaspina
Tayna Malaspina

Taynã is a WCCM oblate and International Director 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. Postgraduate degree in Positive Psychology: Science of Well-being and Self-Realization (PUC-RS) . Certification in Neuroscience and Well-being Science (PUC-RS) . Postgraduate degree in Spirituality and Consciousness Studies (PUC-RS). Taynã is 39 years old and has two daughters (4 and 9 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.

Patricio Lynch Pueyrredon
Patricio Lynch Pueyrredon

Originally from Argentina, Father Patricio is currently the pastoral advisor of Amigos de Jesús, a Home for Children in Honduras. He is a missionary priest, living part of the year in rural areas of the Honduran West, and the rest of the year in the US spreading the word about Amigos de Jesus and contemplative prayer according to the teachings of the WCCM. Father Patricio also conducts weekend retreats and days of recollection for various groups including local parishes, women’s groups, and Latin-American communities in the US. Father Patricio is part of the Latin American pastoral team of the WCCM and travels around Latin America giving talks and retreats related to contemplative prayer.

Giovanni Felicioni
Giovanni Felicioni

Giovanni Felicioni is the Associate Director of Bonnevaux Centre for Peace, the international home of the WCCM. He has been involved with the WCCM since its inception, serves on its Guiding Board and is a Benedictine Oblate. Before his role at Bonnevaux, Giovanni’s professional career spanned 30 years as a bodyworker, movement instructor and therapist in London and Europe. He studied yoga with visionary and pioneer Mary Stewart (Vanda Scaravelli) and regularly taught on her London-based Yoga Teacher Training. He is a certified Advanced RolferR, a Rolf Movement™ practitioner and has served on the faculty of the Rolf Institute since 2000. Giovanni taught for Independent Dance, founded in London by Siobhan Davies, Gill Clarke and Fiona Milward. He taught the Masters in Creative Practice at Trinity Laban, run by Independent Dance and Siobhan Davies Dance. He was also a contributor at the PAL, Movement and Meaning laboratories, founded by Gill Clark and Susan Benn. In 2012 He founded the British Academy of Rolfing in London. Most importantly, these 30 years of personal research into the relationship between touch, movement, awareness and contemplation led him to over two decades of study with movement scientist Hubert Godard during Hubert's development of Tonic Function Theory.

We live in a time when depression, anxiety and other emotional dysfunctions are on the rise. It seems that modern sources of meaning and happiness are not enough to satisfy a deeper thirst.

Date

Jul 30 2024 - Aug 04 2024

Location

Online

Conducted via Zoom or live-stream.

We live in a time when depression, anxiety and other emotional dysfunctions are on the rise. It seems that modern sources of meaning and happiness are not enough to satisfy a deeper thirst.

Many people live in superficiality and this makes them feel an existential emptiness and a lack of meaning. Joy seems to be getting further and further away.

The negative consequences of this spiritual atrophy we experience in modern times are fanaticism, polarization, consumerism, existential emptiness, intolerance and a loss of will to live. But the Spirit lives within us and meditation is one of the ways to reconnect with the Spirit.

Meditation as a pilgrimage to the center of our being where the Spirit of God dwells. Laurence Freeman explores meditation as a spiritual journey, away from self and beyond self, into the infinity of God. It is a journey towards divinization, towards enlightenment. Enlightenment is a spiritual process that happens in time and through time, and cannot be advanced by any technique. The only requirement for the journey is commitment and faith.

In times of crisis, the rescue of spirituality becomes a balm towards true joy. 

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.

  • Schedule

(French time)  ⏰  => You can convert to your time zone here

Thursday, 1 AugustFriday, 2 August

Tuesday, 30 July
19:45Welcome and introduction
Wednesday, 31 July
12:15Midday Prayer and Meditation
16:00Talk by Laurence Freeman
17:30Satsang
18:00Evening Prayer and Meditation
12:15Midday Prayer and Meditation
16:00Talk by Patricio Lynch
17:30Satsang
18:00Evening Prayer and Meditation
12:15Midday Prayer and Meditation
16:00Talk by Tayna Malaspina
18:00Evening Prayer and Meditation
Saturday, 3 August
11:00Conversation Circle
12:15Midday Prayer and Meditation
16:00Talk by Laurence Freeman
17:30Satsang
18:00Evening Prayer and Meditation
Sunday, 4 August
10:00Final Session and Q&A
12:00 – 13:30Contemplative Eucharist
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

Tayna Malaspina
Tayna Malaspina

Taynã is a WCCM oblate and International Director 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. Postgraduate degree in Positive Psychology: Science of Well-being and Self-Realization (PUC-RS) . Certification in Neuroscience and Well-being Science (PUC-RS) . Postgraduate degree in Spirituality and Consciousness Studies (PUC-RS). Taynã is 39 years old and has two daughters (4 and 9 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.

Patricio Lynch Pueyrredon
Patricio Lynch Pueyrredon

Originally from Argentina, Father Patricio is currently the pastoral advisor of Amigos de Jesús, a Home for Children in Honduras. He is a missionary priest, living part of the year in rural areas of the Honduran West, and the rest of the year in the US spreading the word about Amigos de Jesus and contemplative prayer according to the teachings of the WCCM. Father Patricio also conducts weekend retreats and days of recollection for various groups including local parishes, women’s groups, and Latin-American communities in the US. Father Patricio is part of the Latin American pastoral team of the WCCM and travels around Latin America giving talks and retreats related to contemplative prayer.

Giovanni Felicioni
Giovanni Felicioni

Giovanni Felicioni is the Associate Director of Bonnevaux Centre for Peace, the international home of the WCCM. He has been involved with the WCCM since its inception, serves on its Guiding Board and is a Benedictine Oblate. Before his role at Bonnevaux, Giovanni’s professional career spanned 30 years as a bodyworker, movement instructor and therapist in London and Europe. He studied yoga with visionary and pioneer Mary Stewart (Vanda Scaravelli) and regularly taught on her London-based Yoga Teacher Training. He is a certified Advanced RolferR, a Rolf Movement™ practitioner and has served on the faculty of the Rolf Institute since 2000. Giovanni taught for Independent Dance, founded in London by Siobhan Davies, Gill Clarke and Fiona Milward. He taught the Masters in Creative Practice at Trinity Laban, run by Independent Dance and Siobhan Davies Dance. He was also a contributor at the PAL, Movement and Meaning laboratories, founded by Gill Clark and Susan Benn. In 2012 He founded the British Academy of Rolfing in London. Most importantly, these 30 years of personal research into the relationship between touch, movement, awareness and contemplation led him to over two decades of study with movement scientist Hubert Godard during Hubert's development of Tonic Function Theory.

  • Contribution

This event is held online. You will have unlimited access to the 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.
Please, click here to donate.

We do not turn anybody away for lack of resource.
Please, click the email address <support@wccm.org> to contact us if you need further financial assistance to join this event.

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.
Please, click here to donate.

We do not turn anybody away for lack of resource.
Please, click the email address <support@wccm.org> to contact us if you need further financial assistance to join this event.

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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

Tayna Malaspina
Tayna Malaspina

Taynã is a WCCM oblate and International Director 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. Postgraduate degree in Positive Psychology: Science of Well-being and Self-Realization (PUC-RS) . Certification in Neuroscience and Well-being Science (PUC-RS) . Postgraduate degree in Spirituality and Consciousness Studies (PUC-RS). Taynã is 39 years old and has two daughters (4 and 9 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.

Patricio Lynch Pueyrredon
Patricio Lynch Pueyrredon

Originally from Argentina, Father Patricio is currently the pastoral advisor of Amigos de Jesús, a Home for Children in Honduras. He is a missionary priest, living part of the year in rural areas of the Honduran West, and the rest of the year in the US spreading the word about Amigos de Jesus and contemplative prayer according to the teachings of the WCCM. Father Patricio also conducts weekend retreats and days of recollection for various groups including local parishes, women’s groups, and Latin-American communities in the US. Father Patricio is part of the Latin American pastoral team of the WCCM and travels around Latin America giving talks and retreats related to contemplative prayer.

Giovanni Felicioni
Giovanni Felicioni

Giovanni Felicioni is the Associate Director of Bonnevaux Centre for Peace, the international home of the WCCM. He has been involved with the WCCM since its inception, serves on its Guiding Board and is a Benedictine Oblate. Before his role at Bonnevaux, Giovanni’s professional career spanned 30 years as a bodyworker, movement instructor and therapist in London and Europe. He studied yoga with visionary and pioneer Mary Stewart (Vanda Scaravelli) and regularly taught on her London-based Yoga Teacher Training. He is a certified Advanced RolferR, a Rolf Movement™ practitioner and has served on the faculty of the Rolf Institute since 2000. Giovanni taught for Independent Dance, founded in London by Siobhan Davies, Gill Clarke and Fiona Milward. He taught the Masters in Creative Practice at Trinity Laban, run by Independent Dance and Siobhan Davies Dance. He was also a contributor at the PAL, Movement and Meaning laboratories, founded by Gill Clark and Susan Benn. In 2012 He founded the British Academy of Rolfing in London. Most importantly, these 30 years of personal research into the relationship between touch, movement, awareness and contemplation led him to over two decades of study with movement scientist Hubert Godard during Hubert's development of Tonic Function Theory.

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