About us

What is Benediktushof about?

  • Cross-denominational spirituality
    Meditation and mindfulness are not dependent on culture or religion. This is what we practice at Benediktushof, which does not stand for a singular world view, we are all about more aliveness. There are no requirements or limitations for a visit, Benediktushof is open to everyone who is interested in contemplation, Zen-meditation or mindfulness.
  • Benediktushof used to be a Benedictine monastery from the 8th century. The charm of that time is still preserved: a long-standing place of power and silence, an intense atmosphere. Historic and modern buildings stand side by side, the outside residence with Zen-garden and a labyrinth of grass clear the mind through their simple aesthetic.
  • Wide spread offers
    The offers and courses are dedicated to Eastern and Western meditation practices, Zen and contemplation, as well as many modern mindfulness practices, such as MBSR. Additionally, we offer yoga courses and courses on leadership skills, creativity, health, and self-experience, as well as spiritual paths of every world religion.
  • Openness
    Benediktushof is open for everybody, 365 days of the year. Every guest is welcome! Spiritual advisers from contemplation and Zen lines are present and personally available. Outside of courses there are daily meditations that can be attended by everyone, whether they are new to meditation, intermediate or experienced practitioners.
  • Meeting likeminded people
    A well sorted bookshop with complementary café, a farm store with products that are made at Benediktushof and in the local region and Bistro Troand give room for staying a while and meeting other people. Shared features of all events are the technical and personal competence of course leaders and advisors.

In repentance and rest is your salvation.“

Isaiah 30:15

Then – a center of monastery life

The history of the former monastery complex

Like the name suggests, Benediktushof used to be a Benedictine monastery. It was founded in the 8th century. Monks were clearing the forest, built a monastery, laying fields, gardens, and vineyards. The workers were embedded in a spiritual life, celebrating church services and praying at set times. They also cared for their fellow human beings. The monks helped the poor and the sick, founded schools and promoted science and art.

In the beginning of the 12th century the monastery had its heyday, but no more than 200 years later, at the end of the 13th century, its decay began. In an attack multiple buildings burned down, leading to the monks living scattered in the surrounding area.

Like the name suggests, Benediktushof used to be a Benedictine monastery. It was founded in the 8th century. Monks were clearing the forest, built a monastery, laying fields, gardens, and vineyards. The workers were embedded in a spiritual life, celebrating church services and praying at set times. They also cared for their fellow human beings. The monks helped the poor and the sick, founded schools and promoted science and art.

In the beginning of the 12th century the monastery had its heyday, but no more than 200 years later, at the end of the 13th century, its decay began. In an attack multiple buildings burned down, leading to the monks living scattered in the surrounding area.

As part of the reformation the monastery was even suspended in 1552. After several tries, the monastery life was starting again, 200 years later. In 1802 this budding was cut short again, this time because of secularization. After that the former monastery became country estate and had multiple proprietors.

In 1969 there was a public call to “save the monastery of Holzkirchen”. With the money that was donated the buildings were rehabilitated, especially the cloister. Places to live were built. A restaurant and a hotel moved into the monastery buildings later on. Since 1995 Benediktushof was vacant again.

Today – a center for meditation and mindfulness

In 2002 Gertraud Gruber, an entrepeneur and long-standing companion of Willigis Jäger, bought the estate, planning to make it available to Willigis Jäger and his spiritual work.

She restored the entire Benediktushof and furthermore rebuilt and expanded it. On the 1st December 2003 Benediktushof was ready to start operating courses.

As a seminar and convention center Benediktushof now offers a broad spectrum of mediation courses, as well as management and leadership skill seminars, conventions on topics of philosophy, theology, psychology, health, and science.

Benediktushof is not dedicated to one singular denomination. It is a space for meditation, mindfulness, and spiritual traditions of East and West.

Since its founding it has become one of the best known and biggest center of its kind in Europe.

In 2007 Willigis Jäger handed over the operative part of the spiritual leadership to Doris Zölls and Alexander Poraj. Since 2020 Daniel Rothe complements them in the spiritual counsel and the contemplation realm.

Thanks to the positive development of course and convention operation and the renewed financial engagement of Gertraud Gruber it was possible to restore the former barn area in 2012 and 2013, which is now called the Eastern wing. Through renovation and expansion, it was possible to build new seminar rooms and further accommodation options, as well as Bistro Troand and the farm shop.