Community the Weyst
The Weyst was founded in November 1984 in the former Capuchin monastry in Handel, based on the ideas and practice of Mahatma Gandhi, Lanza del Vasto and the peace and ecology movement. With an organic and fruit orchard the Weyst strives for self-sufficency. The name the Weyst was chosen by the last abbot of the monastary for our project. The Weyst is a local underground water stream, quietly flowing. The Weyst symbolizes our tie to our local community: a stream going it's own way, restful, continuing and at times coming above ground.
Anno 2011 the Weyst still functions as a retreat accomodation for a wide diversity of groups. Dance, song, meditation, laughter, sharing and enjoyment are present throughout the halls and rooms of the Weyst. Our meals are vegetarian, using our own organic products. Our bread is baked in a wood heated oven.
Jacob Soetendorp - Institute of human values
We are guided by the universal principle, which in the Jewish faith is expressed in the imperative of tikkun olam, repairing a world that is broken, for those in need, for ourselves and our future. We strive to be an inspiration, a call to action, and to act as a catalyst, multiplier and connector, helping lead individuals, societies and countries, beginning with our own, on a path of promise, justice, respect, dignity and peace.