New Monastic Roundtable 2023
What's it about?
This annual event is intended for all those who wonder how a monastic lifestyle and rhythm could function in today's world; for those who are interested in community life and the founding of new monastic communities. The Roundtable takes place from Friday evening to noon on Sunday. Day visitors are welcome on Saturday. The meeting is traditionally taking place in Switzerland, however, other venues are being considered. The initiator and sponsor of the event is Adventure 300, a learning journey for new monastic communities in Europe.
Each year communities from all over Europe are invited to participate. This international flair is characteristic of the Roundtable and allows for insight into a great variety of communal life. The aim is that communities from all kinds of backgrounds will get to know each other by sharing from their experience, both good and bad. The roundtable’s program leaves enough room for personal discussions over a meal or a glass of wine, as the aim is to connect people with a similar vision.
The personal exchange is complemented by presentations given by people who have been living a monastic lifestyle for years. These impulses will hopefully broaden our horizon and help us gain new ideas for our own practice. The Roundtable is not simply intended to impart knowledge, but to encourage people to set out on their own monastic adventures.
The Roundtable is a family gathering, not an impersonal glossy event with a big stage. We are open for the work of the Holy Spirit . Being authentic and sharing stories from both our victories and defeats is a key element of the Roundtable. We promote a culture of learning from each other rather than comparing and playing number games. It is also important for us to be in an inspiring environment where play and fun are possible. This is why we encourage whole families to attend the gathering. There is a special program for children and teens.
What awaits you?
Friday 25 August 2023
Saturday 26 August 2023
Check-in Day Visitors
Kick off and start Kids Program
Workshops, French connect
Kids Surprise and final Words
End Day Visitors
Sunday 27 August 2023
Connecting the dots and open space
Lunch and end of the weekend
Every year we ask a few communities to tell us more about themselves, their story, their passion and their struggles.
Our keynote speakers will talk to us about their experience with the topic of the weekend
Jill Weber has established and led new monastic communities since 2001 in Canada and the UK. She is also the Global Convenor of the Order of the Mustard Seed, 24-7 Prayer’s lay, ecumenical religious order, and is a spiritual director and writer.
Ian Mobsby is the prior of the Blackfriars Community, part of the new monastic Society of the Holy Trinity, a network of small missional new monastic communities and pioneers in the UK, Canada and the USA of which he was a founding member. He is currently responsible for formation of the pioneers of the society. Ian has been involved in founding three new monastic community and one alternative worship community in his time as an ordained missioner in the Church of England. He is just completing a research PhD exploring the missional needs of those who call themselves ’spiritual but not religious’ and a new more contemplative model of mission. Ian has written a number of books concerning new monastic communities and the importance of Trinitarian theology and practice. Ian considers himself a European and formed as a Londoner.
Bedding is included.
Please bring your own towels.
Meals are provided.
Let us know if you have special dietary requests.
There will be special mesurements due to the Covid-19 situation
Please bring your own facial mask
The whole weekend will be translated into
English and German.
Additionally, Saturday's session is translated into French.
Kids and Teens
On Saturday kids born between 2019 and 2008 will have their special program between 9.30am - 5pm
They will be outside, please bring clothes according to the weather
Adult CHF 267
Child 4-16 CHF 190
Adult CHF 70
Kids 4-16 CHF 30
If you can't afford the weekend, please get in contact with us!