We are a small diverse international community in part of an old monastery built in 1883 in the city of Eindhoven not far from the Belgian border which also houses several organisations working with refugees, young people in crisis and homeless people.
The monastery was handed over by the Sisters of Love in 2008 to an independent foundation which looks after the building and its maintenance. All the organisations including the Hoogstraatgemeenschap rent space from the foundation and together we constitute Het Kloosterhof van Gestel.
De Hoogstraatgemeenschap remains committed to the four focus areas of the nuns who lived and worked here for the best part of three decades : the planet, justice, spirituality and providing safe spaces for people in crisis.
We are a registered religious organisation but we interpret ‘religious’ in the broadest possible way, more in the sense of connecting and creating spaces for connections. None of us practise or belong to a particular religion and one of us is atheist.
We live a short walk from the city centre but also close to nature, the beautiful Genneper Park and a little further afield, de Strabrechtse Heide.
We range in age from 22-64 and we are LGBQT+ friendly. We also have refugees live with us for a time through Vluchtelingen in de Knel and we are part of the Shelter City programme, as part of this we host an international human rights activist for three months each year.
We currently do not have any space for more people but we are always interested in connecting with others. Write to us! Who are you? What are you looking for?
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