From 8- 21 August 2015, the first European Ecumenical Pop Up Monastery takes place at Mariensee, near Hannover, Germany, for women who share a common desire for peace and reconciliation. It is a retreat aimed at women from all over Europe seeking time out from their busy lives and will provide the opportunity to meet women from all generations and cultural backgrounds – firm believers and spiritual seekers, as well as women from other religions.
The name ‘Pop Up Monastery’ comes from a term used to describe an event or business that takes place only for a limited time in one place before moving somewhere else. It is an initiative of the young women’s group of the Ecumenical Forum of European Christian Women (EFECW).
Activities will include silence and prayer; pilgrimage; herb garden, art and embroidery workshops; singing and music; cooking; listening and discussing.
The Pop Up Monastery has received funding to enable Austrian filmmaker Patricia Marchart to accompany the project and document the faith and hopes of women. The 45 min documentary film will be completed in November 2015. A short trailer is below.
For more information see the Pop Up Monastery website.