by Lya Vollering, Michael O’Halloran & Scott Haddow

Following several visits last year to Minsteracres, spending time with the Community and meeting members of the Board of Trustees, Michael & Scott joined Lya to further the development of the Eco-community based in the Walled Garden.  

Scott Haddow

The aim of the Eco-community is to provide a contemplative space which can be exemplar for sustainable living in sympathy with Gods creation and where the community can provide contemplative and themed retreats, initially non-residential and hopefully by 2021 providing overnight accommodation.  

In the environmental crisis we are facing, it is important to reach out to the Crucified Earth. The Eco-community will dedicate itself to improving the relationship with the natural environment in two ways: contemplation and action.  

The focus for this year is to improve the buildings within the Walled Garden, progress with the vision to explore ways of working in a more respectful way in nature, allow space for being and listening, develop a volunteer base and welcome visitors . We are striving to ensure the Eco-community will become self–sufficient regarding fruit and vegetables, while also supplying the Retreat Centre and Passionist Nuns. If you would like more information or wish to volunteer in the garden please drop the community an email

Michael O’Halloran