Here are some views of Sonnenhof, "the House of Silence [or: of Stillness]," where I was welcomed for several days by the six Grandchamp Sisters who live there.
It is a branch of the Community of Grandchamp, in the German-speaking part of Switzerland.
The back of the house.
The house was built in 1799.
See all about it at the sisters' website!
Seen from afar, alone on the hill.
It is indeed a quiet and secluded place, very special.
A sister rings the bell four times per day as a call to prayer.
The covered cloister leads to the chapel.
The view from the front door. Below is the village of Gelterkinden.
Guests who come for retreats leave their shoes at the door.
The entrance, with mountains reflected.
Bells are important in monastic life as a call to prayer and meals.
They mark the rhythm of the daily life.
See my previous posts about Sonnenhof and about Grandchamp, where I am volunteering for two months.
(Linking to Our World Tuesday.)