Holzland Community • Bad Klosterlausnitz, Thuringia

About Us:
Our small group of Bruderhof members is made up mostly of students from our other communities, here studying traditional trades or at local universities. Some of us do manual work, while others work on the German content for the Bruderhof’s publishing house, Plough.

Our settlement is situated at the end of a residential street on the edge of the village of Bad Klosterlausnitz, which is about equidistant from Frankfurt and Berlin along a major autobahn exchange. Holzland is a community house with several outbuildings and a garden. The surrounding area is rolling farmland (barley crops for German beer!) interspersed with beech and pine forest. The state of Thuringia is the heart of historic Germany and the home to historic “greats,” such as Bach, Schiller, Goethe, Leibniz, and Luther.

Connecting with Neighbors:
Small village life in Bad Klosterlausnitz allows us to interact regularly with retirees, the local men’s choir, the fire department, and the daycare center. You’ll often see us at area events, such as the Christmas market, wine festival, and Maypole festival.

Point of Interest:
The house, located in the former East Zone, was built in the 1960s by a youth group of the local free evangelical church. Communist authorities constantly spied on the pastor and his congregation, and the church survived only because of support from West German churches, which made donations over many years.

Meet some of the people who live at Holzland:
Amber Maendel

Amber: I live at Holzland, a small intentional Christian community located in the village of Bad Klosterlausnitz in Thüringen, Germany. I am currently attending university in Jena studying history and reveling in the cultural diversity that such an opportunity affords. The language and the people here I find fascinating, as well as the history and culture that is on every cobblestone. I also enjoy participating in the university choir and the debate team. I love meeting new people, and through these experiences, I’ve also come to appreciate more the value of living together in Christian fellowship.

Bennet Comer

Bennet: Just over two years ago, my wife, Brenda, and I with our young daughter moved here to Holzland. I am twenty-eight years old and spend much of my time working on growing our business, Community Playthings, in this country. I also correspond with people who are interested in visiting or learning about our way of communal living. Besides that, I do maintenance jobs and other practical things around the house. We live in a beautiful area and enjoy walking in the countryside and through the village, bringing our daughter to play in the playground, and generally participating in village life. Our large house and property allow the twenty of us living together here to invite friends and neighbors for communal activities, and the space also allows us to grow some of our own fruits and vegetables.

Contact Information

Talweg 18 / Grafe Haus
07639 Bad Klosterlausnitz
Tel: 036601 922988
Email:  holzland@bruderhof.com

Established: 2004

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