In accordance with the spiritual tradition of the Cistercians, manual labour plays a prominent role. God can also be found in labour, or as it is written in the memorial stone of the external wall of the old farm: ‘So that in all things God may be glorified’ (1 Peter 4:11). This refers to the Rule of Saint Benedict (RB 57:9), a major source of inspiration for our monastic life.
Already in the time of Saint Benedict, now around 1,500 years ago, the necessary crafts were practised inside the monastery walls. Here at Our Lady of Refuge, since 1900 this largely entailed farming activities in that the monastery was connected to a farm, called the Kievit, up until the present exchange for brewing.