About us

The Zwanenhof was originally built as the St. Joseph Retreat House by the Redemptorist Fathers in 1927. It is a beautiful building in monastic style and within its walls there are many original elements from the Art Deco period. The building is surrounded by a lovely monastery garden with a cemetery and a Maria chapel. The beautiful old indoor chapel, the Tuinzaal (Garden room) with its original vaulted ceiling and the hallways where ancient footsteps still echo, all give you a taste of what once was in the past and contribute to the training and deepening in the present. When you step into the hallway with its magnificent staircase you are immediately impressed by the warm, welcoming and tranquil atmosphere of the house. The many years of deepening, introspection and spirituality have transformed the Zwanenhof into what you can experience now: a house with a soul.

The Zwanenhof is situated in the scenic landscape of Twente: a beautiful setting for a leisurely stroll. The Kloosterpadwandeling (Monastery-path walk), for instance, starts and ends at the Zwanenhof, leading you through the beautiful countryside of Twente and passing the other two monasteries that the small town of Zenderen possesses.The overnight stays are in sober rooms which are available in singles, doubles or triples (room preference can be indicated at registration), mostly with shower and toilet in the room. Linnen is provided. Meals are catered by our own chefs, who take dietary needs into account as much as they possibly can. In the harvest season, we eat vegetables and herbs from our own kitchen garden.

Since 1st of January 2012 Patrick Jägers and Joke Mijdam took over the Zwanenhof from the Redemptorist Fathers and started it up as a Centre for Training and Deepening. Together with Paul Jacobs, José Gosschalk and Nicole de Haas, a good range of courses has evolved in the field of Intuitive development and Mediumship that continues to grow and deepen: from six courses in 2013 to thirteen in 2014. And we are delighted that we will be able to offer 23 courses in 2015. All provided by the best trainers in the field of English Mediumship. These past years of meditation and connection with the Spiritual World, combined with a rich spiritual and religious history, make the Zwanenhof a special place to stay: A place where you can get closer to your own strength and spirituality.