Not far from the artists village of Worpswede, lies the community Johannishag, at the edge of a vast swampy region called the Teufelsmoor – the “devils moor”. It was founded as a home for people with special needs in 1995. Residential buildings, workshops, the offices and assembly hall were put up successively. Now it is a home for more than 60 people supported by a staff of qualified co-workers. The Johannishof, a farm in the neighborhood, with an integrated assisted living unit, is part of the community.
Six houses with 7-10 residents make the living units at the Johannishag. Life is shared and shaped according to what is required. Young volunteers from all over the world are welcome to join and encounter communal life and take part in the meaningful work of the personal development of each individual. New forms of assisted living are encouraged - according to specific skills and needs.
Working in the Johannishag
For every individual to find a suiting place of work, there are seven workshops at the Johannishag. The culinary- and house-maintainance-workshops provide inward and outward well-being, while gardening and farming are the responsive attempt to ecological challenges of our environment. The theatre-workshop produces plays performed in and out of the community and the fabric-workshop show an abundant woolen art-craft in living colors. The weavery-workshop and store in the neighboring village of Worpswede serve as a window to the artistic variety of our products.