Teaching does not have anything to do with authority. It has to do with generosity and humility. Generosity because we share the experience and the necessity to learn, humility because we grow up with questions much more than with absolute answers.

Teaching can not be unidirectional: the shared time during a lesson has to nourish both parties.

To acknowledge the person in front of you is essential – discovering the person’s needs, interests, capacities, desires – that is why the essence of teaching is observing, listening, asking and finding the precise words and images to transmit and explain your experience.

I love to teach. When teaching I learn and receive as much as I give:

  • At Hautrive Monastery where the cistercian brothers‘ community has opened its doors and hearts.

Thanks to all of you.