Project Details

The Healing Castle is a refuge for people who ask for help and support, and a symbol of protection and love.

This is a guesthouse and spiritual centre where our guests can escape their day-to-day life and hustle and find quiet and peace within themselves.

We are located in a castle nestled among the hills of the Saale-Unstrut area in a small town called Schochwitz in the most northern wine region of Germany. It is close to Halle (Saale) and Leipzig.

Our history: Ingrid Straub-Zerfowski’s and her partner James Welsh’s idea of creating a spiritual center had already surged in the late 80’s. At that time they were missing the right place to fulfill their visions with the required premises until Ingrid and James came upon Schochwitz Castle in 2004. 

Our goal is to work with volunteers, so we would like to welcome open-minded, creative people willing to do any kind of work such as cleaning, cooking, guest hospitality, gardening, building work, handy work and anything else that might come up. Also, we need volunteers who have some sense of responsibility and who take their work seriously when it is necessary. Our PRIORITY is maintaining and keeping our guesthouse clean. Our guests need to feel welcomed and at home, therefore it is also important that we as your hosts and you can work with other well and have fun at the same time. We welcome volunteers who do their best to help us and are open to learning whatever they can learn from us and other volunteers.

To make Healingcastle Schochwitz a peaceful place of life, spirituality and wisdom, Ingrid Straub-Zerfowski and Lord James Welsh have agreed to live and dedicate their lives to this task.

We neither belong to a religion nor have some dogmatic views!

Are you open-minded, responsible and willing to try your best? Then go ahead and apply. We look forward to your message.

The founders

Ingrid Straub-Zerfowski: Born in Augsburg, Bavaria in 1952 Ingrid had already been very successful, entrepreneurial and active before she started following her inner voice at the age of 30. 

This resulted in a change in her life towards spirituality. She is a trained systemic family as well as sexual therapist and has taken a course in homeopathy and kinesiology. In Portugal, she is qualified as a traditional healer. She has also acquired knowledge in: Zen Meditation, over 10 years of  Vipassana practice, bio-energetic, intuitive massage, feet reflex zone therapy, spiritual surgery experience (emotional cleansing, clearing), induction to Satchidananda (after personal meetings), color light therapy, Bach flower therapy, energy healing, balancing healing, acupressure, medium sessions (in English tradition), regular sensitive groups by Rosina Somern, daily yoga exercises, yoga course for children. In her personal life, Ingrid has overcame cancer twice (with narcotic trauma experience for over a year), near death experience and death of her own child.  Ingrid has worked in the addict / drug scene in Liverpool and has 10 years experience helping young people in Portugal with behavioral problems.

Lord James Richard Welsh: Born in England in 1950, James is married and has 3 children. He has been blessed with sensitivity and intuitive skills since childhood. After the death of his sister, his father and his business friend - he left behind all the material goods he had gained as a successful businessman. He then  emigrated with his first family to America. After 6 years of self-discovery he returned to Devon / Cornwall in England.  Then after separating from his first wife, he made his dream come true and bought a sailboat. He prepared a sailing trip around the world where his trip ended in Portugal as his boat was trapped at the harbor.

There he met his second wife Ingrid. Together they lived in Cornwall restoring two churches. Back in Portugal James continued pursuing his dream of renovating traditional old buildings. After living in Portugal for 13 years, faith sent him and his wife to East Germany where the Healingcastle presented itself. Jim sees himself as the keeper of Schochwitz Castle’s history and is responsible for the interior design and renovation, which he considers his spiritual path and mission in life

The main focus of the project is on
Foundation Year
Contact Person
Ingrid Straub
Ingrid Straub
Spoken Languages

Social Impact

Healingcastle Schochwitz is a place of growth. Since we acquired the castle 7 years ago, it could not have happened without the trust and allowing for the process to happen, whilst working with determination, wonderful helpers and some luck.The Healingcastle is a refuge for people who ask for help and support, and a symbol of protection and love. Healingcastle Schochwitz invites all people to themselves, which serve the universe and those whom embarked on the long, rocky road of self-discovery.

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