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Dr. Markus Heil


Touching the essence of Christianity in silence.
Honouring the other religions as equals in this essential core.
To change and shape the church from this source and, above all, to overcome ecclesiastical rigidity.

Spiritual formation

Contemplation Teacher Via Integralis Level 2

At age 16 getting to know silence with Centering Prayer by Basil Pennington O.C.S.O.
From age 25, over 15 years of regular contemplation weeks with Franz Jalics SJ and regular practice of sitting.
From 30, regular individual retreats with the sisters in Grandchamps,
at 45, a double visit to Plum Village and Tich Nhat Hanh
at 47 becoming a Zen student of Niklaus Brantschen SJ
at age 49 contemplation teacher of the Via Integralis
since age 51 annual participation in the Bearing Witness Retreats of the Zen Peacemakers in Auschwitz

Biographical background

As a pastor, my focus is on the vitality of the faith of myself and my fellow human beings. I have invested many years of my life in various church reform initiatives. There were many important questions of detail. Today I am looking for the essence that touches us human beings religiously, and I want to free it from debris like a well, so that we can have access to this fresh water.

Since 2017, active in the training team of the contemplation school via integralis as a trainer.