„A good monastic product must be an ambassador of monastic culture.“

What actually makes a good monastic product? SKIVRE spoke to someone who needs to know: Martin Erdmann has been responsible for the catalogue „Gutes aus Klöstern“ at the German company „Manufactum“ for about 20 years – and thus for a very special niche market. SKIVRE: Since 2000 you have been instrumental in building up a market for monastic products in Germany. How would you characterize this market today? What are[…]

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„Ein gutes Klosterprodukt muss ein Botschafter der Klosterkultur sein“

Was macht denn nun eigentlich ein gutes Klosterprodukt aus? SKIVRE sprach mit einem, der es wissen muss: Martin Erdmann zeichnet bei der deutschen Firma „Manufactum“ seit rund 20 Jahren für den Katalog „Gutes aus Klöstern“ verantwortlich – und damit für einen sehr speziellen Nischenmarkt. SKIVRE: Seit 2000 haben Sie in Deutschland maßgeblich mitgewirkt beim Aufbau eines Marktes für Klosterprodukte. Wie würden Sie diesen Markt heute charakterisieren? Was sind seine Eigenheiten?[…]

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Bulgarian experience – monastic products in orthodox monasteries

The 2nd SKIVRE meeting was held in Bankya, Bulgaria, with the participation of all SKIVRE project partners. The meeting featured working sessions on the SKIVRE training modules as well as study visits to three monasteries; two of which are involved in the production of monastic products. The meeting had several working session dedicated to reflecting on the development of the Training Scheme and Digital Training Platform. This was complemented by a[…]

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Best practice: Sweet Shop at Santa Caterina Monastery in Palermo

The location couldn’t be better for the Christian-Arab-Norman heritage of Sicilian Palermo: Piazza Bellini is where cultures and epochs meet, and with them the city’s rich culinary heritage. „I segreti del Chiostro“ (“The secrets of the cloister”) is an initiative which rediscovers the ancient traditions of monastic pastry. Sicily’s baking, even though it has its roots in ancient times such as the Greek colonization or the Arab domination, was born[…]

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SKIVRE Survey – invitation to participate!

How can the SKIVRE training scheme improve the development, production, marketing, distribution of monastic products? This is what we would like to find out by a Europe-wide survey. All persons working in or with monasteries or religious sites are asked to respond: staff in the production process, in the monastic shops, in distribution and marketing: SKIVRE kindly invites YOU to give us your opinion and experiences. Your role as a[…]

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Wanted: good practices for monastic products

The SKIVRE team is already working on a training programme to enable staff, monks, and nuns in European monasteries to successfully develop and market monastic products. We are looking for good practices! But what is a good practices? Assuming you are an employee in a monastery or monastery shop, then you certainly have products in your range that are particularly popular with customers. Tell us about it! Or, however, as[…]

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SKIVRE Kick-off Meeting at Bronnbach Monastery | Germany

 If there would be a ranking of successfully kicked-off projects, SKIVRE’s first meeting would definitely win a price! SKIVRE partners met in Bronnbach Monastery which is a perfect place for meetings that need concentration and an inspiring environment to foster collaboration. The  multidisciplinary European SKIVRE team  discussed their access to the project’s target groups and their expertise for the sustainable impact of SKIVRE: media k GmbH as coordinator (Germany) is a social enterprise which[…]

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Religious heritage conference in Groningen 2019

The University of Groningen / Netherlands organizes a conference Religious Heritage in a Diverse Europe – New Directions in Practice, Policy & Scholarship June 19-21, 2019. The religious makeup of European societies has been significantly changing over the past few decades. At the same time that more people identify as non-religious, new arrivals and conversion mean that the religious landscape of Europe is becoming increasingly more complex. These dynamics simultaneously enrich[…]

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