Grosses Walsertal in Vorarlberg is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The credo for its people is: “Use nature without harming it”.
The Biosphere Reserve comprises several regions which all share one vision: to find a balance between the needs of man and nature and live in a way that is compatible with nature’s limited resources.
Propstei St. Gerold is a monastery in Walsertal that was awarded the Austrian Environment Seal for its environment-friendly concept. The monastery accommodates up to 60 guests. Their “Oasis 2000” project is designed to provide free holidays for people who could not otherwise afford a holiday. Propstei St. Gerold is a place of encounter and exchange, a place where there is no TV so people communicate more. Horses play an important role at Propstei which offers hippotherapy, physical therapy riding and regular horseback riding lessons. The Propstei also organizes workshops and seminars on different topics such as dance, Zen Buddhism, Feldenkrais and fasting.
An interesting place to visit is nearby Marul, Austria’s first all organic farming village.