The European House of Encounters in Foncebadón/Castile in northern Spain offers socially disadvantaged young people the opportunity to retreat, gain spiritual experience and meet other young people from all over Europe. The non-profit organization on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela depends on donations. Mauritia Mack, the wife of Europa-Park owner Jürgen Mack, as well as Bianca and Oliver Kleine, owner of glass chef Leonardo, travelled to Spain in October to present the cheque to the chairman of the association H. E. E. e. V., Norbert Scheiwe, and the Spanish Pallottine Father Gaspar Vega Fidalgo.
Three years ago, Mauritia Mack and her husband got to know and appreciate the project during a pilgrimage in Spain. The press release states that it was her heart's desire to meet personally in Foncebadón with those responsible at the European House of Encounters. The facility provides space and space for individual young people with their pedagogical supervisors and small groups to find their own home for several weeks.
In addition to the dormitories, there are meeting places for the residents. The focus is on exchanges with other young people between the ages of 16 and 21 from all over Europe. In addition, meditation and seminars are offered or the participation of young people in the care of pilgrims is made possible.
In times of crisis or intensive periods of preparation for school and work, in which particular peace and seclusion are necessary, the European House and the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela offer the necessary seclusion for a successful return to everyday life.