The actual rules for communal living have always been based on the requirements of the respective period.
Window Long House
During the early centuries, the women - almost exclusively hailing from aristocratic families in the vicinity - ensured the spiritual salvation of their families and of the founders in prayers, celebrations of mass and commemorations of the dead. There were periods when the women lived as nuns according to the Benedictine rule of "ora et labora", but generally, they lived as canonesses who did not take vows, led a life commensurate with their social standing, kept their personal wealth and could leave the monastery if they so desired. The Reformation brought about a shift in their tasks towards social care in addition to a pious life.
In the Long Hall
These days, women from all walks of life live in Walsrode Abbey, they have had family, a career or both. Prerequisites for admission to the convent is active membership in a Protestant church, "single" status (which also includes widowed or divorced ), an upper age limit of 65, an independent livelihood, the willingness to become part of a community and an interest in introducing visitors to the monastery and its treasures. In addition, there remains sufficient time and space to pursue personal interests and/or do work in an honorary capacity.
To this day, the traditional concept of providing a living is reflected in the provision of rent-free accommodation in the monastery for the ladies of the convent. In return, they commit to working for the benefit of the monastery to the best of their ability. Each lady lives in her own spacious flat and runs her own household independently.
Communal attendance at services in cope and veil is compulsory. On special feast days, the ladies of the convent wear their costume, consisting of black dress, white apron, white shawl, gloves and veil (St. John's Day Singing, Johannistag).
Christian oriented women looking for an interesting alternative in their lives are cordially invited by the abbess to get in touch with the monastery.