History of Grailville

The Grailville Archive

This is a page that will record and archive the cultural history of Grailville in Loveland, Ohio. A collection of historical documents and records from an international movement of women; who in 1940, got on a boat. The last boat before Hitler invaded Holland. They made it to America, “by an eyelash” in April of that year and settled on a farm in Loveland.

From Holland. It was wartime. WWII. The women came when they did because if not then, they didn’t know if they would ever be able to leave Europe.

They came here looking for a farm with running water, enough buildings to house 50 people and within walking distance of a railroad station. They went two-by-two visiting farms and parishes, so much so that they joked they were becoming real estate agents.

Liturgy was the unifying factor of the Grail community. There was a lot of singing. It became a quiet, peace-filled beautiful space; an agricultural and religious life.

The “Year School” was a training program for young women “focused on an integrated life of work and prayer, study and fun”.

Throughout the decades, the Grailville Retreat Center brought visitors from all parts of the world to spend time in Loveland, Ohio.

At one time a truckload of goats, 400 chickens, milk cows, pigs, and canning and preserving 10,000 quarts of farm product. It was described as a rich life, however one “materially simple”.  Spiritually and intellectually very rich. Very rich in things from the ground, sky, and God in many forms.

Trina Paulus said Grailville was a “simplicity” that was ideal for her as a young woman.  Art was equal to every other thing that happened at Grailville. Visual arts, music, and writing.  Paulus said she thought that the Dutch brought tremendous respect for the arts when they came to this country and Loveland. “It was equal to every other thing we did.” 

They were not there to hold onto what they were doing. Many of the programs that Grailville started were spun out into the world beyond Loveland, even to the United Nations

89 acres of Grailville could become dedicated green space in perpetuity

[VIDEO INTERVIEW] Clermont Parks Director talks about their Grailville nature preserve

Call to action for attending Rally and Planning & Zoning meeting about Grailville rezoning


Video interview with Lauren Enda and Sharon Scovanner after they defeat the Grailville rezoning


[Video] Jamie Smith: Grailville brought joy to her mentally and emotionally exhausted family


[Complete Video] Rezoning of Grailville denied


Grailville Land Preservation Group asks you to imagine the hopefull future

A SEAT AT THE TABLE: Artist Talk and Exhibit at Grailville

At Grailville, the land was the core aspect, fostering renewal of…

There are important long-term reasons why it is best for our…

Does the land at Grailville mean more than mere property to…

Death of Grailville – a “Sacred Sanctuary”

A greater vision for the intrinsic beauty of the Grailville land

There are a substantial number of Grail people throughout this country…

[Grailville Archive] The Very Unpleasant Thing: That God Can Ask Everything…

[Video Archive] The holy nature of Grailville for a teenage girl

Grailville: Know what you’ve got before it’s gone

[w/video] Grailville: A place of peace, community, balance, growth, sustenance, “Sharing Born with the wisdom of Women.”

In Search of the Grail: The Story of a Women’s Movement in Loveland, Ohio

Why is Grailville important? A look at the Grail founding in Loveland

[VIDEO] With public outpouring, has tide turned on Grailville?

Planning and Zoning Commission to hear from public on re-zoning Grailville

An open letter to City Hall by the Mullins: Grailville decision…

Drees submits application for 209 homes at Grailville

Background of the Drees proposal and explaination of the re-zoning proccess

Drees submits application for 209 homes at Grailville


Planning and Zoning Commission to hear from public on re-zoning Grailville

Deirdre Dyson has a different “Grailville Vision”

[VIDEO] Fellow residents chastised by Todd Osborne over their views…

[VIDEO] Duane Charbonneau questions advantage of annexation of Grailville

Ted Richardson addresses traffic and annexation of Grailville

[VIDEO] Kim Lukens on Grailville Annexation

Councilman and candidate Neal Oruy speaks about Grail annexation and parking…

Sharon Scovanner on the annexation of Grailville and suppression of speech…

[Video] Sharon Scovanner asks should we annex Grailville Property?

Grailville “options” 110 acres to Drees

Loveland Board of Education votes to cancel Grailville purchase

[Video] Grailville? YES or NO

Dec. 3rd BOE meeting to discuss Grailville purchase

Juliet Tissot expresses her views on purchasing the Grailville property

Thought you knew how school buses will get to Grailville? (See…

Read: Grailville and School District Option to Purchase Agreement and Appraisal

[BREAKING NEWS] Board votes to build new campus for Pre-K thru…

School Board approves option to purchase 110 acres of land at…

Grailville places 40 acres in conservation easement

For Readers to Understand some of the Cultural and Spiritual Signifigance of Grailville, Here are Some Past Stories Published by Loveland Magazine

You should help keep Earth Day celebrations going at Grailville this…

Grailville Business Inventory Sale

Grailville Gift Store Close-out Sale

Grailville Holy Week Schedule

Remembering Buddy Gray during the holiday season

Judy Leever Owned a Thousand Pairs of Shoes

6.95 mill March school levy translates into approximately $20/month ($243 annually)…

Mary Lu Lageman donates famous garlic to food pantry

Loveland Board of Education asks for combined 16.78-mill levy

I may have volunteered at the most exciting and fun challenge…

Join Loveland’s Community Supported Agriculture

2016 Registration is now open for Earth-Shares: Community-Supported Agriculture!

Loveland High School faculty and staff day of service

The Trina Paulus Abraham and Isaac statue is a poignant and significant piece of art. It is wretched, distressing, tragic – and beautiful. It has been stored temporarily for several years just outside of Loveland. Loveland Magazine Reporter Alana Johnson went with Paulus to an unlit garage at the Grailville Conference and Retreat Center Wednesday morning to see it for the first time. Paulus hadn’t seen her statue for several years.

Johnson, kicking aside weeds at the door, struggling to operate the key, brushing away cobwebs, and in the darkness, her eyes needed a few seconds to dilate… “Aah. Oh. Ooh,” each second, as more is revealed. “That’s incredible. It’s incredible.”

LOVELAND, OHIO – “A Feast for the Body, Heart and Mind” at Grailville

LOVELAND, OHIO – Grailville has announced the revival of its Sunday Supper tradition, beginning Sunday afternoon, October 28, with “A Feast for the Body, Heart and Mind.” October’s Sunday Supper will be preceded by a book party and art…

Midsummer Nights’ Practice of Poetry Retreat at Grailville

“Give yourself and your poetry the gift of time and attention,” said Pauletta Hansel. Women are invited to Grailville Retreat and Program Center for a Midsummer Nights’ Practice of Poetry Retreat held Friday, June 19- Sunday, June 21. Th…


LOVELAND, OHIO – Freshly harvested produce grown in the certified organic gardens at Grailville can now be purchased by the public. All of the produce is grown at Grailville by Earth-Shares CSA and is organically certified. Freshly harv…

Permaculture Design Weekend at Grailville

LOVELAND, OHIO – Permaculture is a philosophy and method of designing systems for sustainable living. It is applicable to farms, gardens, organizations, homes, housing developments, towns and city neighborhoods. Permaculture teaches peop…

Grailville is 65

What:  Grailville’s 65th Birthday Celebration with MUSE Concert, Quilt Show, and Sunday Supper.When: Sunday, February 22. Benefit concert beginning at 3PM, followed by a reception at 4PM, and supper at 5:30PM.Cost: The suggested donat…

LOVELAND, OHIO NEWS – Holistic Health Fair at Grailville

Convergence: a day of peace and beauty Saturday, April 5 10-4 All ages welcome GrailvilleRetreat Center (683-2340) 932 O’Bannonville Rd Loveland, Ohio 45140 Contact Debbie Lewis Westheimer, 348-4276 or e-mail. Donations accepted-…

Grailville International Crèche Exhibit and Luncheons

What: A holiday luncheon followed by a short presentation on the history of the nativity.When: December 9 -12, December 15 -17, Noon-2:30 PMCost: $15.00 per person for the meal, children 10 and under $10.00. Reservations required.Con…

LOVELAND, OHIO – International Crèche Exhibit

LOVELAND, OHIO – Grailville has announced its 2007 International Crèche Exhibit and Luncheon Series. Grailville is a retreat and program center located on 300 acres of woodlands, pastures and organic gardens near Loveland, Ohio. Each ye…

LOVELAND, OHIO – Permaculture Workshop: A surefire cure for cabin fever! 

Homegrown Permaculture: Simple sustainable systems in your own home or yard LOVELAND, OHIO – The Permaculture Workshop at Grailville on January 19 is designed to provide: Answers to design questions by trained local Permaculturists. L…

Earthshares CSA grows at Grailville


By Heidi Bright ParalesLOVELAND, OHIO – Fifty-six share members of a Grailville-based cooperative program received 22,000 pounds of fresh, organic produce during this year’s growing season.The Earth-Shares community-supported agricultu…

LOVELAND, OHIO NEWS – Workshop rescheduled/Holy Week scheduled

Grailville news LOVELAND, OHIO NEWS – The workshop with the Center for Personal and Spiritual Growth on Compassionate Communication, postponed due to snow, has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 29, 2008, 10 AM-5 PM. A limited number …

All Saints & All Souls Potluck & Celebration at Grailville

Grailville Retreat and Program Center will celebrate All Saints Day and the 91st birthday of The Grail with an All Saints & All Souls Potluck & Celebration on Friday, November 2 at 6 PM. They will begin with a potluck Supper in the…

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LOVELAND, OHIO – Zen Retreat program features Zen Master AMA Samy

LOVELAND, OHIO – A Zen Retreat program at Grailville in September features Zen Master AMA Samy. Zen Master AMA Samy was born in Burma to Christian parents and educated in a Buddhist environment. In 1972 he was ordained a Catholic prie…

A Reading by Appalachian Poets

Grailville Retreat and Program Center invites you to attend A Reading by Appalachian Poets George Ella Lyon and Frank X Walker on Sunday, May 16, at 2 PM. This event is part of Grailville’s new Third Sunday Poetry Series, offering monthl…

Grailville Poets Reading and Workshop

Part of Grailville’s new Third Sunday Poetry Series Grailville Retreat and Program Center just outside of Loveland invites you to attend Greenville Poets Reading and Workshop on Sunday, October 17, 2010, at 2:00 pm. This award-winnin…

Walk Grailville’s Labyrinth in the Company of Others

Dear Loveland Magazine Readers,Men and women are invited to spend a morning at GrailvilleRetreat and Program Center in Loveland Ohio on Saturday, June 5 from 10:00 am- 1:00 pm for a Labyrinth Workshop, exploring Labyrinth walking as a s…

Zen Retreat at Grailville

This Zen mediation retreat led by Zen Master Ama Samy, S.J., has been an annual Grailvilleevent for more than a decade, with both new and experienced meditators traveling from throughout the country to experience an extraordinary teache…

Grailville Family- Friendly Breadmaking Workshop

Does cabin fever have your family climbing the walls? You can put that energy to good use at Grailville Retreat and Program Center’s Breadmaking for the Family on Sunday, January 16, from 1:30- 4:30 pm. Adults with children aged six thro…

Holy Week & Easter Celebration at Grailville

Come and celebrate Easter in an uniquely Grailville way! Grailville’s observance of Easter begins on Holy Thursday and continues till Easter Sunday. Rich in song, ritual and prayer that have long been central to Grailville’s community…

“Cincinnati Writes”

A Reading By Cincinnati Writers Project Grailville Retreat and Program Center near Loveland invites you to attend Cincinnati Writes: A Reading By Cincinnati Writers Project and Greater Cincinnati Writers League Poets on Sunday, Septemb…

The Coming of the Light Advent Celebration

You can join the Grailville community as they mark the season of Advent with Song, viewing their Crèche exhibit, readings, visiting, and enjoying something hot to drink. In this darkest season of the year we celebrate the season of …

Writing for the Love of It

A Grailville Weekly Workshop For Girls Who Love to Write The Grailville Retreat and Program Center invites teen girls to join a weekly workshop. Beth Murphy said, “That encourages their passion for writing and inspires and challenges th…

LocalFest celebrates Loveland this Saturday

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A day spent recognizing the green grass in our backyards This is a Loveland Magazine file photo from last year’s LocalFest at the 315 acre Grailville retreat. Those intimately familiar with Grailville already know they wil…

Grailville featured a local fest of arts


Local Fest was held at Grailville on May 25 featuring the artwork of local artisans and their wares; bites and light fare from local food vendors; and music by local musicians.