Information for Visitors:
We have a newly renovated guesthouse with 14 rooms and 19 beds and a separate cabin which sleeps 6. We can accommodate larger groups but that has to be coordinated with the Guestmaster. Our suggested nightly donation (for the basic room) is $65 per person. The suggested donation increases for larger rooms and cabins.
For any inquiries or to reserve a room in our retreat house, please call or email.
17001 Tomki Road
Redwood Valley, CA
Reservations are necessary for staying at the monastery. Please call (707) 485-8959
Season of Ordinary Time
Mon - Fri (except Poustinia Day)
Great Silence (all night)
5:30AM: Church, then Breakfast:
-Meditation (15 min in Church)
-Breakfast (silent meal with reading
-Work Assignments (given by superior)
-Guests put dishes on table just outside the kitchen (the brothers will clean the and continue your retreat all morning.
12:00 Noon: Church then Lunch
-Lunch (right after Noon Office at about
12:30PM. It's the main meal of the day -
a silent meal to hear the reading).
-Guest's are asked to put dishes on the table next to the kitchen (the brothers will clean them) and continue your retreat all afternoon until Supper).
4:30PM: Vespers (a light meal, and talking
is allowed during the meal and until
5:30PM: Dinner followed by Compline (followed
Saturday by 15 minutes of silent prayer/meditation)
Great Silence Begins.
A NOTE about SILENCE:
We dwell mostly in silence.
The Great Silence is at night, from Vespers until Matins. Please do not talk at all except for genuine emergencies. This is the time for deeper listening and prayer, as best you can. Please do not disturb others, nor yourself.
The Gentle Silence is most of the day except during Supper until Vespers. Please pray as much as you are able and do not talk unless you need to say something briefly about some work at hand, and then do so only softly. On Poustinia Day, it is Great Silence day and night.
Poustinia Day (usually Wednesday)
6:30AM: Divine Liturgy
Poustinia is dedicated to silence, prayer and solitude: spending the day alone with God. On poustinia, Divine Liturgy is the only service in Church. (The brothers celebrate the other offices privately in their cells). The day is spent in silent prayer, resting in God, reading the sacred scriptures, perhaps taking a or doing a few brief chores, if needed. Please avoid all talking except for genuine emergencies. We avoid disturbing or distracting one another from our prayer. Poustinia is usually a fasting day, although one may have some bread or fruit as needed, which are made available in the refectory. However, from Easter through Pentecost's leave-taking, and during the "compact week's" of Christmas and Theophany, meals are served at the customary times, and we partake of them in silence and prayer, as if we're alone.
Poustinia is a day for being alone with God, even more deeply than usual. It's a time to relax and get closer to our loving God.
6:00AM: Matins and Divine Liturgy
The rest of the day is the same as an ordinary weekday.
4:00AM Vigil (brethren privately in the cells)
6:45AM Matins in Church
15 minutes of silent prayer/meditation
A talking day: one may speak freely until the
evening services. (No breakfast: we're fasting before
10AM Divine Liturgy, silent prayer, then the
the Potluck Dinner.
5:30PM Dinner & followed by Compline
Great Silence all night.
Our Lenten Schedule
Most Weeks of Lent
Mon, Tue, Thu.
5:30 AM Morning Office
Full Fast followed by 1/2 hour Meditation.
12 Noon Lenten Noon Office.
4 PM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.
5:30 PM Supper: full vegan meal.
6:30 PM Great Compline.
Together we pray only Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts:
Poustinia the other offices we pray in the cells.
-Same schedule as Mon, Tue, Thu,
but a Simple Supper: soup and bread.-
6 AM Morning Office
3 Full Vegan Meals + Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.
Full Vegan Breakfast.
12 Noon Noon Office;
Full vegan lunch.
4:30 PM Great Vespers.
5:30 PM Full vegan supper.
6:30 PM Small Compline
6:45 AM Morning Office
10 AM Divine Liturgy of St. Basil:
4:30 PM Full vegan supper
5:30 PM Vespers,
then small compline