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) Poustinia Day (usually Wednesday)
Great Silence (all night) 6:30AM: Divine Liturgy
5:30AM: Church, then Breakfast: Poustinia is dedicated to silence, prayer and
-Matins; solitude: spending the day alone with God.
-Divine Liturgy On poustinia, Divine Liturgy is the only service
-Meditation (15 min in Church) in Church. (The brothers celebrate the other
-Breakfast (silent meal with reading offices privately in their cells).
-Work Assignments (given by superior) The day is spent in silent prayer, resting in God,
-Guests put dishes on table just outside reading the sacred scriptures, perhaps taking a
the kitchen (the brothers will clean them or doing a few brief chores, if needed. Please
and continue your retreat all morning. avoid all talking except for genuine emergencies
We avoid disturbing or distracting
12:00 Noon: Church then Lunch one another from our prayer.
-Noon Office Poustinia is usually a fasting day, although
-Lunch (right after Noon Office at about one may have some bread or fruit as needed,
12:30PM. It's the main meal of the day - which are made available in the refectory.
a silent meal to hear the reading). However, from Easter through Pentecost's
-Guest's are asked to put dishes on the leave-taking, and during the "compact week's"
table next to the kitchen (the brothers of Christmas and Theophany, meals are served
will clean them) and continue your at the customary times, and we partake of them
retreat all afternoon until Supper). in silence and prayer, as if we're alone.
Poustinia is a day for being alone with God,
4:30PM: Vespers (a light meal, and talking even more deeply than usual. It's a time to relax
is allowed during the meal and until and get closer to our loving God.
5:30PM: Dinner followed by Compline (followed Saturday
by 15 minutes of silent prayer/meditation) 6:00AM: Matins and Divine Liturgy
The rest of the day is the same as an ordinary weekday.
Great Silence Begins.
A NOTE about SILENCE: 4:00AM Vigil (brethren privately in the cells)
We dwell mostly in silence. 6:45AM Matins in Church
The Great Silence is at night, from 15 minutes of silent prayer/meditation
Vespers until Matins. Please do not talk at A talking day: one may speak freely until the
all except for genuine emergencies. evening services. (No breakfast: we're fasting before
This is the time for deeper listening and Divine Liturgy).
prayer, as best you can. Please do not
disturb others, nor yourself. 10AM Divine Liturgy, silent prayer, then the
The Gentle Silence is most of the day the Potluck Dinner.
except during Supper until Vespers. Please
pray as much as you are able and do not 4:30PM Vespers
talk unless you need to say something
briefly about some work at hand, and then 5:30PM Dinner & followed by Compline
do so only softly. On Poustinia Day, it is
Great Silence day and night. Great Silence all night.