This page contains guidelines for visiting the monastery during the day. If you would like to stay overnight, please see the additional instructions.
Day pilgrims are welcome, and we are happy to provide a tour of the monastery.
Living Conditions in the Monastery
We do not have electric lights, telephone, or flush toilets. There is one cold-water shower. Our buildings are heated by wood stoves. There are no fans or air conditioners. The guest house is located on a steep hill which can be slippery. Getting from the guest house to the monastery church and refectory requires walking up a dirt path. The main guest facilities are a common room for men with several beds and a similar one for women. We provide pillows, sheets, blankets and towels, and we have some sleeping bags available. If you are visiting in cold weather you may want to bring your own sleeping bag, if possible. Please bring a flashlight if you have one. There is no cell-phone reception in the area.
Summers are hot and dry with temperatures often in the high 80s and 90s. Winters are cool and wet. Temperatures are usually above freezing, but often go down to the mid 20s. Be prepared for cold temperatures and rain or snow.
In the winter, bring plenty of warm clothes including boots appropriate for rain or snow. Indoor temperatures in winter are generally colder than you would expect at home.
As we are a traditional monastery, we ask that pilgrims dress appropriately for modesty.
Men are expected to wear long sleeve shirts and long pants (even in summer). Short sleeves can be worn while doing physical work. For women, long sleeves, a long skirt and a head covering are appropriate (scarves are customary but hats are fine).
Respect for the Monastery Environment
We ask pilgrims to help to maintain an atmosphere of silence and prayer and to avoid unnecessary conversations with other pilgrims or with the monks.
Smoking anywhere on the Monastery property is strictly forbidden.
Photographs (including videos) may be taken of the buildings, the grounds and inside the Church. Please ask before taking photographs of any of the monks or guests. Photographs (including videos) are not allowed during the services unless it has a blessing from the Abbot.
Our services are in English and are open to the public.