This page contains guidelines for staying one or more nights at the Monastery. Please also refer to the day visitor guidelines as they apply to overnight guests as well.
In addition to those who wish to make day visits, the monastery also welcomes men and women who wish to stay for one or more nights. Overnight pilgrims are expected to attend services and eat with the monks. Pilgrims are given a spiritual book to read, if they do not already have one, and are usually asked to help out with some sort of work, especially after the first few days. We do not have any provision for private retreats, nor do we facilitate them.
No pets are allowed.
A visit longer than three days requires the blessing of the Abbot.
Please let us know when you would like to come. Space is limited.
Other possible arrangements
Women may always request a stay at St. Xenia’s Skete. It’s not far from St Herman’s Monastery. Call us for their contact information (530) 352-4430. Or call email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to bring a tent, you can set it up on one of the spots we have designated as tent sites.
If you would like to stay in a hotel or motel, you can chose from a number of places in Redding or Red Bluff, both about 40 miles (an hour or more) away.
Finally, if there is something you need to make your stay more agreeable, please ask the guestmaster. If you are looking for spiritual guidance, please ask the guestmaster to arrange for you to speak with one of the priests.
Meals are eaten in silence while listening to the reading of a spiritual text. Our diet is basically vegan, with the potential addition of eggs, fish or dairy products on the days when these foods are allowed by the fasting guidelines of the Church. In addition to Wednesday and Friday, Monday is also a fast day, in accordance with monastic tradition.
Holy Communion is open to Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves by fasting, prayer, and Confession.
Confession is available in the evening during Compline, during Vigils, and by appointment.