10 Monastery Stays in the U.S.

Holy Cross Monastery, West park, New York

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When you truly need to get away, no accommodation can promise silence and serenity like a monastery. Although certainly not for everyone, a monastic vacation can be a rewarding experience.

Many monasteries offer guest rooms at reasonable rates and some even let you choose how much to give. Before you decide to stay at a monastery, be sure to read all of the available information, since these are not traditional bed and breakfasts. For example, some monasteries observe long periods of complete silence every day. These monasteries all welcome overnight visitors.

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Holy Cross Monastery

HOly Cross monastery in New York

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1615 Rte 9W, West Park, NY 12493, USA
Phone +1 845-384-6660

In West Park, New York, Holy Cross Monastery provides rooms for those looking for a place to contemplate. Guests here stay in former monk cells, with a bed, dresser, desk, and lamp. Bathrooms are shared and meals are taken with members of the monastic community. Worship services are open to guests.

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Mount Saviour Monastery

231 Monastery Rd, Pine City, NY 14871-9787, USA
Phone +1 607-734-1688

The men's guest house has 15 small, private rooms, while the guest house for women and couples has two double rooms and three single rooms. Also available are three separate facilities, each with a kitchen area.

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Society of Saint John the Evangelist

980 Memorial Dr, Cambridge, MA 02138-5717, USA
Phone +1 617-876-3037

"Directed" retreats (which include daily meetings with a monastery director) and individual retreats are offered. Facilities include the monastery in Cambridge and Emery House in West Newbury (45 miles north of Boston).

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Abbey of Gethsemani

Steps to Abbey of Gethsemani

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3642 Monks Rd, Trappist, KY 40051, USA
Phone +1 502-549-3117

Guests have been received at the abbey since it opened in 1848. Guests are encouraged to assist the monks at the Eucharist and prayer and monks are available for consultations. Each guest room has its own shower and offerings are made on a free-will basis.

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St. Bernard Abbey

1600 St Bernard Dr, Cullman, AL 35055, USA
Phone +1 256-734-8291

Guest rooms for men are air-conditioned with a common bathroom, while women and couples have air-conditioning and a private bathroom. Guests eat with the monks and dinner is a formal monastic meal. Offerings are made on a free-will basis.

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Monastery of the Holy Cross

3111 S Aberdeen St, Chicago, IL 60608-6503, USA
Phone +1 773-927-7424

In Chicago, this monastery offers individual guest rooms with a shared bathroom. Guests can join the monks in daily celebration of the Divine Office and the Eucharist. Monks are available for spiritual assistance. A deposit is requested, but offerings are made on a free-will basis.

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Mepkin Abbey

Trees with spanish moss in front of Mepkin Abbey

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1098 Mepkin Abbey Rd, Moncks Corner, SC 29461, USA
Phone +1 843-761-8509

This monastery offers accommodations to people for short-term retreats and long term stays over 30 days. Visitors observe the same silence as the monks, eat the same vegetarian meals and can take part in the prayer services. The monks of Mepkin Abbey belong to the worldwide Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance.

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St. Gregory's Abbey

1900 W MacArthur St, Shawnee, OK 74804-2499, USA
Phone +1 405-878-5491

St. Gregory's Abbey in Shawnee, Oklahoma doesn't offer nightly accommodation, but they do organize weekend-long retreats where you can live like a monk for a few days. Specific weekend retreat dates are posted at this monastery's site.

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Incarnation Monastery

1369 La Loma Ave, Berkeley, CA 94708, USA
Phone +1 510-845-0601

At this California monastery, the main campus of the University of California at Berkeley is only a few blocks away. All available retreat space is for single occupancy and each room has a half-bath and a personal garden.

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St. John's Abbey

St John Abbey, Collegeville

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2900 Abbey Plaza, Collegeville, MN 56321, USA
Phone +1 320-363-2011

In Collegeville, Minnesota, individual and group retreats are available at this monastery for men and women of all faiths. On a directed individual retreat, you will meet with a spiritual director once a day. This is a great place to enhance your monastic experience with views of Lake Sagatagan.

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10 Monastery Stays in the U.S.