We are now accepting reservations for personal retreats and use of our facilities; however, meals are not provided at this time, due to COVID-19 restrictions. In keeping with SLO County Health Department guidelines, all rooms are sanitized between guests, frequent hand washing is encouraged and hand-sanitizers are provided in all our guest rooms. The use of facial masks in all indoor spaces and the observance of social distancing at all times, for the well-being of yourself and others, is required and appreciated.
Since the founding of the Monastery in 1992, we have offered hospitality to those who wish to experience monastic life here. Hospitality is one of the hallmarks of our Monastic way of life, and an essential practice reflecting the ancient monastic tradition of welcoming guests, and especially from the point of view of our founder Saint Benedict, to welcome them as Christ.
At the Monastery, most of our Monastic Life Experience accommodations are typically for one person, meals are taken privately and an atmosphere of gentle but profound silence pervades the Monastery grounds.
A key element of any Monastic Life Experience is spaciousness. We provide private suites for solitary prayer, reading and meditation.
Additionally, the welcoming space of the chapel, which is open 12 hours a day for communal and individual prayer and meditation, affords a spectacular vista of the Coastal Hills, and surrounding nature, all conducive to contemplation.
We offer people of all faiths the experience of engaging in something larger than oneself and resting in the One who loves each of us infinitely.
In the interest of maintaining a silent and contemplative atmosphere, retreatants are asked to refrain from using radios, typewriters, or musical instruments. Pets are not permitted.
A retreat is a time set aside for meditation and prayer within which by faith, God has inspired a person to give undivided attention to God in a setting of our monastic community’ retreat facility here at Monastery of the Risen Christ. Daily community prayer of the monks is open to all to participate, if they choose. We provide spiritual accompaniment upon the request of the retreat guest. For our Catholic patrons the sacraments of reconciliation and anointing of the sick are available with our priests. We also offer hospitality to other faith traditions for the purposes of retreat as a special spiritual practice , which we honor and pray for as monks. Spiritual accompaniment is also available upon request with the guestmaster.
We will not be providing a food service due to COVID-19, so patrons can bring their own food or go for meals to San Luis Obispo while on retreat; All our suites have small refrigerators, hot pots for making tea, micro waves and micro waves and micro waves containers for re-heating. We will provide plastic or paper disposable flatware and dishes to comply with preventive measures. Anti bacterial sanitizers are in each suite and we will still provide linens.
We are a working monastery with accommodations and an environment geared toward spiritual Monastic Life. Those looking simply for overnight accommodations are likely to be better served elsewhere.
Please consider making a Monastic Life Experience initial retreat and part of your regular spiritual practice. We would love to share our Monastery with you.
Overnight stays for monastic hospitality can be from 2 nights to 7 nights in length.
Deposit for reservation is $120.00. Deposit is non-refundable after 72 hours (3 days) of booking. If you need to change your booking please refer to the email confirmation which is sent upon reservation deposit, regarding changes.
We currently have three Hospitality Suites available for your Monastic Life Experience: St. Benedict, St. Romuald & St. Scholastica.
All overnight accommodations include access to the Chapel, Patio, Conference Area, use of the labyrinth and Way of the Cross meditation walks, hiking trails, library and grounds and free parking. Book and Gift store hours vary. The on-line book/gift store may be accessed at any time.
Guests are invited to choose to participate in both communal prayer and individual prayer in the chapel. We ask the use of facial masks, observance of social distancing during monastic liturgies for the safety of patrons and monks.
Patrons can bring their own food or go for meals to San Luis Obispo while on retreat. Meals are not provided at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Upon Arrival on the date of your reservation, please check-in at the Monastic Bookstore, adjacent to the Chapel. If the bookstore is closed, please call
805-544-1810 upon arrival.
Check-in time is 2:00pm
Check-out time is 1:00pm
Please provide the Guest-Master with an emergency contact phone number while on retreat at the monastery.
Thank you. We are grateful for your choice to experience a Monastic Life Retreat at the Monastery of the Risen Christ. We look forward to your visit with us!