We are not taking reservations indefinitely due to COVID. The chapel is closed, kitchen and rooms are closed, but the labyrinth, way of the cross and outdoor meditation benches are open to public use.
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.
Meals, which are included in the accommodation rates, are mostly vegetarian and are taken privately in one’s own room, on the patio or in the dining/conference area. However we will not be providing a food service due to COVI-19, so patrons can bring their own food or go for meals to San Luis Obispo while on retreat; All our suites have micro-waves and small refrigerators and we will provide plastic or paper disposable flatware and dishes to comply with preventive measures.
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 1 overnight to 14 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 meals, access to the Chapel, Patio, Kitchen, Dining/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.
Meals/snacks are included in accommodation rates.
Breakfast and snack foods, coffee, tea and water are available for self-service in the kitchen area.
The main meal, lunch is served midday for individual retreat guests.
A light soup and salad supper is served for individual guests each evening.
Snacks, water, coffee/tea are located in the breakout room/ kitchen area and are freely available to guests.
All food will be made available in the “Breakout Room”. Guests may choose to eat in their rooms, on the patio or in the dining area adjacent to the kitchen/breakout room.
Please Note: If you are gluten intolerant, please note that we do not provide gluten-free foods. You may bring your own select foods. Small refrigerators are located in guest rooms and there is a large refrigerator and microwave in the kitchen/breakout room for guest use.
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!