Monastery Lodging

Old Oct 12th 2004, 12:36 pm
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Aj
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Ive googled about a bit but and have found this question but no replies ...

Has anybody ever stayed in a (working/active) monastery in Europe? I would
like to do this for some time next Summer. Indeed anything similar would be
of interest. Id like to 'get away' from everything for a while. Would be
prepared to work.

Thanks

AJ
 
Old Oct 12th 2004, 12:56 pm
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"AJ" <[email protected]> wrote in
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    > Ive googled about a bit but and have found this question but no
    > replies ...
    >
    > Has anybody ever stayed in a (working/active) monastery in Europe? I
    > would like to do this for some time next Summer. Indeed anything
    > similar would be of interest. Id like to 'get away' from everything
    > for a while. Would be prepared to work.
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    > AJ
    >
    >
    >

check out the possibilities on the holy mount of Athos in Greece, no
nothing female allowed
 
Old Oct 12th 2004, 1:01 pm
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"AJ" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Ive googled about a bit but and have found this question but no replies
    > ...
    > Has anybody ever stayed in a (working/active) monastery in Europe? I would
    > like to do this for some time next Summer. Indeed anything similar would
    > be of interest. Id like to 'get away' from everything for a while. Would
    > be prepared to work.
Go to the World Benedictines site http://www.osb.org/ and look for the names
of monasteries. Contact the guestmaster at places you'd like to visit with
your requirements.

Alec
 
Old Oct 13th 2004, 12:20 am
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On Wed, 13 Oct 2004 01:36:07 +0100, "AJ" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Ive googled about a bit but and have found this question but no replies ...
    >Has anybody ever stayed in a (working/active) monastery in Europe? I would
    >like to do this for some time next Summer. Indeed anything similar would be
    >of interest. Id like to 'get away' from everything for a while. Would be
    >prepared to work.

There are hundreds of working monasteries that allow visitors, both in
Europe and in the US. There are also books on the subject, which give
a good idea of what kind of stay can be expected. The monasteries
range from spartan to almost luxurious, and the guests may or may not
be expected to participate in the life and work of the community.


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Old Oct 13th 2004, 12:27 am
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"Alec" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > "AJ" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]...
    >> Ive googled about a bit but and have found this question but no replies
    >> ...
    >> Has anybody ever stayed in a (working/active) monastery in Europe? I
    >> would like to do this for some time next Summer. Indeed anything similar
    >> would be of interest. Id like to 'get away' from everything for a while.
    >> Would be prepared to work.
    > Go to the World Benedictines site http://www.osb.org/ and look for the
    > names of monasteries. Contact the guestmaster at places you'd like to
    > visit with your requirements.
    > Alec

Thanks for getting me started guys. Have you done this yourself? Id be
interested to hear your experiences.

A
 
Old Oct 13th 2004, 1:15 am
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AJ <[email protected]> wrote:
    > Ive googled about a bit but and have found this question but no replies ...

    > Has anybody ever stayed in a (working/active) monastery in Europe? I would
    > like to do this for some time next Summer. Indeed anything similar would be
    > of interest. Id like to 'get away' from everything for a while. Would be
    > prepared to work.

The St. Anthony guest house of the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement might
be an option for you. It is in a quiet corner of Assisi in Italy and a
very "get away" place. I don't think they require that you work, but they
would like you to contemplate. Minimum stay is 2 days.


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Old Oct 13th 2004, 5:16 am
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"AJ" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > Ive googled about a bit but and have found this question but no replies ...
    >
    > Has anybody ever stayed in a (working/active) monastery in Europe? I would
    > like to do this for some time next Summer. Indeed anything similar would be
    > of interest. Id like to 'get away' from everything for a while. Would be
    > prepared to work.
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    > AJ

If you're male, I would check out the monasteries on the Athos
Peninsula in Greece. I assume you're male because you want to go to a
monastery, but just in case! I don't know how long you can stay, but
beautiful setting & spectacular monsteries.
 
Old Oct 13th 2004, 7:39 am
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    >> Has anybody ever stayed in a (working/active) monastery in Europe?
    >> I would like to do this for some time next Summer. Indeed anything
    >> similar would be of interest. Id like to 'get away' from everything
    >> for a while. Would be prepared to work.
    > There are hundreds of working monasteries that allow visitors, both
    > in Europe and in the US.

Some less usual ones that come to mind are Samye Ling in Eskdalemuir,
south-west Scotland (Kagyu Tibetan Buddhist; probably has a website)
and Mar Gabriel in south-east Turkey (very obscure Syrian Christian
sect that would have been massacred by more orthodox Christians
centuries ago if it hadn't been surrounded by Muslims who didn't give
a damn; probably has electricity).

There are couple of monasteries in Scotland that allow you to get
away from even more by banning women from the grounds. A similar
ethos prevails at the more expensive Edinburgh golf clubs.

You do realize you won't be getting away from backbiting, grudges,
feuds and institutional politics? A friend of mine who went to stay
at Samye Ling more than 20 years ago (and is still there) said "you
have to be tough to take it here". A monastery as a setting for a
murder mystery (as in "The Name of the Rose") isn't so far-fetched.

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Old Oct 13th 2004, 11:58 am
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This is good. I wasnt expecting much when I made that post. It was fairly
fresh off the top of my head and I doubted anyone would have much to say
about it. Thanks to all who responded so far.

How do these people respond to tourists? I wouldnt plan on walking around
with a camera around my neck and making demands or anything, but I do have
my vices (smoking being the one at the fore of my mind at the moment). Do
they open their doors principally to help support themselves or are they
genuinely happy to give a guy sanctuary from the world for a few weeks? I
would not like to be somewhere where I felt I was unwelcome/a burden. Im
sure you can imagine what the idelaized version of this break that I have in
my mind will is like (friendly monks who are happy to meet and help you,
ideal surroundings, tranquility and peace 24 hours a day ... blah blah). Am
I being completely naive?

BTW, yes I am male. I only speak English (a few words of German), Im
vegetarian (though if necessary and if its prepared humanely would make
exceptions), I smoke, Im 25, I dont believe in a God although I dont
completely lack spirituality (would it be a big problem ... I wouldnt be
adversarial about their beliefs or anything), Im not skillled in any manual
labor type way, but I am willing, reasonable, respectful, open minded
(immodest, or so it would seem) and will repay hospitality in any way I can.

Thanks again.

AJ
 
Old Oct 13th 2004, 12:00 pm
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"AJ" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > "Alec" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]...
    >> "AJ" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]...
    >>> Ive googled about a bit but and have found this question but no replies
    >>> ...
    >>> Has anybody ever stayed in a (working/active) monastery in Europe? I
    >>> would like to do this for some time next Summer. Indeed anything similar
    >>> would be of interest. Id like to 'get away' from everything for a while.
    >>> Would be prepared to work.
    >> Go to the World Benedictines site http://www.osb.org/ and look for the
    >> names of monasteries. Contact the guestmaster at places you'd like to
    >> visit with your requirements.
    >> Alec
    > Thanks for getting me started guys. Have you done this yourself? Id be
    > interested to hear your experiences.
I have stayed at Benedictine communities in UK and Germany, and have been
warmly received. Always make advance contact by e-mail, phone or letter, and
be sensitive to their way of life (no noise after compline, communal meals
in silence, curfew etc). Though you don't have to, they will appreciate
attending one service a day, either community mass or compline. Larger
communities have separate guest wing with lay staff, almost like a hotel
(where couples and families can also stay), others just have a handful of
rooms for guests. They may have a set daily charge, or donations (I try to
give the equivalent of a b&b accommodation, £20 or 30 euro). It helps if you
speak the rudiments of local language.

Alec
 

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