There is point deep in the center of our being that is untouched by sin or worldly attachments.  It has been termed 'the Virgin Point' or 'Le Pointe Vierge,' by the religious philosopher,  Louis Massignon.  The Monastic odyssey is to discover this inner dimension and gradually let it unfold throughout our being, touching us physically, psychologically and spiritually.  It affects our relationships and is the source of our Love.  This is the Christ centeredness of our vocation that  brings us to the beatitude,  “Blessed are the Pure of Heart, for they shall see God (Matthew 5:8). “


‘At the center of our being is a point of nothingness which is untouched by sin and by illusion, a point of truth, a point or spark which belongs entirely to God, which is never at our disposal, from which God disposes our lives, which is inaccessible to the fantasies of our own mind or the brutalities of our own will. This little point of nothingness and of absolute poverty is the pure glory of God in us. It is, so to speak, His name written in us… It is like a pure diamond, blazing with the invisible light of heaven.’ Thomas Merton - Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander)


All monastic practices are focused on developing and enfleshing this Godlife within us.

If you are a young woman who wishes to deepen your prayer practice and discover the joy of a monastic vocation, consider attending this weekend.


About This Weekend

Retreat House

The Monastic Experience Weekend (MEW) is sponsored by Our Lady of the Redwoods Monastery and will be held at Redwoods Monastery in Whitethorn California.  The monastery is an ideal site for contemplative prayer retreats because of its pristine natural beauty, hospitality of the sisters, and guesthouse accommodations.

Particular focus of this retreat will be Lectio Divina, an ancient monastic practice which opens one's heart to the Word of God.  Along with Lectio Divina there will be participation in the Divine Office with the Sisters in Choir as well as silent meditative prayer. Sisters Claire and Suzanne with other sisters from the monastery, will be coordinating what we hope will be a transformative weekend for all.

Each accepted retreatant is provided a private room and meals provided for the duration of the retreat. Please bring modest comfortable clothes to meditate in and good walking/hiking shoes.

To apply, please review our Frequently Asked Questions to determine eligibility.