Experience Monastic Life at Redwoods

Our Lady of the Redwoods Abbey

Monastic Internship Program

APPLY NOW Turning Inward


Every journey is a liminal space, an in-between time, spanning where I am now and where I hope to end up.  While a journey often involves some physical travel, a meaningful journey is accompanied by a displacement of a habitual dispositions and mindsets, while engaging an inner dimension.

We live in a very anxious world amplified by technology that often drowns out our inner voices and distances ourselves from our true moral center.  How is it possible to make meaningful choices in our life if we cannot access an inner stillness that allows us to listen to the real promptings of our hearts and minds?

The Internship Program:

The Monastic Internship Program runs over the Summer from June through August for a duration of 1 to 3 months with flexible start and end dates. The Intern will be invited to participate in the Redwoods Abbey’s prayer and meditation schedule. While we do not require that Interns be Roman Catholic, we do require that they demonstrate openness and acceptance  of Catholic monastic rituals and liturgical practices.

The intern will be asked to work in the garden, kitchen, woods or guest house for one work period per day as required.  Afternoons will mostly be free for personal study, prayer and walks.  Conferences on certain monastic subjects will be offered by sisters of Redwoods. Sisters will be available for one to one talks and accompaniment.

All meals and accommodations are included.

“We have what we seek, it is here all the time, and if we give it time, it will make itself known to us.”               Thomas Merton

or contact Sr. Suzanne, OCSO,
at vocationdirector@redwoodsabbey.org.



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