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CourseGraphic Escape from everyday life and experience three days of peace and reflection during a self-directed retreat at a northern California monastery. The Abbey of New Clairvaux is a Catholic Cistercian monastery near Chico, but you need not be Catholic or Christian to attend. Explore this spiritual realm at your own pace with unstructured free time to walk among the gardens, walnut groves and vineyards. Read, journal, meditate, sleep or take part in optional daily church services and Saturday discussions with other participants and with one of the monks. The abbey is on the grounds of what was the world’s largest winemaking operation and has its own award-winning on-site winery.

Class Details

3 Sessions
Weekly - Fri, Sat, Sun

Abbey of New Clairvaux

Jacci Turner 



Please read:  There are 2 single rooms and 1 double room still available at the abbey. When you enroll, tell us whether you prefer a single or double room and if you're willing to share a room with another participant. Each student is responsible for transportation to and from the monastery. You will need to arrive there between 2:30 and 5 p.m. on Sept. 14. You may leave on Sunday or on Monday morning. The course fee includes a single or double room and three vegetarian meals a day, the quality of which depends on the monk who is cooking that day. You may bring your own microwaveable food, but the kitchen is not available for cooking meals. The monks live in a cloistered community which is closed to visitors, and they are rarely seen except at church services. The Grand Silence (no talking) is observed each day from 8 p.m. till after breakfast. If you desire additional silence, other participants will respect that. Suggested book for a group discussion at the monastery is “The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming” by Henri Nouwen, available at



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/14/2018 - 9/16/2018 Weekly -Sun, Fri, Sat 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM Vina, Abbey of New Clairvaux  Map Jacci Turner