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Hospitality maintains a prominence in the living monastic tradition. As outlined in Saint Benedict’s Rule for Monasteries, the guest represents Christ and has a claim on the welcome and care of the community.




The Abbey of Gethsemani has received guests from the first days of its foundation in 1848.

People from all over the world are welcomed by the monks.






The monastic milieu offers a place apart “to entertain silence in the heart and listen for the voice of God – to pray for your own discovery.” (Thomas Merton)

Communing with the Lord requires a measure of solitude, a stillness and an emptiness, a waiting on and attending to the Spirit.

Silence fosters and preserves the climate of prayer and is thus a fundamental part of the Gethsemani retreat experience.

Speaking is permitted in designated areas. Retreatants are asked to limit their speaking to those areas only.





The abbey’s many acres of woodlands and fields afford extensive space for reflection and prayer.


Abbey retreats are silent, unstructured and undirected. Private consultation with one of the monks can be arranged, if desired. Guests are welcome to participate in the Eucharist and hours of prayer. See

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The library has an ample selection of classic and contemporary religious and other books and periodicals. 


Each guest room is private with its own bathroom.

Accommodations for the handicapped are available.

The retreat house is air-conditioned and is a non-smoking facility. There is an elevator to all four levels.


In addition to the main retreat house, an area of the monastery is available for male retreatants year-round. Here, each guest has a private room with a sink, but shares a bathroom. This section is not air conditioned; however, fans are provided.

For two weekday and two weekend retreats per month, reservations are restricted to women. Openings for women begin on the first and third Monday of the month, and weekend retreats follow immediately.

For the remaining weekday and weekend periods, reservations are open to men.


Retreat Time Frames:

Weekday retreats – Monday to Friday

Weekend retreats – Friday to Monday

During both men and women's retreat periods any unbooked rooms will be made available to either men or women.

When reservations are canceled, those rooms are offered on a first-call basis to men or women.

Even during women's retreat periods, there will usually be a dozen or so men who are staying in the monastery itself and will use the retreat house facilities.