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« on: September 04, 2010, 05:37:56 PM »

I'm wondering if any of you have any experiences with living within a monastic community as a layperson. That is, dressing as you normally would (albiet if you are a woman, relatively modestly in skirts or dresses all the time and possibly headscarf all the time), and yet taking part in all the services (or at least as many as possible), and contributing towards the support of the community by helping with the work and perhaps helping the monastery supplement their income by  volunteering to make products to sell, etc.

Does anyone know if such an arrangement is possible, and has anyone tried it for themselves?
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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2010, 06:20:04 PM »

I've stayed in a few monasteries for a few weeks-not many, but long enough that I was given work to do.
I didn't attend all the services only those that I felt like, though. Neither do the monks themselves attend everything.
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2010, 07:23:13 PM »

Yes, I have.  I have stayed at two Greek Orthodox Monasteries.  Each one I stayed at for about a week.  You simply live as as the monastics do and also as a good guest to another's home.  I attended all services save the ones occuring while I was doing an obedience. 

Having pilgrims that stay longer than a night or two gives monasteries help they can use.  It is beneficial also to the pilgrim spiritually.
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2010, 07:26:27 PM »

Bless and Forgive are two very important words for both monastics and those staying at monasteries.  Indeed, amongst all Christians.
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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2010, 07:44:42 PM »

Thanks for your imput so far, dear folks! Actually, I was thinking more of a long term stay, and wondering if it would be possible. Perhaps one could go at first just for a visit to see it the fit is good, and then stay progressively longer, if all went well?
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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2010, 07:50:46 PM »

I understand what you are asking Rosehip.  I actually know of three laypeople who *live* on a monastery.  I don't know how they cover their expenses while living there or what led them to live there and be accepted by the abbot, but it is possible.  From what I understand though, these people had strong ties with their respective communities before moving there. 
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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2010, 10:18:08 PM »

i just finished living at a monastery for 10 months actually. i dressed normally, went to all the services, and did whatever obedience the abbot gave me. my life was essentially the same as that of the novices at the monastery except i had not made that level of commitment. so it is definitely possible to do this -- just has to be worked out with the abbess.
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« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2010, 10:39:11 PM »

Well, when you are considering whether or not to pursue the monastic life you stay there for a period of time before you can be tonsured. Our priest's son stayed at a couple different monasteries before he decided upon the one he is not tonsured at.
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« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2010, 06:58:37 AM »

A friend of mine used to spend his summer holidays in Monasteries.
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« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2010, 08:57:11 AM »

Thanks for all the helpful replies. I'm not interested in getting tonsured-just in living in a community as a layperson and contributing toward the work as a way of paying room and board and survival.
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« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2010, 10:33:45 AM »

I met an older couple (their kids are grown up so they have no more worldly responsibilities) who have been living around Holy Protection Monastery in Pennsylvania. They had been there a couple of months so far when I met them. They were interested in entering monasticism but I think the abbess was having them spend some time as laypeople to just test the waters. They were not living on the monastery proper, but were taking care of the old monastery grounds which were a little off in the woods and staying in the guesthouse. I imagine a similar arrangement could be made in some places for laity who just want to stay awhile and help out with work around the monastery. 
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