Horrible advice by Fr. Schmemann, a man I respect. If anyone has spent any significant length of time at a monastery with traditional monastic rules one will quickly realize the service it does to the entire Church and to the world as a whole.
I am surprised at this reaction. How is the father saying otherwise? And do you know the state places like the much beloved Mt. Athos was in during the Father's time? Have you read his reflections on his joy and surprise on seeing the monks within the Oriental Christian tradition?
If you care about his thoughts on monasticism in a larger sense, again these are journals, then I would suggest listening to some people who are willing to be frank about the state of the monastic life during Father's life and what he likely saw and then read how overjoyed he was when he discovered the Oriental Coptic monks.
That aside, how are those rules bad advice for those attempting to discern a monastic calling. They seem like a decent manner for testing ones vocation. A process which has seen some rather disastrous results in this country at least in monasteries.
Heck, I figured outside your yacht, that your life probably looked like what the Father outlined.