I was looking online and found no information. I'm wondering; if you had a group of folks who were serious about becoming monks, how would they go about starting a monastery?
What needs to come together?
Blessing from the bishop, a home, a way of self-efficiancy, etc? Is there a general order of getting things done? Where does one kidnap a starets from?
I know some folks back home who want a monastery there, and I'm curious. What do?
And a Blessed Theophany and/or Nativity!
Two most important "items" to begin a monastery:
1. An experienced monk/nun who is able to serve as abbot/abbess (with the local hierarch's blessing).
2. A place where those who live in the community can be separated from the world.
For 1: The life path of the monks living in community has to be carefully supervised - it's not enough to live alone, one must have a guide in how to approach the spiritual life, and that guide must give specific instructions unique to the individual monk/nun. The person giving such instruction must be further advanced in the spiritual life than the one beginning it - must have discernment to probe the hearts of the brother/sisterhood, stability to manage their own path (with the help of their own spiritual father), and acumen for the management of the monastery through its formative years.
For 2: Monastic communities are to be outside of the sphere of the world. This separation can happen in a city (it is admittedly more difficult this way), or in a more remote location. They are to have space set aside for the monks/nuns that are only for communal use (i.e. not for visitors/pilgrims), and space for prayer and the welcoming of visitors. This can usually be done in a converted house or other type of building (i.e. you don't have to use a purpose-built facility to begin). It is a plus if the location allows the monks/nuns to work for their sustenance - growing their own fruit / veggies / crops, harvesting for sale (honey, timber, grapes, etc.), space for workshops (candle making, woodcarving, icon making, baking, etc.).
If you have to prioritize one item over the others, I would choose #1. (My $0.02)