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Seeking Sanctuary: Reduce Stress at a Monastery

The tranquility of a monastery can offer a precious break from stress.



Sheltered by the Santa Ynez mountains, the Ladera retreat center of ­La Casa de Maria offers visitors peace as well as beauty.
Pendle Hill teacher Sally Palmer, left, enjoys working with ­students in the arts studio, open twenty-four hours a day for student use.
Photo by Sharon Gunther
Sheltered by the Santa Ynez mountains, the Ladera retreat center of ­La Casa de Maria offers visitors peace as well as beauty.
The statue of Saint Joseph with his staff flowering into a lily rests outside the Holy Cross Abbey guest house.
Photo by Beverly Pearce
The traditional quadrangular shape of the Abbey of Gesthemani creates openness and concentration—spirituality expressed in architecture.
Photo by Paul Quenon of The Abbey of Gesthemani
The cob greenhouse is a testimony to ecologically friendly building practices at Pendle Hill. The greenhouse makes good use of resources by using locally harvested, recycled and nontoxic materials, making it a warm, friendly place for all.
Photo by Sharon Gunther
The tranquil Blue Ridge Mountains offer the perfect conditions for solace at The Holy Cross Abbey.
Photo by Beverly Pearce Courtesy of Holy Cross Abbey
El Bosque retreat center at La Casa de Maria in Santa Barbara, California, is an ideal setting for contemplation.
Brinton House at the Pendle Hill Quaker center was named in honor of Howard and Anna Brinton, directors for nearly three decades, and well-known authors of books on mysticism and Quakerism.
Photo by Coleman O. Watts











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