In the centuries prior to the printing press, the stone monasteries of Europe often included what was known as a scriptorium: a multi-windowed, light-filled room designed solely for the focused reading and meticulous hand-copying of manuscripts, some illuminated with intricate designs of gold leaf and precious lapis lazuli. The holy reading practiced in the scriptorium had its roots in an ancient Christian tradition known as praying the Scriptures. During this retreat among the beautiful stone walls and light-filled spaces of Laity Lodge, we will consciously step back into another time, one in which the hours of the day were marked off by communal prayer rather than digital alarms and reading was meant to feed our souls instead of bombarding us with the latest news.
Paula Huston, a longtime oblate of a contemplative Benedictine hermitage in Big Sur, is the author of two novels and seven books on the spiritual life. She lives with her husband Mike on four acres on the Central Coast of California. Fr. David Denny spent thirty years in a Carmelite monastery before moving to his own hermitage in Colorado. He is the co-founder, with Tessa Bielecki, of The Desert Foundation, which fosters dialogue between practitioners of the Abrahamic faiths.
Scholarships are available. To apply for a scholarship, first register for a retreat to secure a space. Then apply for a scholarship after paying the $100 deposit. In the event of a full scholarship, your deposit will be refunded.
Plan to arrive at Laity Lodge anytime after 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 13. The retreat will officially commence with a 6:00 p.m. reception at the Great Hall and will conclude Sunday, June 16, following an 11:00 a.m. brunch. Click here for directions and more info on how to prepare for your visit.