Last updated: August 13, 2010 (5 years ago)

Listing created on: March 24, 2008


(Welkom, South Africa)

Mission Statement:

monastics retreat meditation

Community Description:

We are a residential group of hermits or solitaries (and others in religious communities or domestic monasteries) living together (or alone) for the mutual benefit and protection of the whole. We have communities in MANY countries.

Each person is respected for the level of solitude he or she desires and great efforts are taken by all to ensure that the sanctity of that solitude is never broken under any circumstances. Members live in individual residences at the hermitage.

This is the international residential centre; we have other small residential communities in other countries. We also have training by correspondence – novitiate training for monastics, in community or in their own homes.

We are interdenominational and for pastoral purposes us different rites e.g. Orthodox Liturgy, Western Rites, etc. We also offer silent worship or meditation.

Like all contemplatives from all religions (or none, as is the case with humanists or secularists), we focus on the present NOW moment. This practice existed for thousands of years, (long before Eckart Tolle and Oprah sensationalized it with their 500,000 members “studying” this subject on internet). Contemplatives from all faiths (like Eastern Orthodox Christians, western Christian contemplatives, centering prayer, Zen, Vedanta’s self-realization, etc.) all emphasize the moment when one breathes, as the moment when alone one exists, is alive, conscious, living.

Everyone of goodwill is welcome. Contact us by email. See our other proper site:

Como nuevo miembro del Priorato Internacional de la Santísima Trinidad quiero dar las gracias desde aquí a Vladyka+Claudio de Sevilla (España) y al arzobispo ++Iohannes (Sudáfrica) por la cálida acogida que nos han brindado en esta comunidad ortodoxa internacional.
Mi pequeña capilla de Vigo será un punto más de unión para todos los ortodoxos que deseen acercarse a los oficios litúrgicos.
Para cualquier información pueden escribirnos a:

Vigo (Galicia, España). Capilla: Calle López Mora, 21, Local 21. 36207 VIGO (España). P. Efrén (sacerdote); Rev. Gregorio (Hipodiácono). E-mail:


  • Adult Members: 3
  • Percent Women: 0%
  • Percent Men: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Liturgical xtian, Quaker, UU

    RC, Orthodox, Anglican, UU, Quaker, Lutheran etc

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (includes “all religions”)


  • Type: Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization
  • Decision Making: Other
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Additional Comments: community

    and more in other locations

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Open to members with existing debt: No


  • Required Labor Contribution:


  • Additional Comments: 2 to 3 hours a week upkeep of property and gardens

    for personal expenses



    • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%


    • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
    • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)


    • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.


    • Additional comments: by choice


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We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge