Washington May 03, 2018
There’s A Monastery Hidden On An Island In Washington And You’ll Want To Visit
You never know what you’ll find hiding in our beautiful state, especially on our quiet and secluded islands. Vashon Island is where you’ll find the All-Merciful Saviour Monastery, which is a perfect spot for this beautiful, peaceful place.
All-Merciful Saviour Monastery is a monastic community of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, and it happens to be the only male Orthodox monastery in Washington.
It was established in 1986 by Archimandrite Dmitri (from Santa Rosa, California), moving to Vashon in 1988.
It's easy to see why Vashon was chosen for the monastery's home.
Although it's a mere 20 minutes from Seattle via ferry, it's quiet and secluded here.
The property includes includes a main temple dedicated to the Protection of the Holy Virgin, a small chapel dedicated to their patron saint, a library and community room, a bookstore and office building, and seven monastic cabins.
The monks care for two big gardens, cultivating organic vegetables, berries, and wine grapes.
They also have free range chickens that produce eggs for the community.
The church hosts two Sunday services as well as several services throughout the week (more during lent).
The public is welcome to attend services, but it is asked that people call ahead to let them know.
Curious? The monks welcome visitors and are generally open from Tuesday - Saturday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
If you'd like to visit, they ask that you call first (206-463-5918), and that both men and women dress modestly.
The monks support themselves mainly by producing a line of gourmet coffees, Monastery Blend Coffee.
You can buy the coffee (and coffee cups) online at vashonmonks.com.
Have you ever heard of this peaceful monastery?
Click here to learn more about it, and take a look at these other beautiful places of worship in our great state.