The Poustinia Yesterday... A little history
A hermitage is a place where one may go, to find solitude and peace.
Although there were probably Christian solitaries before his time, a
little-known Egyptian named Paul was the first to popularize the eremitic
(religious recluse) way of life.
At the beginning of the fourth century, this life was one of the standard
ways, especially in the East, in which Christian contemplation and
self-denial expressed itself.
In the West, the rule of St. Benedict provided for the exceptional case
of the ascetic who might be permitted to become a solitary.
In Russian, the word for hermitage is Poustinia.
This word and this custom was introduced into North America by Baroness Catherine
de Hueck Doherty, a modern-day contemplative.
The Poustinia Today...
Because of our modern technological and industrial civilization,
it is increasingly difficult to find God in this world of ours.
The Poustinia at the Redemptorist Retreat Center is
a place where God can be discovered.
The Poustinia can mean a truly isolated, lonely place to go as
a hermit and encounter God in solitude, silence and prayer.
Accommodations...Peaceful & Comfortable
The Poustinia is furnished and equipped for comfortable
but modest, independent short term living. It features:
Kitchenette with utensils
Bedroom with linens
Heated and air-conditioned
Click here for an interior view of the Poustinia.
Click here for an exterior view of the Poustinia.
Limited to only one person at a time
Limited to those who desire to encounter God in a retreat setting in complete
silence and solitude.
Reservations required in advance. For more information please call the