O Holy Great Martyr Barbara, pray to God for us...

St. Barbara Monastery
is currently still closed to all visitors
until further notice.
The monastery bookstore/ giftshop is still available online.

Thank you for your understanding.

St. Barbara Orthodox Monastery is a women's monastic community of the Diocese of the West of the Orthodox Church in America, under the omophorion of His Eminence, Archbishop BENJAMIN. The Monastery was founded in 1992 and has been located in Santa Paula, California, since late 2005.  

The Sisters maintain a regular cycle of daily liturgical services and partly earn their living growing lavender and producing lavender products, giving retreats, producing icon  greeting cards, and operating a small bookstore and online gift shop where local honey is sold. 

We strive daily to live out the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in community, seeking to love God and neighbor through prayer, hospitality and labor.

Latest News

***December 30, 2020  Christ is born! Glorify Him! Here is the monastery Christmas Newsletter.
***October 28, 2020 The October newsletter is available here
***September 24, 2020 The September edition of the monastery newsletter is available here.
***August 26, 2020 Enjoy the August Newsletter  here
***July 23, 2020 The July Monastery Newsletter is available here. We regret that there will be no Gathering of the Friends of the Monastery this month.
***June 24, 2020  Our monthly Friends Gathering remains cancelled for this month. We miss you all and hope you enjoy our June newsletter in the meantime.
***May 27, 2020 Enjoy our latest monastery newsletter here. There will be no Friends Gathering in May.

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