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

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

Swim for Hope Fundraiser

September 6, 2019

A 20-mile swimming event fundraiser
to benefit 
St. Barbara Monastery,
Project Mexico,
and St. Innocent Orphanage.

Support guest kayaker, Mitch Denny,
and contribute to the monastery building fund effort!

Details here


***August 23, 2019 Our latest newsletter is available here. Join us for this Sunday's Friends Gathering as we listen to Mother Macrina from Holy Assumption Monastery share her experiences of a year-long monastic pilgrimage around the world. The presentation begins at 4pm is entitled At Home in a Foreign Land: A Year of Monastic Pilgrimage. 5pm Vespers and 6pm potluck to follow. Please bring a dish to share.
***July 24, 2019 The July Newsletter is available here. Please join us for our next Friends Gathering this Sunday featuring Dr. John Mark Reynolds whose presentation is entitled The Orthodox Moment: The Decline of Secularism and the Opportunity of an Orthodox Education. Vespers and a potluck will follow this 4pm presentation.
***June 26, 2019 For this Sunday's Friends Gathering, we are pleased to host our previously rescheduled speaker, Fr. John Valadez, as he presents the topic of Digital Iconoclasm. The Friends presentation begins at 4pm, and will be followed Vespers and a potluck. In the meantime, please read about all the happenings at the monastery in our June Newsletter.
***May 25, 2019 Due to the anticipated rains this Sunday, we are cancelling the previously scheduled Friends Gathering that was to take place this Sunday. Please spread the word of this cancellation to others. We will try to reschedule Fr John Valadez to speak on the important topic of Digital Iconoclasm at another time.
***May 21, 2019 Enjoy the May monastery newsletter here. Fr John Valadez will be the featured speaker at this Sunday's Friends of the Monastery Gathering. His talk entitled Digital Iconoclasm will commence at 4pm. Please bring a friend and a potluck dish to share!
***April 28th, 2019 Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen!

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