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

***February 3rd, 2023 We will have a Divine Liturgy on Sunday, February 5th, and pilgrims are welcomed to join us. However, as there is still sickness in the monastery house, the main house remains closed. 
***January 25th, 2023 
We regret to announce  that the January Friends Gathering has been cancelled. Our sisters recovering from illness. Thank you for your understanding. 
Here is the January monastery newsletter.
***January 19th, 2023

NOTICE:

THE MONASTERY IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO VISITORS AND PILGRIMS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO SICKNESS.

PLEASE CHECK BACK LATER.

***December 21st, 2022 Please read our Christmas Newsletter filled with all the latest monastery news. Christ is born! Glorify Him!
***December 17th, 2022
The myrrh-streaming Hawaiian Iveron icon will be visiting our monastery tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 18th! We anticipate that the icon will arrive sometime in the early to mid-afternoon. Friends are invited to join the sisters to welcome the Mother of God and venerate this miraculous icon which will be brought to us by the newly ordained Fr. Nectarios Yangson. 

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