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

                         (Photo by Judith van Vliet)

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.

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Friday, May 5th:
 4 pm Vigil
Saturday, May 6th:
9 am Service of Consecration
Followed by Divine Liturgy
His Eminence 
the Most Reverend Archbishop Benjamin 
If attending, RSVP at sbmonastery@gmail.com or by calling 805.921.1563.

View the formal invitation here.


*  Only clergy and handicapped parking 
    will be available on-site.

*  All others park off-site in one of two               designated parking areas:

1.       Thomas Aquinas College
          10,000 Ojai Rd. or Highway 150, 
          ΒΌ mile from the monastery

2.       Vida Nueva (New Life) Church 
           3452 Ojai Rd. or Highway 150, 
           before leaving Santa Paula

*  Frequent, professional shuttle service will       be available between the parking areas and     the monastery.
***March 24, 2017 Please enjoy our March newsletter here which includes information about this Sunday's Friends gathering. Our speaker will be Fr. Charalambos Fox who will address the topic "The Sunday Scriptural Readings for Great Lent."
***February 28, 2017***February newsletter now available
***February 21, 2017 There will be no Friends Gathering this Sunday- Forgiveness Sunday. We wish you all a blessed Great and Holy Lent!
***January 26, 2017 Sponsor a sconce.  We have 4 left. What is a sconce? Clue: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Psalm 118: 105
***January 26, 2017 Please enjoy our first newsletter of 2017 here which includes information about this Sunday's Friends Gathering. Our speaker will be Charles Ajalat who will address the topic "Are we living now in the kingdom of God?" 
***December 25, 2016 Christ is born! Glorify Him!
***December 17, 2016 Blessed Advent to all! Please enjoy our current Christmas newsletter here. There will be on Friends Gathering this month. 
***December 10, 2016  
New product! Healing herbal salve made by the nuns now available here or at a discount here. Pocket-sized and excellent for healing scratches, bumps, bites, bruises and minor wounds.

***December 4, 2016 Blessed Feast Day of the Great Martyr Barbara. O holy great-martyr Barbara, pray to God for us!

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