My sister Terry and I, along with two friends of hers (Jack and Jim), had a wonderful (mostly) silent retreat in August at the Abbey. It is a place of peace and rest, and joy and sanctuary. If you need to get away from it all, this is the place. I was delighted to find that my internet didn’t work most of the time. We wandered over miles and miles of woodland and worshiped with the monks several times a day and spent way too much money buying fudge and things from the gift shop,
We enjoyed a delicious lunch in Memphis courtesy of Bill & Rose and I stayed at Jim’s cousin Pam’s house overnight on the way up and made friends with her nine cats. What an amazing and beautiful house she has! The backyard is a retreat itself. Thanks to all for the hospitality!
The website to reserve retreats makes it easy to contact them, and I do highly recommend that everyone visit at some point, regardless of your religion or lack thereof. The peace enfolds you like a warm blanket.
You can find their wonderful gift shop featuring monk-made goodies here. I encourage you to shop around.
Wikipedia has a lot of information about the history of the abbey, and like any place worth seeing, there is good and bad to be found in the history. It makes it easy to relate, as a fallible human being.
Here is a video I made featuring photos and videos I took and songs I recorded during services.