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All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ; for he himself will say, "I was a stranger and you welcomed me."
- Rule of St. Benedict

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Guest House ...

Please Note that the monastery guest house is closed until further notice.

Benedictine monasteries are never without guests, and the guesthouse at Mariya uMama weThemba Monastery continues a Benedictine tradition centuries old of offering hospitality to both individuals and groups. We can sleep 24 people in 17 rooms contained in three different guesthouse buildings. We invite individuals and groups of all faiths to come for retreat, or on a bed and breakfast basis.

These quiet facilities include two comfortable meeting rooms perfect for groups and workshops with plenty of breakaway space. A lounge offers our guests a warm and cozy environment to sit and enjoy the fireplace while delving into the spiritual words of wisdom from our guesthouse library. We have a verandah on which people enjoy the beautiful spring and summer days. A spacious dining area provides guests with delicious meals shared with the monastic community.

The Guest House also is situated on 50 hectares of land with many walking trails, unique and varied bird life and magnificent scenery. Farms surrounding the monastery provide a 360 degree view of the vast valleys outside of Grahamstown, and on a clear day, one can see the ocean.

Our church is open for private prayer throughout the day. Guests are encouraged to attend the daily offices and Eucharist which are led by the monastic community. These experiences of prayer can be a unique and integral part of the retreat experience at the monastery.

The monastery hosts a number of programmes and classes throughout the year which provide interesting insights into prayer, Benedictine spirituality, pastoral care and other topics. These programmes are advertised on this website as well as in our newsletter, Uxolo, and various other publications. Or you can just ask us to send you a listing of them. The guesthouse is closed from Sunday evening until Tuesday morning.

Benedictine Ministry of Hospitality ...

As part of the Benedictine ministry of hospitality, the monks of Mariya uMama weThemba Monastery offer a 24 bed, fully equipped guesthouse for those seeking a quiet place of prayer and retreat and for meetings. Parish groups, individuals, families, pilgrimages and other groups are welcome. We also offer bed and breakfast. Our facility is ecumenical in keeping with Benedictís teaching that "all who present themselves at the monastery are to be received as Christ." And, all guests are most welcome to join the monastic community for the Divine Offices and Eucharist each day.

The Guesthouse is open from Tuesday morning until Sunday afternoon.

Besides spiritual guidance for individuals, the monks are available to help with a variety of retreat topics, such as:
  • Praying with Scripture
  • Quiet Days
  • Benedictine Spirituality
  • Benedictine Experience
  • Schools of Prayer
  • Celtic Spirituality
If your group is interested in having a monk lead your retreat, please contact the Guest Master.

To contact the Guest House:
Telephone: +27 46 622 8111
Fax: +27 86 243 1738

"Please note:
We do not turn anyone away from our Guest House because of financial constraints. If you need to negotiate the costs, please speak with the Guest Master."

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