Some folks come to see the Mepkin Abbey Church and the Nancy Bryan Luce Gardens. They might stay only a few minutes or they may walk the Gardens leisurely and remain for an hour or more. Stop by the Reception center for a map of the Gardens and for any other information you may need.
No reservations are required for individual visitors. Groups of 10 or more persons and bus tours are asked to make reservations.
Mushrooms and garden compost from the Abbey’s farm, and candies, preserves and creamed honey from other Trappist Abbeys are available at the Reception Center Gift Shop. The Shop also offers select books, tapes, religious articles, icons, candles, and other specialty gift items.
A Note on the Cloister
Cloister Entrance Sign
The cloister is the Brothers’ home. A path has been designated for visitors to see the Church and the library while on tour. Please respect the monks’ privacy and observe signs designating Monastic Areas.
For groups of 10 or more.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on group reservations. Include your name, phone, tour company, and desired date and time of visit.
Because we closed our front gate and stopped all visitors to the monastery, no one at Mepkin has caught the virus. However, also because of this shutdown, which was necessary to keep us safe, we lost all of our income producing activities, including our mushroom production, the Retreat Center, and the Abbey Store. We have no idea when we will be able to resume these activities.
If you, too, are suffering economic hardships, please know that you are in our prayers. If you are in a safe financial position, perhaps you would consider making a donation to Mepkin to help us sustain our life of prayer, so we can be ready to welcome visitors, guests and retreatants back into our midst when all is safe.
Oyster mushrooms have long been cultivated in Asia for their medical benefits as well as excellent taste, and are a rich source of B-Vitamins. Dried mushrooms have a concentrated and powerful flavor, so you need less of them per recipe.
Our dried and powdered mushrooms are available for sale in the Abbey Store and online.