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An Orthodox Christian Monastery for Women

From its home on the banks of the Napa River in Calistoga, California, Holy Assumption Monastery welcomes faithful pilgrims and visitors of all backgrounds.

Please use our website to learn about our community, explore Orthodox Christianity and its monastic tradition, and find out about events at the monastery.

Holy Assumption Monastery is part of the Orthodox Church in America's Diocese of San Francisco and the West, under the omophorion of His Eminence, Archbishop BENJAMIN.


What's New
07/05/16July 2016 Newsletter -

The monastery's July 2016 newsletter is available! Read Mother Melania's monthly reflection and other updates. The monthly calendar may be viewed on the last page of the newsletter, or by checking our online calendar, here.

03/31/16Upcoming June Retreat! -

We are happy to announce our next retreat will be held on June 25.  The title of the retreat is "On Stillness and the Prayer of the Heart" and the speaker is Hieromonk Innocent, Superior of the Monastery of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco in Manton, CA.  You can view the flyer here.

California Chalice Wine

The 2014 vintage of our California Chalice Wine is HERE! 

The production of the Kagor and the Alicante blend altar wines is a joint venture between Holy Assumption Monastery and St. Symeon Orthodox Church, through the non-profit company Calistoga Orthodox Wines. For more information on our wines, or to order, please contact Fr. Joakim Provatakis, at or (707) 341-6429.

Monastery Caskets - Now Available

The sisters of Holy Assumption Monastery are now offering pine caskets for sale. Our brochure is available for download, or you may follow the "More Information" link below to view photos, details, and pricing.

As of February, 2015, the sisters have changed our casket design to feature only pegged lids. Pegged lids allow the viewing lid to be fully removed, in contrast to the hinged lids. For Orthodox funerals, in which the open casket is placed in the middle of the church, the pegged lid allows the congregation to gather around both sides of the casket, rather than only one.  Our prices have increased slightly as a result of this change.

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