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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
09/02/16September 2016 Newsletter -

The monastery's September 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.

Permaculture Workshop

This event will be a combination of lecture and hands-on learning about suburban applications of permaculture.  

Friday 11/11- An Introduction to Permaculture (6 PM - 8 PM)

Saturday 11/12- Permaculture Principles, Practice, & Design (9 AM - 3 PM)

Sunday 11/13-Permaculture & Orthodox Christianity (12:30 PM - 2:30 PM, following Divine Liturgy & Coffee Hour)

Click here for the event flyer.

California Chalice Wine

The latest vintage of our Premium Chalice Wine is being bottled NOW. Orders will begin shipping the first week of August, 2016. 

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 our monastery at or (707) 942-4658.

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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