Mount Angel Abbey - St. Benedict, Oregon
(click the picture for website)
This is the venue for a retreat I'll be on for 4 days, starting tomorrow morning.
Like an unexpected, surprise gift, the idea of taking a quiet retreat instead of a more traditional vacation just popped in my head recently. The beautiful surroundings at Mount Angel, Oregon immediately occurred to me as the perfect place to go. I have fond memories of visiting there when I was in High School, drinking goat's milk with the monks who live at the hilltop monastery, joining them in their services at the beautiful abbey, and simply feeling the calm that envelopes the entire location.
I need a head-clearing time of quiet, away from the internet, TV, cell phones and daily obligations. I've found myself wound tighter than usual recently, and that's effected everything I do in Real Life and online.
I'll be in a private room with a beautiful view and only a few essential items. A journal and pen will be at hand. There's a fascinating library I can visit. I'll be on the same strict meal schedule as the permanent residents there. I'll walk the winding paths through the lovely grounds and nearby forests. - I can hardly wait for this period of peaceful, silent contemplation.
If you click the picture of the abbey, you'll be taken to the beautiful Mount Angel website. It's open to the page about The Retreat House where I'll be housed, and you'll meet Friar Edmund, my host.
Catholic friends here at the Forum will be especially interested in the site's pages about the library, the monastery and the history of St. Benedict which is an incorporated town apart from the town of Mount Angel itself.
This will keep me away from the Forum until Friday. I wish for everyone a great time here in the fellowship of our online community of musicians. I look forward to hearing more pieces done with GPO4 as everyone gets more familiar with Gary's great upgrade.
Peace to all.