Type of life
“And when God gave me brothers, no one showed me what I should do, but the Most High revealed to me that I should live according to the form of the holy Gospel”
(from the Testament of St. Francis)
The Hermitage of Gethsemane provides possibility for private prayers in a solitary retreat, following Jesus’ example, who on the night in the Gethsemane Garden, right here, stayed all alone in private solitude with the Father.
Based on the comprehension of this holy Place, we strongly encourage every pilgrim that visits the Garden to have the greatest respect and understanding for the Hermitage, ensuring an atmosphere of silence and peace, so that everyone can encounter our Lord, who wants to talk to his children. Please note that the Hermitage was exclusively put together and established with the intention of providing a solitary retreat for private prayers and solitude. It was never intended to be a tourist resort or attraction, and does not provide accommodation for tourists visiting the Holy Land.
The Hermitage welcomes everyone: men, women, priests, religious and lay persons, respecting each member’s vocation and spiritual path.
We do not have a communal kitchen for our guests, but we make available private retreats providing room and cooking facilities. Please note that retreat ants can conveniently buy food and beverages downtown. All guests are required to maintain a contemplative reserved inward and outward disposition to favour prayer, concentration and meditation (see “our typical day”). Pilgrims are also asked not to receive or accommodate guests in their private retreats.
Guests are encouraged to perform service and help with maintenance to the Garden in order to favour a familiar atmosphere with the friars and the other guests and to promote friendship, following Jesus’ example with his apostles whom he called and continues calling “friends”.
We have no set fees, we depend upon each retreatant to give according to their means and bearing in mind the costs and expenses that we sustain for the maintenance to this holy Place.
We have 9 private retreats available. We also welcome small groups up to 15 people.