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Hesychia House of Prayer

Hesychia House of prayer is nestled among the Ozark Mountains in New Blaine, Arkansas. The house is staffed by two sisters who live a life of prayer and work, and offer hospitality to adults of any faith who are seeking quiet time alone with God.

There are three short-term hermitages and one long-term hermitage available for stay. One of the short-term hermitages is also suitable for a long-term stay.

The short term hermitages can be made available for as little as one day, and up to several days. The long term hermitage, named Sacro Speco in honor os St. Benedict’s time in a cave in Subiaco, Italy, is available for those who desire almost total solitude for a longer period, ranging from one week to several months. Short-term guests, i.e. those staying up to one week, are invited to share the evening meal with the staff but are to provide all their other food themselves. They may choose to prepare that meal in their hermitage also, in which case they will need to provide that food for themselves too. Linens and simple cooking and refrigerating equipment are provided in all the hermitages. Long-term guests are to do all their own cooking and provide all their own food.

The long-term hermitage, Sacre Speco, is nestled in the pasture at Hesychia.

First cemetery for the Sisters of St. Scholastica

Guests using any facility at Hesychia are welcome to join the sisters for the community prayer which consists of the Eucharist and praying the Liturgy of the Hours. They are also welcome to use the chapel for private reflection, the deck of the main house, and the library. The sisters are willing to meet with guests who desire more direction if asked to do so. Adventurous folks may be interested in using the hiking trails in the 200 acres of wooded area or walk the country roads.

The suggested donation for the hermitages is $50/night for the first week and $35/night thereafter; a $20 donation is requested for a day only. However, if a short-term guest is unable to pay the requested amount, a lesser amount can be arranged, as we do not want anyone wishing to spend time with God here to be stay away because of a lack of money.

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