Hesychia House of Prayer
Hesychia House of prayer is nestled among the Ozark Mountains in New Blaine, Arkansas. The sisters who staff it live a life of prayer and work and offer hospitality to adults of any faith who are seeking quiet time alone with God.
Location & Contact:
204 St. Scholastica Road,
New Blaine, Arkansas 72851
Sister Lisa Atkins, RSM
Sister Anita DeSalvo, RSM
Sister Louise Sharum, OSB
There are four hermitages available for a stay as long as a day up to a couple months or so. All guests are to provide all their own food and do all their own cooking. The hermitages are provided with a small-sized refrigerator and stove. Each hermitage has a microwave, Mr. Coffee, cabinet oven, toaster, and cooking utensils. Linens are also provided.
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 for spiritual 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 (one staying for one week or less) 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 stay away for financial reasons. Donations can be made by clicking here.
Internet/Wifi at Hesychia
Our internet capacity is limited. Therefore, before your arrive at Hesychia, we ask that you download any spiritual digital books, videos, or music to your electronic devices with the WIFI at your home. Cellular service from AT&T is available. However, cellular service from other carriers may or may not be available. As cell phone carriers adapt and cover more of rural America, this could change and evolve service may improve.
St. Scholastica Monastery
St. Scholastica Monastery sits on 66 scenic acres with walking paths through gardens and past grottoes, shrines, and gazebos where visitors can sit, reflect, and meditate. Our labyrinth, built with the help of the Friends of the Center, is designed in an eleven-circuit design with four quadrants used in many Gothic cathedrals; most notably the Chartres Cathedral built in 1200. Historically, pilgrims would walk the labyrinth as a questing, searching journey in hope of becoming closer to God. Visitors are welcome to walk the monastery grounds during the day.
To arrange for an interior tour of the monastery, call (479) 783-4147 at least one day in advance.