Weekend with the monks


I spent a weekend at St. Herman’s monastery. It is located on a neighboring island dense with Sitka Spruce trees and steep slopes. The monks have quite a climb to get up to the monastery, but once there the view is serene and inspiring. Unfortunately I didn’t get great photos of the outdoors, but I will try to remember to post a few. In the meantime, this picture is of the chapel. It is an Orthodox monastery, so there’s plenty of icons and incense to go around.

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Jonathan Erdman

Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy, as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountain Center. When not in McCarthy, you'll typically find me in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, writing and working with local activists. My primary writing project right now is a novel set in remote bush Alaska, of the magical realism genre wherein an earnest and independent young woman finds a mysterious radio belonging to her grandmother, a device that has paranormal bandwidth and a disturbing ability to mess with one's mental stability.

2 thoughts on “Weekend with the monks”

  1. It looks kind of Eastern Orthodox in its expression of worship. The icons and art give that impression. Is this the case?


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