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Monastery of the Holy Spirit
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Conyers
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Visitors are welcome year-round to the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, the inspirational home of Georgia’s Trappist Monks. With more than 2,300 acres of contemplative space, the Monastery is less than an hour from Atlanta’s international airport. The new Monastic Heritage Center – a 17,000-square-foot, state-of-the-­art museum – is educational, interactive and kid-friendly. There is also a bonsai garden, store and cafe. At the Abbey Gift Shop, which is the largest Christian bookstore in Georgia, visitors can purchase monk-made biscotti, fruitcake and fudge, all of which the monks sell in an effort to be self-sustaining and feed the local poor. You can also see the Norman Gothic architecture of the Abbey Church and take a quiet stroll along the lake, or spend time in prayer and meditation.
Reviewed 2 January 2014

A low stress, peaceful place to relax and just chill-out. Plenty to do in a real working Monastery, There is a Heritage Center, Visitor Center, Garden Shop, and the Monastery. The Abby Church is Beautiful. This is a working Monastery and the Monks sell many interesting things in their store. Something for everyone.

5  Thank 87vette
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Reviewed 4 September 2013 via mobile

One of the most peaceful spots in all of ga. Neat seeing and talking with the monks. Highly recommend the store and bonsai

4  Thank Steve0716
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

I have visited here about every ten years for the past thirty years. They have come a long way since my first visit.
The entrance used to be an allée of magnolias, but now is a little further south so you are brought to the gift shop, garden center, cafe, visitor center and museum.
The abbey church is a wonderful place to sit and pray, meditate, rest or whatever you want to do as long as you are respectful of others, some of whom are there on retreat.
We happened to go on a VERY hot day and the lack of air conditioning lessened my enjoyment. I must not have ever come in the dead of summer before (-a Southern Summer = HOT and HUMID). I will try to remember not to do it again. I think the Gift Shop and the Visitor Center had the only AC. The cafe may also, but it closed as soon as we got there for a special event (so I can only assume they do).
There is no fee for any part of it but donation boxes are available and appreciated.
A trail is being constructed that will run along the edge of the grounds. Those bicyclists and walkers who stop in will have themselves a lovely rest!

6  Thank imlin3
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

Whether you go to pray, shop the monastery store or just chill, this is a wonderful,place to go,for the day! In recent years, the monks built the Monastic Heritage Center. It is located in a barn which once was the monks original home. The center shred the history of monastic life, and in particular, of the monks who are at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. The you can stroll to the abbey gift store to sample and buy some of their homemade goods which support their work. The fudge and biscotti are to die for. You can also go next door to their garden center and look at their bonsai trees up for sale as well as related bonsai materials.
Up the hill is the main chapel which is really peaceful. If you plan in advance to go, you can schedule a simple mealmtomeat there while you spend the day. There is also a retreat center for guest. Across the road the monks established an all natural burial ground. Interesting place!

2  Thank thebagel60
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Situated on 1800 gorgeous wooded acres in Rockdale County Georgia just 45 minutes from downtown Atlanta. Founded by 21 Trappist monks in 1944. They bake bread and stain glass. Well worth a visit whether you are catholic or not.

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