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“Beautiful serene place”

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 15 April 2014

Beautiful chapel, new visitor's center and museum with a cafe and gift shop. If you are in the area I highly recommend a visit!

1  Thank j g
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

Went to the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA to get a Mass Card for the mother of friends. While I was there, I stumbled onto the most delicious biscotti. I think they were homemade. Scrumptious!

2  Thank NelsonMetroAtlanta
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Reviewed 10 February 2014

Now, this is not the place to go for running, yelling and frolicking. It is serene and gorgeous. Upon arrival you should go to the group of buildings and either stop in the gift shop/cafe or the museum (donation requested). There is a 20 minute video that is wonderfully done. I'm not usually too keen on the movies at museums because they are often too elementary or poorly done. (I actually went to a fort in Portugal and there was an "art" movie with raping and pillaging- What?!) Anyway, i digress. At the main building cluster is also a bonsai greenhouse. Apparently they also give classes for bonsai!
So, after the bonsai and museum, take the path out to the church. Make sure to go upstairs in the chapel and look down because it is quite beautiful with the blues and purples of the stained glass. If you are interested in attending a service then you may want to call in advance to get the times.
After the chapel, walk down to the lake. There are benches and picnic tables and it is just solemn beauty. We had about 20 geese around at the time and we just sat and watched them. It was a perfect sunny February afternoon.

5  Thank Lori B
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

Visited the Monastery when family came for a visit. Not only do they sell great baked goods, prepared by the Monks, they also sell Bonsai trees and have a Bonsai garden to stroll through. Trees that are 50-60 years old and so tiny! They also have classes to teach you all about caring for Bonsai trees and you go home with your Bonsai. Recommend

5  Thank monica j
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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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