- The Trappist Abbey in Lafayette offers a 2-mile hike from the chapel to a hilltop shrine where you can overlook vineyards in the Willamette Valley. On a clear day, you can see from Mount Hood to the Coast Range peaks.
Sixty Cistercian (Trappist) monks purchased about a square mile of abandoned farmland, in 1955, for a spiritual retreat. They built trails through the fir forest and restored open oak woodlands. The monks have removed the Douglas fir trees and brush trying to restore the land to its natural state. The Trappist order is dedicated to seclusion and contemplation and offer five church services a day. They raise funds by binding books, storing wine for local vineyards, and making custom wine labels, and their delicious dessert cakes. We will be stopping by the bakery, which sells the traditional dark fruitcake, ginger date-nut cake, tropical dessert cake and creamed honey.
While hiking, you cannot bring cell phones or computers. Please remain on the trail and speak quietly.
At the end of the trail, you will find a rustic monument with a faded icon of Mary, their patron saint. The monks erected the shrine in the 1960s.
The Monastery also has a guesthouse for retreats. You can rent small rooms for a $20.00 donation for the day or $60.00 for overnight stays, which includes vegetarian meals. A library and a wide selection of audiotapes are available to you, also.
The 60+ Adventure Van will be headed to the Trappist Abbey on Saturday May 25. We will leave the 60+ Activity Center at 9:00 a.m. and return around 2:00 p.m. Put on your hiking shoes, bring plenty of water and join us for this fabulous hike. Cost of the trip is $15.00. Seats are reserved when payment is made. The 60+ Activity Center is located at 20 SE 2nd Street in Newport, or give us a call at 541-265-9617 for more information. To see a full listing of events, classes, and trips, visit our website: www.newportoregon.gov/sc.
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Interior of the Abbey