One of the aspects of life in a Monastery was to keep yourself busy (working on the basis that ‘the devil makes work for idle hands) and to bring money in to support the Community rather than depending on outside support.

Additionally, in the Celtic mind, work was no less sacred than worship, so whether you are in ministry, working in an office, at home or wherever you are, you can cultivate an attitude of sacredness as you work.

If you have free time, you may be interested to look into the following crafts in the Monastic tradition. Additionally, if you want to live in community you may like to develop skills that you could use to fund the community.

Don’t give up your day job in order to pursue these crafts though, unless you are able to support yourself!

– Calligraphy

writing prayers, blessings and verses or sections from the Bible, or even attempting to write a copy of the whole Bible.

– Soap-making

– Candle-making

– Wood whittling, carving or carpentry

– Baking and Cooking

Bread, cakes, pies or other food

– Brewing

Beer and winemaking are traditional Monastical occupations (for example the famous Trappiste Monks). You could also try mead, kombucha, and other fermentations such as kefir and sauerkraut and even ‘friendship cake’.

– Fabric or Needle crafts

– Painting, Drawing

– Paper crafts

– Making Tzitzit, Rosary beads or Orthodox prayer ropes.

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