The monks of the New Valamo Monastery live a communal life of spirituality founded in the Ascetic tradition of the Orthodox Church. According to the ancient tradition, the monastery should support itself fully. At present, the main source of livelihood for the New Valamo Monastery is tourism: over 160,000 people visit the monastery each year, and all of the revenue goes directly to wards the maintenanceand development of the premises. Visitors are welcome to visit the monastery year round – stay for a day, thenight, or even longer!
The New Valamo Monastery is home to a brotherhood of monks. All visitors to Valamo are free to spend time in the natural landscape surrounding the monastery, a place of peace and beauty beyond compare. Many come to the monastery to seek silence and participate in daily worship. Just as many visit the monastery to unwind and relax, whether by walking in nature, spending time with family and friends, or by learning new skills at courses of the Valamo Folk High School Institute. The monastery is also a popular venue for celebrations, meetings and seminars.
We here at the New Valamo Monastery wish everyone, regardless of their beliefs, a warm welcome to visit our monastery and join in our church services.
With warmest regards,
Brotherhood of Valamo