What is Observership?
Initial enquiry into a possible vocation consists of some visits to the monastery to find out more about Cistercian life. If a discerner then shows a sincere desire to seek God in the monastery, together with signs of suitability for the Cistercian way of life, they are invited to make an Observership in the community. During this extended period they participate fully in the daily monastic schedule of the novitiate, experiencing the rhythm of the Cistercian life in community and solitude, work and prayer. The Observership period living with the community usually lasts up to three months and may be divided into shorter stays according to each person’s availability.
Observers receive spiritual accompaniment and vocation guidance throughout the Observership process. The Observership is a time to get to know the community and our way of life at close-hand and a time for us to get to know the Observer.
A mutual recognition of positive signs of a Cistercian vocation together with suitability for our way of life leads to the application process to enter the community as a Postulant, the first stage of the formation journey to becoming a Cistercian nun.