Cistercian life is built around a community but also with a strong emphasis on solitude. Along with the Rule of Benedict, Cistercians have been influenced by the Desert tradition: persons who went off into solitude in the very early centuries of the church and developed a spirituality of the desert. “I am going to lure her and lead her out into the wilderness and speak to her heart.” (Amos 2:14)

As Cistercian nuns, personal prayer is primary to our life.  There are many times and opportunities for this, both in the early morning and throughout the day, whether in the church, doing lectio divina (meditative reading) in our rooms or prayerfully walking by the sea.We are also encouraged to gradually move in the direction of "continual prayer" or praying without ceasing. This is facilitated by some of the types of manual work we do.