We started off as a small blog in 2005. Since then we've been carefully crafting the concept of a monastery in everyday life.
- 2005 - Through our blogging, we began modestly supporting the work of an off-the-grid consciousness research facility - Great River Institute.
- 2005-2013 - Under two different site names, we moved through various blogging platforms and tried out Facebook and G+.
- 2013 - we started putting essays on Medium, beginning with our humorous Cast of Characters.
- 2013 - we began quietly supporting Dudeism - the world's slowest growing religion - which now has 450,000 self-ordained priests worldwide.
- 2017 - we more clearly defined our mission as a monastery focused on consciousness, changed our name, and began writing our first essays on Class Warfare.
- 2018 - we began adding writers, and will continue to add more as we grow. We are seeking women and other underrepresented writers.
We'd love for you to join us. It's free.
The monastery was founded in 2012, as the Monastery of Nothingness. In late 2017 we changed our name to The Little Creek Monastery.
We are located in California, and have members throughout the United States, as well as international followers. Our Order is small, and founded on the notion that you can be a monk or nun in everyday life, devoted to those things you hold sacred.
The thing is, you can have fun in life and also successfully explore the deeper parts of yourself, including deeper conscious awareness. Just maintain a bit of humor along with a just-so mix of humility.
Publications and Sites
- The Little Creek Monastery — our home site on Medium.
- A Monastery for Everyday Life and Leisure — the main place we publish.
- The Dude-Jitsu School of Self Defense — Dudeism is the world’s slowest growing religion. Dude-Jitsu is about slowing things down to the speed of relax. This aspect of our monastery provides modest support for 450,000 Dudeist priests worldwide.
- River Mushin — a publication of poems, koans and fables written or collected by our sandal-wearing monks.
- The Library of Little Creek — many of our writing collections end up here.
- The Archives of Little Creek — somewhere a little deeper in the catacombs for our scribes to file things.
- The Center for Eternal Awareness — introduction to the teachings of Great River Institute, a place for more advanced or deeper studies.