We started off as a small blog in 2005. Since then we've been carefully crafting the concept of a monastery in everyday life.
1997 - Our founder’s first writing began.
2005 - Through our blogging, we began modestly and informally 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 also tried out social platforms (Facebook and G+).
2012 - We officially formed tour monastery, introducing it as The Monastery of Nothingness. Entirely virtual.
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 - our Medium site underwent a massive expansion to include six related Medium sites.
2018 - we slowly began adding writers, and hope to add more as we grow. We created a logo to reflect our new name.
2018 - we rolled out a beautiful home website.
We'd love for you to join us. It's free. (We’ll never spam you or share your contact information.)
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. We are founded on the notion that you can be a monk or nun in everyday life, devoted to those things you hold sacred.
We believe you can have fun in life, but 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 main website
The Monastery Forum — discussion forum (NEW and in slow motion)
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.