The Recreation Building has begun. This building will be used for many purposes like cooking and cheese making while the other monastic buildings are being built. Using only reclaimed wood and structural stone masonry, it is the largest building so far and should take approximately 12 months to finish. With minimal plumbing and no electricity, the building will be heated by wood burning stoves and have a rain water system. The plastered walls maintain a comfortable temperature, keeping the building cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Following the Discalced Carmelite way of life, only the simplest of materials - stone, sand, lime, timber and slate - will be used as far as possible.
Simplicity in all things, not pretense, is the path to holiness.