These are our neighbors. They are cloistered nuns who live very disciplined spiritual lives in a Benedictine order.
As part of their ministry, they host some retreats and classes. This week my wife taught a clay art class for children held at the Abbey. Last summer she taught a watercolor class for adult women. The year before, Sugar and her mother participated in a contemplative art retreat. https://cowboylawyer.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/the-abbey/
They also operate a farm. Get a load of their bottle-fed Oreo calf. They grow hay and have an apple orchard. They have chickens too. I’m not sure what good the llama does, but I see that they have one. They raise bees for honey.
They have a gift shop too, with books and crosses as well as some hand-made items. Sugar bought an afghan there.
Another money-maker for them is making wooden caskets, which are shown in the video. I’m not in the market for a casket just yet, but Sugar might be picking one out for me since I saw her thumbing through the life insurance policy on me the other day.
An interesting fact: One of the sisters is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and was a Naval officer for 20 years before becoming a nun. They come from diverse backgrounds.