Ruth House Extended Stay Program

Crieff Hills offers a unique opportunity for those seeking an extended opportunity for rest and renewal. Ruth House offers private bedrooms and a shared home for those wishing to stay at Crieff Hills for a minimum of two weeks to a maximum of twelve months. This is perfect for those observing a formal sabbatical or intermission from work or ministry, those in a time of vocational change or discernment, and those who simply wish to experience an extended experience of restful living.

Community Life

This comfortable home has a full kitchen, living room, and activity lounge. It is surrounded by nature trails, a prayer shelter and labyrinth, and extensive gardens.

On Tuesday evenings residents gather for a shared meal, informal liturgy and lively conversation. A weekly book group is offered seasonally. There are no other formal programs, and residents are free to engage in their own pursuits each day.

Each resident participates in the life and work of Crieff Hills for several hours a week, contributing their gifts to the ongoing work of the centre according to their interests and abilities. This may include gardening, grass cutting, housekeeping services or dishwashing in the main kitchen. 

One-on-one monthly coaching or spiritual direction are available (optional and at an additional cost to participants).

Accommodation and Meals

The House of Ruth can accommodate up to 5 residents at a time. Each participant has their own private furnished bedroom and may share a bathroom with up to 2 others. Residents will be responsible for their own meals in the shared kitchen. Currently there is no internet available. One parking space per resident is included. 

How much does it cost?

Up to 6 months $600/month

6 months $550/month

12 months $500/month

How to Apply

Personal references are required and the director approves all new residents. A covenant helps everyone live together well. An orientation tour with a current community member will introduce the rhythm of the house. 

Who can apply?

In order to fully benefit from this program, residents must be 20 years or older, independent and in good health. Crieff Hills does not have the resources to care for those with severe illness or addiction, and a degree of physical capacity is required in order to navigate the site and 2-level house. We are rooted in the Christian tradition but there is no doctrinal, denominational or church membership requirement. We do, however, expect a commitment to being present for the community meal. 

Residents are welcome to host personal guests and if needed overnight accommodations may be arranged when space permits. Unfortunately no pets or children can be accommodated.

If you have questions or would like to talk further about the possibilities please contact Kristine O'Brien [email protected]

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