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the windswept journey to villa can be an act of penance in itself. doesn't all for excitement or adventure get many come here for months at a time some never leave it till they say that the saves them. this is one of the holiest sites of the russian orthodox church home to a thriving ministry the lay community that woods with it and groups of volunteers that come and go throughout the year for the face full this is a journey for the soul a pilgrimage. this
is the place that has been consecrated to god for almost a thousand of years. people came here twenty some years ago and some stablished the most of life on this island. they believing that. christ is their only source of true joy and happiness in the life. that understanding penetrated into everything that surrounds us in a monastery and people i suppose feel that feel the love of christ working. girls will divide into groups now so we need about so how many people do you need seven seven people who only choose one to. two three four
five. six seven seven people good the rest will split into two one hostile go to the farm the other to the other girl who has already been to the upper garden we bring you that we're. going to go to the upper garden i'm allergic to any mother can go to the farm and me will go to the farm cows out of. what comes of along with a group of volunteers men and women of all ages who are here to give something back to god and in this case it means hard work this is the middle of the busy tourist season and there's plenty to do down on the farm. but come in come in into the chicken coop like into the lion's den. or if you're careful careful how she doesn't know you. know this ok and then you're not on your hand just you'll sit on your hand. that it's
a bit stressful for them. but i'm sure on the neck like this. finally they like having their what'll stretch this one's gone. far away from here try this. so. what's that like this and the sanctified on vellum and they're very kind to see ok and they are good good good good good good good good. a lot of special eggs. see what the fuss is all about. the most one two three. whether it's the save me atmosphere or something in their feed they certainly fantastic layers two gigantic seconds here right on that. with.
ok very much one thing. and that's it one two three four five. one set. only another seven hundred seventy five to go. the volunteers come from a huge variety of different backgrounds svetlana is a model for moscow but she's not afraid of getting our hands dirty well it's probably not normal that a girl like me came here instead of going to turkey or enjoying summer in a beach town where but here i am living with moms and waiting someone else's garden there is the bit there are other people that look at themselves and live in a completely different way and they're not held back really we're all here. for once or very shallow for me is a place of strong spiritual power i've wanted to come here for
a long time now there is a possibility i can become a volunteer. here who works for the glory of god and how priests or this place. there are common threads that bind many of the people here together and the group often becomes like a surrogate family. mostly these outward next people who came here to find. brotherhood but of course there is some percentage that come here looking for their way in life. than by taking them for a walk in the woods. try to know what they were come to help them find the answer. many people simply come for the islands outstanding natural beauty. edged by rugged shorelines and covered with lush greenery this is truly a tranquil getaway but there are some visitors to the long term who have no
families to return to his trip to the island is a welcome break from a difficult life. leaker's ill as new york runs a camp for children from local orphanages who also have learning difficulties for many it's the first time they've spent nights away from the city. because it the first time we came here with disabled children for many years before we used to take the kids on trips which is that because we understood that nature does children a world of good that you were decided to try working with children with the help of all arms nature in this place turned out to be totally unique and it's not just the nature here that works. here you should bear in mind that these children are from a correctional orphanage they are believed to be unable to go to an ordinary school because of some mental disability and in fact this isn't true they are not mentally retarded whatsoever. that these are the first kids that just sit on the shore of
logic are there and watch the storms the splashing water and they say thank you for choosing that your beautiful place. it was simply amazing. they feel it they can feel the beauty. apparently they don't have good feelings in their lives. hardly any. fifteen year old denise is just one of the youngsters reaping the benefits this is a second time on the island and he says it's changed his life but it's. rocky road that's brought him here. i can't say that i had a good childhood. my dad was an alcoholic my mom was too mom ended up in prison that's how i ended up in an orphanage. everything changes as time goes by. at the moment i have no grudge against anyone my life
this eerie asli. yes it loves. my mother. did you did you. know i was staying in the volunteers dormitory normally men and women are kept segregate since both the old get together is allowed especially for a meet and greet session. everyone says where they're from what they've come to the law and then name. then all you've got to do is remember seeing yeah yeah. you. did. want to vomit up ok let's have a good. amount of volunteer you know. cynics saying you know. alexander let the message game out here oh do you
know. that only because of homicidal. saying. i'm going you said you wouldn't be able to do it you know sometimes sometimes it works and. sometimes we. work at the mall a street takes us all around the island along roads that people have travelled here for more than one hundred fifty years. although most of the brothers live in the center of the ministry a small selection choose to isolate themselves from the rest of the community retiring to hermitages where only men are allowed to enter the grounds. the russians call these places. and they're among the holiest centers of the law. each
one is way off the beaten track and for some of the volunteers. the journey to gold has been anything but straightforward to. use to be an atheist and believed in nothing but science logic and facts i was looking for truth everywhere. that people write books and make films about. only after twenty years of searching did i become an orthodox christian after printing of the coffin of a famous russian saint i discovered that many things have changed because first of all the pain in my leg that i'd suffered for ages had disappeared and last but not least i discovered the ability to read in the old church slavonic even though i'd never learned how to do that. those who've been here more than once say you have to put the time and to understand it fully that living and working here is the only way to really tap into his energy the job is to live but none of the volunteers complain everyone is confident of
a spiritual rewards and happy that they're working to reestablish a face that was so persecuted joining the soviet union. is the only branch that has managed to keep the tradition alive but that's not changed since the time of the apostles maybe that's why it was preserved the bread of life the jesus christ spoke of the living would that's what russia is experiencing a spiritual rise now. grain is being compared say a lady home on one hand takes money from an old then i'll believe gentlemen but one says that hearts have with a handsome young man but sometimes you really have to choose i mean you cannot have both if you use in that kind of the force i think you should clearly separate the present exist in your cranium authorities which have been negotiated in
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that was funny but it's close and for the truth and might think. it's because one full attention and the mainstream media works side by side the joke is actually on you good people coming back. at our teen years we have a different approach. because the news of the world just is not this funny i'm not laughing dammit i'm not gonna look. at. you guys talk to the jokes that will handle the basic stuff that i've got to. blonds pride and joy is its transfiguration of the savior cathedral and the sound of its bells st tourists pilgrims and volunteers to worship or to work.
ok let's work for the glory of god. all the skilled workers cuts hammer and replace the volunteers keep supplies coming and clean up the mess it's a massive job because these are a seventy six meters high and in some areas they're having to remove more than one hundred twenty years of. them when they came here last year it was seen approximately the same condition. here it's a long process this is serious work and it's very expensive and requires a high degree of professionalism with what i was surprised when they invited volunteers to work here at best there are trusted with work like this. is it enough or do we need more you know what i think it's enough and i think you'll have to
carry it let's go. oh he's a heavy. on my back nobody move i'll take it. to waste has to go somewhere and. are responsible for getting it off the scaffolding as quickly as possible we need to take the direct route. the bucket it's probably a crew it's a transport system but it would. for a career for forty years it had no proper roof it wasn't looked after properly and still it enjoyed all these conditions that any means that the cathedral was made really very well it was built with a huge margin for safety by cathedral will stand like this for many years to come what the now we're trying to save what's been preserved this work should be done
a new perspective also the work they do here fosters a spirit of cooperation and they can see the efforts developing before their eyes but it's so real here it's hard to explain everything is so natural this is the way people should live i guess. you know what they. wanted to show these children that there is a place where they can ask for help in case something really bad happens to them i knew they had to stand completely that bad things will happen to them in the future . they're perfectly aware of what life has in store for them and they know that there will be a lot of drug dealers and alcohol and then the stand how hard it is to resist those things so it's very important for them to know that there is a place where they're always welcome and i think that they should know how to find the way to this place.
around stepping back into a different age and it's easy to see why so many regard it as a sanctuary away from the real world. it seems to have a physical and emotional energy which the monks say is a manifestation of god's grace. it's had such a profound effect on so many that there's even a syndrome named after it. the compulsion true turn to the island again and again it's not just adults who experience it. my mom first brought me here. i liked it very much and it's become my third place now is it your favorite place i like it because of it's whether because of the monastery it feels so good in here they've got a farm and. people are very kind and you know what you want to do when you grow up
to be a monk you want to be a monk that's why it's just what's in my heart i can't explain why i feel this way . and live hit yes i want to live on balaam what he actually wants at this point is not to be a monk but here once he wants a purpose he once something pure something which dignifies him. something which speaks of him as a man as a human being people became knights and soldiers for the same reason. i would certainly encourage him. for the use it's john it's of the brotherhood here was more unusual than most altar tending university in st petersburg he spent fifteen years living in ministering in
the us before retiring to villa he says each monk must earn his place in the monastery. spiritual pastors of the monastery role just say the word or you're prepared to become a novice and you'll become officially a novice on the part of the brotherhood and spend some time that way and the few years or maybe months later if you still decide to embrace this kind of wife and people or see your. as a benefit to the community here you'll be time and perhaps even our veins of a priest with. the monastic community here has been rebuilt in the last twenty years i'm sure a period during the soviet union when the areas served as a mental asylum now there are around a hundred brothers living here permanently but before the russian revolution of nine hundred seventeen there were more than a thousand some of them left a legacy down the ages. this quiet scene is called the smolensk skeet and it's
famous in particular because of one monk efraim he took it upon himself to pray for the souls of dead soldiers and he took his work so seriously that he dug his own grave and every night he would lie in his own coffin. and since then the chapel has been dedicated for the souls of the diet for the faith and for the mother. even if the life of extreme self-sacrifice doesn't appeal it is at least possible to follow in the footsteps of some of these old saints and one of the most popular pilgrimages is to the lomas most famous. for this is the cave where saint alexander of spear lived.
this is the place where alexander of spirit spent hours praying in solitude here he would make a fire these little stones got warm and gave heat back so he could spend winters here or come he led such a righteous life that he was granted a vision of the holy trinity came to him in the form of three angels. and ordered him to go to the river spear and found a monastery there it is still functional. excursions like these opponents of the joy of. prison archipelago of small islands just waiting to be explored and the landscape always provides some great photos. but many of the loam secrets are only revealed in the churches themselves.
bell ringing here is a real and the company ologists train for years to master the difficult rhythms they need to control up to a dozen bells at once and make it look effortless. it's part of a lens proud musical tradition displayed in its full glory during the solemn services. jem's isn't the best aboard a bus i think we should fill our lives with as many rich and diverse impressions as possible today i'm a developer in two months i'll be working somewhere else in such a way your worldview builds up on different things you can develop yourself and
create your personality. the place soon this earth is like a hotel that we're only here temporarily. to hell or to have on god tests us on the. me and phone my laws and then you'll go to heaven what if you don't then you'll go to how. we have to move on in those lies here and you get some kind of luggage that you will later it take with hearing to the cd that we have to move on and make plans both families and realizing your family what you've learned here there will. the pull over.
but moving back to real life is easy if the some things are others the children from lekas all finished camp have reached the end of their stay and it was time to see them off for the docks. but. it's clear to leak air that these are the same kids that arrived on the island just a few weeks ago that at least for a while belong this way to its magic and brought a little joy into their lives. but it coming this moment any less painful.
perhaps the monks of old settled here because they felt there was something otherworldly about. that it was always a place with special energy mind to from nature or from something more divine. for the pilgrims and volunteers who journey here one visit is rarely enough and many will return to the. place with the power to heal the spirits. quite often countries rich in natural resources are the poorest africa is a colony it's a colony of the big corporations it's a colony of someone's home leaders who are under the thumbs of the big corporations
so they have to beg from the world bank's development of social programs goes to pay back debts whole country is drowning under the amount of debt that they had and so every year they would borrow money. and they would use that same amount of money to pay back oh that's. all that money really. the wages of debt. pleasure to have you with us today.
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