The monastic workshop «Dobrodel» [do-gooder] gives work to people with mental disability and helps them overcome their feelings of worthlessness, loneliness and social isolation and return to normalcy.
Matushka Larisa Nezhbort, who wrote her family’s a deeply moving adoption story, is also an inspired icon painter. We asked her to share her thoughts about the sources of unity and inspiration for the artists from the icon-painting workshop.
Ever since its establishment in 1999, the workshop has specialized in painting icons and other works using crushed minerals and semi-precious stones instead of paint.
The artisans in the stained glass workshop have achieved high levels of mastery in working glass. If carefully handled, glass products are everlasting. Glass retains its brightness even after 100 years.
The main product of the textile and felting workshop are original hand-made toys.
Skilled artisans work side by side with the disadvantaged residents of the monastic farmsteads.