A lay contemplative family, questing for the sacred, advocating for children, and protecting our unique land


Starcross Monastic Community is a small, independent, autonomous, and ecumenical community of lay-people living peaceful lives in the contemplative tradition and offering encouragement and affirmation to gentle folks on all spiritual paths.

Over the years, we have adopted and been caregivers and advocates for children with unique gifts and needs, most of whom were born HIV positive.  We also support individual children around the world and established Houses of Hope for children impacted by the AIDS pandemic in Romania and East Africa.

Our home is in Sonoma County’s coastal hills. We respect and cherish the relationship between nature and spirituality. On our farm, we produce certified organic extra virgin olive oil and farm sustainably in our gardens and orchards.

This sacred space provides a sanctuary for friends living out their unique spiritual vocations. Our current projects also include sharing reflective writings with our readers (through our e-list), responding to the needs of our local area, in which many impoverished and under-served families reside, and preserving our beautiful land for future generations.


Dear Friends of Starcross,

We are thrilled to announce that Brother Toby’s brand new edition of THE TAO: THE SACRED WAY is available from Starcross. This ancient Chinese classic is as relevant and helpful now as ever. Here are some of the many comments we’ve received:

“Tolbert McCarroll’s acts of compassion are revealed in his decades of writings, from care for children and victims of AIDS through guides and explorations for those seeking their own path of love and service in a difficult world. His little book of Asian Wisdom, THE TAO: THE SACRED WAY (2018) is perfect for backpack or back pocket. The Tao’s “Old Ones” of China join hands with an “Old One” at Starcross Monastery, an “Unconventional Monk.” He offers us their poetry and their stark truth for living better, living wiser, and caring for the earth, children, workers and dreamers. The book itself has a simple beauty, with images of the path that invites us and the world that needs our acts of wise love. I certainly hope to follow the footsteps of these “Old Ones” while listening to their songs as Brother Toby sings them on the trail.”

Cliff Edwards, Powell-Edwards Distinguished Professor of Religion and the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, author of “The Ghost Pictures of Van Gogh”, “Issa: The Story of a Poet Priest”

“CONGRATS on this fine new edition of The Tao. The book size and feel, and the size of the font, is GREAT, and photos/artwork are perfect! I am just so happy getting this printed up again – and happy for all of us to “have it back” for the next generation!!”

Cathy Clasper-Torch, Recording Artist/Composer/Performer of Asian and Western inspirational music.  Co-founder of the “Beer and Bible” movement in New England

“Lovely book. Beautiful book. I will treasure it. I already do.”

Jonah Raskin, Author of  “Field Days: A Year of Farming”.  “American Scream”  (Allan Ginsberg), “For the Hell of It” (Abbie Hoffman), and other books

If you are not yet familiar with The Tao, you will be amazed with the simple wisdom in its pages. There are many translations. Brother Toby’s new edition is uniquely spiritual, accessible and inclusive. We are pleased to share it with new readers and longtime followers of The Tao.


In the video below you can learn more about our Sister Julie’s Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil:

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