Monasteries run all kinds of businesses to support themselves; manual labor was part of St. Benedict's formula for monastic life. The monks at Southern Monastery, in addition to running a guesthouse and a bookstore, do such things as make stained glass and bread. One of their coolest industries is raising bonsai trees. Even outside the bonsai conservatory, the grounds nearest the buildings had a zen-like feel to them. Along the brick wall near the entrance to the retreat house, I found a tree that looked like it had escaped from the bonsai garden and was holding branches up to the falling snow.