He was born at the end of the 15th century in the Zhabensky Pogost of the Derevskaya Pyatiny of the Novgorod Land; about his parents and the worldly name of the information is not preserved. At an early age he orphaned and came to the Krypetsky Monastery, where he took a monastic vows with the name Nile in honor of the Monk Nile Postnik. After living in the monastery for a while, Neil left him and in 1515 came to the forest near the river Cheremkhi (Seremkhi), where he built himself a cell in which he lived a hermit for 13 years. Gradually, the news of the hermit settled in the forest began to spread, people began to come to the Nile for their instructions and prayers. Gravitating with attention, he left his Seremkh desert in 1528 and moved to Stolobny Island on Lake Seliger.
At the moment next to this place is located the churchyard and the Trinity Church