Welcome to New Camaldoli Hermitage!

The life of a Camaldolese monk centers on the seeking union with God following the dictates of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in union with the Catholic Church, through the ancient but ever new monastic heritage of Saint Benedict as enriched by Saint Romuald. This life radiates outward in various rhythms, involving him in solitude and community, silence and fraternal encounter, prayer and work, study and recreation. He is dedicated to the love and praise of God in the bond of fraternal charity.

Watch the video above to experience the majestic beauty of the Hermitage and the Big Sur coast for yourself.

The community in Big Sur is situated in the rugged coastal mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Located on 899 acres at an elevation of 1300 feet, the Hermitage is surrounded by California chaparral, redwood, madrone, bay laurel, and an oak forest. The view is of both ocean and woods – a natural setting profoundly conducive to the contemplative way of life.

What’s Happening At the Hermitage!

BREAKING NEWS: This event has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 19th due to complications from the Soberanes fire.  Please come!

“Monks Inside Out” at the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur

monksFounded in 1958, The New Camaldoli Hermitage is part of the Camaldoli branch of the Benedictine family founded by St Romuald in the late 10th century. Located on the mountainside approximately 1,300 feet above the Pacific Ocean in Big Sur, The Hermitage combines solitude and natural beauty.

The Hermitage is a worshipping community dedicated to contemplation and prayer. Visitors to the Hermitage have an opportunity to observe the monks dressed in robes as they participate in the Liturgy of the Word and the Holy Eucharist, but rarely does the public have an opportunity to know the monks as individuals.

Each monk has a role in the community, and each has a unique story that brought them to embrace a monastic life at the Hermitage.

“Monks Inside Out” strives to portray the essence of each monks personality and illuminate their life together in this exclusive and tranquil community setting.

Please join us for an interactive art event featuring photography by Kayleigh Meyers. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the stories and lives of the Roman Catholic monks of the New Camaldoli Hermitage through photography.

  • 7:30 pm: Wine and Cheese Reception with the Monks
  • 8:30 pm: Music Performance by Father Cyprian Consiglio


WHERE: Henry Miller Memorial Library – 48603 Hwy 1 , Big Sur, CA 93920 – View Map


Contact Info:
Jill Gisselere
831.667.2456 x 114

New Online Store Being Developed

We are currently re-developing our online store (www.hermitagebigsur.com) which was the online marketplace for products from the New Camaldoli Hermitage. We hope to announce and launch the new online store soon. Thanks for your patience!

New Camaldoli Hermitage Featured in San Luis Obispo Tribune

We’re pleased to share this very nice recent write up about the Hermitage, featured in the San Luis Obispo Tribune.

Read all about it!

New Camaldoli Hermitage special write-up featured in Coast Magazine

Written by well-known author Pico Iyer, this article describes in pictures and words the spiritual and natural beauty of our place in the Big Sur wilderness.

Read all about it!

New Camaldoli Hermitage is featured in the newest edition of the popular Moon travel guide (Monterey & Carmel edition)

You’ll find our hermitage and bookstore mentioned on pages 191, 208 and 209. The guide is a great resource for other destinations, sights and food in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties as well.

A description of the guide can be found here!

You may purchase a copy from us at our online store under “Books & Journals”.

New Camaldoli Hermitage Gets Better and Holier

The Hermitage was recently featured in ‘Monterey County Now’ online magazine.    Read all about it!

Here’s a wonderful excerpt from the article:

When famed travel writer and longtime Time Magazine essayist Pico Iyer was given the chance to travel anywhere in the world for National Geographic Magazine, he chose Big Sur and the New Camaldoli Hermitage. “I have been traveling all over the world for 40 years now, from Tibet to Ethiopia and my home in Kyoto, to Easter Island and North Korea and Bolivia,” Iyer writes by email from the less exotic locale of Glendale. “But I can honestly say that I’ve never found anywhere that changes me to the core as the New Camaldoli Hermitage does.”

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