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!

Spirit, Soul, Body: Toward an Integral Christian Spirituality

Fr. Cyprian Consiglio

From a recent review featured in the July issue of Listen, the newsletter from Spiritual Directors International.

cyprian_book“Consiglio seeks integration and reverence for all aspects of being human: body, soul, and spirit. Offering an excellent philosophical framework in his new book, Consiglio explores the problems a dualistic understanding of the world creates through the broad concepts of the work of Sri Aurobindo Ghose (1872-1950), an English-educated Indian from Calcutta, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955), a French Jesuit priest, paleontologist, theologian, and author.

The chapters in Part 1, “The Problem of Dualism”; “Axial Consciousness and the Darshanas”; “Aurobindo, Teilhard, and the Second Axial Consciousness”; and “Incarnational Theology” sound dense. However, the text is concise, compelling, and thought-provoking, offering the reader a framework to respond to the question, Who am I? with a fundamental shift to trust the body and the human-divine relationship.”

Read the full review!

Purchase the book from the Hermitage!

Fr. Cyprian Performs at Holy Cross Parish Hall in Santa Cruz

CaptureYou are invited to join New Camaldoli Hermitage monk and talented musician Cyprian Consiglio to celebrate the release of his new book, “Spirit, Soul, Body”, with an evening of song and stories at the Holy Cross Parish Hall on Friday, September 4th.


Fr. Cyprian will be signing copies of his books, and refreshments will be served.

The doors open at 7:00pm, and the entertainment begins at 7:30pm. Holy Cross Parish Hall is located next door to the Holy Cross church, at 126 High Street in Santa Cruz.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Homeless Garden Project, and tickets are available at the door on a sliding scale of $20-$40.

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