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!
Dear Oblates and Friends: Unfortunately our contemplation.com email has been down for about a week, and any emails using contemplation.com (example: brother_John@contemplation.com, etc.) are very likely lost for good. Also, our online store at www.hermitagebigsur.com is also down.
If you emailed us during the last week or want to contact us now, better to use the phone at 831 667 2456. Also for reservations we have set up a temporary email that works: email@example.com.
Thanks for your patience – we hope to have our contemplation.com email working by end of week and will post here and on www.contemplation.com when it is working again. The online store may take a bit longer to fix.
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.
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.
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.”