Prayers for Wisdom

As our community assesses our situation and need for ongoing support, we pray for the wisdom to plan and make decisions that will lead to the fulfillment of our Camaldolese charism. We ask your continued prayers for wise stewardship of New Camaldoli as we venture together into the future.

Our Situation

The Hermitage is located in Big Sur on California’s central coast. We are at 1,300-feet above sea level in the Santa Lucia Mountains and over sixty miles from the nearest city. The isolation and incredible beauty of our location was cherished by the monks who founded the Hermitage over fifty years ago, and is equally cherished by the current monastic community and our many retreat guests and day visitors who visit from all over the world. Our isolation and beauty, however, come at a cost. We are in many ways like a small village, responsible for generating our own electricity, providing our own water, maintaining our roads, maintaining our buildings and infrastructure, and depending on satellite communications for our connection to the outside world. While most of our maintenance work is done by our own live-in workers, which helps to significantly lower our overhead costs, we still face significant, non-negotiable costs such as diesel fuel for our generators, propane for individual living quarters, automotive fuel, satellite hardware and service, food delivery services, and numerous other recurring costs necessary for the daily operations of the Hermitage.

We support ourselves through retreat donations, sales in our gallery, book and gift shop, sales of our delicious fruit and date nut cakes, and through the generous donations of our supporters and friends. Thank you for considering making a donation to support our work and ministry. Wishing you peace and all good things!

Direct Contributions

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Contributions may be made online and securely through PayPal.


Contributions, payable to New Camaldoli Hermitage, may be mailed to:
New Camaldoli Hermitage
62475 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920-9533

Contributions are deductible for federal income tax purposes under Section 170 of the IRS Code. A formal acknowledgment of your gift will be forwarded to you to support your deduction.

Annual Giving Campaigns

You may designate the Hermitage to be the recipient of your contribution to the United Way or corporate matching campaign at your place of work. Legal documentation of the status of the Hermitage as a Charitable Institution under federal law may be obtained by writing:

Director of Development
New Camaldoli Hermitage
62475 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920-9533
or calling (831) 667-2456 x114

Bequests, Legacies, Trusts, Transfers, Gifts

You may designate the Hermitage as the recipient of a bequest, charitable trust or gift. Bequests, legacies, devises, transfers or gifts are deductible for federal estate and gift tax purposes under Sections 2055, 2106 and 2522 of the IRS Code. If you are interested in a contribution of this kind, please write:

Director of Development
New Camaldoli Hermitage
62475 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920-9533
or call (831) 667-2456 x114

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