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!

Cyprian Consiglio, John Grassadonia And The St. Joseph’s Choir Live In Capitola


  • Stu Wilson, Violin
  • LuLu Manus Oboe, Violin
  • Ben Dorfan Piano, Keys
  • Anthony Mendoza Sax, Percussion
  • Tom Tomasello Piano, Keys

7:30 PM Friday, October 28th

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
435 Monterey Ave,
Capitola , CA 95010

Suggested Donation $10 per person

Father Cyprian Consiglio, an internationally known performer, recording artist, and composer, and student of the worlds spiritual traditions. He has numerous collections of original sa- cred, world, and liturgical music to his credit. Fr. Cyprian is the Prior of New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, CA.

John Grassadonia Unity Award-Winning Catholic Singer/Songwriting Artist. John has written and released numerous CDs incorporating beauti- ful words and melodies to bring you closer to God, and comfort you with strength, healing and grace. John is also the director of music at St. Joseph’s Catholic Community in Capitola, CA.

Save The Date! 2nd Annual Open House & Holiday Boutique

Sunday, November 6th
2:00-5:00 pm


Please join the monks and staff of New Camaldoli Hermitage for an afternoon in the Cloister with a special musical performance by Fr. Cyprian Consiglio

Holiday Boutique
Featuring products from the Hermitage Bookstore, Succulent Planted Gardens and Local Art




Please RSVP to Jill Gisselere at 831-667-2456 x 114

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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