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

Highway 1 Opens at Mud Creek July 20th

We will be accessible from the south via Highway 1 on July 20th!

This means travellers coming from the south (SLO, Los Angeles, etc.) can drive all the way up Highway 1 to reach us.  Please see the Cal Trans news release below. And we await our friends from the south with open arms! Reservations can be booked online at https://contemplation.com/reservations/


Highway Opening Set for July 20 Restores Full Access to the Big Sur Coast

MONTEREY COUNTY–Caltrans has announced that State Route 1 at Mud Creek along the southern Big Sur Coast is scheduled to re-open by Friday, July 20 at 11 am.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening will take place at the Ragged Point Inn at that time.

The re-opening of this section of State Route 1 follows a massive landslide on May 20, 2017 which resulted in the movement of six million cubic yards of material and 50 acres of displaced land, including the creation of 2,400 feet of new shoreline. A quarter-mile section of roadway was lost due to this landslide.

“We’re very pleased to share this long-awaited news with everyone who travels along this international destination the many businesses that benefit from the coast highway,” said Caltrans Director Laurie Berman. “Mud Creek is the last closure point so travelers will be able to take Highway 1 all the way through Big Sur for the first time in 18 months.

This section of State Route 1 was built across the slide material buttressed with a series of embankments and compacted soil and using protective features including berms, rocks, netting, culverts and other stabilizing material.

The rebuilding effort included construction seven days a week, dawn to dusk for the past year and was completed two months ahead of our initial mid-September estimate.

The contractor for this $54 million emergency project was John Madonna Construction of San Luis Obispo, CA.

We have an ongoing fundraiser for our entrance road repair.  Visit our GoFundMe drive at the link below: 


Please feel free to share this news with your friends.
Blessings to you.
The Monks of New Camaldoli Hermitage

Pilgrimage to Italy ~ Footsteps of St. Romuald

Fr. Thomas Matus, OSB Cam, is the author of several books, including “The Mystery of Romuald and the Five Brothers.” He will lead an extraordinary pilgrimage to Italy in October entitled “Footsteps of St. Romuald.” The highlights of the pilgrimage will be: Florence ~ Camaldoli (Mother House) ~ Ravenna ~ Pomposa ~
Venice ~ Fonte Avellana ~ Rome (including a Public Audience with Pope Francis)
Pax Christi.

More information can be found here!

“Out of the Cell” by Pico Iyer Featured in Granta

There’s a nice story by friend of the Hermitage Pico Iyer called “Out of the Cell” that was published in the recent Granta. From Nobel laureates to debut novelists, international translations to investigative journalism, each themed issue of Granta turns the attention of the world’s best writers on to one aspect of the way we live now. Granta does not have a political or literary manifesto, but it does have a belief in the power and urgency of the story and its supreme ability to describe, illuminate and make real.

Check it out here.

The Hermitage Featured in the LA Times.

The Hermitage and our struggles with Mother Nature was recently featured in the LA Times. A nice story and write up by Elijah Hurwitz and some lovely photographs accompanying the story. Check it out here.

New Camaldoli Hermitage Featured on PBS.

A featured story about the New Camaldoli Hermitage will air soon on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly on PBS.  Each public television station that carries the program decides when to broadcast it so check local listings. The program will also be available online beginning January 27th.  Here’s a preview.

New Camaldoli Hermitage Featured in Dallas Morning News.

We noticed a recent writeup that nicely featured the Hermitage in the Dallas Morning News. Titled “Be in your own ‘Mad Men’ finale at this silent retreat in Big Sur“, it provides a nice first person account of a recent visitor’s stay at the Hermitage. Thanks to Tina Danze for such a wonderful article about our home.

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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