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


We have an emergency fundraiser for our entrance road repair! 

A new message from Fr. Cyprian….

Dear friends:

The situation with the road has suddenly gotten very real.

Saturday, September 29, we finally received word that we had gotten expedited building review and full planning approval from the county to build the new access road. This has been a long, expensive, and tedious project involving geologists, engineers, soils experts and countless hours of meetings.

Two days later we got the estimate and contract from Chapin Construction who is ready to do the work, in two phases as recommended by the county. We are on their schedule, depending on dry weather, as soon as the final approvals clear. The shocker was that the cost of Phase I is already $1.2 million.

October 3, we had our first rains. We are never sure of these things, but predictions are for another El Niño this winter. I have been walking our existing road and I fear that it will not survive another rainy season. Caltrans is still working on Paul’s Slide, which abuts our road, and, though they say it is not related, our road is still slipping. There are several new cracks in the already damaged section.

Having already spent $300,000 of money we did not plan on spending for the road, this leaves the Hermitage in a sobering financial situation with very little cushion. And so along with our Capital Campaign we have revived our GoFundMe page. If you are in a position to give a financial gift, please consider it, and help us keep this beautiful place of retreat and renewal open and accessible.

In hope, with thanks.
Fr. Cyprian, Prior

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

“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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