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Map of the Hermitage

The Hermitage offers a variety of accommodations throughout our monastery grounds. The map at right indicates the locations of each, for your general reference. You will note that each of the private rooms in the retreat house are named; click this link: short biography/reference to see the story behind each.

For guests requiring wheelchair accessibility, please note that Guest House A is the closest to our Chapel, with ramps and ease of access to the Chapel and bookstore. Scholastica is our other ADA-approved accommodation, newly renovated with wheelchair access entry, kitchenette and bathroom.         Please note: there is no internet or cell phone service here. There is a landline phone available during business hours to make quick calls in case of urgency or to let your loved ones know you have arrived safely.

The main retreat house features nine private rooms , each with a half-bath and personal garden overlooking the ocean. In the retreat house, there is also a room with two private showers and a common kitchen where meals are picked up.

In addition to the retreat house, there are five private hermitages located along the hillside below the retreat house. These spaces offer greater solitude and privacy. They include a full bathroom, small refrigerator, small counter-top gas burner for cooking and a sun deck. The main meal is picked up at the retreat house kitchen. The private hermitages called “Logos”, “Sophia” and “Doxa” each have a separate bedroom with a double bed, and decks with beautiful ocean views.

Just added in 2011 are private retreat accommodations within the monastic enclosure. This completely private cell includes bath, prayer room, and sleeping area. These accommodations are only available to male retreatants since they are located within the monastic cloister. They are not available on-line, please call the bookstore (831)667-2456 x 100 or send an email to reservations@contemplation.com

We are pleased to now offer six choices in accommodations that are double occupancy:

GuestHouse A and B, located adjacent to the bookstore, each having two twin beds, a full bathroom with shower and kitchen facilities.

Scholastica is a spacious, free-standing open concept hermitage. The one large room includes two twin beds, a fold-out couch and a full kitchen with living & dining area. A full bathroom with shower is located just off the large central living area.

Rates for accommodations, cancellation policy and check-in

Important Road Closure Update [June 2017]:

Due to storm damage from last winter, the highway leading to us is still under repair as of this writing. It is important for you to know that the only way you will be able to get to the Hermitage, before October, is over the Santa Lucia Mountains on Nacimiento Road.  This road comes out on Highway 1 about 4 miles south of the Hermitage. 
It is accessed via Highway 101.  Cal Trans highway repair crews estimate they will have the bridge north of us repaired in October, so access on Highway 1 from the north will resume at that time. 
You may email us for directions: reservations@contemplation.com

 

Group Retreats:
To reserve 3 or more rooms, contact Katee in Guest Ministry at (831) 667-2456 x 143 for group policy information.  Reservations can be made up to 12 months in advance.

Minimum/Maximum stay:

The Hermitage has a 2 night minimum stay and a 14 night maximum stay requirement. We ask that you plan to stay at least 2 nights (in the same room) to fully experience the serene, rejuvenating monastic atmosphere here, and to reduce the noise and activity associated with single night stay-overs. Our guests have found that one simply cannot receive the full benefit of disconnecting from the busy world with a single night stay.

Room rates:

The cost for retreat accommodations are as follows (please note that any amount paid above these rates is tax deductible, and we will use that amount to fund our scholarship program – for those guests who need financial assistance). Also note that the entire balance due will be charged to your credit card 7 days prior to your arrival – you will not need to pay once you’ve arrived.

Single occupancy retreat house rooms 1 thru 9 are $135 per night.
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Private Hermitages Kairos or Hesychia: $160 per night (single occupancy only).
Kairos Virtual Tour!
Hesychia Virtual Tour!

Private Hermitages Logos, Doxa or Sophia: single occupancy: $191 per night; double occupancy: $291 per night.

Photos of Sophia Private Hermitage


Photos of Doxa Private Hermitage


Photos of Logos Private Hermitage


Single occupancy Monastic cottages are $145 per night. They are not available for online booking. Please call to book.

GuestHouse B is $135 for single occupancy and $235 for double occupancy.
GuestHouse B Virtual Tour!

Scholastica: (limited availability – please contact katee@contemplation.com for more information): $176 for single occupancy and $276 for double occupancy.
Scholastica Virtual Tour!

All rates for accommodations include meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), which are mostly vegetarian. Please see our “FAQ” section for more details.

 

Cancellation Policy

a 5% cancellation fee will be charged to your credit card on file, based on the entire cost of your reservation.

No reductions in stay duration or cancellations to a reservation are allowed within 7 days of arrival date (or after the guest has arrived). These changes/cancellations will cause the entire balance due to be charged in full to your credit card on file. If the room is re-booked, we will waive charges for the dates re-booked except for the 5% cancellation fee.

Because of our remote location and the difficulty in re-booking rooms on short notice, we ask for your understanding as we uphold this policy. Any nights that you pay for but do not use are tax-deductible as a donation to a 501(c)(3) charity. 

 

Check-in is 4:00 pm, check-out is 1:15 pm.

Late Arrivals

When arriving, please proceed to the Bookstore and Gift Shop to check in. If you are arriving after hours (the store closes at 5:00pm), there will be a map with your name on it in a “late arrivals” stand near the front door of the store, which will direct you to your room or private hermitage. Please take the map and register the following morning at the bookstore. In your room you will find a binder with information on meals, trails and other pertinent instructions that will help make your stay comfortable.

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