6th Annual Retreat and Assembly

Posted By on Apr 22, 2018

Contemplation: The Body and the Natural World
Fri, Jul 6, 2018, 3:00 PM – Sun, Jul 8, 2018, 3:00 PM PDT

549 Mission Vineyard Road
San Juan Bautista, CA 95045

Refunds up to 30 days before event

Tickets available for purchase online here!

Keynote Speakers:
Fr. Michael Fish, OSB Cam and Rev. Deborah Streeter

In this dynamic retreat, we are glad to feature two keynote speakers, Fr. Michael Fish and Rev. Deborah Streeter, to explore the contemplative dimension within our own body, and outside in the natural world that we call home.

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60th Anniversary Concert

Posted By on Apr 20, 2018

Sun, July 29, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM PDT

New Camaldoli Hermitage
62475 California 1
Big Sur, CA 93920

Please join us for a very special performance by world renowned violinist Michelle Makarski. An award-winning violinist and ECM Records artist, Michelle is internationally acclaimed for her compelling programming, poetic style and outstanding versatility.

Michelle Makarski’s latest recording on ECM is Six Sonatas for Violin and Piano by J.S. Bach, in duo with pianist Keith Jarrett. For more information please visit: michellemakarski.com

We are honored to host Michelle at the Hermitage.

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It was nice to see a recent feature on the Hermitage and our fundraising efforts to rebuild our driveway and help us through these desperate times when we aren’t able to welcome guests to our home here in Big Sur. We are so grateful to everyone who has helped us in our time of need. Beleaguered Big Sur institutions turn to...

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Positions at The Hermitage

Posted By on Mar 30, 2016

At this time we have no openings.  This can change from month to month, so please mark your calendar to check back here regularly! In the meantime, we offer you blessings and peace in your...

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We’re pleased to share this very nice recent write up about the Hermitage, featured in the San Luis Obispo Tribune. Here’s an excerpt: “It’s not the Esalen Institute. It is definitely not a Ritz-Carlton, yet the New Camaldoli Hermitage is heaven on earth for those seeking a retreat lush in silence and contemplation. Perched above Lucia in Big Sur, about an hour north of Cambria, sits the hospitable hermitage — a type of monastery — where Camadolese Benedictine monks live in solitude, prayer and work. You and I are invited to partake. The hermitage offers rooms for those who feel it is time to live and breathe in silence and contemplation.” Read the full article...

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Remembering Father Bruno

Posted By on Dec 2, 2015

Sunday, November 29 (first day of Advent) – We tolled the bells this morning just after the wake up bell at 5:15 a.m. and gathered at Fr. Bruno’s bedside for a vigil. For those who hadn’t heard, Bruno’s health had been declining and he finally needed to enter hospice care at an outside facility for a short period of time. We had brought him home just Friday noon and he died late Saturday evening. He had one of us with him the whole time and his dear friend Lynne had just arrived a few hours before. A momentous way to begin Advent! We will miss our beloved Bruno. Born Arthur Paul Barnhart on April 10, 1931, in Long Island, New York, Fr. Bruno was the only child of Arthur Chamberlain and Julia Barnhart. Fr. Bruno received his B.S. in chemistry from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He later received his M.A. in chemistry at Dartmouth, New Hampshire. Fr. Bruno spent 2 years in the Navy where he worked in lab tech biochemistry at Bethesda Naval Hospital. During his lab days Bruno lost sight in one of his eyes during an accident in the laboratory. After visiting the Trappists of Spencer, Massachusetts and Genesee, New York, Fr. Bruno contacted Fr. Modotti at New Camaldoli Hermitage. He arrived in Big Sur on April 9, 1959. Fr. Bruno professed vows in 1960 (simple) and 1964 (solemn). During the 1960’s he studied in Italy, receiving a STL degree from Sant’ Anselmo in Rome. Fr. Bruno served as prior of New Camaldoli Hermitage from 1969 to 1987, making trips to Italy every 3 years during that time to serve as a member of the Camaldolese Constitutions Committee. He has published several articles and five books (The Good Wine, Second Simplicity, The Future of Wisdom, The One Light (editor) and Purity of Heart (co-editor). He has given many retreats, conferences and workshops over the years. Since 1994, Fr. Bruno has served as editor of The Golden String, the official publication of the Bede Griffiths Trust. Check out the “Wisdom Christianity” video series by Father...

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New Private Hermitages Arriving!

Posted By on Oct 21, 2015

We are very excited to announce that the first of the 3 new private hermitages we are installing has arrived today. The other 2 are scheduled to arrive later this week.  All must be “craned” into their respective spots, and then the work of connecting them to our grid and infrastructure begins.  Then comes furnishing the interior and, finally, passing inspection by the County. We are still planning on these hermitages being made available for guests by the end of November. Of course that depends on weather, trenching success, and luck.  Please pray for the construction workers!  ...

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We had an enthusiastic crowd for Cyprian Consiglio’s book release concert at Holy Cross parish hall in Santa Cruz this last September 4.  Joining Cyprian was the very talented Gitanjali Lori Rivera.  Many books were sold, after being autographed of course, and some CDs also.  The music was...

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For those who have been asking, we’ve added a “body care products” page to our shopping website at www.hermitagebigsur.com.   Here you will find our fine body and hand creams and bar soap from our Mother house in Camaldoli, Italy. For more than 5 centuries our Italian Camaldolese monastery in Tuscany has been making healing remedies using herbs and plants from their monastery gardens. The monks were the first pharmacists of the old world, and we believe they have developed the most divine products. Enjoy an incredible and nourishing experience for your skin. You will only find these products by visiting our monastery in Camaldoli, Tuscany or here on this website. Go to the website at www.hermitagebigsur.com and click on “Body Care...

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