We were happy to the Hermitage featured recently as one of the “8 Best Vacations for Relieving Stress”, by Trips to Discover! Here’s how the described the Hermitage: “the rooms, private houses with gardens and outdoor spaces, offer wonderful spots for peace and tranquility while enjoying the sounds of the surf and soaking up jaw-dropping ocean views…” Feel stressed out? Pay us a...

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Doug Begins Journey as a Postulant

Posted By on May 3, 2018

Our friend Doug Herbek became a postulant yesterday evening in a short but sweet ceremony in our church. This is Doug’s formal entry into candidacy to become a Camaldolese Monk here at New Camaldoli.  We are pleased to welcome him into this phase of his formation!  Please pray for Doug as he begins this solemn journey. [Show as...

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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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last dispatch from General Chapter

Posted By on Oct 14, 2017

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 Carissimi, One of the things I find entertaining about the Italian language is the double negative, as we would call it in English. For example, Non c’è nessuno is translated as “There is no one” but it literally means, “There is not no one,” which kind of means to me that there is someone. Just like Non c’è niente literally means “There isn’t nothing.” You could get held back in 3rd Grade for that. And then there is the specifically Tuscan style of voting. There are little black balls and little white ones. Black means Yes and white means No. So today the Prior General officially resigned at the end of his six-year term, and Don Emaneule, the most senior member of the Chapter (and a former Prior General himself) took up the post of presiding for the election. We heard Alessandro’s review again of his job thus far, then we had a good sharing with him, and then a scrutinium, during which he left the room, and then brought him back him and shared with him, all before the vote itself. All this took almost two hours during which time (we Americans wishing we had been informed of this earlier) we did not take a break. Then we voted on whether or not to accept his resignation. So a Yes vote (a black ball) this time meant that we accepted his resignation, meaning we did not want him to be Prior General anymore. And vice versa, a white ball meant No, we did not accept his resignation, meaning we did want him to continue as Prior General. I can’t tell you the exact outcome, but I can tell you we voted that we did not not want him. In other words, Alessandro was easily re-confirmed as Prior General today. May God continue to bless our little sainted congregation of monks. In the afternoon after the election we had a presentation on the possible new foundation in China. This has been a project dear to the heart of our Fr. Joseph Wong, who entered the Camaldolese with us in America before moving here to Italy to serve on the General Council, for as long as I have known him. He still goes to China each year to teach in the seminary there, and it is form these sojourns that he has attracted several candidates. Out of the ten or so that have explored a Camaldolese vocation here in Italy, at present only two remain, Elia and Antonio, though there is at least one other exploring the option still. We were offered a PowerPoint slideshow of...

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