The New Camaldoli Hermitage is pleased to offer a number of Preached Retreats for 2017 & 2018

The general schedule for these retreats is:

  • First meeting is Friday evening at 7 pm
  • Two meetings on Saturday
  • Last meeting on Sunday before the 11 am mass
  • All Conferences are in the chapter room, through the door just beyond the large Marian icon in the chapel corridor on the left.
  • A bell will be rung 10 minutes before each conference.

To make a reservation:

By Phone:

Monday-Thursday: 831-667-2456 ext. 143 (Katee)

Friday-Sunday: 831-667-2456 ext. 100 (bookstore attendant)

By email:

Reservations cannot be made through the on-line booking system, as it will appear that there is no availability which might not necessarily be true. You will only know by contacting Katee.

A one night deposit is required to confirm a reservation, and we have a 7 day cancellation policy. There is an additional $60.00 fee for the Directed Retreat itself. That fee is included in the nightly cost of the room.



November 17-19th
Fr. Robert Hale and Susan Guthrie (SOLD OUT – wait list available, please contact us)

“Divinization of our Diminishments, and then Glory”

Fr. Teilhard de Chardin along with many others writes about the divinization of our activities, how we can Christianly grow in what we do.  But he also has eloquent thoughts about the divinization of our diminishments, for example when we are sick, when we suffer losses of loved ones, when our faculties and health decline, etc.  This is the more difficult dimension of life, but as Teilhard notes, it is also the more profound, the more capable of helping us to a deep union with God.  The final diminishment is dying, death, but that is the narrow gate to Glory, a fullness of joy and peach and love beyond conceiving.



February 23-24
Fr. Cyprian Consiglio

“The Four Limbs of Christianity”

Our late Fr. Bruno re-imagined the Trinity was the Silence, the Word and the Music and added a fourth element––the Dance. It this retreat we will weave together Bruno’s thought with that of Teilhard de Chardin, Bede Griffiths and Raimundo Panikkar, along with some insights from Transpersonal Psychology, to re-articulate some of the ancient truths of Christianity in a language of dynamism, evolution and challenge for our present age.


March 16-17
Fr. Steve Coffey (Monastery of The Risen Christ)

“Hildegard of Bingen, Prophet of the Cosmic Christ”

This retreat will focus on the spirituality of St. Hildegard, 12th century Benedictine abbess who was named Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XVI. We will consider selected passages of her writings, and in particular her Scivias, to come to a greater awareness of her Christology, her cosmology, and her monastic spirituality, as well as her “way of the heart” on the spiritual journey. Ample time for personal prayer and reflection will be provided.


April 20-21
Ron Dart, Scholar in Residence, New Camaldoli Hermitage

“C.S. Lewis and Bede Griffiths: Soul Friends”

This retreat will explore the ever deepening friendship between C.S. Lewis and Bede Griffiths; and Griffiths’ ongoing defense of Lewis after his death in 1963.  We will, in the process, examine the nature of spiritual friendships using Lewis and Griffiths as markings on such a journey.


May 11-12
Maggie Weaver

“11th Step Retreat”

This retreat will examine, in depth, the 11th Step of Alcoholics Anonymous.  Together we will seek to improve our conscious contact with the God of our understanding.  You do not have to be a member of a 12 Step program to attend.  This is an annual retreat led by Maggie; each year more is revealed.


June 22-23
Br. Bede Healey, OSB Cam.

“Compassion: Spiritual and Psychological Dimensions”

Compassion is a central theme that spans the world’s religions.  What makes this a driving force in our spiritual lives?  And what psychological processes assist us in developing ourselves as compassionate human beings?  These and other issues will be explored during this retreat.


July 20-21
Fr. Robert Hale and John Mooney

“The Jesus Prayer”

Its transformative power, its practice, its rich heritage.


August 10-11
Fr. Thomas Matus

“Meditation on the Trinity and into the Trinity”

True meditation is a way of contemplation that leads through communion into a total assimilation to what we meditate upon.


September 14-15
Br. Ivan Nicoletto

“The Incomplete Christ”

What if the Cosmos, the Earth, Humanity, and God are still coming to birth?  This retreat will offer the opportunity to deepen and to grow with these questions.


October 26-27
Fr. Andrew Colnaghi, OSB Cam; Fr. Arthur Poulin, OSB Cam; and Antionette Betschart, Oblate, OSB Cam. (Incarnation Monastery)

“Transformation in a Polarized World”

In our polarized, fragmented world, transformation of individuals, communities and nations would seem to be of critical importance.  Do fragmentation and polarization inhibit or might they promote our evolving transformation into the image and likeness of god?  This retreat will draw upon scripture, tradition and the experience of retreatants to enhance our awareness of the diverse and creative ways in which God brings about continuing transformation in humankind and all of Creation.


November 16-17
Br. Bede Healey, OSB Cam., and Paula Huston

“Lectio Divina in today’s Spiritual Journey”

Sacred reading, holy reading, close reading – how do we bring together our understanding of the human capacity to read and understand with the mysterious spiritual core of ourselves?  But the monastic practice of Lectio Divina, truly a charism of the church, continues to expand and utilize cultural changes and human knowledge to bring us closer to ourselves and to God.



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