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

To make a reservation:
(reservations cannot be made through the on-line booking system; we block out all preached retreat dates on the calendar and it will appear that there is no availability. Contact Katee to find out actual room availability)

Monday-Thursday: 831-667-2456 ext. 143 (Katee)
Friday-Sunday: 831-667-2456 ext. 100 (bookstore attendant)

By email:

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.

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.




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.


November 30 – December 1
Br. Bede Healey, OSB Cam., and Dr. Andrew Mitchell, PhD

“Can the Many Become One?”

The philosopher and psychologist William James described the human condition as one of “torn-to-pieces-hood,” his trenchant translation of the German Zerrissenheit. We so often experience ourselves and the world as fractured, divided, separate, unconnected, and alienating. During this retreat, we will draw from Christian monastic and contemplative sources, Buddhist thought, psychoanalytic relational theory, neuroscience and literature to explore a more unitive, real, and truly alive way of being, and what living this way can mean for ourselves, friends, family, society and the world.

Br. Bede is a Camaldolese Benedictine monk and clinical psychologist.  Dr. Mitchell, steeped in both Christian and Buddhist thought and traditions, is a clinical psychologist, clinical neuropsychologist and also an author. 



February 8-9
Fr. Cyprian Consiglio, OSB Cam.

“The Silence of the Father and The Ground of the Mother”

Cyprian has been speaking on our late Fr. Bruno’s Four Energies of Christianity in his own way for some time, now – – the Silence, the Word, the Music and the Dance.  He now plans for the next years to take one aspect a year and explore it in depth.  This year he will be speaking on re-imagining the First Person of the Trinity and the energy that goes with that – – the apophatic depth, and paternal as well as maternal images and experiences of the Divine. 


March 1-2
Fr. Steve Coffey

“God Is Love: The Heart of All Creation”

This retreat will afford the opportunity to view several video presentations by Fr. Thomas Keating on the themes of cosmology; human evolution; and evolution, religion, and all creation in its relationship to Christ.  Silence, centering prayer periods, and times of visio divina of artistic representations related to the themes will help facilitate the integration of the retreat’s content.


April 26-27
Joseph Neary, Ph.D.

“Neuroscience and Meditation”

Dr. Neary is an internationally known neuroscientist and long-term meditator, has held positions at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, National Institutes of Health, Marine Biological Laboratory, University of Miami School of Medicine and VA Medical Center.  He has published 100 research and review papers on the mechanisms of learning, memory, neuro-endocrinology and traumatic brain injury.

Studies from the new field of contemplative neuroscience demonstrate that Christian and other ancient practices of meditation can change the activity, structure and function of our brains.  During our time together, we will explore how we can utilize basic principles of neuroscience – such as neuroplasticity and stress resilience – to enrich our contemplative practices and enhance our health and well-being.


July 19-20
Suzanne Guthrie

“The Great Commandment”

Jesus was asked which commandment was the greatest.  He replied this way: ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all  your mind.’  This is the greatest and first commandment.   And a second is like it:  ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  On these two commandments hang all the law and prophets.  (Mathew 22:38-40).  Suzanne explores the dynamism of the two “great commandments” – how they overlap, inform, challenge, balance, renew our daily lives and purposes.


August 16-17
Fr. Thomas Matus, OSB, Cam.

“Meditating on the Trinity Outside and Within Us”

(description forthcoming)


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

(title & description forthcoming)







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