Highway 1 is open in both directions to the Hermitage. You can now get to the Hermitage via Highway 1 from the north and the south. We are still open only to registered guests; we plan on opening back up to the general public June 15th. New Camaldoli Hermitage
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The life of a Camaldolese monk centers on the seeking union with God following the dictates of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in union with the Catholic Church, through the ancient but ever new monastic heritage of Saint Benedict as enriched by Saint Romuald. This life radiates outward in various rhythms, involving him in solitude and community, silence and fraternal encounter, prayer and work, study and recreation. He is dedicated to the love and praise of God in the bond of fraternal charity. _Watch the video above to experience the majestic beauty of the Hermitage and the Big Sur coast for yourself._ The community in Big Sur is situated in the rugged coastal mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Located on 899 acres at an elevation of 1300 feet, the Hermitage is surrounded by California chaparral, redwood, madrone, bay laurel, and an oak forest. The view is of both ocean and woods – a natural setting profoundly conducive to the contemplative way of life. ------------------------- 6.4.2021: WE ARE NOW OPEN AND ABLE TO RECEIVE REGISTERED GUESTS; HIGHWAY 1 IS OPEN TO ALL TRAVEL BOTH NORTH AND SOUTH OF US. _SORRY, WE STILL CANNOT ALLOW NON-REGISTERED VISITORS ON THE PROPERTY DUE TO PANDEMIC CONDITIONS. WE PLAN TO OPEN TO THE PUBLIC JUNE 15TH, 2021. THE CHURCH REMAINS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE._ ------------------------- WE ARE ACCEPTING RETREATANTS WITH THE FOLLOWING SAFETY PROTOCOLS IN PLACE. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE MAKING A RESERVATION: Per orders of the diocese and State of California, the church remains temporarily closed to everyone except our monks, in order to protect them. Limited outdoor Mass and Communion services are being provided for registered guests only (sorry, only registered guests are admitted at this time). Mass schedules will be provided to guests. Spiritual direction and Reconciliation (confession) will be available by appointment. _Sorry, the Hermitage continues to be closed to the general public; only registered guests are allowed on property at this
_Our bookstore will remain open to registered guests only (no public, please), 1:30-4:30 daily._ _Go to our availability calendar to view and reserve open rooms
_ Here is what we are doing to make your visit as safe as possible, and to protect our monks and staff: * installed social distance signs and guidance at the bookstore and
retreat house area.
* developed thorough CDC-approved cleaning and disinfecting protocols for all rooms & retreat kitchen. * all staff and monks who interact with guests have been provided the personal protective equipment necessary to prevent virus transmission. All staff and monks have their temperatures taken on a
* limited access to the Hermitage property and bookstore to registered guests only. Not open to general public. * have required that all guests wear masks while in the bookstore or in the retreat kitchen. * take temperature of all guests at check-in; guests with temperatures of 100.4F or higher will be asked to return home. * developed safety protocols for meal pick-up in the retreat kitchen as well as an occupancy limit. _Click the link below for more detailed coronavirus related updates._ MORE CORONAVIRUS UPDATES FOR RETREATANTS
What You Can Do
Per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): * Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue (or cough into your elbow), then throw the tissue in the trash. * Wash your hands frequently with soap and hot water for at least 20
* Avoid touching your face, mouth and eyes. * Practice simple social distancing strategies from others, such as verbal salutations instead of handshakes or hugs; not sharing utensils, cups and linens; and keeping a distance of six feet apart. * Wear a mask when in public or inside buildings where you cannot maintain social distance. -------------------------
For latest status of Highway 1 please go to https://roads.dot.ca.gov/and enter “1” in the box for Highway 1. You may also call Cal Trans at 800.427.7623 and press “2” for Central California area. Warning: the recording is a scary-sounding robotic voice that mispronounces city names! ------------------------- WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE HERMITAGE FR. CYPRIAN FEATURED IN ARTIST SPOTLIGHT ON MUSIC AND MISSION Music & Mission #20: Cyprian Consiglio In this special Artist Spotlight episode of Music and Mission, composer, musician and Camaldolese monk Fr. Cyprian Consiglio performs his song “Well Done, Faithful Servant,” dedicated to all those we’ve lost over the last months and years. Later, Cyprian performs the traditional folk hymn, “How Can I Keep From Singing.” He also talks about the decade he spent traveling around the US and the world performing and teaching. His book “Hermit, Preacher, Wanderer” can be found online here
------------------------- NEW CAMALDOLI HERMITAGE IS SEEKING A DONOR RELATIONS MANAGER New Camaldoli Hermitage seeks a bright, experienced, mission-driven, passionate, self-starter as a Donor Relations Manager (DRM). Central to the DRM role will be responsibility for soliciting annual gifts from established and new donors, and providing meaningful touchpoints for philanthropic engagement with the Hermitage by coordinating creative events together with the community and staff colleagues. Find
out more here!
WELCOMING BR. JAMES BACK TO THE HERMITAGE Last Saturday evening we welcomed Br. James Makil back into formation. He will do one trial year and then re-enter simple vows. We are delighted that he is back where he belongs! ------------------------- FR. CYPRIAN CONSIGLIO INTERVIEWED ON KSBW NEWS Fr. Cyprian Consiglio was recently interviewed by Caitlin Conrad from KSBW News about how the hermitage is handling the COVID-19 shelter in place restrictions. It was a nice interview and you can watch it here
------------------------- WE ARE ANNOUNCING A NEW FEATURE AT OUR ONLINE STORE AND A CONVENIENT WAY FOR YOU TO HELP SUPPORT OUR OPERATIONS: MONTHLY DONATION
Easy to sign up and easy to modify or cancel, our monthly subscription allows you to use a Visa or MasterCard to automatically donate a fixed amount that you choose to the Hermitage each month. Besides getting a warm feeling for helping the monks, at the end of the year they will mail you a complimentary bag of Holy Granola! So your tummy will feel loved too. Click this link (and feel free to share) ------------------------- _“OUT OF THE CELL” BY PICO IYER FEATURED IN GRANTA_ There’s a nice story by friend of the Hermitage Pico Iyer called “Out of the Cell” that was published in the recent _Granta_. From Nobel laureates to debut novelists, international translations to investigative journalism, each themed issue of _Granta_ turns the attention of the world’s best writers on to one aspect of the way we live now. _Granta_ does not have a political or literary manifesto, but it does have a belief in the power and urgency of the story and its supreme ability to describe, illuminate and make real.
Check it out here.
------------------------- _THE HERMITAGE FEATURED IN THE LA TIMES._ The Hermitage and our struggles with Mother Nature was recently featured in the LA Times. A nice story and write up by Elijah Hurwitz and some lovely photographs accompanying the story. Check it out here. ------------------------- _NEW CAMALDOLI HERMITAGE FEATURED ON PBS._ A featured story about the New Camaldoli Hermitage will air soon on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly on PBS . Each public television station that carries the program decides when to broadcast it so check local listings. The program will also be available online beginning January 27th. Here’s a preview. ------------------------- _NEW CAMALDOLI HERMITAGE FEATURED IN DALLAS MORNING NEWS._ We noticed a recent writeup that nicely featured the Hermitage in the Dallas Morning News. Titled “Be in your own ‘Mad Men’ finale at this silent retreat in Big Sur
it provides a nice first person account of a recent visitor’s stay at the Hermitage. Thanks to Tina Danze for such a wonderful article
about our home.
------------------------- _NEW CAMALDOLI HERMITAGE FEATURED IN SAN LUIS OBISPO TRIBUNE_ We’re pleased to share this very nice recent write up about the Hermitage, featured in the San Luis Obispo Tribune.
Read all about it.
------------------------- _NEW CAMALDOLI HERMITAGE SPECIAL WRITE-UP FEATURED IN COAST MAGAZINE_ Written by well-known author Pico Iyer, this article describes in pictures and words the spiritual and natural beauty of our place in the Big Sur wilderness.
Read all about it.
------------------------- _NEW CAMALDOLI HERMITAGE IS FEATURED IN THE NEWEST EDITION OF THE POPULAR MOON TRAVEL GUIDE (MONTEREY & CARMEL EDITION)_ You’ll find our hermitage and bookstore mentioned on pages 191, 208 and 209. The guide is a great resource for other destinations, sights and food in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties as well. A description of the guide can be found here
You may purchase a copy from us at our online store under “Books & Journals”. ------------------------- _NEW CAMALDOLI HERMITAGE GETS BETTER AND HOLIER
The Hermitage was recently featured in ‘Monterey County Now’ online magazine. Read all about it. Here’s a wonderful excerpt from the article: _When famed travel writer and longtime Time Magazine essayist Pico Iyer was given the chance to travel anywhere in the world for National Geographic Magazine, he chose Big Sur and the New Camaldoli Hermitage. “I have been traveling all over the world for 40 years now, from Tibet to Ethiopia and my home in Kyoto, to Easter Island and North Korea and Bolivia,” Iyer writes by email from the less exotic locale of Glendale. “But I can honestly say that I’ve never found anywhere that changes me to the core as the New Camaldoli Hermitage
WE WELCOME OUR GUESTS WITH OPEN HEARTS. The monks of New Camaldoli Hermitage would be delighted to welcome you here, where we trust you would experience some of the reality to which a great Benedictine motto refers: a dynamic and creative “peace.” OUR PHONES ARE TEMPERAMENTAL If you cannot reach us at 831.667.2456, try 831.667.5126 or
(If the line is busy, keep trying!) CHECK AVAILABILITY AND BOOK What our guests are saying on Yelp
_“New Camaldoli Hermitage is the intersection of a stunningly beautiful section of Big Sur and a humble and thoughtful group of
_“...a wonderful reasonable clean place to unwind and refresh my spirit and soul.” _