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Berkeley, California
Reviewed 21 August 2016

My husband and I recently spent three nights (3 nights is a minimum stay to really appreciate being on retreat) at New Camaldoli Hermitage, a community of Roman Catholic Benedictine monks (12 monks) whose lives are dedicated to contemplation and prayer located in 900+ acres high above Big Sur. We thought it would be good to go on a retreat...

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3Thank FarmerRK
Fresno, California
Reviewed 28 June 2016

I chose this destination as a solo retreat. After an incredibly challenging year wherein I felt there wasn't much of me left, I relished the idea that no conversation between guests was expected and that others also came for quiet contemplation and solo pursuits. I'm not Catholic but was intrigued with the four different daily services: vigils, lauds, mass, and...

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5Thank ReillyClan
California
Reviewed 15 June 2016

This place is a great place to practice silence and to find solitude. My husband and I practiced silence the entire time and found ourselves better connected. The lodge we rented was newly renovated (see photos). Because it was out of the way, no cell phone service, wifi service, and great views, we thought this place to be perfect for...

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2Thank da-mung-ster
San Francisco, California
Reviewed 14 June 2016

Last November I have urged my friends to drop by the area on our way to Santa Barbara along the highway 1 coast. Did a little prayer at the chapel and head on out. But the best time was during the summer of 2014. It was one of my birthday. I was looking for solitude an alone time with myself....

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1Thank Gigi L
USA
Reviewed 6 June 2016

The Hermitage has undergone some big changes for retreatants in 2016. There are 3 brand new trailers/unit that are one bedroom, kitchenette units. They are really nice - and not affordable for the past typical retreatant. $180 night includes trailer/unit 3 meals a day, which you'll want to supplement with a minor amount of food. Two other trailers date from...

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6Thank luciasur
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 June 2016

I have been going to the Hermitage for more than 10 years. It is an astonishing place of silence, beauty, and lovely food. It is not a hotel, or a hostel .... but a place to stay for retreat. Enjoy if this is a place for you.

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2Thank LydiaGlobal
Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 22 May 2016

For this first visit , we stayed two nights during the week in early April. Reserved the Scholastica : it is quite large, has a few chests of drawers, breakfast table, rocking chairs and large bath with large walk-in shower. Shower curtain needs cleaning or replacing; otherwise bath is very clean. Sufficiently stocked kitchen with small fridge, two-burner hot plate,...

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1Thank CA2ME
Paso Robles, California
Reviewed 12 April 2016

This was only my second year of staying at the Hermitage,and it was just as magical the second time as last year...this time I stayed at Sophia, Hesychia, and Kairos...all three were immaculate,and well stocked, and very comfortable. The quiet,and of course the beauty of the area is profound...I slept like a baby all three nights...and did not need to...

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2Thank gracierose0204
Reviewed 18 March 2016

I didn't use a cell phone for 60 hours. Even better, for 60 hours I didn't have to hear other people talking on their phones or see them earnestly thumb-tapping or snapping selfies. There is no phone or internet service. Paradise; not only because this is Big Sur, one of the world's most sublime coasts. But also because New Camaldoli...

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7Thank Holly B
California
Reviewed 18 March 2016

This is an extraordinary get-away! The rooms are quaint, the services are very fulfilling, the food is excellent. The monks are very willing to chat, to advise or whatever you need. It is a great space to get in touch with your inner self, to get back to nature, to be.

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  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
we camaldolese monks greet you in the peace of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.We are a working monastery with accommodations and an environment geared toward spiritual retreats. Those looking simply for overnight accommodations are likely to be better served elsewhere.Here at the Hermitage,we offer retreatants a beautiful place of quiet and prayer. We ask you to maintain silence in your room, the kitchen and the area around the retreat house. If you want to have a conversation with someone, please go for a walk down the driveway with them.Monastic prayer:The monks gather for prayer in the Chapel four times a day. You are most welcome to join us. The bell will ring 15 minutes before Vigils; 5 minutes before Lauds, Mass and Vespers. (The 5:30pm bell is a signal for monks in the cloister only)The regular schedule is as follows:5:30AM vigils (daily) 7:00AM lauds (daily)11:30AM eucharist (weekdays)11:00AM eucharist (Sundays)6:00PM vespers (weekdays)5:00PM vespers (Sundays)Liturgy of the hours:After the opening prayer of each service, a monk will offer assistance to those unfamiliar with the order of prayer. The regular schedule may be changed for Feast Days, Solemnities and Community Days. There is also a silent half hour of prayer every day in the Chapel Rotunda immediately following Vespers.In addition to the daily prayer schedule, retreatants are invited to join the monks to pray the Rosary and participate in Collatio (scripture study). The schedule for these will be posted on the Chapel door.Spiritual counsel and reconciliation:If you would like to talk with one of the monks for spiritual counsel, or to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, please make your request to the attendant at the bookstore who will make those arrangements.Meals and retreat house kitchen area:To maintain the gift of silence, all meals are eaten in solitude in your own room or garden.Your room is provided with an electric hot pot for hot water and packets of instant coffee, tea, a tray and dishes provided to pick up your meal from the retreat house kitchen. The retreat house kitchen is always open and is stocked with cereals, milk, fruit, yogurts, breads and a fresh Breakfast item which you may use to prepare breakfast at your leisure. From 1:30pm daily, soup, salad and a fresh Supper dish are also provided. Please be sure to clean up after using any facilities.Take note of the two shower rooms on the right as you enter the kitchen area and the smallloan library in the kitchen. Please return borrowed books to the shelf before you leave so they may be made available to others.Bookstore:Open daily for check-in, books, music and gifts: Mornings; 8:00~11:15 a.m. Afternoons; 1:15~5:00 p.m.Personal calls can be made from the telephone booth at the bookstore whenever it is open.Because we have only this one booth please try to make your calls brief. The nearest public phone is located at Lucia Lodge, a short drive North on Hwy 1.Sending or receiving mail:Items for mailing can be left at the bookstore and the postage paid there. If you are expecting mail, please let the monk at the Bookstore know and check back there.If you are missing any items or have a problem or a particular need, please inquire at the Bookstore and the attendant will gladly help.Recycling:We provide containers in the kitchen area to recycle paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum. Please be mindful of these when disposing trash.Hiking:Walks are a wonderful way to commune with God through the beauty of nature. We suggest you walk the main driveway, which is two miles long to Highway 1. Sitting areas are provided at various points along the road. Because of the widespread poison oak and in order to maintain the cloister of the monks, retreatants are asked to limit their walks to the drive and not to follow dirt roads or paths into the wilderness area. Please do not feed any of the wild animals.In an emergency:Notify the attendant at the bookstore. When the bookstore is closed use the intercom phone inside the kitchen: Call the GuestMaster, #108. If no answer call #115. For specific instructions in the event of fire please read the card provided in your room.Driving Driections:Our Hermitage is located 50 miles south of Monterey, Ca.; and 45 miles north of Cambria, Ca. on Highway 1. Driving time is about an hour and fifteen minutes from either Monterey or Cambria. Our driveway is located on the inland side of the highway ½ mile south of Lucia (if you are driving from the north); 1 mile north of Limekiln State Beach (if you are driving from the south). ... more   less 

Additional Information about New Camaldoli Hermitage

Address: 62475 Coast HWY 1 at Lucia, Big Sur, CA 93920
Region: United States > California > Big Sur
Price Range: RM1,293 - RM1,293 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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