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New Camaldoli Hermitage

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AMENITIES
Free Parking
Breakfast included
Non-Smoking Rooms
Kitchenette
Free Wifi
Pool
Restaurant
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my 3rd time here. Never disappointed. The monks are very welcoming. The food is EXCELLENT! The rooms (cells) are clean and private. I always bring my sketch pad, hiking poles, crayons, journal and a book to meditate. Looking forward to my next retreat.

Date of stay: November 2018
Thank eclecticreader
Reviewed October 31, 2018

This is the perfect place for people who need deep introspection. The silent nature of the hermitage and the lack of connectivity of any sort (wifi or cell) make it ideal for meditation or creative work (as was my case). I spent nine days here...More

Date of stay: October 2018
Thank QuebecBound
Reviewed September 17, 2018

This is a wonderful place for a retreat. It's quiet and the view of the ocean is spectacular. There are places to walk. You can drive along Highway 1 to see beautiful scenery. You can stay for a few days or there are trailers where...More

Date of stay: October 2017
Thank marilynmorgan
Reviewed July 4, 2018

I stayed 4 nights at New Camaldoli Hermitage in APRIL 23-27, 2018. I have been on many retreats, silent and led by speakers but this retreat surpassed even my own best wishes for silence and solitude along with the highest communal prayer, the Catholic Mass....More

Date of stay: April 2018
Thank xmccurry
Reviewed June 19, 2018

I love this place. It's not really a vacation kind of place, but a place to go for solitude and contemplation. It's in absolutely beautiful surroundings on top of a mountain overlooking the Big Sur Coast, which was so magnificent. It was nice seeing the...More

Date of stay: April 2018
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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 More 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). Less
Hotel Amenities
HOTEL FEATURES
Free Parking
Breakfast included
Pool
Beachfront
Room Service
Restaurant
Bar/Lounge
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms, Kitchenette
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms, Kitchenette
Number of rooms
12
Price range
$110 - $240 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Also Known As
New Camaldoli Hermitage Hotel Big Sur
Location
United States > California > Big Sur
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms, Kitchenette
Number of rooms
12
Price range
$110 - $240 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Also Known As
New Camaldoli Hermitage Hotel Big Sur
Location
United States > California > Big Sur
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January 24, 2017|
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Response from FarmerRK | Reviewed this property |
You can definitely talk quietly while hiking or walking on the grounds. There is no particular place to play cards or board games outside that I know of. If you are staying in the units that house two people you are of... More
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August 22, 2016|
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Response from Alan E | Reviewed this property |
If you fly into Monterey airport you can arrange to have Father Benedict pick you up when he does his weekly grocery shopping for the hermitage. You would have to stay Friday to Friday. Also you have to be in Monterey before... More
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I do not think the Monastery is set up to be a wedding venue.
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"Tip - This is NOT a hotel. It is a religious spiritual Retreat Center for those seeking SILENCE and SOLITUDE."
xmccurry
Jul 4, 2018
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"Be open to what's available. Nothing will disappoint if you leave the stress of expectation behind."
ReillyClan
Jun 27, 2016
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"Logos or any trailer."
giekay
Jun 14, 2016
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"It's beautiful. All of it."
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