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New Camaldoli Hermitage, Big Sur

(4.9/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web)
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  • I enjoy the drive down the coast and up to the hermitage. It is peaceful and lovely. You can attend a service and you will feel like a new person afterwards and then go to the bookstore for books, rel...  more »
  • You don't really have to be quiet in the gift shop. The clerk/brother invited us in warmly and gladly answered any questions about the inventory. In addition to "holy granola," fruitcake, and the usua...  more »
  • We just drive up on our way down PCH. The drive is perilous but the views are amazing. We were able to go into the chapel. Really wanted to buy something at the bookstore, but after the woman working ...  more »
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  • Beautiful place! Worth it for the view alone! Calm and quiet 2 mile road up the hill with gorgeous unobstructed views of the ocean. There are several benches along the way where you can sit and enjoy the view.
  • This is a hidden gem, literally, it is tucked away high above the cloud in the mountains. I arrived by bike, it took me nearly an hour and a half to walk the bike all the way up. The walk itself was a pilgrimage, by the time I arrived, I felt I could leave already. I spent some time meditating in the chapel. Great place with good energy. Make sure to check out the bookstore&gift shop, the energy there is very healing.
  • One of the most peaceful places I have found. The beauty of nature is amazing here.
  • This place is unbelievably magical. It is perfect if you are looking for a spiritual, humbling, relaxing experience. The monks are incredibly welcoming and prepare 3 delicious, mostly vegetarian home-cooked meals/day - it feels like you are staying with family who welcome you with open arms, but give you complete privacy. I saw the woman's post below regarding the "terrifying" drive - it isn't bad at all. I promise. Just take it slow and you will be fine. Upon arrival you are left with a set of clean linens so you can make your bed how you prefer, as well as a set of dishes that you can use for the duration of your stay - meaning you wash them yourself after each meal. That being said, this isn't a luxury resort by any means - but I really enjoyed this aspect, it was all so grounding and meditative. The views are absolutely breathtaking. I stayed in the Retreat House, there are 9 private rooms, each with a half bath and their own private courtyard. The bed was very comfortable - I slept better than I had in ages. The showers are located in the kitchen area and are very clean and comfortable! This place is such a gem - and the monks are so welcoming and sweet. I don't consider myself a religious person but I attended Eucharist twice while I was there - the chapel is absolutely stunning (in a modest way) and there is such a gorgeous warm energy there. I highly recommend attending the worship ceremonies even if you aren't religious! They are so open minded and welcoming - this really gave me a new perspective on religion as a whole! The monks truly demonstrate how religion SHOULD be. They are very accommodating - I decided to extend my stay (on a holiday weekend) and they initially were fully booked, but ended up taking care of me - they even found a way to let me stay in the same room. I'm hesitant to leave a good review because I don't want too many people to find out about the beauty of this place! :)
  • Serene and beautiful.