New Camaldoli Hermitage, Big Sur

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  • The monks of this Hermitage welcome a handful of retreatants, in search of silent reflection, to stay in their humble guest rooms, on the cliffs above the mighty Pacific. The prices are reasonable and...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • A nice place for a self-guided silence retreat. Great view. Very sparse amenities in the spirit of the place.
  • 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.
  • 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 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! :)
  • One of the most peaceful places I have found. The beauty of nature is amazing here.

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