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New Camaldoli Hermitage, Big Sur

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New Camaldoli Hermitage (formally called Immaculate Heart Hermitage) is a rural Camaldolese Benedictine hermitage in the Santa Lucia Mountains of Big Sur, California, in the United States. The Camaldolese branch of the Benedictine family was founded by St. Romuald in the late 10th century. It was consecrated under the Immaculate Heart of Mary and was known by that name for its first decades, but its official name is New Camaldoli.

The Hermitage was founded in 1958 by two monks from the motherhouse in Camaldoli in Tuscany, who had spent two years searching for a site that combined solitude and natural beauty. It is located at an altitude of approximately 1,300 feet (400 meters), and is approached by a winding road that is nearly two miles long, which gives the visitor a clear view of the landscape and Pacific coastline.
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  • This hermitage is a place of welcome, acceptance, peace, and beauty. Don’t come here if you like to talk or need cell or internet signal. But come here if you wish to disengage with the race... 
    This hermitage is a place of welcome, acceptance, peace, and beauty. Don’t come here if you like to talk or need cell or internet signal. But come here if you wish to disengage with the race...  more »
  • Amazing coastal views and sunset over the ocean. Lovely peaceful grounds to meditate and stay for a quiet retreat or as a day visitor. Chapel services are throughout the day which are optional... 
    Amazing coastal views and sunset over the ocean. Lovely peaceful grounds to meditate and stay for a quiet retreat or as a day visitor. Chapel services are throughout the day which are optional...  more »
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  • Few places in the USA are as transforming and life-changing as this hermitage. The soul wants what the soul craves. And when you are in the presence of God and nature, coupled with the wisdom of elders, you cannot go wrong. I was there for the first time this past July and cannot wait to attend again in the near future. The food is lovely and healthy. The people attending respectful of silence. A beautiful place to cherish.
  • We were exploring the coast and found this place along our drive. The road going up was a little sketchy. We didn't see a sole when we were there. It appeared to be a very simple and beautiful place. It was a great place to get out and stretch your legs and walk around just please be respectful.

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