The monastery is one of two live-in Catholic dwellings in Monterey County, up the coast from New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, pictured here on July 12, 2018.
Deep in Carmel Valley—over an hour’s drive from the coast—is the Tassajara Zen Center where Buddhist monks live among the rolling hills of the Ventana Wilderness. All three institutions create a space devoted to those leading a contemplative lifestyle.
“A life of prayer is expansive,” Teresita says. “It can be done from anywhere. It’s a whole way of life all the time.”