Among those stranded on the “island” of Big Sur are a group of Roman Catholic monks.

The New Camaldoli Hermitage is a community of monks that typically open their doors to visitors looking for a tranquil retreat. However, with the failing Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge to the north and Paul’s Slide to the south, they are completely cut off from civilization.

”This is part of living in a beautiful and wild place like Big Sur,” the group says on a GoFundMe page. “This ruggedness is why guests are so grateful to be here.”

But with impossible to traverse obstacles like road slip-outs, mudslides, and crumbling bridges, guests can’t even get to the already secluded monastery.

The GoFundMe campaign has so far raised $120,000.

“I have been working for non-profits in Los Angeles for 15 years for huge organizations, this is unheard of,” said Jill Gisselere, Director of Development for New Camaldoli Hermitage. “We received 135 gifts and had over 5,000 visitors to our site. It is really a testament to the good work we do.”

The hermitage’s goal is to raise $300,000; the estimated loss of hospitality income due to the closures in Big Sur.

In addition to the lost revenue, the repair costs for their entry road alone is estimated to be as high as $250,000. Repairing the road is the hermitage’s number one priority right now so that vital deliveries to 29 trapped monks and staff can be made.

One monk is convalescing and in deteriorating health. Another was airlifted out after falling and breaking his hip.

Staff says that one of the monks plans to go into San Luis Obispo for supplies as soon as Highway 1 south of Lucia opens but CalTrans still has no update on when that could happen.

Full story at SF Gate.