Retreats

“What a special place The Abbey is.  Please pass on my thanks to the team for holding this much-needed safe space for us weary pilgrims. After only a couple of days I find myself missing the food, the stillness and the gentle community.” — Cathy, retreatant

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One of our founders hopes were that The Abbey might provide a place to ‘Stop and Think’; The Abbey’s Rest & Renewal Retreat provides both the time and the space with which to do this.

The wonderful atmosphere here at the Abbey provides a nurturing peaceful space for self-guided meditation, contemplation, prayer and relaxation. For 3 days you are invited to join us, The Abbey community for silent meditation and home cooked vegan or vegetarian meals.

Whether you are seeking spiritual direction and conversation or simply a little time out from your busy schedule, the Abbey’s unique medieval building and extensive grounds provide the perfect environment to ‘Stop and Think’.

Our monthly Rest & Renewal Retreats usually run from Tuesday to Thursday.

2017 Retreat dates:

21st – 23rd November

12th – 14th December

2018 Retreat dates:

23rd – 25th  January

13th – 15th  February 

13th – 15th  March 

*28th – 1st April – Easter Retreat Weekend

10th -12th  April  

15th – 17th  May 

12th – 14th  June 

10th – 12th  July 

14th – 16th  August 

11th – 13th  September

16th – 18th  October 

13th – 15th  November 

11th – 13th  December 

* The Abbey Easter Retreat is a 3 night stay over the Easter weekend, join The Abbey resident community in celebrating Easter with egg painting, a mindfulness egg hunt, spring walks and camp fires with singing for those who wish to join in.

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What to expect while staying with The Abbey on Retreat

Welcome

Retreats run from lunchtime Tuesday to after lunch on Thursday.  You are welcome to arrive any time from 10am on the Tuesday morning.  

Healthy Meals –  Silent Contemplation

Three meals a day will be provided: you may eat with the other retreatants and residents or retire to your private room.  

We hold silence in the house on the Wednesday from the midday meditation until after the evening meditation. Lunch is therefore silent that day.

Please notify us of special diets and for those wishing to detox a flour and sugar free meal plan can be provided on request.

Your Time

You are welcome to join the resident community in their daily silent meditation for half an hour, three times a day. Guidance is available on request.

Aside from this timetabled event, much of the day will be largely yours, for quiet contemplation, prayer, walking and self-guided meditation.

We do ask that you assist with a few of the daily requirements such as helping with the washing up after meals… nothing too strenuous or time-consuming and all part of living in community.

If you want to include some gentle gardening or other activity as part of your retreat time we can arrange that too. The Meditation Room is available for your use and a wonderful space for quiet reflection.

Spiritual direction and conversation is also available on request.

Treatments

Swedish massage, reflexology, or cranio-sacral therapy, are available on request at a special rate of £35 an hour.   Appointments are usually an hour long, but can also be a half hour taster (to enable you to try out a treatment for example).

Treatments take place on Tuesday afternoon and are are offered on a first come basis so must be booked in advance.  

Cost for Retreat in 2017

The costs vary depending on your ability to pay.

For people who’s income is below £12,000  – £120

For people earning between £12,000 and £20,000 – £155

For people earning over £20,000 – £190

With open hearts we welcome you to share in peaceful rejuvenation.