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

 

Our monthly Rest & Renewal Retreats provide a nurturing peaceful space for self-guided meditation, contemplation and relaxation.

For 3 days guests are invited to join The Abbey community for silent meditation and home cooked vegetarian meals. Each month we aim to mark the changing season with simple ritual, walks and general discussion, this is not a program of events but a theme to bear  in mind and consider together, with no expectation or obligation.

2017 Retreat dates:

10th – 12th January – Healthy detox with a ‘Flour & Sugar Free’ meal plan (on request)

14th – 16th February – Contemplate Loving Kindness

14th – 16th March – Welcome the Spring Equinox.

13th – 16th April  – Our Easter Retreat will run for 4 days – details will be posted on the events listing nearer the time

17th – 19th May – Spring in Bloom

14th – 16th June – Welcome the Summer Solstice

12th – 14th July – Summer detox for vitality

22nd – 24th August – Summer in splendour

20th – 22nd September – Welcome in the Autumn Equinox

18th – 20th October –  Shedding of the leaves  

15th – 17th November –  Hygge and Hibernation

13th – 15th December – Preparing for Winter healthy detox – digital detox

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What to expect while staying with The Abbey on Retreat

Welcome

Retreats run from lunchtime Tuesday to lunchtime 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.