“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
One of our founders’ hopes was that The Abbey might provide a place to ‘stop and think’; The Abbey’s Rest & Renewal Retreat provides both the time and space to do this.
The wonderful atmosphere of The Abbey provides a nurturing peaceful space for self-guided meditation, contemplation, prayer and relaxation. For 3 days you are invited to join The Abbey community for silent meditation and home cooked vegetarian meals.
Whether you are seeking spiritual direction, 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 run from Tuesday to Thursday.
2018 Retreat dates:
11th – 13th December
2019 Retreat dates:
15th – 17th January
12th – 14th February
12th – 14th March
18th – 21st April 3 x Night Easter Retreat
14th – 16th May
11th – 13th June
16th – 18th July
13th – 15th August
10th – 12th September
15th – 17th October
19th – 21st November
10th – 12th December
What to expect while staying with The Abbey on Retreat
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.
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 is a wonderful space for quiet reflection.
Spiritual direction and conversation is also available on request.
Swedish massage, reflexology, or cranio-sacral therapy, are available on request at a special rate of £40 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. Payment for any treatment should be made directly to the therapist.
Cost for Retreat in 2018
The costs vary depending on your ability to pay.
For people with an annual income 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.