“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 – Please see details of our Easter Retreat on the events page
16th – 18th May – Spring in Bloom
13th – 15th June – Welcome the Summer Solstice
11th – 13th July – Summer detox for vitality
22nd – 24th August – Summer in splendour
12th – 14th September – Welcome in the Autumn Equinox
10th – 12th October – Shedding of the leaves
21st – 23rd November – Hygge and Hibernation
12th – 14th December – Preparing for Winter healthy detox – digital detox
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 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 £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.