For the latest information regarding The Abbey and Coronavirus
We received this lovely testimonial from our first visitors post lockdown
I held my first day yoga retreat post Covid at The Abbey today (30th May 2021) and it was an absolute delight! The Abbey community have perfectly adapted the venue to easily accommodate Covid safety with NHS QR codes, plentiful antibac, signs reminding people to socially distance, replacing fabric hand towels with paper ones and laying tables for lunch with appropriate spacing. It felt such a novelty to come together as a group in such a beautiful setting and we were made to feel very welcome and relaxed. The Abbey is such a special place, I highly recommend anyone looking for a venue to use this beautiful place, not only to enjoy it’s peaceful ambiance, but also to support the wonderful spiritual community looking after it. I very much look forward to coming back again soon!
A Spiritual Home
Our Vision Statement
“A spiritual retreat, education and well-being centre housed in a small beautiful medieval building and grounds, with a resident community offering a unique place for restoration and inspiration. Here, as an individual or a group you can find support in your enquiry for your own particular contribution towards building a better world for all.”
A Hidden Gem
As a spiritual retreat and well-being centre, we offer our guests a uniquely peaceful place for retreat and rejuvenation. Housed within a beautiful, thriving example of an English medieval Manor, we welcome guests from all faiths and none, to experience our warm and inclusive hospitality. Our magnificent Great Hall, makes our facilities particularly suitable for groups working with yoga, martial-arts, sound-healing, voice-training, creative-writing, team-building and spiritual-exploration.
Located 10 miles south of Oxford and 60 miles from Central London, our international appeal attracts groups from all over the globe who return time and again to experience our exceptional home-cooked food and inspiring atmosphere. Over the last 40 years, The Abbey has been stewarded by a residential community, who have over time, rescued this extraordinary building from dereliction. A rich tapestry of self-enquiry, mindfulness, contemplation and community has been woven together creating a rare and unique hospitality service, comprising a warm welcome, comfortable facilities, peaceful environment and nurturing food. We invite guests to share this supportive environment, encouraging you to create your very own home from home.
It is with deep sorrow that we are letting you know that Dylan Hayden died on 13th June.
Dylan had been a member of the Resident Community at The Abbey for fifteen years and many of you will have known him personally. Dylan dedicated his life to The Abbey, welcoming guests, preparing excellent and imaginative food, working in the gardens and on the grounds, and building relationships with volunteers and members of the community. Many of you will have enjoyed the wonderful concerts, readings, and performances which he and Charlotte initiated.
For the next two weeks, we anticipate that The Abbey will only be open for those who are closely associated with it, so that we can all start to come to terms with this tragic event and as a mark of respect. However, we shall be meditating between 9.00 and 9.30 each morning- and invite you to take part in this by doing so wherever you are, if you wish.
We will hold a general meeting for all Abbey members once the funeral has taken place.
Meanwhile we are sure that you will join us in keeping Dylan and Charlotte in your prayers and thinking of the members of the Community and everyone involved with The Abbey.
With sincere good wishes,
The trustees of The Abbey