Individual and Social Bubble Retreats

Our founders felt passionately that this small and private sanctuary should provide a space where individuals and groups can come to stop and think; a place to rest the body and renew the soul.

The Abbey has offered monthly Rest & Renewal Retreats for many years. Sadly, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic we are no longer able to welcome mixed groups of retreatants from separate households; however, by following strict government guidelines, we are now able to invite individual retreatants to enjoy the north wing of the The Abbey’s main building, and can accommodate social bubbles, for a shared retreat experience, within our Guest House facilities.

In addition to treatments such as massage and reiki; for groups seeking a shared experience, The Abbey has connected with local practitioners in yoga, creative writing, and natural bread making. These optional activities must be booked in advance for an additional fee, see below for details.

Retreats are now available throughout the month, both mid-week and during weekends.

For inquiries or bookings please email admin@theabbey.uk.com

Individual Retreats

For those seeking a quiet fully catered retreat, The Abbey can offer Lodestar, a bedroom in the oldest part of the building, with en-suite facilities and private access to The Solar sitting room, The Branch Therapy Room and The Library.

Vegetarian meals are prepared daily and will be served in the dining room. Packed lunches are also available on request.

Group Retreats

Covid-19 update: As of 9th September groups larger than six are no longer able to gather.

For groups of friends and family The Abbey’s Guest House can accommodate up to 9 guests, single occupancy, and 14 in twin rooms. However currently due to government restrictions groups are limited to a maximum of 6 guests. Guests can choose between Self-Catered, Full or Half-Board, please see below for pricing. Vegetarian meals will be prepared in the main building and served within the Guest House accommodation.  Packed lunches are also available on request. Please note social bubble retreats have a minimum of two nights accommodation.

Guests will have access to The Abbey grounds and either The Great Hall or a suitable sitting room, for fireside evenings.

Optional Activities

Spiritual Direction

The Abbey offers retreatants the opportunity to meet with retired Anglican priest David Barton. David’s main area of work was in education as a teacher, headteacher and education adviser with a specialism in young children’s religious education.  For many years he has been interested in both the Christian contemplative tradition and that of Zen Buddhism.  He is still active as a priest and as a spiritual director. This service is offered free of charge.

Socially Distanced Gathering

Connect with members of The Abbey community around a fire, either outdoors or within one of The Abbey’s large sitting rooms, or Great Hall. This opportunity is also free of charge.

Treatments and Workshops

Treatments and workshops must be booked in advance, fees are paid directly to individual therapist / workshop leader.

  • Massage, Reflexology or Cranio-Sacral Therapy, with Nora Roche £40 per hour
  • Yoga Class from £20 per person (minimum of 2 participants) £15 per person for 3 participants or more, please contact us for more details.
  • Introduction to Natural Bread Making with Chris Parkes, £49 per person, minimum of 4 participants, price including all ingredients, light lunch, course notes/recipes, and a course branded apron. Click here for more information. Please note this workshop is postponed until government restrictions ease.

Retreat Prices

All retreats run for a minimum 2 nights Group Retreats sizes must be a minimum of 3 / maximum of 6 Retreatants

Full-Board for Individual and Group Retreats

Full-Board consists of breakfast foods provided to help yourself, a freshly prepared vegetarian or vegan lunch, afternoon tea with homemade cake, and a freshly prepared vegetarian evening meal with homemade pudding. Home grown produce from the walled kitchen garden will be used when available. 

Full-Board Standard Rate is £90 per person per night

Full-Board Concessionary Rate is £75 per person per night

Please note we do not have the facilities to offer half-board or self-catered individual retreats.

Half-Board Group Retreats

Half-Board consists of breakfast foods provided to help yourself, a freshly prepared vegetarian or vegan lunch, afternoon tea with homemade cake or a freshly prepared vegetarian evening meal with homemade pudding. Home grown produce from the walled kitchen garden will be used when available. 

Half-Board Standard Rate is £75 per person per night

Half-Board Concessionary Rate is £60 per person per night

Self-Catered Group Retreats

Self-Catered Standard Rate is £50 per person per night

Self-Catered Concessionary Rate is £35 per person per night

Concessionary Rates and Bursaries

The Abbey offers a concessionary rate for those with an income below £16,000. We have now extended our concessionary rate to include all NHS staff and key workers.
Additional Bursaries are also available through The Association for Promoting Retreats with specific help for NHS staff being offered until end April 2021, click here for more information. Please contact us for further information on how to apply.

Confirming Your Booking  

Once your retreat dates have been provisionally booked, payment details will be sent, as we request a 25% deposit* to confirm your booking. Deposits are deducted from the final fee, which must be settled prior to the commencement of your retreat.

*Please note though deposits are non-returnable and non-transferable, due to the exceptional circumstances of Covid-19, we are happy to negotiate and transfer deposits to those who find themselves adversely affected.  

Covid-19:  In addition, due to the current situation, there is a possibility that we may be required or choose to impose self-isolation at The Abbey.  In this extremely unlikely situation, we will seek to give you as much notice as possible and either offer an alternative weekend/time if possible or a full refund of any deposits paid.   

If you have any further questions, or would like to discuss your booking, you are welcome to email or call the office, do leave a message with your telephone number and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Call: 01235 847 401

Email: admin@theabbey.uk.com