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 currently unable to welcome mixed groups of retreatants from separate households; however, by following strict government guidelines, we are 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

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.

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*
For Group Retreats we can also offer
  • 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.

Individual or “Bubble” Group Retreat Prices

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, we will request a deposit[1] and booking form to confirm your booking. Deposits are deducted from the final fee, which must be settled prior to the commencement of your retreat.

[1] Please note although 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