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What is a retreat?

A retreat is exactly what it sounds like - the chance to step aside from life for a while, to rest and just 'be' in a welcoming, peaceful place.

Who goes on retreat?

Retreats are for ordinary people at any time in their lives. There are no expectations on anyone going on retreat and you don't need to be a churchgoer.

Is a retreat right for you?

Do you:

  • Wish for some quiet time?
  • Want a weekend to develop your interests?
  • Long to know more about prayer?
  • Need some time for reflection away from work or family?
  • Want to deepen your spiritual life?

Then a retreat might be just for you.

What kind of place is a retreat house?

  • Retreat houses offer a warm welcome to all.
  • Most are in beautiful buildings with gardens.
  • They vary in size from small (1 or 2 rooms) to large (for over 100 people).
  • Some have libraries, art rooms and prayer rooms that are available to use.
  • Overnight accommodation — from simple rooms with shared facilities to en suite rooms with modern facilities. Choose the one that is best suited to you.
  • The majority of retreat houses provide wholesome, home cooked food and can accommodate special dietary needs (with advanced notice).
  • An increasing number of retreat houses have facilities for those with disabilities.

What happens on a retreat?

Retreats offer the opportunity to:

  • find space
  • reflect
  • pray
  • worship

in peaceful and comfortable surroundings.

There are a wide variety of retreats to choose from including retreats:

  • for the beginner
  • with a theme e.g.
    • hobbies - painting and gardening
    • life issues - coping with change, stress management, relationship breakdown
    • technical skills - PowerPoint or photography
  • without a programme.

Can I do my own thing on retreat?

Yes, many retreat houses welcome people who wish to spend some time alone.

Can I speak to someone about my experiences on retreat?

Yes, most retreat houses offer the opportunity to talk to someone in complete confidence. Someone to listen and share with you about your experiences on retreat. After your retreat you may want to continue your reflections at home.

Where can I go on retreat?

Retreats are held in a wide variety of places - often called Retreat Houses - in locations across and beyond the UK.

How long is a retreat?

A retreat varies in length but is usually anything from 2 to 7 days. Some are up to 30 days, depending on the programme. There are also 1-day retreats, usually called quiet days.

Is there a charge for going on retreat?

Most retreat houses do no have another source of income and therefore charge their visitors a competitive rate to cover costs that include:

  • maintaining the house
  • providing food and overnight accommodation
  • paying for staff and retreat leaders.

Most retreat houses have a fixed rate depending on the length of your stay.

The Retreat Association for the UK