Retreats     


Breathing Space

Draw aside from the noise and busyness of your daily life and experience some peace and quiet to listen to God. We can accommodate individual residential retreats, and offer time and space for Quiet Days, and Spiritual Direction.

A retreat is the chance to step aside from the rush of everyday life, to rest and just be in a welcoming, peaceful place. A retreat can be a journey into a deeper love of God. At the House of Prayer we hope to offer you a retreat suitable for your individual needs.

Retreats are for ordinary people at any time in their lives. There are no expectations on anyone coming on retreat and you don't need to be a churchgoer. You may simply want some quiet time or time for reflection away from work or family. You may want to deepen your spiritual life and to explore ways of prayer and silent meditation.

Whatever your personal reasons, at The House of Prayer we hope to offer you a retreat suitable for your individual needs. There are different opportunities available to make a short or long personal retreat with access to spiritual direction if you so wish. Or you can join us on one of our themed retreats.


Personal Retreats


Individual Residential Retreat

We welcome bookings for individual residential retreats. Subject to availability, retreats can be of any length throughout the year. Spiritual direction may be available upon request.

Cost:

- 24 hours catered: £65 (all meals included)

- 24 hours self-catered: £40

Quiet Days

Retreat to the House of Prayer for one day. Our Quiet Days begin at 10am and finish at 4pm. You will be allocated a private room and are free to enjoy the peace and quiet of the prayer room and other spaces in the House. Spiritual direction may be available upon request. Please bring a packed lunch.

Suggested donation: £20

Spiritual Direction

A spiritual director or soul friend is someone who will listen, encourage and challenge us to an authentic relationship with God. If you would like to talk to someone about your faith story, please contact us.

Suggested donation:

- Ongoing spiritual direction: £30

- Spiritual direction as part of a retreat: £20

Please contact us to arrange.


Themed Residential Retreats


A Time for Renewal

Led by Jill Benet
17 - 19 January 2020

A weekend to refresh and renew our commitment to practise Centering Prayer with extended periods of prayer and silence. 17th January is the feast day of St Anthony of Egypt, Desert Father and founder of Christian Monasticism. We shall look at how Fr Thomas Keating draws on Anthony’s story as a model for our own ‘Spiritual Journey’ and how relevant his life and experience are for us in the 21st Century.
Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 7pm and leave on Sunday at 4pm.
Cost: £170 - Advanced booking essential.

Jill is a teacher of Centering Prayer. She is the London Co-ordinator of Contemplative Outreach, founded to teach the method of Centering Prayer and to support Centering Prayer groups and communities. She has studied in-depth the conceptual background and has attended several retreats led by its founder, Father Thomas Keating, as well as retreats led by Cynthia Bourgeault and Richard Rohr, among others. She has trained in the US and UK and leads groups, Introductory Days, Quiet Days and retreats. Jill is a co-founder of the Silence in the City series of talks on the contemplative life.


That We May Be One: 8-day Intensive Centering Prayer Retreat

Led by Jill Benet
2 - 9 February 2020

Intensive Retreats provide an opportunity for participants to immerse themselves fully in the practice of Centering Prayer as taught by Contemplative Outreach, often proving to be a watershed in their practice. There will be up to three hours of Centering Prayer each day and time outside meetings is held in silence. There will be time for personal reflection, contemplative liturgy and Lectio Divina. We will draw on material from Thomas Keating’s last teaching video series, ‘That We May Be One’. The retreat is recommended for those who have attended an Introductory Workshop and who have practised Centering Prayer for at least six months.
Arrive on Sunday in time for supper at 6pm and leave on Sunday after breakfast.
Cost: £595 - Advanced booking essential.


Midweek Silent Individually Guided Retreat

Led by the House of Prayer Community
11 - 13 February 2020

This retreat provides an opportunity to step aside from the busyness of everyday life and spend time in quiet prayer and reflection. A retreat guide will be available for daily individual meetings to accompany you through the retreat. Above all, this retreat is a time of listening to God who is present in the experiences of prayer and daily living. There will be opportunity to spend time with The Retreat Association's newly commissioned icon based on the Encounter of the Woman at the Well which is being hosted by the House of Prayer during this retreat.
Arrive on Tuesday in time for supper at 6pm and leave on Thursday at 4pm.
Cost: £170 - Advanced booking essential.


Retreat for Spiritual Directors: Waiting at the Well

Led by Antonia Lynn and Ellen Farmer
21 - 23 February 2020

What a privilege and joy it is to accompany others, but the journey can sometimes be tiring. What wearies us in our ministry? What do we thirst for? This is a weekend for reflection; a time to consider our need for rest, refreshment and renewal and, as Ignatius says, to ‘ask for what we desire’. There will be opportunity to spend time with The Retreat Association newly commissioned icon based on the Encounter of the Woman at the Well which is being hosted by the House of Prayer during this retreat.
Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 7pm and leave on Sunday at 4pm.
Cost: £170 - Advanced booking essential.

Antonia has a long experience of spiritual direction and giving retreats. She is a tutor on the Encounter formation course in spiritual direction and a supervisor for people in spiritual ministry. She is Warden and Referrals Coordinator for the Community of Spiritual Directors at the London Centre for Spiritual Direction. She is excited by creative connections between Ignatian and Celtic spirituality: 'finding God in all things'.


Ellen is a member of the community at the House of Prayer. She works as a spiritual director, supervisor, retreat guide and tutor.


Weekend Silent Individually Guided Retreat

Led by the House of Prayer Community
6 - 8 March 2020

This retreat provides an opportunity to step aside from the busyness of everyday life and spend time in quiet prayer and reflection. A retreat guide will be available for daily individual meetings to accompany you through the retreat. Above all, this retreat is a time of listening to God who is present in the experiences of prayer and daily living.
Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 7pm and leave on Sunday at 4pm.
Cost: £170 - Advanced booking essential.


Lent Retreat: Let your minds be remade

Led by the House of Prayer Community
20 - 22 March 2020

A weekend silent residential retreat with an individual guide for each retreatant. As well as time for personal prayer, there will also be community prayer with Scripture, poetry and music.
Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 7pm and leave on Sunday at 4pm.
Cost: £170 - Advanced booking essential.


An Introduction to the Welcome Prayer

Led by Jill Benet
17 - 19 April 2020

Sometimes called ‘consent on the go’, Rev Dr Cynthia Bourgeault describes the Welcome Prayer as ‘a powerful path for connecting the inner consent of Centering Prayer with the outer requirement of unconditional presence in daily life’. We will introduce the method of the Welcome Prayer Practice and, by putting it into practice, recognise its power as a tool to release the obstacles and hidden motivations preventing us from fully living life as it is. The weekend will include extended periods of Centering Prayer, practice and silence.
` Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 7pm and leave on Sunday at 4pm.
Cost: £170 - Advanced booking essential.

Jill is a teacher of Centering Prayer. She is the London Co-ordinator of Contemplative Outreach, founded to teach the method of Centering Prayer and to support Centering Prayer groups and communities. She has studied in-depth the conceptual background and has attended several retreats led by its founder, Father Thomas Keating, as well as retreats led by Cynthia Bourgeault and Richard Rohr, among others. She has trained in the US and UK and leads groups, Introductory Days, Quiet Days and retreats. Jill is a co-founder of the Silence in the City series of talks on the contemplative life.


Weekend Silent Individually Guided Retreat

Led by the House of Prayer Community
1 - 3 May 2020

This retreat provides an opportunity to step aside from the busyness of everyday life and spend time in quiet prayer and reflection. A retreat guide will be available for daily individual meetings to accompany you through the retreat. Above all, this retreat is a time of listening to God who is present in the experiences of prayer and daily living.
Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 7pm and leave on Sunday at 4pm.
Cost: £170 - Advanced booking essential.


Centering Prayer Immersion

Led by Jill Benet
12 - 14 June 2020

This weekend offers the opportunity to spend time in silence with a small group and deepen the experience of Centering Prayer. This retreat is suitable for those who are familiar with and are establishing their practice of Centering Prayer as well as experienced practitioners.
Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 7pm and leave on Sunday at 4pm.
Cost: £170 - Advanced booking essential.

Jill is a teacher of Centering Prayer. She is the London Co-ordinator of Contemplative Outreach, founded to teach the method of Centering Prayer and to support Centering Prayer groups and communities. She has studied in-depth the conceptual background and has attended several retreats led by its founder, Father Thomas Keating, as well as retreats led by Cynthia Bourgeault and Richard Rohr, among others. She has trained in the US and UK and leads groups, Introductory Days, Quiet Days and retreats. Jill is a co-founder of the Silence in the City series of talks on the contemplative life.


Stillness at the Centre - Christian Meditation Silent Retreat

Led by Briji Waterfield
19 - 21 June 2020

A time to be ... create space and slow down, meditate and savour the beauty of life. A perfect opportunity for all who have never been on a silent retreat but wish to deepen their journey but equally ideal for meditators who want a weekend away. Meditation as taught in The World Community for Christian Meditation will be practised.
Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 7pm and leave on Sunday at 4pm.
Cost: £170 - Advanced booking essential.

Briji is a spiritual director, leads retreats and is an active member of The World Community for Christian Meditation. She has a life-long interest in meditation and the Christian mystical tradition. Recently retired, Briji is re-discovering the delights of travelling, friendships and chilling!


Midweek Silent Individually Guided Retreat

Led by the House of Prayer Community
23 - 25 June 2020

This retreat provides an opportunity to step aside from the busyness of everyday life and spend time in quiet prayer and reflection. A retreat guide will be available for daily individual meetings to accompany you through the retreat. Above all, this retreat is a time of listening to God who is present in the experiences of prayer and daily living.
Arrive on Tuesday in time for supper at 6pm and leave on Thursday at 4pm.
Cost: £170 - Advanced booking essential.


That We May Be One

Led by Jill and Antonio Benet
3 - 6 July 2020

‘The Christian experience of awakening and of unity consciousness is a true Oneness that involves the full participation of our humanity, body, soul and spirit.’ (Thomas Keating) This retreat provides an opportunity to form a small community for a long weekend where we will engage in practical activity, study, and extended periods of Centering Prayer.
Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 7pm and leave on Monday at 4pm.
Cost: £255 - Advanced booking essential.

Antonio is a writer and lay contemplative. He leads study groups in the UK and Spain. His books include Que Es Dios?, Ques Es La Vida?, Quien Soy? He teaches the method of Centering Prayer and has studied with Thomas Keating and Cynthia Bourgeault. You will find his blog on The Law of Three here: http://benetblogsuk.blogspot.com/


Jill is a teacher of Centering Prayer. She is the London Co-ordinator of Contemplative Outreach, founded to teach the method of Centering Prayer and to support Centering Prayer groups and communities. She has studied in-depth the conceptual background and has attended several retreats led by its founder, Father Thomas Keating, as well as retreats led by Cynthia Bourgeault and Richard Rohr, among others. She has trained in the US and UK and leads groups, Introductory Days, Quiet Days and retreats. Jill is a co-founder of the Silence in the City series of talks on the contemplative life.


6-day Silent Individually Guided Retreat

Led by the House of Prayer Community
17 - 24 July 2020

This retreat provides an opportunity to step aside from the busyness of everyday life and spend time in quiet prayer and reflection. A retreat guide will be available for daily individual meetings to accompany you through the retreat. Above all, this retreat is a time of listening to God who is present in the experiences of prayer and daily living.
Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 7pm and leave on Friday after breakfast.
Cost: 510 - Advanced booking essential.


Weekend Silent Individually Guided Retreat

Led by the House of Prayer Community
11 - 13 September 2020

This retreat provides an opportunity to step aside from the busyness of everyday life and spend time in quiet prayer and reflection. A retreat guide will be available for daily individual meetings to accompany you through the retreat. Above all, this retreat is a time of listening to God who is present in the experiences of prayer and daily living.
Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 7pm and leave on Sunday at 4pm.
Cost: £170 - Advanced booking essential.


The Challenges and Joys of Becoming Missionary Disciples: Pope Francis’ Vision of Church and Mission

Led by Fr Eamonn Mulcahy
27 September - 4 October 2020

This is a preached retreat and will be held in silence. There will be two conferences daily. There will be a celebration of the Eucharist and a half hour of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament daily and opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation.
Arrive on Sunday in time for supper at 6pm and leave the following Sunday after breakfast.
Cost: £595 - Advanced booking essential.

Fr Eamonn is a Spiritan missionary from Manchester. A priest since 1980, he has been on mission in Congo-Brazzaville, Nigeria and Kenya. He has extensive experience of deepening the Faith Formation of Adults in the UK and leading spiritual retreats to priests, religious and lay-people in Europe, North America, Australia, Africa and Asia. He is now in the UK on the team of the inner-city Holy Spirit Parish in Manchester whilst working as one of the Episcopal Vicars for Religious in Salford Diocese. He teaches Systematic Theology one day a week in Oscott College Seminary, Birmingham, and still maintains active involvement in educating street kids back in the infamous slum of Kibera, Nairobi. He is passionate about communicating the beauty of our Faith and the interface between Theology and Spirituality.


Midweek Silent Individually Guided Retreat

Led by the House of Prayer Community
27 - 29 October 2020

This retreat provides an opportunity to step aside from the busyness of everyday life and spend time in quiet prayer and reflection. A retreat guide will be available for daily individual meetings to accompany you through the retreat. Above all, this retreat is a time of listening to God who is present in the experiences of prayer and daily living.
Arrive on Tuesday in time for supper at 6pm and leave on Thursday at 4pm.
Cost: £170 - Advanced booking essential.


8-day Centering Prayer Intensive Retreat

Led by Jill Benet
1 - 8 November 2020

Intensive Retreats provide an opportunity for participants to immerse themselves fully in the practice of Centering Prayer as taught by Contemplative Outreach, often proving to be a watershed in their practice. There will be up to three hours of Centering Prayer each day and time outside meetings is held in silence, with time for personal reflection, contemplative liturgy and Lectio Divina. We will draw on material for reflection from Thomas Keating’s extensive body of work, including videos and writings. The retreat is recommended for those who have attended an Introductory Workshop and who have been practising Centering Prayer for at least six months.
Arrive on Sunday in time for supper at 6pm and leave on the following Sunday after breakfast.
Cost: £595 - Advanced booking essential.

Jill is a teacher of Centering Prayer. She is the London Co-ordinator of Contemplative Outreach, founded to teach the method of Centering Prayer and to support Centering Prayer groups and communities. She has studied in-depth the conceptual background and has attended several retreats led by its founder, Father Thomas Keating, as well as retreats led by Cynthia Bourgeault and Richard Rohr, among others. She has trained in the US and UK and leads groups, Introductory Days, Quiet Days and retreats. Jill is a co-founder of the Silence in the City series of talks on the contemplative life.


Silence

Led by Jill Benet
20 - 22 November

Much has been written about “silence” and how necessary it is for our wellbeing and spiritual needs or progress. Thomas Keating, quoting St John of the Cross describes silence as “God’s first language”. The purpose of this weekend is to explore Silence in a small community, its practical nature and how it deeply penetrates our lives. We shall draw from the work of teachers such as Thomas Keating, Cynthia Bourgeault, Raimon Panikkar and Robert Sardello and others. The weekend will have extended periods of Centering Prayer and time for private reflection.
Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 7pm and leave on Sunday at 4pm.
Cost: £170 - Advanced booking essential.

Jill is a teacher of Centering Prayer. She is the London Co-ordinator of Contemplative Outreach, founded to teach the method of Centering Prayer and to support Centering Prayer groups and communities. She has studied in-depth the conceptual background and has attended several retreats led by its founder, Father Thomas Keating, as well as retreats led by Cynthia Bourgeault and Richard Rohr, among others. She has trained in the US and UK and leads groups, Introductory Days, Quiet Days and retreats. Jill is a co-founder of the Silence in the City series of talks on the contemplative life.


Advent Retreat: Come Lord, do not delay

Led by the House of Prayer Community
4 - 6 December

A weekend silent residential retreat with an individual guide for each retreatant. As well as time for personal prayer, there will also be community prayer with Scripture, poetry and music.
Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 7pm and leave on Sunday at 4pm.
Cost: £170 - Advanced booking essential.