Retreats     


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


Breathing Space

Draw aside from the noise and busyness of your daily life and experience some peace and quiet to listen to God.

Private residential retreat.
Cost: £60 per 24 hours (all meals included)

Private residential retreat – self-catering.
Cost: £40 per 24 hours

Individual quiet day (please bring a packed lunch).
Suggested donation: £20

Spiritual direction, if required, as part of a private residential retreat or quiet day.
Suggested donation: £20

Spiritual direction session (ongoing).
Suggested donation: £30

Please contact us to arrange.


THEMED RESIDENTIAL RETREATS


Reviewing the old and greeting the new

Led by Lynne Galloway and Audrey Hamilton
31 December 2018 – 1 January 2019

The evening of 31st December will be a prayerful reflection on the passing year, moving into welcoming the New Year in prayer. On the morning of New Year’s Day we will prayerfully consider what God might be inviting us to as we step into a new beginning. There will be some input, times of guided prayer, and silent prayer.
Arrival 6.00pm, in time for supper; departure 2.30pm, after lunch
Simple meals will be provided.
Cost £80 - Advance booking is essential

LYNNE GALLOWAY has been working in the field of spirituality for many years, running retreats, workshops and accompanying individuals on their journey with God as a spiritual guide. She is director of spirituality at Mount Street Jesuit Centre.

AUDREY HAMILTON is the Spirituality Development Worker at the Mount Street Jesuit Centre coordinating their outreach programme into parishes and other centres. She offers retreat days, workshops on various spirituality themes and spiritual direction. She has a keen interest in the mysticism of everyday life.


Weekend Silent Individually Guided Retreat

Led by House of Prayer Community
11 - 13 January

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 7.00pm and leave on Sunday at 4.00pm.
Cost £160 – Advance booking essential.


Centering Prayer Immersion Retreat

Led by Jill Benet and Antonio Benet
20 - 25 January

This retreat is an opportunity to immerse yourself into the practice of Centering Prayer in a community and to deepen your understanding of its simplicity and profound receptivity. The week will be held mainly in silence and follow a rhythm of extended periods of Centering Prayer, teaching from the work of Thomas Keating and time given over to group as well as private resonance and reflection on various texts. These longer retreats can have a considerable impact on strengthening our practice. 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 Sunday in time for supper at 6pm and leave on Friday at 4pm.
Cost £400 – Advance booking essential.

Jill is a teacher of Centering Prayer. 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. She has trained in the US and UK and leads groups, Introductory Days, Quiet Days and retreats. Jill is the London Co-ordinator of Contemplative Outreach and she is a co-founder of the Silence in the City series of talks on the contemplative life.

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/


8-day Intensive Centering Prayer Retreat

Led by Jill Benet
10 - 17 February

Intensive Retreats provide an opportunity for participants to immerse themselves in the practice of Centering Prayer as taught by Contemplative Outreach. There will be up to three hours of Centering Prayer each day, and we will watch videos from Thomas Keating’s ‘Spiritual Journey’ series. This retreat is held mainly in silence, with time for personal reflection. It 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 Sunday after breakfast.
Cost £560 – Advance booking essential.

Jill is a teacher of Centering Prayer. 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. She has trained in the US and UK and leads groups, Introductory Days, Quiet Days and retreats. Jill is the London Co-ordinator of Contemplative Outreach and she is a co-founder of the Silence in the City series of talks on the contemplative life.


Exploring the Welcome Prayer Practice

Led by Jill Benet and Jacqueline Evans
1 - 4 March

Sometimes called ‘consent on the go’, the Welcome Prayer is described by Rev Dr Cynthia Bourgeault as ‘a powerful path for connecting the inner consent of Centering Prayer with the outer requirement of unconditional presence in daily life’. This long weekend will allow time to revisit the method of the Welcome Prayer and review its background, with plenty of time for the practice itself. There will be extended periods of Centering Prayer and silence.
Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 7pm and leave on Monday at 4pm.
Cost £240 – Advance booking essential.

Jill is a teacher of Centering Prayer. 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. She has trained in the US and UK and leads groups, Introductory Days, Quiet Days and retreats. Jill is the London Co-ordinator of Contemplative Outreach and she is a co-founder of the Silence in the City series of talks on the contemplative life.

Jacqueline is a teacher of Alexander Technique and a trainer of teachers of the Technique at the Bristol Alexander School, alongside running her private practice in Bristol. She is a teacher of Centering Prayer and a leader of retreats combining the releasing principles of Alexander with Centering Prayer.


Weekend Silent Individually Guided Retreat

Led by The House of Prayer Community
8 - 10 March

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 £160 – Advance booking essential.


From No-thing to Something; from Something to Nothing (Part 1)

Led by Briji Waterfield
15 - 17 March

All things come from God and all things return to God. This flow – the great cosmic and mystical vision that underpins the Christian mystical journey – will be explored through some of the greatest Christian mystics: Origen, Dionysius the Areopagite, Richard St Victor and Eckhart. This vision impacts how we live and how we find meaning and purpose as human beings. Our time together will be spent in study and discussions, quiet reflection and regular periods of silent meditation. This is Part 1 of two linked weekends. Part 2 will be held in October. Book for both or one!
Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 7pm and leave on Sunday at 4pm.
Cost £160 – Advance booking essential.

Briji is a spiritual director, leads retreats and is a trustee and active member of The World Community for Christian Meditation. She has a life-long interest in meditation and the Christian mystical tradition.


Lent Retreat: The Grace of Emptiness

Led by the House of Prayer Community
5 - 7 April

An opportunity to listen more deeply to God’s personal call. 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.
Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 7pm and leave on Sunday at 4pm.
Cost £160 – Advance booking essential.


Midweek Silent Individually Guided Retreat

Led by House of Prayer Community
21 - 23 May

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 £160 – Advance booking essential.


The Wisdom of Love in the Song of Songs

Led by Stefan Gillow Reynolds
27 - 31 May

The Song of Songs, also known as the Song of Solomon, is the greatest poem in the Bible and many feel the most sublime poem ever written. The retreat will focus on the different levels of meaning in the Song, uncovering the story behind it but also seeing how it can speak to us today. Two aspects of life in particular are illumined by the Song: relations with those we love and contemplation of God. Dr Gillow Reynolds will facilitate an engaged encounter with the poem, with periods of meditation and chances for creative practice, developing our own creativity and enjoyment of the art and literature that the Song has inspired through the ages.
Arrive on Monday in time for supper at 6pm and leave on Friday at 4pm.
Cost £320 – Advance booking essential.

Stefan, author of The Wisdom of Love in the Song of Songs (Hikari Press, 2018) and Living with the Mind of Christ: Mindfulness in Christian Spirituality (DLT, 2016), has a doctorate in Christian Spirituality from London University and two MAs in Christianity and Inter-Religious Dialogue. He runs retreats at Mount Melleray Abbey in Ireland and internationally for the World Community for Christian Meditation.


Centering Prayer Immersion: A Weekend to Deepen our Practice

Led by Jill Benet
7 - 9 June

This weekend offers the opportunity to spend time with a small group in silence and to deepen our experience of Centering Prayer. The weekend 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 £160 – Advance booking essential.

Jill is a teacher of Centering Prayer. 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. She has trained in the US and UK and leads groups, Introductory Days, Quiet Days and retreats. Jill is the London Co-ordinator of Contemplative Outreach and she is a co-founder of the Silence in the City series of talks on the contemplative life.


Creative Weekend: Touching the Soul

Led by Sr Melanie Kingston and Sr Anne Dunne
22 - 23 June

This is an opportunity to spend your own creative time in a quiet, prayerful environment as artist, poet, musician. Materials are available as well as guidance for beginners looking to develop their creativity.
Arrive on Saturday at 10.30am and leave on Sunday at 2.30pm.
Cost £110 – Advance booking essential.

Sister Melanie is a member of the Religious Community who lives at the House of Prayer. She is a spiritual director, Psychosynthesis Counsellor and artist.

Sister Anne is a member of the Religious Community who lives at the House of Prayer. She is a spiritual director, Psychosynthesis Counsellor and supervisor.


6-day Silent Individually Guided Retreat

Led by the House of Prayer Community
12 - 19 July

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 £480 – Advance booking essential.


Weekend Silent Individually Guided Retreat

Led by the House of Prayer Community
6 - 8 September

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 £160 – Advance booking essential.


Immersion Retreat Gift of Life: Life and Living, Death and Dying

Led by Jill Benet
15 - 20 September

On this Retreat we shall be exploring the gift of life in all its phases, even those of diminishment and death, as phases of evolution and transformation through Christ, using the DVD series with Thomas Keating OCSO. The retreat will be held mostly in silence with extended periods of Centering Prayer and ample time for personal reflection.
Arrive on Sunday in time for supper at 6pm and leave on Friday at 4pm.
Cost £400 – Advance booking essential.

Jill is a teacher of Centering Prayer. 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. She has trained in the US and UK and leads groups, Introductory Days, Quiet Days and retreats. Jill is the London Co-ordinator of Contemplative Outreach and she is a co-founder of the Silence in the City series of talks on the contemplative life.


From No-thing to Something; from Something to Nothing (Part 2)

Led by Briji Waterfield
11 - 13 October

All things come from God and all things return to God. This flow – the great cosmic and mystical vision that underpins the Christian mystical journey – will be explored through some of the greatest Christian mystics: Origen, Dionysius the Areopagite, Richard St Victor and Eckhart. This vision impacts how we live and how we find meaning and purpose as human beings. Our time together will be spent in study and discussions, quiet reflection and regular periods of silent meditation. This is Part 2 of two linked weekends. Part 1 is being held in March 2019. Book for both or one!
Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 7pm and leave on Sunday at 4pm.
Cost £160 – Advance booking essential.

Briji is a spiritual director, leads retreats and is a trustee and active member of The World Community for Christian Meditation. She has a life-long interest in meditation and the Christian mystical tradition.


Midweek Silent Individually Guided Retreat

Led by House of Prayer Community
22 - 24 October

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 £160 – Advance booking essential.


8-day Centering Prayer Intensive Retreat

Led by Jill Benet
27 October - 3 November

This retreat is an experience of integrating contemplation and action through silence, solitude and community. 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 Sunday after breakfast.
Cost £560 – Advance booking essential.

Jill is a teacher of Centering Prayer. 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. She has trained in the US and UK and leads groups, Introductory Days, Quiet Days and retreats. Jill is the London Co-ordinator of Contemplative Outreach and she is a co-founder of the Silence in the City series of talks on the contemplative life.


Weekend Silent Individually Guided Retreat

Led by House of Prayer Community
8 - 10 November

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 £160 – Advance booking essential.


The Psychology of Centering Prayer

Led by Jill Benet
22 - 24 November

One of the biggest impediments to spiritual growth is that we do not always perceive our hidden motivations. The influence of unconscious beliefs about what we think makes us happy affects every aspect of our daily lives. In the practice of Centering Prayer, as we consent to let go of our addiction to thinking, we discover that our identity is deeper than the awareness we normally identify with. This weekend will be a sharing of silence and Centering Prayer along with some study and reflection.
Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 7pm and leave on Sunday at 4pm.
Cost £160 – Advance booking essential.

Jill is a teacher of Centering Prayer. 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. She has trained in the US and UK and leads groups, Introductory Days, Quiet Days and retreats. Jill is the London Co-ordinator of Contemplative Outreach and she is a co-founder of the Silence in the City series of talks on the contemplative life.


Advent Retreat

Led by the House of Prayer Community
6 - 8 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 £160 – Advance booking essential.