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


Quiet Days

Spend a quiet day on your own in the peace and silence of the house. Please let us know when you book whether you require spiritual direction. Please bring a packed lunch - tea and coffee is provided.
Suggested Donation: £15 (plus £15 per session of Spiritual Direction).
10.00am - 4.00pm


Breathing Space

Draw aside from the noise and busyness of your daily life and experience some peace and quiet. We offer a 24 hour stay including meals.
Cost £55 (plus £15 per session of Spiritual Direction, if required).
Please contact us to arrange.


THEMED RESIDENTIAL RETREATS


Epiphany Retreat Weekend:
Deserts, Journeys, Wise-men and Stars

Led by Sister Anne Dunne and Sister Melanie Kingston
6 - 8 January

The wise men made their journey through the desert following a star and bringing their gifts. At the beginning of this New Year: What journey will you make? What gift will you bring? What will you need for the journey towards God?
Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 7.00pm and leave on Sunday at 4.00pm.
Cost £150 – Advance booking essential.

SISTER ANNE DUNNE is a member of the Religious Community who lives at the House of Prayer. She is a Spiritual Director, Psychosynthesis Counsellor and Supervisor and works with the medium of clay in her art work.

SISTER MELANIE KINGSTON is a member of the Religious Community who lives at the House of Prayer. She is a trained Spiritual Director and Psychosynthesis Counsellor. She is also an artist and uses watercolour, gouache, wood carving and calligraphy in her art work.


Touching the Soul

Led by Sister Anne Dunne and Sister Melanie Kingston
3 - 5 February

The urge to be creative lives in all of us; it is a God-given power which we can develop or that can lie dormant. This weekend we will explore ways in which we can tap into the creativity within.
Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 7.00pm and leave on Sunday at 4.00pm.
Cost £150 – Advance booking essential.

SISTER ANNE DUNNE is a member of the Religious Community who lives at the House of Prayer. She is a Spiritual Director, Psychosynthesis Counsellor and Supervisor and works with the medium of clay in her art work.

SISTER MELANIE KINGSTON is a member of the Religious Community who lives at the House of Prayer. She is a trained Spiritual Director and Psychosynthesis Counsellor. She is also an artist and uses watercolour, gouache, wood carving and calligraphy in her art work.


Weekend Silent IGR (Individually Guided Retreat)

Led by the House of Prayer Community
17 - 19 February

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 £150 – Advance booking essential.


Caverns of the Heart

Led by Julienne Mclean, Judy Barber & Sister Melanie Kingston
3 - 5 March

A two-day immersion in the healing wisdom of one of the greatest mystical poems in the Christian tradition – The Spiritual Canticle by John of the Cross.
Arrive on Thursday in time for supper at 7.00pm and leave on Sunday at 4.00pm.
Cost £150 – Advance booking essential.

JULIENNE MCLEAN teaches and writes on Jungian psychology and Carmelite spirituality, as well as co-leading study retreats to Spain. She is the author of Towards Mystical Union (2003, St Paul’s), a modern commentary on St Teresa of Avila’s classic text on prayer, The Interior Castle.

JUDY BARBER is a bereavement psychotherapist. She has a background in nursing and psychology and has a particular vocation in Christian healing, meditation and Spiritual Direction. She engages in the creative practice of painting, writing and fused glass.

SISTER MELANIE KINGSTON is a member of the Religious Community who lives at the House of Prayer. She is a trained Spiritual Director and Psychosynthesis Counsellor. She is also an artist and uses watercolour, gouache, wood carving and calligraphy in her art work.


Retreat for Lent

Led by the House of Prayer Retreat team
10 - 12 March

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 7.00pm and leave on Sunday at 4.00pm.
Cost £150 – Advance booking essential.


Heartfulness Midweek Retreat

Led by Jill Benet
23 - 28 April

An intensive, mainly silent, Centering Prayer Retreat with reflection on the Heartfulness material drawn from the interviews of Fr. Thomas Keating by Betty Sue Flowers. These interviews include subjects entitled: The Pursuit of Happiness, The Human Condition, Suffering, Love and the Trinity and Divine Transformation. 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 6.00pm and leave after lunch on Friday.
Cost £375 - Advance booking essential.

JILL BENET is the London Co-ordinator for Contemplative Outreach that teaches 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, 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.


Be Still, Listen and Grow

Led by Jo Eaton and Mary Watson
5 - 7 May

A weekend offering the opportunity to explore relationships with God, others and self through various silent and creative prayer experiences and faith sharing in small facilitated groups. This course draws on the many years experience of the Personal and Spiritual Growth courses that were offered at Worth Abbey’s ‘Open Cloister’.
Arrive in time for supper at 7.00pm on Friday and leave on Sunday at 4.00pm.
Cost £150 – Advance booking essential.

JO EATON is a spiritual director. Previously, she worked as a counsellor in the health service and in a hospice setting. She is involved now in spiritual accompaniment, and training and supervision of spiritual directors. She has also been involved for 10 years in facilitating groups focused on personal and spiritual growth, and contributed as a facilitator and guide to Quiet Days and Retreats.

MARY WATSON is a counsellor and spiritual director. She has worked as a group and course facilitator at Worth Abbey, and co-facilitated weekends encouraging personal and spiritual growth.


Centering Prayer Immersion Weekend

Led by Jill Benet
2 - 4 June

This weekend offers the opportunity to spend time in silence with a small group and deepen the experience of Centering Prayer. This 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 7.00 pm and leave on Sunday at 4.00 pm.
Cost £150 – Advance booking essential.

JILL BENET is the London Co-ordinator for Contemplative Outreach that teaches 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, 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.


8-Day Silent IGR (Individually Guided Retreat)

Led by the House of Prayer Community
16 - 25 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 Sunday 16 July in time for supper at 6.00pm and leave on Tuesday 25 July after breakfast.
Cost £560 – Advance booking essential.


Silence Speaks: A Christian Meditation Retreat

Led by Liz Watson
22 - 24 September

Christians through the centuries have considered silence an essential element in bringing us to loving communion with God and one another. What is it about silence that speaks so deeply in us? This is the theme we shall explore during the weekend. It will be a silent retreat with times of prayer focused on the practice of meditation as taught by WCCM (The World Community for Christian Meditation: www.wccm.org). The weekend is best suited to people who have already begun the meditation journey.
Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 7.00 pm and leave on Sunday at 4.00 pm.
Cost £150 – Advance booking essential.

LIZ WATSON is a member of The World Community for Christian Meditation in the UK and has served the Community in a variety of capacities over the last 20 years. She now focuses on teaching meditation, leading weekend and seven-day retreats and offering spiritual direction.


Centering Prayer Intensive Retreat

Led by Jill Benet
15 - 22 October

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 6.00pm and leave on Sunday, after breakfast.
Cost £450 – Advance booking essential.

JILL BENET is the London Co-ordinator for Contemplative Outreach that teaches 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, 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.


Midweek Silent IGR (Individually Guided Retreat)

Led by the House of Prayer Community
24 - 26 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 7.00pm and leave on Thursday at 4.00pm.
Cost £150 – Advance booking essential.


An Introduction to the Method of Centering Prayer

Led by Jill Benet
3 - 5 November

A weekend introduction with an opportunity to practise with a group and spend time in silence. This weekend will suit complete beginners and anyone who would like to refresh their practice.
Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 7.00pm and leave on Sunday at 4.00pm.
Cost £150 – Advance booking essential.

JILL BENET is the London Co-ordinator for Contemplative Outreach that teaches 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, 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.


Retreat for Advent

Led by the House of Prayer Community
1 - 3 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 7.00pm and leave on Sunday at 4.00pm.
Cost £150 – Advance booking essential.


Reviewing the old and greeting the new

Led by Lynne Galloway and Rachel Spence
31 December – 1 January

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 provided
Cost £75 – 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.

RACHEL SPENCE offers spiritual accompaniment, both to individuals and in group retreats. She has a particular interest in exploring contemplative approaches to prayer and in encouraging inter-faith, and no-faith, connections and conversations.