For many people, the idea of going on a retreat might seem rather intimidating. But in fact retreats are for ordinary people at any time in their lives. No expectations are placed on anyone going on retreat, and you don’t need to be a churchgoer. Retreats vary in length from as short as a day, or a weekend, to a week or even longer. Often, retreat centres ask only for what you can afford to pay.

Do you:

  • wish for some quiet time?
  • want to know more about prayer?
  • need some time for reflection away from work or family?
  • desire to deepen your spiritual life?

If the answer is ‘yes’, it might be worth speaking to Canon Peter Seal or having a look at some of the links below.

Annual parish Men’s Group retreat

It has become a recent tradition that each autumn a group of men from the parish spend a weekend together at Hilfield, a Franciscan friary where a community of friars and a group of lay men, women and families live and pray together. Set in the heart of Dorset, this eco-friendly community offers a wonderful few days of hospitality during which people are welcomed into the rhythm of prayer and have the opportunity to attend daily Eucharist. We usually invite a guest speaker experienced in retreat-giving, and all muck in with cooking in the self-catering facilities. It’s plenty of fun, as well as providing the chance to reflect and deepen our relationships with one another. In the past people have found it to be ‘transforming’, ‘refreshing’, ‘an eye opener’ and ‘renewing’. Please contact Adrian McKenzie for details about the next retreat, which will be on 11–13 October 2019.