The Association for Promoting Retreats (APR) was founded in 1913 to promote the development of the Christian life through retreats, particularly within the Anglican Communion.

Today the APR works in partnership with the Retreat Association. We are the largest of the RA’s founding member groups, serving alongside each other in strengthening the understanding and importance of retreats within our own Church traditions and to promote the value of retreats: for individuals, for the Church, and for society as a whole. Take a look around and discover how a retreat could be just what you are looking for.

A selection of members’ events is shown below – find more by clicking the Noticeboard heading.


Bursaries for Retreats for NHS Workers

The APR would like to thank NHS Staff and care-workers for their tireless care throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic.

And to say ‘thank you’, we have made a number of Bursaries available for NHS staff and care-workers to make a retreat at any of the APR Retreat Houses across the UK. The scheme has recently been extended from April until December 2021.

Full details about how the scheme works, and how to apply, can be found on the Bursary page of our website.

If you would like to contribute to the NHS Bursary Fund, and help even more NHS and Care-Workers take a much-needed retreat this year, please follow this link.

Online Retreats this spring

For a full listing of online retreats this spring, please go to our Retreat at Home page.

Included amongst these are a number of retreats led by Donna Worthington (a spiritual director and retreat leader), such as:

THE TIGER AND THE TREE OF LIGHT. Friday 22nd January 2-5pm (£20)

THE WOMAN WHO ANOINTED JESUS and THE CELTIC STORY OF THE SELKIE. Wed 27th January 9.30am-12.30pm (£20)

THE INTERIOR CASTLE – EXPLORE THE SEVEN DWELLING PLACES OF PRAYER OF ST TERESA’S PIONEERING WORK. This course/retreat involves 6 weekly sessions (every Thursday (6.30-9pm) from Jan 14th – Feb 18th , Cost £100)

For bookings and further information, please visit, or contact Donna Worthington directly:

Guided Retreats in Lent

Online Quiet Day retreats are being offered online every Wednesday during Lent (starting on Ash Wednesday, 17th Feb 2021).

Each Day will be centred around the monastic rhythm of prayer, starting with Morning Prayer. These online Zoom, live streamed, Individually Guided Retreats are free during Lent, although donations to help towards costs for adminsitration will be most welcome.

More information, and booking forms, are available from the Revd Deborah Hamilton-Grey, (Email:, or telephone: 01263 649038),