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.


‘Take off your Shoes’: Retreat at St. Columba’s House

Tuesday 6th – Thursday 8th November 2018

Led by our new President, Bishop John Stroyan, and entitled ‘Take your shoes off’, this retreat is an opportunity to turn aside and see not only that the ground upon which we stand is holy, but that the holy ground of God is already deep within us. Led by Bishop John, it will incorporate a gentle rhythm of prayer and silent meditation, balanced by times of fellowship and reflection.

Booking forms are available to download here, by email from, or by post, by telephoning (01395) 272243.


Breathe Youth Retreat

Saturday 11th – Friday 17th August 2018

Breathe is an ecumenical youth retreat, with a slightly different approach to the mix of festivals & residentials available each summer – it is more soul reviver than soul survivor! Breathe is for young people of secondary school, sixth form and university ages. The week consists of workshops, outdoor activities, prayer exercises, seminars and laughter (lots of laughter).

This summer Breathe is taking place at The Peak Centre, Edale in the Peak District (which is only a few mins walk from Edale Railway Station). The cost for the week is a minimum donation of £299 (but we do have some bursary funding available to help with costs – just ask!).

For bookings, and more information, please visit the website,

Spiritual Exercises Network Conference 2018

13 – 17 August Hinsley Hall, Leeds

Entitled ‘The Exercises in a Fractured World’, this conference is for anyone who is involved in the ministry of the Ignatian Spiritual exercises. Speakers include Nick Austen SJ (Heythrop College, London), Julia MacDonald (Director of St Bede’s Pastoral Centre, York), and Edel McClean (Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network of the Methodist Church).

Bookings may be made through Margaret Sheldon, 4 James Bradford Almshouses, Butlers Green Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 4BD (, or download an application form here