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.


Sewing Retreat at Treargel

Make a bag, full of soul!

Come and join the first themed weekend at Treargel from 11th-13th October 2019 – Learn a new skill, make some friends and refresh your soul here in the peaceful Cornish surroundings of Treargel. Come and make your own beautiful up-cycled bag, while discovering more how you too are wonderfully made. The weekend of crafting, and space to meditate on how God has created us, is led by Sarah Goode, and costs from £250 per person (all meals included).

For more information, please click here.


APR Trustees visit Lambeth

The Archbishop of Canterbury invited Trustees of the APR to Lambeth recently, for a conversation about how to better promote retreats throughout the Church of England. It was a very positive meeting. Archbishop Justin spoke both of his enthusiasm for encouraging prayer, and of his support the work of the APR as we promote the benefits of both retreats and Quiet Days, and support the work of Retreat Houses across the country, and beyond. In particular, he emphasised the value to everyone in ministry of taking regular time out to nurture their own relationships with God, saying that, ‘Evangelism or witness can only be genuine when it comes from an overflow of the love of God’.

Labyrinth Retreat Day at the Wigwam Centre

Autumn Soul – A day to go deeper.  Thursday 24 October

A labyrinth day retreat led by Brian Draper, writer, broadcaster and experienced retreat guide. Bothy 5, Wigwam Retreat Centre, near Diss, Norfolk

Brian writes, “We always have such a mellow and fruitful time at the Wigwam. We’ll make space to quieten our chattering minds, to let the Spirit lead and the soul respond. We’ll let the silence speak, and we’ll explore, very gently, the mysteries of the autumn season, which Parker Palmer describes as ‘real and colourful, fruitful and whole’.”

Cost: £35 including light lunch and teas/coffees (concessions available for those on low incomes).

A flyer with further details and a booking form is available to download here, by email from, or by post by telephoning 020-8491-0222.