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.


Reflections for Ascension to Pentecost

Every day between Ascension Day (21 May) and Pentecost (31 May), Revd Susanna Gunner is offering a painting, a short reflection and a prayer,to make connections between aspects of our journey from Ascension to Pentecost and the global pandemic which, this year, is inescapably our context for that journey.

These can be downloaded every day from

An online retreat with Julian of Norwich

In this new series of podcasts, entitled ‘Life, Love and Light’, medieval historian Veronica Mary Rolf will be exploring the teachings of Christian mystics to discover how they may inspire, encourage, and guide us on our own spiritual path – especially during this pandemic that produces so much fear and suffering. The Initial episode is entitled “Sheltering in Place” and introduces the anchorite Julian of Norwich as our spiritual guide.

Future podcasts (one a week, at least) will enable listeners to make “A Virtual Retreat with Julian of Norwich.” It will be a sixteen week series — to explore Julian’s sixteen Revelations of Divine Love and their direct relevance for our spiritual path through this crisis. Each episode will include a guided meditation at the end.

The podcasts can be downloaded from the Life, love and Light website.

APR Retreat at St Columba’s House, Woking

Due to the Coronavirus situation, this retreat is being postponed until November 2021. More details when the dates have been finalised.

The retreat will cost £205 per person (or £185 per person, sharing a room), which will include all your meals. To book, please complete and return the downloadable Booking Form, with your deposit, or contact the APR Administrator who will be able to help you.

Led by APR Chair, the Revd Barry Preece, the retreat is entitled ‘Late Musings’. Barry writes, ‘I am a reflective person by nature and this retreat will be an opportunity to share thoughts about aspects of faith and life which have become increasingly important to me.  With titles of talks that include “Good Enough”, “Such is the Mystery” and “Letting in the Light” you may already have an idea of what some of those things might be.