(last updated 12 January 2021)
Don’t forget the Sheldon Hub is ALWAYS OPEN for confidential support and advice.
If you are a Retreat House Warden or senior member of a retreat house team, the Sheldon Hub is are also hosting a private forum for you to share moral and practical support at this challenging time. Just join the Hub first and then go to the private forums section.
Most our APR Houses have had to re-close their doors to residential and day guests during this third period of lockdown, although many still have staff available to answer any queries, take future bookings, or offer support.
The Retreat Association have put together some resources for Retreat House Wardens, to help you navigate the legislation that surrounds reopening. There is also a Zoom gathering for Retreat House wardens, entitled, ‘Creating sacred space in a digital world’, introduced by Abbot Christopher Jamieson OSB, on 26th January 2021. Click here to register.
Many Retreat Houses across the country are, however, offering online retreats and Quiet Days. Some of these are listed on our other page, ‘Retreat at Home‘, and others are posted on the Retreat Association website. Do also check out our Facebook page for ongoing offers and online events.
The High House (Petersfield) is now open for private retreats (no website, please call Jenny on 01730 262520)
The Guest House at The Abbey, Sutton Courtenay, Oxon, is open for self-catering retreats. although the Abbey itself remains closed to visitors.
The Bield at Blackruthven is now fully open.
The Coach House Kilmuir has reopened with clear Covid-safety guidelines of how to keep everyone safe.
The Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield, is open for a limited number of guests. They are streaming their services live on their Facebook page (@CoRMirfield). These take place at 6.45, 12.00, 18.00 and 21.15 on weekdays, and at 7.30, 12.30, 18.00 and 21.15 on Sundays.
Although Epiphany House, Truro, remains closed, it is hoping to reopen for bookings later in October, and you are still welcome to walk through its grounds.
Ffald-y-Brenin, Pembrokeshire, is partially open for pre-booked residential guests, but remains closed for day visitors until further notice. They continue to invite people to join them in their ‘virtual prayer room’ on Twitter.
Launde Abbey (Leics) is now fully open to visitors at present, both residential guests and day visitors to the tea-room. It has also developed a range of online prayers, podcasts and other links for its own online community, which can be accessed here.
Llangasty Retreat House, Brecon, is now open again for both day and residential retreatants.
The Retreat House at Pleshey (Chelmsford diocese) is now open for individual and small-group bookings.
The Royal Foundation of St. Katharine (London) fully reopened for retreats and other visits in July, and its Yurt cafe continues to be a centre for hospitality and welcome. Do check out their website for news of online retreats and Quiet Days too!
Rydal Hall is now fully open for residential guests, and is offering special discounts throughout September.
Shallowford House, Staffordshire has also now re-opened for residential guests.
Shepherds Dene, Northumbria, remains closed.
The Society of Mary and Martha, Sheldon (Devon) are keeping a blog (click here), which people can subscribe to, or do follow them on Facebook (@maryandmartha). They have recently re-opened for private retreats.
St Antony’s Priory, Durham, has now reopened for some activities, including worship in the chapel, meetings for spiritual direction, and accommodation in the Cottage. Throughout the crisis, they have been maintaining a rhythm of intercessory prayer.
St Columba’s House, Woking, reopened for residential guests on 1st September.
St Mary’s Monastery, Kinnoull, reopened for private retreats on 1st September, and for groups on 1st October; their chapel remains open for Sunday Mass and private prayer.
Treargel Retreats, near Plymouth, re-opened for residential guests and private retreats on 4th July.
Whalley Abbey is closed for major reordering and building work until at least September 2021, although its grounds remain open.