For many people, this period of enforced self-isolation might be the perfect opportunity to commit to a more regular daily rhythm of prayer, worship and reflection. A number of resources are listed (or linked) below. There is no one-size-fits-all, so please do let me know if you know of something that is not listed, but you feel would be useful to publicise to a wider audience.

Do check out the Retreat Association website, for a long list of resources for ‘online retreats’, across a number of Christian denominations.

The Royal Foundation of St Katharine continue to host online retreats and Quiet Days – do look at their website for details.

Treargel retreats have developed an excellent downloadable resource for your own Reflective Walk, which you can use wherever you are as a means of focusing on God.

The Quiet Garden Movement have shared some excellent resources for conducting your own summer ‘Quiet Day at Home‘ – well worth a look at. It is, of course, transferrable to any season!

Donna Worthington of Christian Retreats is also offering a number of online retreats, quiet days and other courses this spring.

The Revd Deborah Hamilton-Grey is offering online Retreat Days every Wednesday during Lent (starting on Ash Wednesday, 17th Feb 2021). More information and booking forms, are available from www.guidedretreats.org.uk, by emailing: rev@guidedretreats.org.uk, or telephone: 01263 649038

Other communities, such as the Northumbria Community and the House of Prayer, are hosting various series of online day- or week- retreats this spring. You can also join them for daily worship through their websites.

A retreat at home might start by a renewed observance of the traditional Benedictine hours, with their balance of prayer, study and manual work. We have already produced some thoughts about how this might work in the 21st century – click on the appropriate title to download these essays:

The Benedictine Lifestyle for the 21st century

Praying the Hours in 21st century life

You might like to start using the Examen, the Ignatian method of reflecting on life’s experiences at the end of each day.

These short films, entitled ‘Finding stability in times of change’, might help to provide some structure if you choose to make your own ‘Quiet Day’ at home.

Some Retreat Houses, and retreat leaders are using this period of isolation to encourage people to join them on a ‘Retreat in Daily Life’, offering opportunities for prayer and online spiritual accompaniment for a period of a week, sometimes more. You might like to start with an online version from Creighton University, or there are others in February, April and June 2021 run by the London Jesuit Centre.