In 2017, the Trustees of APR embarked on three new projects to encourage Spiritual Growth. Follow the links below (highlighted in blue) to learn about a variety of Spiritualities, to find Courses and Resources for you to use either as individuals or in small groups, or to access a kind of Marketing Tool-Kit for your Retreat House/Centre.

In 2019, we added extra resources to help you arrange a Week of Accompanied Prayer in your own area, and we will continue to add new resources as they become available.

1. Encountering Spirituality

Explore this section if you are looking to learn about different spiritualities. There are three sections – the first addresses traditional spiritualities (eg, Celtic, Benedictine, Ignatian, Franciscan etc); the second explores life ‘agendas’ and transitions (eg, identity, gender, belonging, later years, etc), and the final section introduces recent role models of the spiritual life (eg, Thomas Merton, Richard Rohr, etc).

2. Signposts for Spiritual Growth

Many churches and dioceses have produced outstanding resources for growing in spirituality, which deserve a wider audience. This section of the website provides links to these resources, all of which are directly downloadable from external websites for your own use. (Please note that although the APR has approved these links at the time of creating this page, and will do its very best to check and update them, we claim no responsibility for their content, or for any views contained within them).

3. Marketing Tool-Kit for Houses (under construction – due spring 2020)

This page is designed to help retreat houses and centres market themselves in our current competitive and consumerist environment. As well as giving tips on how to embrace the media to your best advantage, it will include advice on sharing general good practice.

4. Weeks of Accompanied Prayer

Weeks of Accompanied Prayer are effectively ‘retreats from home’. They combine daily meetings with a Spiritual Guide and guided private prayers, over the course of a week, and all in your local area. This resource will tell you all you need to know either as a participant, or an organiser.

5. Monthly Reflection

Each month during 2020, we will publish a Reflection which you may wish to use during your own daily prayers or meditation. These will include a photographic image (taken by APR Chair, the Revd Barry Preece), alongside a short poetic reflection. They are also available to download.