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 Retreats and Events heading.


Mission Retreats at Penhurst

Penhurst Retreat Centre in East Sussex has a heart for mission – and this summer is hosting a number of retreats specifically catering for the needs of those involved in this ministry. These include:

New Directions: Transitions and change retreat: 4-7 July

Running the race: Preparing for retirement: 7-10 July

Grace space for mission partners: 8-12 August

Rooted and Grounded in Love: 12-16 September

More information can be found on Penhurst’s website, or by downloading this leaflet. Why not join them?

‘Taster’ Retreats

Do you want to go on retreat, but are anxious about what might be expected of you?

Many people are nervous about going on retreat for the first time – but there’s really no need! All retreat houses welcome ‘first-timers’ through their doors, for all their retreats, but some also offer retreats specifically for people who haven’t been on one before.

This year, you could choose from the Coach House Kilmuir (near Inverness) or Launde Abbey from 16-18 September?

Or Penhurst Retreat Centre in East Sussex from 28 Nov – 1 Dec?

Or why not try a ‘Taster Quiet Day’ on the Hampshire/Wiltshire border with Petite Retreats on Friday 8 July?

And many of the individually guided retreats at the House of Prayer, East Molesey, are suitable for beginners too – including retreats from 8-15 July, 9-13 Sept or 7-9 Oct.

Retreat Diary

Looking for a retreat? Do you have a window of opportunity in your diary, but don’t know what’s on offer? Or where?

Take a look at our new Diary page – there are dozens of in-person and online retreats happening at our member houses across the UK, listed according to date – you’re bound to find something suitable!