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, 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 not only how a retreat could be just what you are looking for, but where and when you might go.

All our work is underpinned by prayer. Click here if you are looking for resources to help you pray, or connect you with other online praying communities.

We support Retreat Houses across the UK (and beyond) by promoting their work and individual retreats, and through our cycle of prayer. This week, do join us in praying for all who live, work or seek refreshment at St Saviour’s Priory in East London.

A selection of members’ events is shown below – find more by clicking the Retreats and Events heading.


Encountering God: APR Autumn Retreat

Join our autumn retreat at Shallowford House, Staffs. from 31st October till 2nd November 2023, led by APR President, Rt Revd John Stroyan.

The retreat will cost £240 per person (for bookings made before 30th April), and £250 per person thereafter, which will include all your meals; all rooms have en suite facilities. Booking Forms are available to download here, or we can post you one – just ring us on (01395) 272243.

Entitling the retreat, ‘God who comes to meet us – Encountering God’, Bishop John writes, ‘The Church is not about the church. The Church is about God and the world for which Christ died. In this retreat we will be reflecting on God’s desire that we should know him, not simply know about him. Drawing on the Scriptures and the wisdom that the Church of the East can bring, and also on the arts in their various dimensions, we will explore  how we might deepen our relationship with God and the world which God so loves.’

Holy Week and Easter 2023

There are a huge variety of Lenten Quiet Days on offer across the UK – check out our online Diary to find the right one for you!

Or why not make a retreat in Holy Week? You could join a religious community, such as Hilfield Friary, the Sisters of the Church at St Michael’s Convent or St Mary’s monastery Kinnoull. Or another community such as the Othona Community, or Bonnevaux in France?

Or you could spend Holy Week at a retreat house – such as the Coach House Kilmuir or the Bield at Blackruthven (Scotland), Holy Rood House or Wydale Hall in Yorkshire, Launde Abbey (Leics), Penhurst (Sussex), or with Waymark Ministries on Holy Island, Lindisfarne.

‘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, why not try going to to Launde Abbey from 17-19 March 2023?

And many of the individually guided retreats or ‘Longing for God’ at the House of Prayer, East Molesey, are suitable for beginners too – including their retreats from 3-5 March or 19-21 May 2023.