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.


Bursaries for Retreats for NHS Workers

The APR would like to thank NHS Staff and care-workers for their tireless care throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic.

And to say ‘thank you’, we have made a number of Bursaries available for NHS staff and care-workers to make a retreat at any of the APR Retreat Houses across the UK. The scheme has been extended from April until December 2021.

Full details about how the scheme works, and how to apply, can be found on the Bursary page of our website.

If you would like to contribute to the NHS Bursary Fund, and help even more NHS and Care-Workers take a much-needed retreat this year, please follow this link.

APR Annual General Meeting 2021

Our 2021 AGM will be held at 2pm on Wednesday 3rd November at St Columba’s House, Woking, and will also be accessible via Zoom.

You are invited to join us for a celebration of Holy Communion at 11.30am, at which our President, Rt Revd John Stroyan, will preside and preach. After a simple lunch, the AGM will start at 2.00 pm. The day will cost £20 a head to include food, which is payable either in advance (by cheque, made payable to the ‘Association for Promoting Retreats’, or by bank transfer – please ask for our BACS details), or in cash on the day.

Please can you let us know by Friday 15th October if you would like to attend, and whether this will be in person, or via Zoom (email:; the Zoom link will be sent to those who have registered their interest nearer the time.

Retreats in Norfolk

‘Time for Everything’ – Join an Individually Guided Retreat on the north Norfolk coast from 12-14 November 2021. Each Day will be centred around the monastic rhythm of prayer, and will include time for walking, talking, fellowship, reading, writing… indeed, ‘there is time for everything…. time to mend… and time to heal’ (Ecclesiastes 3.1-7). The retreat will cost £220, all meals included. More information can be found by clicking here.

You can also book ahead for an Advent retreat, 3-5 December. Details for this retreat can be downloaded here.

Booking forms are also available from the Revd Deborah Hamilton-Grey, (Email:, or telephone: 07896 658373),