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 Michele Hampson (Warden), and all who live, work or seek refreshment at Sacrista Prebend House in Southwell.

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


‘Come to Me’ Retreat

Join APR President, Rt Revd John Stroyan, for a 3-day retreat at Launde Abbey from 6-9 February 2023.

Entitled ‘Come to Me‘, the retreat will include input from Bishop John, as well time for personal reflection, prayer and stillness. The retreat will cost £425, although discounted places (at £405) are available for bookings received before 6 December.

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

Or book into 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 27-29 Jan, 21-23 Feb, 3-5 March or 19-21 May 2023.

Well-being Retreat at Ffald-y-Brenin

Led by Consultant Clinical Psychologist Dr Tej Kondel, this retreat will use reflective practice and prayer to examine the complex relationship between the human capacity to love and be loved, and explore the implications for psychological wellbeing.

It will be held at the Ffald-y-Brenin retreat centre in Pembrokeshire, between 11-13 February, and repeated from 13-15 February 2023, and will cost £225 p.p.

More information and booking details can be found on this downloadable flyer.