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.

A Celebration of Evelyn Underhill

Join the 80th anniversary celebrations of the life and work of Evelyn Underhill at the Retreat House at Pleshey, from 14th – 18th June 2021. Eveyln Underhill was a retreat conductor and spiritual director, as well as being  a theologian and writer on spiritual matters. She was a woman for her time, but she also speaks into our current situation with encouragement and challenge.

The week is being organised by the Retreat House at Pleshey in conjunction with the Evelyn Underhill Association USA and Hampstead Parish Church (where she is buried), and will feature talks by both top academic speakers and those who will focus on formation and developing a prayer life. Full details can be found in this downloadable booklet, as well as booking information; all events cost £10.

Retreat by the Sea

Join an Individually Guided Retreat on the north Norfolk coast from 9-11 July 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. Booking forms are also available from the Revd Deborah Hamilton-Grey, (Email:, or telephone: 07896 658373),