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.


More Bursaries for Retreats for NHS Workers

As the APR’s way of saying ‘thank you’ to NHS Staff and care-workers for their tireless care throughout the pandemic, we have made a number of Bursaries available for them to go on retreat at any of the APR Retreat Houses across the UK. Thanks to some generous donations, we have been able to extend the scheme again, now running until June 2022.

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.

Advent Retreats

Many Retreat Houses are offering Advent retreats – below are just a selection. Other locations are available by clicking here.

Advent quiet day (with fruit tree planting) at Hilfield Friary on Sat 27th Nov, 10am-4pm

Waiting on the Word: A poetic journey into Advent with Malcolm Guite at Sarum College on Friday 3 December, 10-4pm

Advent Retreat at Whitchester Christian Centre, Hawick, 1-5 December

An Advent Pilgrimage at The Bield at Blackruthven, Perth, 26-28 November. They are also hosting reflective days on 10 and 11 Dec

More Advent Retreats

Creative Advent journaling at Holy Rood House, Thirsk, 7th Dec, 10-11.30am, and repeated from 6-7.15pm

The School of Contemplative Life are offering an online Quiet Day, Advent and the Birth of the Word within us, from 10am-5pm on 11 Dec

Still before Christmas‘ at Launde Abbey, Leics, 6-9 December

Join St Columba’s House, Woking for a number of Advent events, including a quiet day on 29th November, and a Celtic Advent on 7th Dec, 10am-4pm

Join an online gathering for Advent Coffee, Cake and Chat with St Chad’s, Leek, at 2pm on Monday 6th December. Email the Warden on for the link

The Importance of Waiting, at Whalley Abbey, Lancs, 6-8 December. They are also hosting a series of Advent Quiet days on 30 Nov, 7 Dec, 14 Dec and 21 Dec, from 10am-4pm