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 Noticeboard heading.


Online Retreats this autumn

Donna Worthington (a spiritual director and retreat leader) is offering a number of online retreats this autumn, including:

EXPLORING THE SPIRITUALITY OF THE DESERT MOTHERS. Saturday Nov 7th 2-5pm  or  Monday Nov 9th 9.30am-12.30pm (£20)


THE INTERIOR CASTLE – EXPLORE THE SEVEN DWELLING PLACES OF PRAYER OF ST TERESA’S PIONEERING WORK. This course/retreat involves 6 weekly sessions (every Tuesday (6.30-9pm) from Nov 3rd to Dec 8th , Cost £100)

For bookings and further information, please visit, or contact Donna Worthington directly:

Annual General Meeting 2020

2pm Wednesday 4th November 2020

Given the current restrictions on travel and group gatherings, this year’s AGM will be conducted online using ‘Zoom’. Whilst we will really miss meeting our members in person, and sharing lunch and worship together, it might be an opportunity for a wider geographical spread of people to join us as we reflect on the past year, and look forward to new projects.

Everyone is welcome to join – but you will need to register with us beforehand to get the Zoom link. Please email the APR Administrator on, or telephone 01395 272243, for all the details.

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 before April 2021.

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