Membership of APR is open to individuals, parishes and other groups, and retreat centres themselves. Your support, whether through membership subscription or donation, helps us to raise awareness of the value of retreats, within the Church and beyond. The modest annual subscription includes:

  • Your own copy of the Retreats guidebook, posted annually on publication each December – attractive bound guidebook compiled by the Retreat Association (RA), including numerous articles and reviews, plus listings for over 200 retreat centres
  • Twice-yearly colour Newsletter
  • Advance information and discounts on APR’s own retreats and quiet days
  • A contribution paid on your behalf to the work of the Retreat Association
  • Regular news and offers from the Retreat Association

To join APR please complete our online membership form or download a printer-friendly application form for completion and return to our office.

In August 2022, we welcomed Friends of APR, a group of generous donors of APR, who each offer an extra £25 (or more) every year to directly support our Bursary Fund, which in turn helps fund retreats for people who otherwise cannot afford the full cost. If you would like to become a Friend, please check the appropriate box on the application form; to upgrade an existing subscription, please contact the APR Administrator directly.

Membership subscriptions

Membership subscriptions are payable annually on 1st April and the membership year runs to the next 31st March. You will receive the Retreats guidebook published in the December falling between those dates, i.e. for 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023 we will send the 2023 guidebook in December 2022.

Our subscription rates have been held since April 2016, and are:

  • Individual member  £25
  • Concession (elective rate for the unwaged and those on smaller incomes)  £20
  • Parish/group/community  £30
  • Friend of APR  £50

Retreat centres

APR member retreat providers receive a free listing in the directory section of the RA’s annual Retreats guidebook and also qualify for a discount on other advertising taken out with the Retreat Association. In addition, APR offers valuable promotional opportunities on this website at no extra charge, as well as the offer of bursaries for guests who might otherwise not be able to afford the whole cost of a visit to you.

The APR Trustees are committed to keeping subscriptions for member retreat venues as low as possible; our current rates (below) have been held since April 2016.  The annual subscription is scaled to the size of your centre:

  • Large (20+ beds) £100
  • Medium (7-20 beds) £50
  • Small (non-residential or up to 6 beds) £30

If you are thinking of applying on behalf of a retreat house or centre, please get in touch and we will be happy to advise you.


We keep APR subscription rates low to enable as many people as possible to maintain their membership. While we rely on the annual subscriptions to facilitate our core work, we are especially grateful for donations and bequests, which enable us to develop our work in promoting retreats even further. Such generosity has, for example, enabled us to create and maintain our Bursary fund, which helps our member retreat centres in providing retreats for people who may not otherwise be able to afford the whole cost, and in organising very successful large-scale diocesan conferences, as well as encouraging people at the start of their ministry with a period of complimentary membership.

If you are able to consider making a regular donation to APR’s work, you may like to add this to your annual subscription. For one-off donations either to our general fund or direct to our Bursary Fund, please use the PayPal links (see left) or, if you would rather send a cheque, please make this payable to ‘Association for Promoting Retreats’, adding “Bursary Fund” if desired, and send to our office address.

Thank you!