As an individual or group member of the APR, you will help us promote the work of individual retreat houses and retreat givers through our newsletters, website and social media presence. Additional donations will also help make retreats accessible to more people through our Bursary Fund. 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 170 retreat centres (Note that Group members will receive 2 copies)
  • 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

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.

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

Membership subscriptions

Membership subscriptions are payable annually on 1st April and the membership year runs to the next 31st March. You will receive your copy of 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 are:

  • •  Individual member  £25
  • •  Concession (elective rate for the unwaged and those on smaller incomes)  £20
  • •  Parish/group/community  £35  (this includes 2 copies of the Retreats Handbook)
  • •  Friend of APR  £50  (this includes a £25 donation to our Bursary Fund)


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!