Many of the APR Retreat Houses have been closed during this latest Coronavirus lockdown…, but a number have found innovative ways of continuing their ministries to people seeking quiet and spiritual refreshment.

News from these houses, including anticipated dates of reopening, will be listed below, approximately alphabetically, and most will have staff on hand to answer your questions about visiting.

(last updated 12th April 2021)

Don’t forget the Sheldon Hub is ALWAYS OPEN for confidential support and advice, for anyone in ministry including Retreat House Wardens.

There are an increasing number of online retreats and Quiet Days being offered around the country. Some of these are listed on our other page, ‘Retreat at Home‘, and others are posted on the Retreat Association website. Our Facebook page is kept up-to-date with listings.

The Abbey, Sutton Courtenay, hope to reopen their grounds from 23th May

Edenham Regional House (Lincs) continues to broadcast its services live on Facebook and YouTube (@edenhamregionalhouse).

Although Epiphany House, Truro, remains closed, you are still welcome to walk through its grounds.

Ffald-y-Brenin, Pembrokeshire, has now reopened for self-catered guests. They also continue to invite people to join them in their ‘virtual prayer room’ on Twitter.

Hilfield Friary reopen for self-catered guests from 12th April, and have an exciting programme of retreats for later in the year.

Launde Abbey is offering a number of opportunities for prayer and retreat online, before they hope to reopen for residential guests on 17th May.

The Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield, hopes to reopen for a limited number of self-catered day and residential visitors from 12 April 2021, and from 17 May 2021, they intend to reopen their Retreat House and Bed and Breakfast. They continue to stream all their services. (Sundays: 7.30, 8.10, 12.30, 18.00 and 21.15, and Weekdays at 6.45, 12.00, 18.00 and 21.15).

Both the Othona Communities in Dorset and in Bradwell, Essex plan to reopen for residential visitors on 17th May

The Retreat House at Pleshey has outlined a roadmap for reopening, hoping to offer self-catered breaks in their cottages soon after 12th April, fully-catered retreats for small groups after 17th May, and larger groups after 21 June (but do watch their website for changes).

The Royal Foundation of St. Katharine (London) remains open for socially-distanced individual stays, and its Yurt cafe continues to be a centre for hospitality and welcome. You can still visit for their monthly Open Reflective Days.

St Antony’s Priory, Durham, reopens for spiritual direction, and for self-catering retreats from 12th April.

The self-contained Redwood House at St Columba’s House, Woking, reopens for self-catered guests from 12th April 2021. The rest of St Columba’s House anticipates reopening from 17th May; bookings are now being taken.

St Katharine’s Parmoor (near Henley) hope to reopen for individuals and small groups of guests from 17th May.

The Society of Mary and Martha, Sheldon (Devon) are now open for private retreats and individual stays, and are taking bookings for (small) group retreats later in the summer.

The Living Well, Nonington, hope to reopen their doors to visitors in mid-April.

Treargel Retreats, near Plymouth, are already open for residential guests, and are getting quite booked up!

Whalley Abbey is closed for major reordering and building work until September 2021, although its grounds remain open.

The gardens at Wydale Hall in Yorkshire remain open. Limited self-catering accommodation is available now, with more from 17th May – Check out their Facebook page for further updates (@WydaleHall)