The Association for Promoting Retreats 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. This ‘NHS Bursary’ scheme has proved so popular, that we have added a further £5000 to the Fund, and extended it until the end of June 2022.

If you would like to contribute to the NHS Bursary Fund, and help even more NHS- and Care-Workers go on a much-needed retreat this year, please follow this link to our online Donation Form.

Applying to the NHS Bursary Fund:

As an NHS or Care-Worker, all you have to do is choose which APR Member House you would like to take your retreat at (full listings of all our Houses can be found by clicking here), and book in your dates with them! Then simply ask them to fill in our bespoke Application Form on your behalf to claim your discount. We will do the rest! But please note that, like our ‘usual bursary’ applications, all applications must be received by the APR at least 10 days before your retreat starts.

Likewise, as with our ‘standard’ bursaries, applications to the NHS Bursary Fund can only be made by the APR Member Retreat Houses at which the NHS or Care worker chooses to take their retreat. We will then reimburse the House directly (so as the retreatant, you will only be invoiced for the balance of your expenses). The maximum grant for each applicant remains at 50% of the total cost of the retreat (either private or guided), up to a maximum grant of £150.

There is no limit to the number of applications that can be made by any one Retreat House (although the APR only has finite funds for the scheme across the UK), and the House’s usual ‘allowance’ of 3 applications to the Fund each year remains unaffected. Likewise, there are no extra hardship criteria for applicants for these ‘NHS bursaries’, but we will need to record the name and address of the NHS Trust or healthcare setting that the retreatant works for.

Applications can be made using our specific NHS Bursary Application Form, and all ‘NHS Retreats’ must be taken by the end of June 2022. Further Guidelines for these NHS bursaries can be found here, but please do not hesitate to get in touch with us directly if you have any other questions (Email:

We are always pleased to hear that our Bursaries have been appreciated – do click here to read some feedback from our bursary recipients.