Here at Worth Abbey we offer the chance to rest, refresh and reflect whilst staying in our purpose-built retreat centre.
The Open Cloister
‘The Open Cloister’, our Benedictine Retreat Centre, welcomes retreatants from all faiths and none for a day or a residential retreat. You are invited to attend our own programme of retreats which are run by members of the monastic community and lay collaborators. Groups may also run their own retreats in The Open Cloister.
Close to the Abbey Church, The Open Cloister is the space where we share our own search for God with others who are also seeking God in their daily life. It represents our commitment to respond to the spiritual needs within our contemporary society. Cloisters are usually ‘closed’; this one is ‘open’. Retreatants, both men and women, are invited to take up the rhythm of the monastic day, which is structured around the community’s daily office of prayer and liturgy.
The Quiet Garden
Benedictine spirituality has long been associated with respect for the local environment and appreciation of God’s work in nature. It is with this in mind that the Abbey set aside a couple of acres of the grounds as a Quiet Garden, a quiet, still and beautiful place to encounter God in prayer and reflection.
The Worth Abbey Quiet Garden is a rock garden around a large pond to the south of the buildings. The first Lord Cowdray, whose country estate this was before the monastery purchased it in 1933, had it planted with shrubs and alpine plants over one hundred years ago.
From the main car park there is well signposted trail of about 500m to the Quiet Garden.