Due to the ongoing situation regarding the Covid 19 pandemic, Worth Abbey has taken the difficult decision not to re-open The Open Cloister to residential and day guests until Summer 2021 (reopening details to be announced soon).
We are looking forward to relaunching with a new and exciting programme of events and retreats. In the meantime, you can still connect with Worth by booking a place on one of the online retreats, watch our live streaming or follow us on Facebook.
We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
The Open Cloister – St Bruno’s
‘The Open Cloister’, our Benedictine Retreat Centre, welcomes retreatants from all faiths and none for residential retreats. You are invited to attend our own programme of residential retreats which are run by members of the Monastic Community and lay collaborators. You are also invited to lead your own group retreats, using the comfortable accommodation available in The Open Cloister.
Usually cloisters are closed; this one is ‘open’. Close to the Abbey Church, The Open Cloister is a 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. Whilst staying at The Open Cloister, retreatants, are also invited to join with the rhythm of the monastic day, which is structured around the community’s daily office of prayer and liturgy.
Groups may book our retreat house (St Bruno’s) to run their own self-led retreats. All bookings are fully catered (breakfast, lunch and supper) and most dietary requirements can be accommodated, if advised in advance.
The house comprises a comfortable sitting room with a dining area and a small library, there is also a small garden and patio area. The bedrooms (not all are en-suite) are divided between the ground and first floors; and include disabled bathroom facilities, on the ground floor.
There are 14 twin rooms available and two en-suite triple rooms (1 double bed and 2 single beds), accommodating up to 34 guests. Some of the twin rooms have an extra temporary bed (futon) which means up to 40 guests can be accommodated if necessary.
To assist with planning your weekday retreat, please note that this should comprise a minimum stay of 2 nights, arriving from 4pm on Tuesday and departing after lunch on Thursday. Weekend stays are also for a minimum of 2 nights, arriving from 4pm on Friday and departing after lunch on Sunday.
Demand for weekend dates is always very high and we tend to have more mid-week availability if you are able to consider this.