Here at Worth Abbey we offer the opportunity to rest, refresh and reflect whilst staying in our purpose-built retreat centre.
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 may also lead their own group retreats, using the accommodation available in The Open Cloister.
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 – usually Cloisters are ‘closed’; this one is ‘open’. Whilst staying in 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 1 single bed), 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 week-day 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.
If you are considering booking St Bruno’s for your group retreat then you can request further information by clicking button below and completing the contact form or you can call to discuss your requirements: The Open Cloister Tel: 01342 710318.