“All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”  

Rule of St Benedict 53:1


2018 Retreat Programme coming soon!


Whether you have been on retreat before or if this is your first tentative step, we would love to welcome you to Worth Abbey and The Open Cloister.  Our programme is detailed below (and updated regularly), we hope you will find something that calls to you.  What we can assure you of is a very warm welcome.

Retreat Programme 2017


(Yrs 7 to 9) 

The Great Adventure! – 27-29th October 2017                     

Cost: £84 per person

A weekend of faith, friendship and fun for all those aged 11-13.  We will be exploring the great adventure of discipleship that Jesus calls each one of us to set out on through inspiring talks, workshops, crafts, prayer and games.  These retreats are run in collaboration with The Wellspring Community* and The Open Cloister at Worth Abbey.  Contact: toc@worth.org.uk for a booking form

Booking deadline: 13th October 2017

8th-10th December

A weekend of faith and fun for teenagers, run by The Wellspring Community* and Worth Abbey’s The Open Cloister.

During the weekend, the teenagers will have the chance to participate in prayer with the monks of Worth and enjoy being in the beautiful Sussex countryside. The programme will include talks, creative activities, games, discussion, drama, space for silence, stillness and thinking, sports, walks, and a healthy dollop of team competition.

Young Adults 


1st-3rd December

A weekend of faith sharing and exploration, led by The Wellspring Community* and Worth Abbey’s The Open Cloister

An opportunity to enter more deeply into the faith and to explore the person of Jesus Christ. The retreats will offer the chance of encounter with Christ in prayer through the Benedictine monastic tradition, with space for reflection, participation in the rhythm of prayer with the monastic community (The Divine Office) and Lectio Divina, walks in the beautiful Sussex countryside, and time for building community and friendships

*The Wellspring is a Catholic community seeking to live the Gospel with the Rule of St Benedict as a guide. Living a common life of prayer and service, they witness to the Kingdom of God in the city of Brighton.




7th-9th November 2017                                                                                                 Cost: £185 per person

Retreat from a busy world and join the monastic rhythm of prayer (The Divine Office and Lectio Divina) and reflection, enjoy time and space to be still, refresh your spiritual life and explore your relationship with God in silent contemplation.




5th-7th December 2017                                                                                                   Cost: £185 per person

An opportunity to prepare during the season of Advent, a time of expectant waiting, for the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ as well as looking forward to his second coming and explore how to live between these two advents.


For further information and/or to book a place please click on the Contact and Booking tab below.

 What does a typical day look like?

 7.30amLauds (Morning Prayer)
 11.30am Session
 5.30 pm Mass
 18.45 pm Vespers (Evening Prayer)
 19.15 pm Supper
 21.00 pm Compline

We do hope you’re not too engrossed in your sessions to take a break and enjoy some tea and homemade cake!

What do I need to bring?

Not that much really, your clothes (strong shoes or boots to explore the estate) a wash kit, along with your personal belongings.

We provide:

  • Bed linen
  • Towels
  • Breakfast- Lunch- Dinner
  • Teaching (where applicable)

Please note that pre-booking is necessary for every event in The Open Cloister programme.  Last minute bookings might be possible, depending on available space and cancellations.

To reserve a place on any of the events listed, please download and print THE BOOKING FORM, mark the appropriate box(s) and send it to the Bookings Secretary with your payment.

The Open Cloister Booking Form

Contact and booking information