FINDING STILLNESS: 6th-9th June & 20th-23rd September

Led by Fr Peter Williams OSB

Come away to a quiet place to find stillness and God’s presence.  Discover in the Benedictine tradition; how stillness and stability can be ways of opening up to God and living life at a deeper level.  The retreat will include: teachings in Lectio Divina, stilling the mind and also an opportunity to have a 1:1 meeting with a monk.

COST:  £330 per person, single occupancy         £315 per person, sharing

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TIME OUT:  Individual self-led retreats 

Tuesday 14th – Sunday 19th June (minimum booking 2 nights) – extended dates!

Monday 18th – Friday 22nd July (minimum booking 2 nights)

Friday 7th-Sunday 9th October (2 nights)

Monday 12th-16th December (minimum booking 2 nights)

A chance for some time away to process, to reflect and to pray.  There is no set programme other than group Lectio Divina at 9:30am, the usual monastic timetable of divine office and liturgy and the opportunity to meet with one of the community for reconciliation or a chat.  These dates are set aside from the normal retreat programme to offer a bit of sanctuary for your own private retreat, with plenty of time to visit the Abbey Church for private prayer and reflection or explore the beautiful Worth Abbey estate.

If the dates above do not fit for you, then please contact us to check availability for your preferred dates; we will do our best to accommodate you.

Meal times:  Breakfast 8-9am, Lunch 1:15pm and Supper 7:15pm.  Worth Abbey Church Liturgy and prayer

COST:  £90 per person, per night.  

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Praying the Liturgy: The Eucharist – 21st-23rd June

Led by Fr David Jarmy OSB

Since the Second Vatican Council enormous time and energy has been put into renewal of the liturgy – mainly through encouraging active participation.  In recent years we seem to have reached another stage – where emphasis has changed to ask the question, How do I pray the Mass ?  What difference does this make to my life?  This retreat will help you ask some of these questions and more importantly move into a deeper prayerful way of celebrating the Eucharist.  We will be re-discovering some of the major teaching of the early Church Fathers and becoming more aware of the richness of symbolism which brings the Eucharist to life.  “I am increasingly aware that the decisive question is not so much how believers experience the liturgy, but whether believers live from the liturgy” – Goffredo Boselli.   The retreat will help you understand the eucharist more fully , interiorise it more effectively and live it more authentically.

COST:  £220 per person, single occupancy         £210 per person, sharing

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INDIVIDUAL GUIDED RETREAT:  11th-17th July & 25th-28th October

This is an opportunity to take time out for silence and reflection while at the same time having a daily meeting with a monk / spiritual director. This would ideally suit someone who is at key point in their life, to really get in touch with how God is speaking to them through this challenge and help discern the way the spirit is working to bring about life in a new way.  This retreat would have a maximum of 10 participants, it would largely be held in silence and it would also follow the daily rhythm of the monastic office.

COST:  £110 per person, per night (minimum 2 nights / maximum 6 nights).

Please contact us to check availability of your preferred dates. 

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ICON PAINTING COURSE:  25th-31st July

Facilitated by Hanna Ward:  Hanna is a Finnish born, British educated professional iconographer and illuminated manuscript painter, based in  Surrey.  www.hannaward.com 

The course will provide an introduction to all aspects of traditional icon painting:  drawing an image of Christ onto gessoed board and painting with natural and semi-precious pigments with egg tempera and using clay and lose leaf gold leaf for gilding.

The aim is to understand the history, symbolism and meaning of icons and to gain the basic skills to be able to draw and paint them. The emphasis will be on copying and tracing an old image correctly and carefully onto the icon board and learning to paint from dark to light in a traditional iconographic way. Participants will be given a step-by-step guide through the various disciplines of this nearly 2000-year-old tradition.

The aim is to paint six full days from Monday to Saturday and finish the icons during this six day retreat, and have them blessed in the church on Sunday.

COST: £675 per person – Residential guest                £375 per person – Day guest

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TAI CHI & CHRISTIAN MEDITATION: 23rd-26th August

Led by Fr Peter Williams OSB

The retreat offers a real body / mind / spirit approach to the spiritual live.  IT takes the eastern principles of balance and energy and connects them to a Christian Benedictine understanding of faith, giving it depth and resonance.  No existing practise of Tai Chi is needed.

COST:  £330 per person, single occupancy                £315 per person, sharing

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ST BERNADETTE:  21st-23rd October 

Further information coming soon.  In the meantime, you are welcoming to register your interest.

COST:  £330 per person, single occupancy                £315 per person, sharing

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LIVING WITH LOSS – a retreat for those who have been bereaved:  14th-17th November

This retreat is aimed at people dealing with loss and bereavement, both recent and not so recent.  It does not offer counselling, but rather a healing space in a Christian setting with a supportive programme and time to process thoughts and feelings.

COST:  £330 per person, single occupancy                £315 per person, sharing

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Advent Retreat: 29th November-1st December 22

Led by Fr Peter Williams OSB

COST:  £220 per person, single occupancy                £210 per person, sharing

Leave behind the busyness of the preparations that can sometimes be overwhelming and celebrate this season of waiting with some quiet time at Worth Abbey.

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