“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 


13th-15th October (Diocese of Arundel & Brighton Vocations weekend)


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.


Family ‘Holyday’ Weekend 

18th-20th August 2017                                                                             Cost: £226 per family of four (children under 18)

An opportunity for families with children to come along for a weekend in the country with other families, in a safe and holy Christian space with time for prayer and spirituality – both as families and children and adults separately, with activities for the children as well as for the whole family.


Finding Silence

1st-3rd September 2017                                                                                                   Cost: £185 per person

A chance to retreat from the daily busyness of life, to reflect on our relationship with God and learn to recognise and explore the gift of silence and stillness as the “gateway to the soul” – in the beautiful surroundings of Worth Abbey.   At the heart of this experience will be the opportunity to join with the community in the monastic rhythm of prayer and liturgy.

This retreat is ideal for, and also popular with, first time silent retreatants.




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 look 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.


If you can’t manage a residential retreat, we are also pleased to be able to offer our popular Quiet Fridays:

‘Come away to some lonely place  ……. and rest for a while’  (Mark 6:31)

Normally on the second Friday of each month (with the exception of August):

8th September, 13th October, 10th November, 8th December


Take time for stillness and solitude; enjoy the attractive grounds and Quiet Garden.  Join the monastic community for Midday Prayer in the Abbey church, followed by the opportunity of Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. Please bring your own packed lunch.  Shared tea and coffee available.

Arrivals from 10:15 a.m. for a 10:45 a.m. start, until 3:30 p.m., based in the Day Centre of Compass House.

Pre-booking is essential.


Now booking – Friday 8th September 2017


What does a typical day look like?

 6.20 amOffice of Readings
 7.30 amLauds
 8.00 amBreakfast
 9.00 amYour Sessions start
 13.00 pm Mid Day Prayers
 13.15 pm Lunch
 2.00 pm Afternoon Session
 4.00 pm Free Time
 5.30 pm Mass
 18.45 pm Vespers
 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