A list of places for rest, relaxation and renewal.
Belsey Bridge Conference Centre, Norfolk
On the Norfolk/Suffolk border, its 22 acres are designed to support quiet reflection within beautiful rural surroundings. Adjacent to the Conference Centre is a Convent where you can attend Daily Eucharist.
Letton Hall, Shipdham, Norfolk
Letton Hall offers space and room for conferences, away days and retreats for individuals and groups. They also host a number of guided retreats – details found via www.guidedretreats.org.uk
Quiet Waters, Bungay, Suffolk
Set in the unspoilt countryside of the Suffolk/Norfolk border, Quiet Waters is a place for rest, relaxation and renewal. The team has a confidential approach to individual needs and is ready to help through prayer, worship and led retreats.
Clare Priory, Clare, Suffolk
Clare Priory is one of the oldest religious houses in England, situated in the shadow of Clare Castle on the banks of the River Stour. It offers a tranquil environment for those who wish to withdraw from their daily lives and find rest in the Lord. The Community welcomes group retreats from other parishes or organisations.
Launde Abbey, Leicestershire
In peaceful country surroundings in the heart of the East Midlands, Launde Abbey retreat centre is a place of prayer and of welcome. It has a resident Anglican community and offers a varied programme of events which are open to all.
St Beuno’s, North Wales
Offers a wide variety of courses including individually guided retreats, spiritual exercises, creative weekends, food retreat weekends and sexuality and spirituality seminars. Also offers retreats for students and young people, art workshops and music meditation. Offering “Space to Think, Refresh, Relax and Pray”, it’s based at St Asaph near Rhyl.
Linhay Lodges, Sheldon, Exeter
Linhay Lodges at Sheldon near Exeter offer time out for people in the ministry and/or their spouses at times of stress, crisis or burnout. The lodges (which includes one with wheelchair access) offer a comfortable place to recharge your batteries with excellent off-road walking in the Devon countryside – “one to one” listening sessions can also be booked in advance. See also the Society of Mary and Martha at Sheldon.
Bishop Woodford House Retreat & Conference Centre, Ely
Offers a series of Days of Reflection and Residential Retreats at a modern building in Ely, Cambridgeshire.
The Mrs R J Colman Trust
Offers grants or interest-free grants typically ranging from £100 to £12,250 to help retired clergy who have served in the Diocese of Norwich or have had Permission to Officiate, the widowed spouses of the above retired clergy, divorced or legally separated spouses of Norwich diocesan clergy. The grants can be given towards repairs to property, replacement of domestic appliances, respite breaks, hospital visiting, mobility or disability assistance. Grants are available for Retreat fees (up to 50%) but excluding travel costs. The trust helps those “in conditions of need, hardship or distress”.