At St Andrew’s, we offer two weekends of Individually Guided Retreat (IGR) during the year. In our programme, we have named these retreats ‘Stepping Stones into Silence’ as they are a particularly good opportunity to experience a silent retreat for the first time.
The next weekend retreats are:
Friday 17 to Sunday 19 March 2023
Friday 27 to Sunday 29 October 2023
If these dates do not suit you, we may still be able to accommodate you for a time of retreat. Please see our information page For Individuals.
What happens during a weekend IGR at St Andrew’s?
Friday: Arrival is from 5 pm. One of the Sisters will give you a tour of the house. You can then settle down in your room. At 6.30 pm there is a Eucharist in the Chapel.
At 8.15 pm, there is an introduction to the weekend with both the Sisters and other retreatants followed by a time of prayer together in the Chapel.
At some point during the day, you will meet with one of the Sisters (you will have been given a meeting time on Friday). She will provide you with resources and guidance on how to live this retreat.
Important moments of the day are as follows:
12.30 pm to 12.45 pm: silent prayer in the Chapel (optional)
6.30 pm: Evening Prayer in the Chapel (optional) with communion
8.45 pm: Short night prayer (optional)
As on Saturday, you will meet again with a Sister.
There is the possibility to attend Sunday services at one of the neighbouring churches (different times).
12.30 pm to 12.45 pm: Midday prayer in the chapel (optional)
4.00 or 4.30 pm: Closing prayer. The time of Silent retreat ends at the end of the prayer.
You are welcome to stay for a short time of tea/coffee.
Self catering is the only option at St Andrew’s during the Covid-19 pandemic
There will be a few residential places as well as the possibility to make this week-end retreat online.
The suggested donation for the retreat is
Donation £80-£120 (residential)
Booking is essential for these retreats, ideally at least 2 weeks before the date of the retreat, using this form. Please await confirmation from us before firming up any plans.