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 29 to Sunday 31 October 2021 see here
Friday 25 to Sunday 27 February 2022 see here (in progress)
Friday 28 to Sunday 30 October 2022 see here (in progress)
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.