Weekend Silent Retreats on our programme

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 21st to Sunday 23rd February 2020 see here

Friday 30th October to Sunday 1st November 2020 see here

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.

The Eucharist is followed by the evening meal. Unlike our other programmes, there is an option for full-board during our group IGRs. Please note that we are unable to cater for special diets. Self-catering remains an option should you wish.

Meals are eaten in silence with the other retreatants. Quiet music will be played in the background. Meals are in self-service and you may sit where you wish and take the time you wish. Each person does their own washing-up.

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.

Saturday:

Breakfast can be taken at any time before 10 am.

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)

12.45 pm: Lunch

6.30 pm: Evening Prayer in the Chapel (optional) with communion

7.00 pm: Supper

8.45 pm: Short night prayer (optional)

Sunday:

Breakfast can be taken at any time before 10 am.

 As on Saturday, you will meet again with a Sister (the same one as on Saturday).

There is the possibility to attend Sunday services at one of the neighbouring churches (different times).

Important moments of the day are as follows:

12.30 pm to 12.45 pm: silent prayer in the chapel (optional)

12.45 pm: Lunch

4.00 or 4.30 pm: Closing prayer. The time of Silence ends at the end of the prayer. You are welcome to stay for a short time of tea/coffee.


Upcoming Weekend Retreats:

Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd February 2020

Friday 30th October to Sunday 1st November 2020

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.

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