Individually Guided Retreats

Sometimes we need time away from our busy schedules to relax, pray and reflect. Come take time to refresh and renew oneself with a few quiet days at the Priory. Participants are welcome to join the Carmelite Community for the Eucharist and prayer. Each Directed Retreat begins with a meal at 6:30 pm on the day of arrival and ends after lunch on the day of departure. Length of stay is flexible. Meeting daily with a spiritual director is an option. 

We try to keep an atmosphere of silence throughout our Directed Retreats.



September 2 - 6

November 4 - 8  (cancelled)

December 9 - 13

December 16 - 22

December 28 - January 2 (2020)

To make a reservation, please go to Booking.


Who the directors are?

Anne Donald has been a Secular Carmelite (OCDS) for over 15 years. Professionally, she works as a leadership and team coach in the corporate world. She has been involved with individually guided retreats at Boars Hill for many years. She is married with 3 grownup children and lives in Oxford.

Annette Goulden has been a Secular Carmelite (OCDS) for over 10 years. Having retired as a child and adolescent psychiatrist, she completed a SPiDIR course in spiritual direction in 2013, and now sees people of all Christian denominations, and participates regularly in a supervision group for spiritual direction. She is married with two sons.

Fr. Paul King has been giving individually guided retreats for over 30 years.  Now retired, he has been both parish priest and university chaplain.  He was for ten years a tutor on the Ignatian Spirituality Course in London.   He is married, a former Anglican, and was ordained priest for the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth in 1995.

Sue Pacey has been a Secular Carmelite (OCDS) for 15 years and has been involved in Bereavement Counselling, General Counselling and Spiritual Direction for the past 30 years within her parish, at Carmel, and in private work. She is married with two grownup sons and five grandchildren.

Barbara Thacker has been a Secular Carmelite (OCDS) for 10 years. Over the past 18 years she has been involved with individually guided retreats in parishes and more recently at Boars Hill. She is married with three grownup children.

Other directors joining the Spiritual Directors Team: Fr Liam Finnerty OCD, Fr Alexander Ezechukwu OCD, Fr John Hughes OCD, Fr Thaddeus Ekuma OCD, Fr Michael Bature OCD, Fr Kelvin Ekhoegbe OCD, and David Ellington OCDS.

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