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.



June 12 - 14 - led by Anne Donald, OCDS and Sue Pacey, OCDS

September 7 - 10 - led by Annette Goulden, OCDS  and a friar of the Carmelite Community

October 12 -14 - led by Annette Goulden, OCDS and a friar of the Carmelite Community

November 2 - 4 - led by Sue Pacey, OCDS and a friar of the Carmelite Community

December 7 - 10 - led by friars of the Carmelite Community

To make a reservation, please go to Booking.


Who the directors are?

The Individually Guided Retreat team includes the friars of the Carmelite Priory and the following directors:

Anne Donald, OCDS 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, OCDS 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, OCDS 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.

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