Retreats 2018

Preached Retreat Programme

Each of these weekends begins with a meal at 6:30 pm on Friday evening and ends on Sunday after lunch. (Please note the days of the week may be different in some retreats as specified individually below.) There will be at least four talks and the opportunity to join the resident Carmelite Community for Eucharist and Prayer. Those who arrive early on Friday may also wish to join the Community's Office of Readings & Silent Prayer at 5:00 pm and Evening Prayer at 6:00 pm followed by Night Prayer. During the retreat, there will also be time for personal prayer, reflection, reading and rest.

We try to keep an atmosphere of silence in the house throughout these retreats.


December 7 – 9  Advent Retreat

'The Virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel' [Cf. Isaiah 7:14-15]

A meditation on the wonder of this.

                                                                                                    Liam Finnerty OCD


December 14 – 16

“All my cares forgotten among the lilies” 

The Dark Night of St John of the Cross as the authentic route to true freedom, lasting  peace and the fullness of life.

                                                                                                        Matt Blake OCD


Individually Guided Retreats

During these retreats participants will meet with their director each day. There is also the opportunity to join the Carmelite Community for Eucharist and Prayer.

We try to keep an atmosphere of silence in the house during these retreats.


The scheduled Individually Guided Retreats for 2018 have completed. We are planning the Individually Guided Retreats for 2019. Please check in for updates.


In addition to the organised retreats people are very welcome to come to the priory for a private retreat when space is available. Local people are welcome to attend our retreats on a non-residential basis but meals can only be provided for those who are resident. We try to cater for vegetarian and diabetic diets but we are not in a position to cater for more complex special diets.

Suggested Offerings

We would like our retreats to be open to all especially those with limited income. We have kept the ‘suggested offering’ as low as possible over the years. However, it costs more to run the Carmelite Retreat Centre. At present, it is heavily subsidized by the Anglo-Irish Province of the Discalced Carmelite Order. For those who are able to pay more, we would appreciate your more generous offering. For anyone who may still struggle to make the full suggested offering, please, we may be able to help. Please contact the Retreat Centre Director at retreat@carmelite.org.uk.

The following are our suggested offerings:

Day (24 hours with full board):           £ 55

Weekend - single room                       £110

                - sharing (per person)         £ 90

6-day guided retreat - single room     £330

                - sharing (per person)         £270

Deposits (non refundable)
Weekends: £20;      Longer retreats: £40

Please make cheques payable to Carmelite Priory.

You are advised to read the Policies, Terms & Conditions before you book a retreat.

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