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.
August 13 – 16
(This retreat begins Monday evening 6.30pm and ends lunch time Thursday)
The experience and teaching of St Edith Stein
“God is Truth. Those who seek Truth seek God, whether they know it or not.”
Matt Blake OCD
August 17 – 19
Saints Zelie and Louis Martin [parents of St. Therese of Lisieux]
We will explore with Louis and Zelie their model of married love, family life and everyday holiness. These ordinary parents will show us how, when a couple is struggling, the hidden strength of the sacrament of marriage can carry them through times of brokenness and towards wholeness.
This retreat is open to everyone, whether living as a couple, or single. If appropriate, some sharing of family experience may be invited. (This weekend will include the launch of Annette’s book on this subject.)
Annette Goulden OCDS
October 5 – 7
From Arid Land to Green Pastures – Experiencing God’s incredible promises.
When you are at a low point, upset, worried or hurt, from where and from whom do you draw hope and strength? Learn new insights into how the divine promises, through Word and Sacrament, reassures, comforts and strengthens in times of fear and trial, making divine peace your daily experience.
Alexander Ezechukwu OCD
November 2 – 4
Healing the Wounded Tree: prayer life and the cost of forgiveness
Thaddeus Ekuma OCD
November 30 – December 2
“Stay awake, praying at all times and stand with confidence before the Son of Man.” [Luke 21:36]
We begin our Advent journey in prayer and meditation.
Matt Blake OCD
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.
July 2 – 8 Anne Donald OCDS & Sue Pacey OCDS
August 6 – 12 Annette Goulden OCDS & Fr. Paul King
September 3 – 9 Barbara Thacker OCDS & Janet Saywood (This retreat has been cancelled.)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Please click here to book a retreat.