Retreat centres used by Teams:


Alternatively:- The National Retreat Association is ecumenical and compiles a list of over 200 retreat houses in the UK. There is an online index at http://www.retreats.org.uk/findaretreat.html and you can purchase the annual journal entitled "Retreats 2011" from their website for £8.50 inc postage.

Douai Abbey, Woolhampton, 10 miles west of Reading

Fareham 2 have enjoyed wonderful Lent retreats at Douai from 2008 to 2010. Many other Teams members will have also enjoyed the tranquility of the Abbey and its surrounding countryside. With only 8 rooms, some with double and some twin beds, it is suitable for a small residential retreat. Meeting rooms are provided for the retreat. if arranged one or two monks can assist in presenting the retreat or Teams can prepare their own. We have done both. Many parts of the guest centre have been refurbished in the last 10 years; the new rooms are finished to a high specification and are fully accessible including en-suite with wet room style showers.

Of course part of the Benedictine welcome is to invite guests to participate with the monks in prayer; but it's not compulsory to get up at 6!

Click here for details http://www.douaiabbey.org.uk

Centre for Unity, Welwyn Garden City

The Focolare Centre for Unity has two important roles: acting as a home for the Focolare Movement in Great Britain and serving as a significant point of convergence for the Churches and the ecumenical movement and also for inter-religious dialogue. The centre has just been refurbished, and has a chapel, pleasant meeting rooms and sitting areas, a dining room and some single and double bedrooms.

http://www.focolare.org/gb/news/2013/02/18/centre-for-unity-welwyn-garden-city

Madonna House in Robin Hoods Bay, North Yorks

is a residential community offering hospitality and spiritual support, and can take small groups - so may be useful for local retreats.

It offers an immersion in a living faith community. Founded in 1985 as a pastoral centre for the diocese of Middlesbrough, this house lives “hospitality of the heart” by receiving individuals or groups, for family meals, days of recollection, or a tour and a cup of tea. All are welcome; the ecumenical dimension of our apostolate is growing.

http://www.madonnahouse.org/field/robinhoodsbay.html

House of the Open Door, near Evesham, Gloucs

House of the Open Door welcomes groups and organisations from different Christian traditions, offering individuals the space for time out in a quiet corner, and families the opportunity to relax together. Day or overnight visits can be arranged for midweek or weekends.

Groups are given the use of their own meeting room during their stay, with all meals served in the dining room.

http://www.houseoftheopendoor.org

St Beuno Spirituality Centre, St Asaph, North Wales

St Beuno’s is a Jesuit retreat centre near St. Asaph where you can spend a few days, or more, recharging your spiritual and physical batteries in comfortable accommodation surrounded by outstanding countryside.

A spiritual director provides sensitive guidance which helps you, whether as individuals or as a couple, to plan how

to spend each day. They have a real skill in slowing you down and adjusting your desire to achieve as much as possible in a day, so that you can take advantage of the different pace of life and opportunity for in-depth reflection which St. Beuno’s offers.

www.beunos.com



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