Retreats

Chapel

The Chapel is the spiritual heart of Shallowford House. Its uncluttered design gives it a very special sense of beauty and tranquility. There is seating for up to 60, but it is as well suited for very small groups. The Chapel is available for all our guests and is suitable for all denominations. There is a clavinova for guests to use.

Our vestry is well stocked with vestments, candles, communion elements and glassware and a good selection of bibles and hymn books. There is a CD player and CDs and an ipod dock.

A small prayer room off the Chapel is equipped for private use and is available at any time.

Led Retreats

Our Open House Programme includes led retreats and Quiet Days during the year. This is an excellent opportunity to take time out and draw closer to God.
Please see our events page for further information and dates.

Individual Retreats

For those seeking a private retreat, with or without one-to-one time with a retreat guide are most welcome at Shallowford House.
Please contact Simon or Alison on 01785 760233 or email us to check availability.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an individual retreat

An individual retreat is a time when you can step aside from the busyness of life to be alone with God. There is no set programme, but a Retreat Guide can meet with you for up to an hour a day and their role is to listen to you and to God on your behalf and help you to make the most of your time.

Do I need to be a Christian/Anglican?

Retreats are available to anyone seeking time alone with God, wherever you are on your spiritual journey.

How do I use the silence?

On a retreat you will be encouraged to be still and spend time in God’s presence. Being in silence can bring things to the surface for you to deal with and your Retreat Guide is there to help you discern where God is in that.

What can I expect?

To be made welcome and comfortable, you will be well fed and space will be given to you to be alone with God. You will have use of all that Shallowford House offers to its guests. Many people find that taking time out on a retreat becomes a significant milestone in their Christian life.

How will I spend my time?

You might reflect on a passage of scripture, spend some time walking around the gardens, or maybe use some of our art materials in response to what you have seen or heard. It’s ok to sleep too – sometimes we just need to rest in God’s presence.

What do I talk about with my retreat guide?

Whatever God has laid on your heart. You may be looking to deepen your relationship with God, or be facing a crossroads in life or in your Christian ministry, or have some searching questions to ask. Your Retreat Guide is not a Counsellor, but someone who listens to and with you.