Retreats and Quiet Days

Guided Retreat: Painting and Prayer 

3rd - 7th August 2020: Residential cost £299

Space to reflect, pray and worship, and time to be creative with a mix of painting techniques and styles. Each day there will be silence, worship together, a meditation from the chaplain and plenty of time and guidance in painting skills. Help and encouragement is given to everyone, beginner or experienced alike. No previous experience is necessary and all that is needed is a willingness to be open and to explore how our creativity can be a vehicle through which God can speak to us. We are also happy to include those who don't wish to paint but might like to come for the silence; maybe to read, to study or to walk.

The retreat will take place from 4pm on Monday, 3rd August until after lunch on Friday, 7th August. Retreat Leaders: Kay Andrews and Richard Steel.

Kay writes: I am a fully qualified Art teacher. Now retired from full time teaching, I still teach at local Art Clubs and lead day courses in Drawing at a friend’s studio. I have had work in the R.A. summer exhibitions and as an elected member of the S.G.F.A. (Society for Graphic Fine Art) my work is on display in London at various galleries at least twice a year. I have enjoyed being involved, for well over forty years with CARM. A retreat gives you time and space to be creative. I see this as a way to be closer to God and have two quotes which I think sum up what a painting retreat is about: “God is in the point of the Pencil” and “every brush stroke is a prayer”.

Richard writesMy role is to provide the focused spiritual elements, although we hope the whole retreat will be a creative, reflective space. Our theme is ‘The Water of Life’ which we will develop in a variety of ways - and we hope that you will help us. My aim with the worship is to provide space to consciously focus on our spiritual nature. I have a special interest in the Celtic approach to life and God, so there will be quite a Celtic approach to the worship, but I draw from a wide variety of sources. Some worship will be more structured, some more free. You are welcome to join in as much or as little as you wish.

Currently Mission Team Leader for the Diocese of Lincoln, I was previously Rector of a church on the edge of Huddersfield. I have also worked for the Church Mission Society (CMS) and been voluntarily and professionally involved with radio, newspapers and TV for over 30 years. I enjoy drawing and have been a photographer for many years. More recently I have begun to experiment with clay and other forms of sculpture. I have written two books (on volunteering) and regularly write prayers and other liturgy. 

Together we hope to make this retreat an inspiring and relaxing time for you and are happy to be available to you during our time together, as much as we are able.


Quiet Day: Finding Rest and Refreshment

10am - 4pm, Monday 19th October 2020: £30

A quiet day reflecting on the story of the Samaritan Woman at the Well with the Retreat Association Icon. Reflecting on the Bible story and what it means for us today.

Leader Alison MacTier, Executive Director of the Retreat Association, is very experienced in leading quiet days and is passionate about the value of retreats, quiet days and contemplative prayer.

Non-Guided Retreats

The College offers a quiet setting for a break from the rigours of day-to-day life so that you can return to work refreshed and reinvigorated. In term-time, you can choose to participate in as many aspects of the life of the College as you wish, including worship, lectures and social events - or come in the vacations for a quiet place for rest and reflection. The Cuddesdon Sisters are in year-round residence and welcome the company of visitors.

To find out more or to book

Please contact our Events Administrator, Hayley Edwards, or +44 (0)1865 877416.