Quiet Days, Retreats and Pilgrimages


Image of a feather floating on waterWhatever pace we live our lives at, we all need - both individually and collectively - to reflect and re-focus on how we are living. These times and activities are crucial opportunities to be shaped for God’s service. One way of re-focusing is to participate in quiet days, retreats or pilgrimages, which provide a range of opportunities from silent study and prayer to mediating with others using a course of study or the pilgrimage walk itself for focus.

Interested in going on retreat? Download our leaflet about retreats and quiet days. Feel free to print and share this leaflet with your church community. 

Our Spirituality Fund offers provision for small grants to individuals and parishes in the Diocese of Canterbury to help subsidise the cost of retreats. Find out more here.

We can help groups or a parishes to find a facilitator for quiet days (please contact Susanne Carlsson) or sessions to help your church or school explore prayer (to find out more about this click here ). We are able to offer leaders for quiet days and retreats, both individually guided or preached. Susanne holds a list of experienced and willing leaders who are able to offer specific retreats or quiet days in the following areas:

  • The Labyrinth
  • Explorations in Prayer
  • Spirituality and Music or poetry or Art
  • Mindfulness
  • Contemplation/ Meditation
  • Benedictine, Ignation, Taize and Celtic spirituality
  • Prayer writing and intercessions
  • Liturgical spirituality and formation
  • Death and Dying
  • Journaling
  • Community life
  • God and the feminine
  • Mountains of the Bible
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Local retreats & quiet days

A comprehensive list of retreat centres in Kent, East and West Sussex, London and Northern France can be found here .

Quiet days & retreats further afield

These websites give information on quiet days and retreats further afield:

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Weeks of Accompanied Prayer

The Week of Accompanied Prayer is a retreat (usually ecumenical) based in a church setting so that people have the benefit of an individually guided retreat whilst living at home and going about their ordinary daily lives. The idea originated in the 1970s when a priest in Canada felt burdened to meet the spiritual needs of lumberjacks who were unable to take time off work in order to make a full time retreat. The week is for men and women at whatever stage they are on their spiritual journey. If you are seeking ways to deepen your relationship with God, or making sense of your faith journey, or interested in finding different ways to pray the Week of Accompanied Prayer may well be for you.

For further information or to book a week in your church, please contact Coordinator Janet McDonald (01227 860837).

Week of Accompanied Prayer leaflet

Pilgrimage

Christians have been undertaking pilgrimages for many centuries, and Canterbury Cathedral has a long history here. Pilgrimage is associated with personal and spiritual growth, the physical journey to the sacred place paralleling the inner ‘journey’ that is a deepening of the relationship with God.

Canterbury Cathedral is the destination for those who travel along the Pilgrims’ Way from Winchester, Rochester and Southwark. It is also the beginning of the route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain and the Via Francigena to Rome.

The Canterbury Diocese is a member of the Green Pilgrimage Network, a global network of pilgrim cities and other sites that are sacred to many different religious traditions.