01904 464 900

St Bede's Pastoral Centre


These retreats are held at the CJ house St. Mary's on the Cliff in Whitby.

Individually Guided Silent Retreats
Dates available from Monday 6th July - Friday 17th July

£45 per day

Directors: Julia MacDonald / Angus MacDonald

The information brochure for our 2020 residential retreats is now available. Please enquire at the office

General information...

These silent residential retreats are offered at St. Mary’s on the Cliff in Whitby - a spacious house owned by the Congregation of Jesus and situated right on the seafront.

Whitby town is a 20 minute walk away. There are good and varied walks in the locality. There is also a swimming pool and basic shops nearby. There are churches of most denominations in the town and mass is available locally. The house is simple as is the organisation of the retreats which are offered on a self-catered with breakfast included basis. The accompaniment is essentially Ignatian but is adapted to each person. The house has a small chapel and a sheltered garden to the rear.

Retreats can be arranged for a number of days (subject to availability). Ask in the office for more details,

As the dates are not fixed for these retreats, Julia will need to consider if your preferred dates can be accommodated and, where not, explore other timings which might work for you. Once your dates have been agreed, you will be sent a booking form to confirm your dates.

Please call or email the office with your preliminary enquiry marking it 'WHITBY F.A.O. Julia'

Places on these retreats are limited so please enquire early. If you do have to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can inform those on the waiting lists.


Offered each Lent at St Bede's
Opening gathering: Tuesday 25th February 2020 7pm - 9pm
Closing gathering: Tuesday 21st April 2020 7pm - 9pm

£50 for 1:1 option
£30 for group option

An invitation to a time of committed prayer and reflection during the period of Lent. An opportunity in your everyday life to explore and go deeper in daily prayer with the support of weekly one-to-one meetings with a prayer companion or in small sharing groups which will meet each week through the retreat.

This Lent we are connecting with the Jesuit Pathways in Prayer project and will be drawing on the materials being offered nationwide as part of their Lenten resource ‘JOURNEY INTO FREEDOM’. You will be supported and guided in best use the resources as the retreat progresses.

No prior experience of making a retreat is needed – guidance will be offered on ways of praying, journaling and how to make the most of your time with your prayer companion or small group. Anything shared with your companion or in the small group will be held in confidence.

An Introductory Evening (prior to the Opening Gathering) is being offered on Tuesday 18th February 7pm-9pm for those for whom this is a new experience and who would like some guidance and more information before the retreat begins.

Click here to download the retreat leaflet. The Booking Form can be downloaded here.

For more information please contact the office on 01904 464900

Start: Friday evening 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Continue and close: Saturday 10am - 5pm

Tea, coffee, juice, fruit and cake provided



29th and 30th November 2019
This weekend will be facilitated by Julia MacDonald

As we enter Advent we will explore what it means to 'wait expectantly', to be persons of expectant hope. The time will include some input, guidance on settling into quiet and stillness and some periods for personal prayer. There will also be an opportunity for some gentle sharing for those who wish.


27th and 28th March 2020
This weekend will be facilitated by Theo Hawksley

How can our faith make a difference in a world of conflict?

Over this weekend we will explore the good news of God's reconciliation and the Christian call to be reconcilers. Through input , activities, prayer and discussion we will explore what it means to be reconciled in relation to God, ourselves, others and creation and how we can live our ministry as reconcilers in a divided world.


£5 no room
£15 (half day) / £25 (full day) with room

The Centre will be kept in silence one Monday a month from 9am-5pm for those who wish to come for a quiet day on the following dates:

02/09, 07/10, 04/11, 09/12, 06/01, 03/02, 02/03, 06/04, 11/05, 01/06, 06/07

Individual rooms can be booked (as available) as can the use of simple art materials. The chapel, new upstairs library with study desk, garden and coffee lounge with complimentary tea & coffee, are available for all.