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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 3rd June - Saturday 15th June 2019

Directors: Julia MacDonald / Angus MacDonald

The information brochure for our 2019 residential retreats is available to download here.

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). See brochure 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.


These retreats are held at the Centre - you are invited to hold a sense of stillness and quiet as is possible in between the scheduled sessions.

Timings for Non-Residential Retreats:

Start: Friday evening 7pm-9:15pm
Continue: Saturday 10am-4pm
Continue and close: Sunday 10am-1pm

Tea, coffee, juice, fruit and cake provided. Either bring a packed lunch or order from Bar Convent café for the Saturday. Suggested donation: £50

Beginners Retreat - 19th-21st October
This non-residential retreat will be facilitated by Julia & Angus MacDonald & Barbara Martin. It will include some gentle input, guidance on settling into stillness and praying for extended periods of silence. Over the weekend, there will also be opportunity for sharing in small facilitated listening groups along with some social time over coffee and lunch.

‘Spirituality for a Fragile Earth’ - 1st-3rd February
Co-facilitated by Celia Deane-Drummond & Julia MacDonald
This non-residential retreat is offered as a follow on from ‘Theology for a Fragile Earth’ (see Nov. Event in the General Programme). The earlier event offers a foundation but is not essential. The retreat will include some input, silent space for individual prayer and reflection and the option of a one-to-one conversation.


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:
17/09, 01/10, 12/11, 10/12, 07/01, 04/02, 11/03, 08/04, 13/05, 03/06, 01/07

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. A one-to-one spiritual conversation of up to 30mins can also be booked (subject to demand).

Suggested donation:

  • £5 no room
  • £15 (half day) / £25 (full day) with room
  • + £10 for one-to-one conversation