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.
AUTUMN RETREAT DAY
Saturday 20th October 10am-4pm
This retreat day will be facilitated by Julia & Angus MacDonald & Barbara Martin.
In place of the Beginner's Retreat Weekend we are now running a RETREAT DAY drawing on the themes of autumn - a special time to pause, take stock and find inspiration for the season ahead.
The day will flow as follows:
- a beginning space together with some guided centering followed by a light input as inspiration for the morning
- guided centering after lunch with an additional inspirational word or two (optional)
- at the end of the day, a gentle space together to gather and close the time of retreat
The whole centre will be available for quiet reflection and gentle prayer. Simple art materials will be available for those who enjoy creative response. There will also be the option of a one-to-one spiritual conversation for those who wish.
Tea, coffee and cake will be provided. Please bring a packed lunch or you can order a lunch from the Bar Convent café.
‘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.
Tea, coffee, juice, fruit and cake provided. Either bring a packed lunch or order from Bar Convent café for the Saturday. Suggested donation: £50
During this retreat you are invited to hold a sense of stillness and quiet as is possible in between the scheduled sessions.
Timings for this Non-Residential Retreat:
Start: Friday evening 7pm-9:15pm
Continue: Saturday 10am-4pm
Continue and close: Sunday 10am-1pm
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).
- £5 no room
- £15 (half day) / £25 (full day) with room
- + £10 for one-to-one conversation