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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.


RETREAT OPENING GATHERING: Tuesday 19th February 7-9pm at St Bede's

RETREAT CLOSING GATHERING: Tuesday 16th April 7-9pm at St Bede's


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 ‘Walking Together with Jesus’. 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.

Find more information here

Find a printable leaflet here

Access an Application Form to fill in electronically here

Access an Application Form to print and fill in manually here


‘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).

Suggested donation:

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