It is never easy in this digital age to take a step back from life to find some peace, quiet and time for reflection. We are constantly under pressure to stay connected and sometimes we just cannot find the time for ourselves! We all should do our best to find the time however to refresh our minds.

We really do understand this at The Royal Foundation of St Katharine and have a whole program of led events dedicated to helping you achieve this. These wonderful events are called Residential Retreats and are specifically designed to help visitors stop, take stock and find inspiration. They include meals, incredibly informative, led sessions by some of the experts in their field, time to reflect by oneself and of course a prolonged stay at our much-loved hidden urban oasis.

Need space to stop and take stock –>>

Next Residential Retreat

The next Residential Retreat takes place from the evening of Thursday 5th October until the afternoon of Sunday 8th December and we would love for you to join us. We know that everyone can benefit from these events and lots of people do!

We are really looking forward welcoming Judy and Paul in conjunction with the Creative Arts Retreat Movement ( CARM ) to lead this next three night residential retreat with poetry and prayer.

Given this residential retreat is around St.Luke`s day it will be particularly special to spend some creative time around this theme of wholeness, health and healing.

We shall be seeing this theme in its widest sense and the poetry which we share together will be related to this in some way. There will be times of silence, worship (both following our own theme and joining the community prayer when appropriate), some group sharing , and time for personal reflection on the poetry including writing our own poems for those who wish to (but this is entirely optional).

You do not need to be ‘a poet’ to come on this retreat, but to have a ‘heart’ for poetry is an advantage.

Come and experience the next Residential Retreat for yourself! –>>

Retreat Leaders

Revd. Judy Dinnen-poetry tutor and chaplain.

`I am a parish priest and a hospital chaplain in Herefordshire. I am also involved in spiritual accompanying and vocations work. I have an MA in the practise and teaching of creative writing and belong to Lapidus, an association for professionals working in the field of creative writing and personal development. I encourage playing with words to explore inner journeys, hopes, and theological understanding.
Personally I write poetry, including material for Wild Goose Publications, but I tend to offer creative writing workshops rather than just poetry, when working with clergy or the homeless or neighbourhood groups`.

Revd. Paul Hunt

`I am an Anglican priest, retired now from parish work and living in Malvern . I spent over twenty years as a mission partner with the Church Mission Society, living in South East Asia and in Iran, and then responsible for recruiting and selecting professional people to work alongside the local church in Africa and Asia. I have been part of the CARM network for 20 years, mainly acting as chaplain on poetry/prayer retreats both in the UK and overseas. I have developed a love of poetry in later life and write a bit and find it immensely helpful in my own spiritual life and work. I act as `mentor/spiritual guide and was ,until recently, Spirituality Adviser in the diocese of Worcester. I continue to lead retreats and quiet days for parishes and groups.

What does St Katharine’s look like?

Our wonderful and peaceful gardens are available for you to use as well as many of the beautiful rooms at the Royal Foundation of St Katharine.

Gardens at St Katharine

Feedback from previous Residential Retreat attendees

“The Residential Retreat was absolutely lovely and I have already recommended it to friends. The warm welcome, delicious food and spotless rooms. And it is so easy from Kings Cross. Welcome was lovely and accommodation + catering were very good”

“I can not fault any of the time – the accommodation is lovely, the food delicious and the staff friendly, helpful and courteous”

“Accommodation was very comfortable, food was excellent and a very friendly group”

“Welcome accommodation and catering of a superbly high standard. In a word EXCELLENT”

“It suited me very well. The input was well balanced and I loved the change of tone and pace which the reading on Saturday evening gave. I am looking for stimulating food for thought which I can take away and use for a spring board to further reading and thought rather than hours of silence”

“Excellent –I enjoyed all the wonderful input and there was enough time to reflect Saturday evening was also very good”

“There was a good balance between teaching discussion and reflection”

“Very interesting. There was enough quiet space when I was able to take a lovely walk with another guest in good weather”

“The Residential Retreat was very special to find such intellectual and spiritual engagement is uplifting; Malcolm’s mastery lead to wonderful new insights on faith and poetry”

“Content and format just right: informative, reflective, spiritually refreshing”

 “I appreciate the ‘kindness’ of the format, at a generous affordable cost”

 “The staff are brilliant..  As always one is greeted with a welcoming smile. Well done”

Just to remind you, these are led events in addition to being a fantastic opportunity for people to have some space and quiet in their lives. The cost of £339 for the day incorporates all aspects of the Residential Retreat including all refreshments & meals, led sessions and accommodation. We really would like to welcome you into our hidden urban oasis in the middle of London and hope you can join us.

This Residential Retreat sounds like exactly what I need! –>>

If you wish to ask us anything about the residential retreat, please do not hesitate to email or call 0300 111 1147.