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To book a retreat, please click here or phone 01865 735133 (press 1 for Retreat Centre)

Preached Retreats

Each weekend Preached Retreat begins with a meal at 18:30 on the Friday evening and ends on the Sunday after lunch. (Please note – some Preached Retreats may take place during weekdays: see programme.) There will be talks and the opportunity to join the Carmelite Community for the Eucharist and liturgical prayer, as well as time for silent prayer, reflection, reading and rest. We try to keep an atmosphere of silence throughout our retreats.



September 25 – 27 led by Farah Mebark
 “A child in the garden” – St Mary of Jesus Crucified and Nature – the fabric of her poetry and humility.

October 9 -11 led by Fr Matt Blake, OCD
“Let us now speak of those who are beginning to be servants of love” (St Teresa’s teaching on prayer in the Book of her Life, chapters 11 – 22)

December  11 – 13 led by Fr Matt Blake, OCD
“The flame of love is the Spirit of its Bridegroom, who is the Holy Spirit” (St John of the Cross’ Living Flame – a celebration of the Holy Spirit’s role in the person’s spiritual growth and transformation)

December 21 – 23 led by Carmelite Community
Christ our Light (Christmas Retreat)

Suggested Offerings for Retreats

The price can vary according to the retreat on offer. Unless specifically stated otherwise on the programme, our quoted prices for retreats are fully inclusive of participation in the retreat, accommodation in our guest rooms (including towels and linen), all meals and refreshments, and full access to our Retreat Centre’s facilities.

The Carmelite Priory is a Charitable Trust. We believe that the benefits of Carmelite spirituality should be available to everyone regardless of their financial or life situation and that the transformational journey is enriched by a diversity of participants.

We recognise that what is affordable for some can be a financial stretch for others and so we propose a suggested offering, which covers only the basic expenses of providing lodging and food. When you book, please consider that the suggested offering reflects a partial bursary toward the cost of your retreat and is intended for those with minor financial need. Giving a little more will help to cover the cost of your retreat and includes a contribution to our bursary fund. This will make participation possible for one or more people who otherwise would not be able to join our transformational work in the world, as well as, enable us to sustain our learning and guest facilities. Thank you.

For anyone who may still struggle to make the full suggested offering for our programmes, we may be able to help. Please contact the Retreat Director at

Please call the Retreat Centre Director for suggested offerings.

Individually Guided Retreats

Sometimes we need time away from our busy schedules to relax, pray and reflect. Come, take time to refresh and renew yourself with a few quiet days at the Priory. Participants are welcome to join the Carmelite Community for the Eucharist and prayer. Each Directed Retreat begins with a meal at 6:30 pm on the day of arrival and ends after lunch on the day of departure. We try to keep an atmosphere of silence throughout our Directed Retreats.

The IGR team includes Barbara Thacker, OCDS, Fr Paul King, Fr Thaddeus Ekuma, OCD, Fr John Hughes, OCD, Annette Goulden, OCDS, Fr Alexander Ezechukwu, OCD, David Ellington, OCDS, Fr Liam Finnerty, OCD, Sue Pacey, OCDS, Fr Yamai Bature, OCD, Fr Kelvin Ekhoegbe, OCD and Anne Donald, OCDS. Members of the team may change.  Each IGR is led by a member of the team. For details of the full team for each date, and further details about the Retreat Directors, see

January 28-30
February 17-20
June 12-14
September 7-10
October 12-14
November 2-4
December 7-10

Please click here to book a retreat.  If you wish to book by telephone, the number for the Retreat Centre is 01865 735133/730183 (press 1 for Retreat Centre).

Cheques should be made payable to ‘Carmelite Priory’ or call the Retreat Centre for other payment methods.

Postal address: Carmelite Priory in Oxford, Chilswell House, Boars Hill,
Oxford, OX1 5HB
Phone: 01865 735133 or 01865 730183

Private Retreats

Come take time to refresh and renew oneself with a few quiet days at the Priory. Meeting daily with a spiritual director is an option (a suggested offering of £20 per session will be gratefully received). Guests are welcome to join the Carmelite Community for the Eucharist and prayer. As with our other retreats, we encourage private retreatants to keep an atmosphere of silence throughout their stay. Please call the Retreat Centre (01865 735133/730183 press 1) to check availability.