ACCOMMODATION

We offer very simple but comfortable, shared accommodation.

The retreat centre has 16 small single and a few bigger private rooms which are usually allocated to families with children under eight. There is plenty of single-sex dormitory accommodation for older children or adults (please indicate on your booking form if dormitory accommodation is not acceptable to you).

In order to fit everyone in, we have to use mattresses on the floor (which doesn't leave much space). Otherwise, most of the indoor accommodation is in single-sex dormitories. The retreat centre has two shower rooms, one set for men, one set for women.

We welcome people with disabilities. The retreat centre is accessible for people in wheelchairs and those with restricted mobility. If you have any mobility or other special needs contact the Bookings Coordinator who will be happy to provide you with information about the retreat centre and discuss your needs.

We extend the accommodation available at the August Family Camp by offering families the opportunity to camp in a designated area in the monastery grounds. You need to bring all your own camping equipment.  All the indoor amenities are there for campers to use, and the campsite can be much more peaceful than sleeping indoors! There are two toilets next to the campsite, which the nuns kindly let us use. Camping is at your own risk and if it rains we cannot accommodate you in the retreat centre.

During the August family camp, rooms are allocated on the basis of need e.g. health or mobility considerations or to families with very young children; though families with young children can, and often do, camp outdoors.

Again, please write to the bookings coordinator who will be happy to discuss your needs.

 

welcome sign to the retreat centre

welcome sign to the retreat centre

view to the retreat centre kitchen

view to the retreat centre kitchen

IN DAILY LIFE WE MUST SEE THAT IT IS NOT HAPPINESS THAT MAKES US GRATEFUL, BUT GRATEFULNESS THAT MAKES US HAPPY.
TRY PAUSING RIGHT BEFORE AND RIGHT AFTER UNDERTAKING A NEW ACTION, EVEN SOMETHING SIMPLE LIKE PUTTING A KEY IN A LOCK TO OPEN A DOOR. SUCH PAUSES TAKE A BRIEF MOMENT, YET THEY HAVE THE EFFECT OF DECOMPRESSING TIME AND CENTERING YOU.
— Brother David Steindl-Rast