Welcome to The Retreat House

The Retreat House is situated at the edge of a small, moated village in the heart of the Essex countryside and is a place steeped in prayer, with space for quiet reflection.

A Celebration of Evelyn Underhill

The Diocesan Retreat House at Pleshey, with the Evelyn Underhill Association in the USA and Hampstead Parish Church (where Evelyn is buried) present a full week of online events 14th – 18th June. Please see our EVENTS page for more details – link below. https://www.retreathousepleshey.com/event/a-celebration-of-evelyn-underhill/

Hospitality at The Retreat House

We have worked tirelessly to create a COVID safe environment, following all the latest Government Guidelines and building routines for staff and guest alike based around hands-face-space.

When we are allowed to reopen, we can offer quiet space to individuals and groups, subject to current restrictions issued by Government, from full-board residentials to day retreats. We can offer self-catered breaks in the Parsonage Cottage and the Gatehouse.

Due to current staffing and COVID restrictions, dates will be limited. All dates, when available, must be booked in advance.

Some bursaries are available, please apply in writing. If you are NHS staff or a care-worker, the Association for Promoting Retreats are offering bursaries of up to 50% to say thank you.

Please send an email to enquire about availability.

Following the Government Roadmap out of lockdown, we hope to be offering hospitality at the Retreat House once again, re-opening in the following way:

No earlier than 12th April (dependent on Step 2 fulfilment): self-catered breaks available in Parsonage Cottage and The Gatehouse.

No earlier than 17th May (dependent on Step 3 fulfilment): fully catered retreats for individuals and groups of up to 6.

No earlier than 21st June (dependent on Step 4 fulfilment): fully catered retreats for larger groups.

Please remember that social distancing and other COVID related restrictions may still be in place when we do re-open.

Please email us for availability and booking.

Virtual space for teaching, reflection and fellowship

In the absence of being allowed to offer hospitality at Pleshey, we have developed a varied program of virtual retreats. These will continue even when we are open. All are offered via Zoom giving opportunity to explore topics in a group, space for personal reflection and some form of corporate worship or prayer.

Up coming topics covered include wellbeing, the Psalms, Women in the Bible and Oasis for Carers.

Full details are in our events guide and a brochure can be downloaded here.

To book anything please email.

The Retreat House is a place of prayer which holds a special significance for many. It will continue to be a place of prayer during this season even though we are unable to host as many visitors as we would like. We are posting prayers and reflections from our Chaplains on YouTube – the Pleshey Playlist – on a regular basis.

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Chelmsford Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, Pleshey, Chelmsford, Essex. CM3 1HA
Tel : 01245 237 251
w: www.retreathousepleshey.com                       e: retreathouse@chelmsford.anglican.org
The Retreat House is part of the Chelmsford Diocesan Board of Finance,
Registered Charity No: 249505