Welcome to The House of Retreat

ple-089 (Medium)The House of Retreat is situated at the edge of a small, moated village in the heart of the Essex countryside and is a place of prayer, space and quiet reflection.

We offer a varied programme of Retreats and Quiet Days, many of which are suitable for people who have never been on a retreat or quiet day before.


Where is this year going? It is hard to believe we are almost into the 4th quarter of the year already! We still have a number of events lined up and details of these can be found under the Events heading above.

Can we remind everyone that we are here for YOU! Individuals, friendship groups, prayer groups, PCC’s or parish groups to highlight just a few. Everyone is welcome, whether it is just for a few hours, a day, overnight, weekend. If you haven’t tried a retreat or just taking some time out, please make contact with us to talk this through further.

We’ve had a wonderful Summer of retreats and some of these have been mentioned, along with other articles, in our newsletter which you can find by clicking on this link – Newsletter September 2018. The Music Week with Jonathan and Sue Veira was something special and will be covered in a later issue of our newsletter.

We have two extra events in our programme for 2018 – one being a Quiet Day led by Revd Barry Preece (30th October) around using icons as a focus for prayer, particularly the icon written this year for the Retreat Association. The icon will be in the chapel at the Retreat House from the 23rd October for 3 weeks should you wish to come and see it. The second event is our Christmas Retreat. This will be the third retreat we have held over Christmas and it has been a special time. More detail and booking forms can be found under each Event on this website as well as our Facebook page.

Whilst we still have some interesting retreats and quiet days lined up for 2018 we are now releasing our programme for 2019 which can be downloaded by clicking on this link – House Programme 2019. ll of our events can be found by clicking on the Events tab above.

Some people have had difficulty downloading a booking form from the Events Pages. To make this a little more straightforward click here – Booking Form. They are still available from each event.

I am sure many of us have had a fair bit of contact over recent months around GDPR! Please follow the following link to view the Retreat House Privacy Notice. Should you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the office.

Please follow this link for our Terms and Conditions.

Course in Spiritual Direction

We have also been asked to highlight this course which is for anyone interested in becoming a Spiritual Director. It will be held at The House of Retreat but is led by a team outside of the House programme.

This has proved to be most popular in recent years. For more information please click on the image to be taken to the Diocesan web-page for Spiritual Direction.

You can also download the Flyer for the 2019 course by clicking here.

Chelmsford Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, Pleshey, Chelmsford, Essex. CM3 1HA
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The Retreat House is part of the Chelmsford Diocesan Board of Finance, Registered Charity No: 249505