In an increasingly busy world going on a retreat, pilgrimage or quiet day can be a helpful way to make time for God.
Oberammergau Passion Play led by Canon Gordon Dey. May & August 2020.
Oberammagau Passion Play led by Archdeacon Peter Townley. 29 July - 5 August 2020
11/12 day Pilgrimage to the Holy Land - an introductory tour that will travel from Bethlehem to Nazareth, and from Capernaum to Jerusalem, led by Canon Gordon Dey. May 2021
11/12 day Pilgrimage entitled 'Jesus in Galilee' and based in Nazareth and Magdala, led by Canon Gordon Day. October 2021
St Alkelda's Way - for a route map and all the information visit the website.
The Leeds Country Way - Pilgrim's Guide A local environmentally friendly pilgrimage produced by Leeds Church Institute.
The Retreat Association - a Christian ecumenical association providing helpful resources.
Association for Promoting Retreats - Anglican desk of Retreat Association.
Below is a list of some places within reasonable traveling distance offering retreats and courses on prayer, spirituality and Christian living. This is not a comprehensive list, it contains only places with websites and does not carry a specific recommendation. You are strongly advised to contact the centres themselves for their programmes and/or to contact the Retreat Association.
Facilities with links to the diocese
Nestled in the Yorkshire Dales and set in 24 acres of gardens, Parcevall Hall is a place for retreat and spiritual renewal. With excellent facilities for conferences, retreats, holidays, the Hall offers the comfort and character of an old house with the peace and beauty of the Dales. Available to individuals as well as religious or secular groups, it can be booked for residential conferences, holidays, day groups and evening functions.
It also runs a programme of events. Latest events and courses. Parcevall Hall website.
Located in beautiful Swaledale, the Priory can accommodate up to 46 people overnight. It serves as a resource for schools, churches, youth and adult groups interested in areas such as art, drama, music, spiritual retreat and reflection. Licensed to provide a wide range of adventurous activities, the Priory can be booked on a day or residential basis. Activities include rock climbing, canoeing, caving, hill walking, archery, zip wires, low and high ropes courses and fun-filled team building exercises. Marrick Priory website.
The Mirfield Centre
The Mirfield Centre under the umbrella of ‘Education for Discipleship’ offers day events, quiet days, short educational courses and residential courses in partnership with the Community of the Resurrection retreat house to support Christian life in Yorkshire. The Mirfield Centre programme contains learning events which explore themes related to Christian prayer and spirituality, understanding the Bible, Christian theology, pastoral care and engagement with societal issues. Latest events and courses. The Mirfield Centre website.
Hollin House is in the Weetwood area of Leeds. The house and garden are available for the use of church groups (20 people or less) on a number of Saturdays throughout the year. Groups have found the space useful for PCC Away Days, Quiet Days, Retreats and meetings. For more information about facilities as well as how to book download the leaflet: Hollin House for Groups.
Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield
Scargill Movement, Kettlewell
Keld Resource Centre
Westwood Christian Centre, near Huddersfield
Hinsley Hall Pastoral & Conference Centre, Leeds
The Briery Retreat & Conference Centre, Ilkley
Holy Rood House, Thirsk
Wydale Hall, near Scarborough
Ampleforth Abbey, near Thirsk
Order of the Holy Paraclete, Whitby
Rydal Hall, Ambleside
The Open Gate Retreat House, Lindisfarne
Shepherds Dene, Riding Mill, Northumberland
Boarbank Hall, Cumbria
The Quiet Garden movement with several gardens within the diocese.
Menston Memorial Garden