Retreats and Meditation

wheretofindusA QUIET PLACE TO BE
From time to time we all need a place to be quiet and to reflect on the deeper things of life. A time of quiet reflection can be the route to discoveries about who we really are in the depths of our being, and it can be a time of inner healing and transformation.

St Ethelwold’s House offers a supportive place of quiet which you can use for a day or more, an hour or two, or even just for a few short minutes in the middle of a busy day.

We have a beautiful meditation room, two small retreat rooms on the banks of the River Thames which can be used for private quiet time, and a comfortable Quiet Room in the house, with books and periodicals and facilities for making tea.

Spiritual accompaniment is available by arrangement, if you want someone to talk with.

The garden, overlooking the River Thames, is a place to relax and enjoy the spaciousness of nature, whatever the time of year.  There are plenty of benches and seats and the little River Room is always open and can be a warm sanctuary when it is raining.

The larger River Room also nestles at the bottom of the garden on the banks of the river.  It is comfortably furnished with an easy chair and a writing desk, and there is heating for the colder weather.  A small ‘patio’ on the river side, is a private space for meditation, reading or just watching the river go by.

The River Room can be booked for a day and costs £10 and there is a small additional charge for heating in the winter.

The river room in autumn

Inside the house we have a Quiet Room where you can drop in just to have some silent  time every weekday between 1.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m.  There is an extensive library of books on modern spirituality and most of the major religions and a growing range of periodicals. There are tea and coffee facilities.  At other times the room can be hired for use by groups.


The Sanctuary is a non-denominational meditation room which can be used for individual meditation or by meditation groups.  It is also used for yoga, Tai Chi and other meditation practices.

Individual use of the Sanctuary is possible when there are no groups booked.

Click here to view the regular events we hold in the sanctuary


There are meditation groups in the Christian tradition and in other non-religious traditions.  If you would like further information please contact the House Manager.

St Ethelwold’s House has all the facilities needed for groups who want retreats, quiet days or organisational development days.