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Our Retreats offer a maximum of 12 guests the opportunity to share the ample space on board our magnificent accommodation ship TS Resolute which is moored in Chichester Harbour within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Our Retreats are suitable both for beginners and for the more experienced retreat guest. TS Resolute is a member of the Retreat Association and those new to the retreat experience can use the leaflets produced by the Association to help structure their time with us. The Retreat Leaders are available throughout your stay to offer similar guidance and help.

Accommodation for our residential Retreats is in single occupancy ensuite cabins on the Lower Deck. There is one limited mobility cabin with wheelchair access, situated on the Main Deck.

The time spent on retreat is yours to structure as you wish and for those wishing to venture out, the coast path and quiet lanes around the sailing centre are ideal for reflective walking.  Maps, walking instructions and tide times will be made available for your stay and walks range from a leisurely half-hour stroll to a half day’s walk around the Chidham peninsula. For those choosing to remain on board, the Saloon, Dayroom and Wheelhouse all offer bright, comfortable seating areas. There are magnificent views from the ship whatever the weather, and these rooms provide an ideal space for reading, relaxation, reflection and prayer.

We now have a permanent labyrinth at the Centre, and guidance will be on hand to assist guests with using this powerful resource. 

Our programme includes weekday retreats, weekend retreats, "men only" retreats and quiet days/labyrinth workshops. Please click on the relevant tab for more details.

Please click here for a list of what to bring with you on our residential retreats.

Weekday Retreats

What happens on a Weekday Retreat?

The Resolute Daily Office (Morning, Midday, Evening and Night Prayer) is said in the 'Snug' on the Lower Deck and provides a framework for the day. Whilst there is no obligation to attend, our guests usually find that the prayer times provide a helpful rhythm and structure for the Retreat - which is beautifully mirrored in the gentle ebbing and flowing of the tide. Our prayers use inclusive language and have a Celtic Christian flavour that suits our historic, waterfront setting.

During the Retreat we offer a guided pilgrimage walk in the immediate vicinity. The walk along the coastal path and through the woods lasts approximately 1 hour and is taken at a leisurely pace with plenty of opportunities to pause for reflection. For those wishing to remain onsite the labyrinth on the back field can be used to make the same spiritual journey without leaving the Centre.

We may also be able to offer a short trip on the water - weather permitting. Skippered by one of our Senior Sailing Instructors we motor away from the ship, drop anchor and share a guided, boat-related reflection. Those who have chosen to remain on board Resolute have found that "watching and waiting" for the boat to return is also a deeply spiritual experience.

Many of our guests find that reflective activities such as drawing, painting or knotting are helpful in settling into their time away and in our Saloon we provide both the resources and the space for this.

Different Styles of Retreat

Our programme includes Retreats that are silent and self-guided. These silent Retreats always begin with an opportunity for our guests to socialise over a meal, find their way around the site and ship and ask plenty of questions at our opening session. We then keep silence from Night Prayer on the first night until Midday Prayer on the final day. 

We seek to offer a variety of experiences to enhance your retreat.

In November 2015 we were delighted to welcome Rev Dr John Philip Newell as our speaker.

In November 2016 we are offering our guests a chance to observe the birds that venture closer to the ship and shore during the winter months. For those wishing to include this in their retreat programme Sarah Kite - one of our regular supporters and volunteers - will offer some gentle guidance. 

 One of our team of very experienced Spiritual Directors is assigned to each residential Retreat, offering 1-2-1 sessions at no additional cost. We encourage all our guests to take advantage of this opportunity as it can greatly enhance the Retreat experience and assist with structuring the time away.

Please click here to see a sample retreat programme. 

Weekend Retreats

What happens on a Weekend Retreat?

The Resolute Daily Office (Morning, Midday, Evening and Night Prayer) is said in the 'Snug' on the Lower Deck and provides a framework for the day. Whilst there is no obligation to attend, our guests usually find that the prayer times provide a helpful rhythm and structure for the Retreat - which is beautifully mirrored in the ebb and flow of the tide. Our prayers use inclusive language and have a Celtic Christian flavour that suits our historic, waterfront setting.

During the Retreat we offer a guided pilgrimage walk in the immediate vicinity.The walk along the coastal path and through the woods lasts approximately 1 hour and is taken at a leisurely pace with plenty of opportunities to pause for reflection. For those wishing to remain onsite the labyrinth on the back field can be used to make the same spiritual journey without leaving the Centre.

Many of our guests find that reflective activities such as drawing, painting or knotting are helpful in settling into their time away and in our Saloon we provide both the resources and the space for this.

The labyrinth is available to walk at all times but on our weekend retreats we offer an additional lighted labyrinth walk after dinner on Saturday. Our guests have found this to be a powerful, challenging and helpful experience.

Our Weekend Retreats are silent and self-guided, and plenty of support is available for those new to this. 

One of our team of very experienced Spiritual Directors is assigned to each Retreat and can offer 1-2-1 sessions at no additional cost. We encourage all our guests to take advantage of this opportunity as it can greatly enhance the Retreat experience and assist with structuring the silence. 

Please click here to see a sample programme. For our "men only" weekend Retreat (Man Overboard!) see separate tab.

Man Overboard

Man Overboard!

Our mid-October men's retreat Man Overboard! benefits from longer days and warmer weather - and offers more 'active' contemplation. A variety of contemplative experiences will be offered including a night walk through the woods, a bonfire under the stars and solitude in the dunes at East Head.

All guests will be offered the opportunity to reflect on what might emerge during the weekend with the help of an experienced retreat guide (we call this "Safe Space").

The time together will be spent in silence and there will be plenty of help on hand if this is a new experience for you.

In the Christian tradition men who have risked the 'desert experience' - Moses, Elijah and Jesus himself - have discovered that they then encounter God in a deeper way.

Please click here to see a sample programme

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