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Our residential retreats offer a maximum of 10 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.

The retreats and quiet days are all silent and are suitable both for beginners and for the more experienced retreat guest. We are 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. Our experienced retreat leaders are available throughout your stay to offer similar guidance and help.

Accommodation for the 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 use as you wish and for those wishing to venture out, the coast path and quiet lanes around CYE 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 also have a labyrinth at the Centre and guidance will be on hand to assist guests with using this powerful resource. 

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 - a rhythm that 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.

Our team of very experienced Spiritual Directors and Christian listeners is available on each event, 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.

Our programme includes mid-week and weekend retreats and quiet days. 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.

Reflective Walking Weekend

This reflective walking weekend retreat will include a variety of prayerful walking options - a stunning walk in the local area (half and full day options), a lighted labyrinth walk, a short guided walk with reflections and the opportunity to walk a labyrinth indoors on the ship.

For the main walk on Saturday guests will need appropriate walking equipment (boots, waterproofs, rucksack, mobile phone) and the ability to walk at least 2 miles. This stunning walk will take us along coastal paths, beside fields and through historic Bosham.

Advent and Lent Retreats

Our Advent and Lent retreats provide an opportunity to pause at these key times in the Christian faith.

As well as the daily prayer and spiritual accompaniment, these Retreats will also 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 have made the connection between contemplative prayer and the posture of bird watching - silence, expectation, attentiveness, awareness, being present. Using the powerful poems of local writer Ann Lewin we offer our guests the chance to explore the poetry and to observe the birds that venture near to ship and shore in the winter months.

If the weather permits we will arrange a lighted labyrinth walk and bonfire on the back field one evening. The prayer walk in the dark and gathering in silence around a crackling fire are powerful experiences.

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

Quiet Day

After the busyness of Christmas, we offer a quiet day on the first weekend of January to gather ourselves in preparation for the New Year.

Similar to our residential retreats this day will offer prayer times, optional activities, spiritual accompaniment and the time and space for guests to use as they wish.

Please see our Quiet Days page for more information

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