Silent Hollywood stars would have loved Foxhill retreat


The lead actors from Star Wars and The Amazing Spider-Man, who recently struggled with an eight day silent retreat, would have loved the short version planned at Foxhill.

The ‘taster’ silent retreat, called Breathing Space, runs from 9th to 12th May 2017 and includes two whole days of silence. There is an introduction on the Tuesday night, then silence on the Wednesday and Thursday ending with breakfast and communion on the Friday morning.

Revd Canon Anne Samuels, from the organising team, said; “Breathing Space is for anyone seeking to live within the Christian Faith. It would also be fine for people in different kinds of ministry or service who would like to lighten the load or become less busy.”

There will be plenty of space for rest and relaxation - including walking in the woodlands and using the dedicated art space. People will be allocated to a prayer guide, whom they meet each day for about 30 minutes, and who will suggest ways to relax and ways to pray (perhaps with a passage of Scripture).

The cost is £195 and includes three nights’ single en-suite accommodation and all meals. A bursary is available. To book, call: 01928 733777 or email

Note: A silent retreat may not be helpful for the recently bereaved or those experiencing great stress who may require more structured support.