Guests / Visiting Us / Retreats
Monastic Interreligious Questions weekend; Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th January 2015 (arr. 4 pm Fri - dep. 2 pm Sun). The event takes place in the context of a standard weekend retreat; ie arriving on the Friday afternoon at 4 pm, settling into the Abbey guest wing accommodation, short tour, Vespers, short introductory talk, supper at 7 pm, Compline at 8 pm. Saturday; following the usual Abbey timetable but with an hour's discussion period in the morning and again late afternoon. Sunday follows the standard Abbey timetable with departure at 2 pm.
The expectation is that you would have an interest in Interreligious Dialogue and monastic practices such as meditation, and for this to be a time for exploring ideas, views, questions on the universality of monasticism. Why does monasticism cross religious boundaries (ie, Christian, Buddhist)? Br Philip will contribute from the perspective of a Christian Benedictine monk, and the hope that there will be a few others with knowledge or experience of other religions' expressions of monasticism.
Cost of the weekend is £110 (accommodation and food included). Please contact Br Philip by email if you would like to come, or have a question (s). firstname.lastname@example.org
On the Rule of St Benedict weekend; Friday 6th - Sunday 8th March 2015 (arr. 4 pm Fri - dep. 2 pm Sun.) This weekend will be led by Br Thomas. Details and cost as above.
2015 in general:
If you would like to make a retreat with us on your own and help create and sustain an atmosphere of quiet and prayerful recollection we would be glad to hear from you. You can email Br Philip, who looks after our guest diary on:
or by post to:
Retreats, Mucknell Abbey, Mucknell Farm Lane, Stoulton, Worcester, WR7 4RB.
Retreats are from a minimum of 2 nights to a maximum of 6, taken between Monday afternoon - Sunday afternoon, ie no retreatants over Sunday night. No single overnight stays.
We also have one room set aside for an individual quiet day (ie, from 10 am - 6 pm joining us for the Eucharist and Offices and lunch).
Due to limited accommodation (ie, no meeting rooms and one small sitting room) we are no longer able to provide retreat facilities for cell groups, parish groups, or day groups. Groups, clergy cells, day groups, etc, a local retreat house is a good place to try - Holland House
Please make your application to stay with us in writing by post or email, with suggested dates and alternatives.
All but one of the guest rooms are on the first floor, and all but one have en-suite facilities. Bedding and towels are provided. The ground floor guest room is designed for wheelchair users.
There are numerous walks in the area and we recommend outdoor footwear (boots, wellies) and something to change for indoors. You may want to bring a torch, especially for winter months.
Finance: The monastery is our workshop and our home, as such we have always endevoured to make no formal charge to our guests; we wish no one to be excluded on grounds of cost. However, due to the ever increasing costs of energy and food we invite donations to enable the continuation of the monastic life here at Mucknell. We are self-supporting and rely on the generosity of friends and guests to supplement the amount earned by our monastic works and endowment. If you are able to make a donation over the cost of food, laundry, light and heat, then anything over £21 can be subject to Gift Aid providing you are a UK income tax payer.
From the Abbot For some years we have been able to keep the suggested donation at the same level, but now, reluctantly, have agreed to a small increase in the suggested donation for those staying on retreat with us. This is due to increasing running costs over and above those that go into the “individually attributable tangible benefits”, ie increased insurance, unexpectedly large servicing costs on the new sustainable technologies; and fewer rooms than we had in our former monastery, resulting in fewer guests to buy our products from the shop. We are making efforts to increase our craft sales through cathedral shops and our website, and other advertising.I would like to reiterate that this suggestion is for those of our guests who feel able to afford it; we do not want anyone to be excluded from making a retreat on the grounds of cost.
Our suggested donation for your stay is £45 per night (covering 24 hours).
For a Quiet Day (10 am - 6pm ) we suggest a contribution of:
without food - £7; with lunch - £10.
Getting to us by car: From the M5 travelling from the North or South, leave the motorway at junction 7. Follow signs for Pershore B4084. After approx. 1 mile you will approach a hump back bridge with a large grey warehouse on the right, IMMEDIATELY after this bridge turn left into Mucknell Farm Lane (there is no road sign). At the end of this single track lane, c. 1 mile, you will come to Mucknell Abbey.
From Pershore; traveling along the B4084 towards Worcester you will pass through the villages of Drakes Broughton and Stoulton. Approx. 1 mile after Stoulton you will go under a railway bridge. The road then rises to cross over a second bridge with a large grey warehouse on the left. IMMEDIATELY before this second bridge turn right into Mucknell Farm Lane (there is no road sign). At the end of this single track lane, c. 1 mile, you will come to Mucknell Abbey.
Train: There are regular services to Pershore (connecting bus 550/551/557), Worcester Shrub Hill or Worcester Foregate Street (from both Worcester stations you will then need to walk to the Crowngate Bus Station).
Taxi: A local taxi firm can be contacted on : 01905 678 678
Coach/Bus: Our nearest National Express coach stops are at Worcester, Pershore or Drakes Broughton. Local buses operate from Worcester, Pershore, and Evesham (550/551/557 and 166). Our nearest bus stop is called Woodbury Lane (also known as Norton Bridge layby on the road to Stoulton).
The lane up to the monastery is a mile from the bus stop; if you need a lift please call us on 01905 345 900 and a member of the Community will collect you from the bus stop.
If you are delayed or if there are any other changes to times of arrival and departure please let us know as soon as possible.
Once you have a retreat reserved with us it would be useful if you could re-confirm date and times of arrival and departure about a week beforehand.