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Annual Scottish Provincial Retreat

Our annual silent retreat provides an opportunity to be quiet and feel God’s presence. In 2017, we were back in the welcoming and comfortable setting of St. Mary's Monastery, Kinnoull beside Perth.

Our leader was the Revd. Sister Ann-Marie Stuart, Chaplain at Sherborne Abbey in Dorset. There is more about Ann-Marie and the 2017 Retreat on the 2017 Retreat page - click here to see it.

There were eight members who came from Elgin. They commented: “we made the journey through more snow and blizzards than we’ve had all winter, but it was worth the effort, especially when we saw the new accommodation after the renovations. Sister Ann-Marie led a very thought provoking retreat on our Celtic Heritage and ideas about the Trinity. We all enjoyed it very much”.

The retreat is run mid-week from Tuesday  afternoon to Thursday after lunch in the Spring of each year. The usual format of the retreat is to maintain silence in the building from around 8pm on Tuesday to around 12 noon on Thursday, though there are always areas reserved for those who want to talk during these times. You are also free to attend everything on offer or to be on your own if you wish.

Wednesday afternoon is free time to explore the area or use as you wish. There is usually an opportunity to talk to the leader on a one to one basis during this time.

St Mary’s has just completed a major refurbishment so that most rooms are single rooms with en-suite facilities. Four rooms have shared bathrooms with one bathroom to two rooms. The lift now goes to all floors.

The next retreat will be held from Tuesday 10th to Thursday 12th April 2018. This is in the week following Easter Week.  So popular is St Mary’s that we are booked in during the week following Easter Week for three years. In 2019, the dates are 9th to 11th April and in 2020, 21st to 23rd April.

If you would like to be added to the email list to be sent details of future Retreats when they are available, please click here.

Previous Retreats

Please take a look at the pages for the previous Retreats to get an idea of what they are like and to look at the photo-galleries. We hope those who were there will enjoy the memories they bring back and we also hope they will encourage those who weren’t there to make a date to come to the 2018 Retreat.

2016 Retreat page...

2015 Retreat page...

2014 Retreat page...

2013 Retreat page...

2012 Retreat page...

2011 Retreat page...

2010 Retreat page...

2009 Retreat page...

Previous Years Retreats...

Photo Gallery around Kinnoull...

More information about St Mary’s Monastery...