The “Open Cloister” is Worth Abbey’s programme of weekend and midweek retreats, open to both men and women.

We invite you to seek God, joining with others doing the same, in the beautiful surroundings of Worth Abbey, with its magnificent modern Church and ancient woodlands. During a retreat, you’re invited to take up the rhythm of the monastic day, join the monks for prayer, explore the 500 acre grounds, and pause in our 100-year-old Quiet Garden.

The Open Cloister is run by the Roman Catholic Benedictine monks of Worth Abbey.

The buildings used by The Open Cloister are well-run and comfortable – and above all, a peaceful and spiritual place – for event participants and organisers. People often praise the quality of rooms, equipment and catering.

The Retreat Centre Programme for 2024 is now available to view and to reserve your place – find out more

Retreat Centre Programme

“The Hospitality and facilities were excellent and we really felt welcome. Thank you.”