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Transition Retreats

The theme running through all three retreats is that of transition and therefore they will address “liminal” movements across a threshold of profound change in the retreatants in a safe, prayerful holding space. They will not be “silent” in the traditional sense and will include talks, group facilitated sessions and possible 1:1 meetings with the retreat director for those who attend in person.

Each day can be experienced online, in person or some of both.

An Introduction From Nigel Rooms

Meet Our Speaker

Nigel Rooms

Nigel Rooms is an Anglican priest, practical theologian, spiritual director and supervisor drawing on the Carmelite tradition. He is an experienced facilitator of group events for adult learning and is the co-author of Crossing Thresholds: A Practical Theology of Liminality, (Lutterworth Press, 2021) and Soul Friendship: A Practical Theology of Spiritual Direction, (Canterbury Press, 2019).

Tuesday 18th October: Navigating Life Transitions
For anyone in transition such as moving house or job, into retirement or just coping with change.

Wednesday 19th October Seeking integration through the mid-life transition
Generally for people aged around 35-55 engaging with that transition when we have less time left than we have already lived…

Thursday 20th October: The ultimate transition: facing up to death
In an age of denial we spend a day embracing the reality of our own death

Transition Retreats

Date: 18th October

Are you in transition? – Moving house, country, or job? Children have just arrived or have all just left? Facing retirement when the transition out of paid and meaningful work can be very painful at the level of vocation and identity. All transition and its associated change are painful and involves losses and gains. In this retreat, we share our experiences in a safe space and discover resources for finding new life in what is to come.

Date: 19th October

Age range guide is 35-55 for Wednesday but open to a wider audience

Mid-Life – This retreat is for those between the ages of around 35 to 55 who are entering, in the midst of or emerging from mid-life. We’ll make sense of what happens in this key period of life, working with psychological and spiritual writers in a safe and prayerful space of sharing, reflection and learning.

Date: 20th October

It is a basic assumption of the Christian walk that life emerges from death, yet the culture around us, and we ourselves most of the time live in denial of this truth. This retreat is offered on the basis that talking about death, facing our mortality will actually offer us more and greater perspective on life. It is for anyone at any age who is ready to engage with the ultimate transition in life. We’ll be addressing deeply spiritual and practical questions – even to shaping our own funerals.

  • Please note all times displayed are London, UK times
  • 8.30–9.30
    on Wednesday and Thursday Optional 1:1 meeting with the retreat director, Nigel Rooms
  • 9:30
    Day participants arrive, and refreshments are available
  • 10.00-11.15
    Session 1
  • Break – free time & refreshments
  • 11.30-12.45
    Session 2
  • 13.00
    Lunch – residential participants
  • 14.00-15.15
    Session 3
  • Break – free time & refreshments, farewell to day participants
  • 16.00-17.00
    Optional Group Guided Session to process the day for residential participants
  • 17.00 – 18.00
    Optional 1:1 meeting with the retreat director, Nigel Rooms
  • 18:30
    Supper – residential participants
  • 19:30-20.30
    Optional Group Guided Session to process the day for online or day participants (day participants to access this from home)

The three retreats are offered as single days, single days with an overnight stay (if travelling far) or combinations of two or even all three days. For each day there will be a group guided session either in-person or online where participants can process as much or as little of the day’s subject as they wish. Confidentiality will be maintained at all times.

For residential participants there is the opportunity to meet with the retreat leader in a 1:1 session.

There will be more time for quiet and personal reflection if staying residentially. Otherwise participants are encouraged to make this time available before and after their retreat for themselves.

Includes optional guided sessions with full board Limited Spaces


Includes optional guided sessions with full board
Limited Spaces


Includes optional guided sessions and lunch
Limited Spaces


Includes optional guided sessions
Limited to Spaces

£40 per day