What is a retreat?

Modern living can make us unaccustomed to silence and stillness. The demands of daily life can make it hard to set aside time to think about our lives and our relationship with God. Silence is a way of respecting the ‘sacred space’ of our interior lives, enabling us to discover what God might be saying to us in our own time and at our own pace.

Our retreats offer an extended period of quiet prayer and reflection which can last a few days or longer. In the quiet time of a retreat, we can become aware of our feelings, moods and inner reactions, which then helps us to realise what we really desire from God and what God might desire for us.


Join us for a time of quiet reflection, be that a guided retreat, a solitude stay or a day of prayer.

Please be aware that during the dates of the Individually Guided Retreats, bookings for solitude stays or day retreats will not be available.

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A sacred space

Do you yearn for a haven to contemplate and pray? Are you searching for a space that fosters reflection and guides you towards the sacred depths within? Or for a setting that speaks of the mystery and beauty of God revealed through creation?

At Llannerchwen we offer you an opportunity for reflection, quiet prayer and silence. We do this by:

  • Valuing the uniqueness of each individual and tailoring our welcome to them.
  • Nurturing an atmosphere of silence, stillness and solitude.
  • Always being present and available in an unobtrusive way.
  • Adopting a responsible and environmentally sensitive approach to the management and development of our resources.
  • Supporting the ministry of Llannerchwen through our own prayer and

Retreats we offer


Each cabin has a separate entry, so it is possible to have a quiet time at Llannerchwen in a true eremitic (‘alone’) style, even when you are not staying in one of our isolated hermitages.

There are no daily communal activities, but retreatants are welcome to use our small Chapel for private prayer. There is, however, an option to arrange occasional spiritual accompaniment with one of the resident team should this be helpful. These sessions, lasting about 45min, are an opportunity to talk about what has been happening during the days and in prayer.
This retreat is an individual and private retreat, available for between two to nine nights.

Individually Guide Retreat (IGR)

An Individually Guided Retreat includes time set aside each day to meet with your personal retreat guide. These meetings are an opportunity to talk about what has been happening for you during the day, particularly during your times of prayer. 

After listening to whatever you wish to share, your guide may suggest some scripture or other texts to use as a base or backdrop for your prayer until your next meeting.

Day of Prayer

This offers to people living near Llannerchwen an opportunity to book one of our cabins for a day (9am – 5 pm) for a time of private prayer.



The Society of the Sacred Heart came to live at Llannerchwen in 1979, inspired by one of the sisters, Joan Scott. Her own two-year experience living as a hermit led her to recognise the need for a place where people from all walks of life could experience a time of solitude, silence and spiritual accompaniment if desired.

Originally a small farm holding from the 19th century, Llannerchwen became a place of silence and prayer. In the 1960s the small holding was purchased by Rev. Shapland and his wife. The Shaplands, together with a laywoman, set up and ran a small retreat centre here. When they retired in 1979, they made the property available only to those intent on continuing the spiritual purpose of the place.

Silence and solitude remain at the heart of what is offered at Llannerchwen. For this reason, several individual cabins were constructed and all remaining retreat accommodation was adapted so that each retreatant now has a totally self-contained space.