St Oswald's, Whitby

About a 10 minute drive from Whitby is St Oswald’s... a beautiful place to retreat, amidst gentle countryside where you may well spot the odd deer, owl, rabbit... It’s a place of real welcome, a comfortable and homely place to relax and just ‘be’. The main house has a lounge (home to a log fire), a library, a prayerful chapel with images of Saints Oswald, Hilda, Aidan and Cuthbert gracing the space.  In the grounds there is a summer house, the Hild Room and an art room. 

Retreat Sessions

Our time of retreat will include a rhythm of prayer, retreat sessions, spiritual reflection, time to be creative, relax (afternoons are free and retreatants may wish to stay in the quiet of St Oswald's and enjoy afternoon tea and cake, or possibly visit Whitby, the picturesque fishing villages of Robin Hood's Bay, Staithes, the lovely beaches of Sandsend, Runswick) - all of which are not far away. Retreats will reflect on the wonderful Saint Hilda of Whitby and Celtic Christianity, including reflection on the rich symbolism of St Hilda as a 'necklace of light', her name which means 'struggle' or 'battle' and her healing well which was seen as a place for the healing of the eyes. All this symbolism is an opportunity to explore Christian spirituality in a creative and prayerful way. On the final evening, through the Celtic imagination, we will encounter the cowherd Caedmon, who Hilda encouraged so much that he became one of England's most famous poets!

Costs

The cost (on request) includes all retreat sessions, an optional spiritual direction session, accommodation and 3 meals a day (vegetarian food / fish requested). There are 7 available places and all stay in the main house (retreat leader and 7 retreatants, so a group of 8). The lovely 8 rooms each have keys to the doors and a key for the main house door. Each room also has a sink. Bedding, towels and hand soap are provided.There are no ensuites, however there are 4 toilets, 2 walk-in showers and a bath with a shower over it, close to the rooms. Retreatants must arrange their own transport to and from St Oswald’s. This is what they say on their website:

We offer a space for you to come and just ‘be’: a place to come home to God, ourselves, others and creation.

See the following link to St Oswald’s website:

St. Oswald's Community – Welcome home… (stoswalds.community)

Address: St Oswald’s Community, Woodlands Drive, Sleights, Whitby YO21 1RY

DATES: 

2023 Monday 12th June leaving Friday 16th June (4 nights)

2023 Monday 6th November leaving Friday 10th November (4 nights)

2024 Monday 17th June leaving Friday 21st June (4 nights)

2024 Monday 11th November leaving Friday 15th November (4 nights)

To express an interest in attending and for further information, please contact the retreat leader:

Donna Worthington - drworthington@live.co.uk  M 07770719198

Retreat Testimonials

I have attended many of Donna's retreat days. I have found them a source of inspiration and thoughtful contemplation. Her gentle guidance and creative awareness leads you into a personal and deeper relationship with God.

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I have attended many of Donna's retreat days. I have found them a source of inspiration and thoughtful contemplation. Her gentle guidance and creative awareness leads you into a personal and deeper relationship with God.

Time is given to reflect, pause and open a spiritual space where we can meet God.
Dee Diston, Retreatant
I would encourage you to try one of Donna's retreats. You will find the retreat to be relaxing, and be gently brought into the comforting presence of the Lord with the blessing of the Holy Spirit enriching mind, body and soul.
Eleanor West, Lay Reader at St Paul’s C of E Church, Skelmersdale
Donna explores a wide variety of themes, with creativity and courage to touch people’s lives.
Fr Liam Finnerty OCD, Prior of Boar’s Hill, Oxford
….always deeply spiritually renewing.
Sr Nora Coughlan SMG