Community of the Sisters of the Church

Hospitality at Ham

The community at Ham Common includes Sisters and a number of Alongsiders, in addition to our loyal staff and volunteers. We live together – a wide range of ages, cultures, backgrounds – and work together, to offer a ministry of hospitality, as well as listening ministries including spiritual direction and retreats. 

St. Michael's Convent, Ham Common will close to Guests:

March 28 - April 11 
May 5 - May 17
June 17 - July 4 

From July 23 - 30 an individually guided retreat group based on the exercises of St Ignatius will be led by Sister Aileen and members of the team.  

Retreats for individuals may be booked at other times. Please contact the Hospitality Team for availability. 

At the end of July 2016, the house at Ham will close its doors to Guests for the last time as the Sisters prepare to move to "St. Michael's Convent, Gerrards Cross". We hope to receive Guests in our new home, some time in 2017. For more information, please click here.  

Until then, our convent at Ham will continue to offer space in which to rest and re-charge the spirit.

Pleasantly situated on Ham Common, close to the River Thames and Richmond Park, we think you will find this an ideal location for retreat and reflection.  We are easy to get to as travel connections from London are good.  

Our history is associated with education and social work. Today many who come here for a time of quiet reflection are themselves involved in outreach to others.  We welcome groups and individuals of any faith, for individual Retreats and Quiet Days. We also have space for group and team meetings, and offer opportunities for spiritual accompaniment.  

  • space to breathe, to sleep, to rest
  • shared times of silence
  • silent prayer
  • joining the Community for Worship & Liturgy
  • meals together, both silent and talking
  • browsing in our library
  • enjoying our garden and walking by the River Thames or in Richmond Park
  • fellowship with afternoon tea
For further information, please click here to download our Programme.

Contact Us

By Email: Please click here.
By Post: St. Michael's Convent, 56 Ham Common, Richmond, Surrey TW10 7JH
By Telephone: 020 8940 8711

How to Find Us


From Central London:  

District Line (London Underground) or train (from Waterloo or by the North London Line) to Richmond Station then Bus No. 65 from outside Richmond station to Ham Gate Avenue.

From Richmond: 

Bus No. 65 (towards Kingston) from outside Richmond station to Ham Gate Avenue. 

From Kingston:  

Bus No. 65 (towards Ealing Broadway or Brentford) from the centre of Kingston to Ham Gate Avenue, 65 Bus Stop (for those coming from Kingston) 

By car:

We are on the A307 between Richmond and Kingston-upon-Thames.