St. Michael's Convent, Gerrards Cross
Our new Convent and Retreat House at Gerrards Cross is now open to Guests – offering space in which to rest and re-charge the spirit. (St. Michael's Convent, Ham Common is now closed.)
The community at Gerrards Cross includes Sisters and Alongsiders living and working together to offer a ministry of hospitality (Retreats, Quiet Days, Spiritual Direction, Counselling...). We also welcome Volunteers who would like to support these ministries by helping to redevelop our mature 2-acre garden or to contribute in other ways around the house.
Private retreats may be booked by the day or residentially, for individuals or small groups (up to 12). All retreatants are allocated a bedroom that is simply but comfortably furnished. Small kitchenettes are stocked for breakfast and 'tea times'. Day Guests may also choose to have a midday meal with us. Further information is available in our Programme.
In addition to space for private retreats booked individually, we also offer:
| 23 August ||Quiet Garden Day |
part of the NGS (National Garden Scheme) Gardens and Health Week
|25 October||Quiet Garden Day |
|22 November||Quiet Garden Day |
|24 November||Hymns to inspire and help us on our Journey |
A Quiet Day looking at the life and hymns of Charles Wesley to take us deeper into prayer and contemplation and to find inspiration and encouragement for our daily lives. 10am to 3.30pm Hot drinks provided. Please bring a packed lunch. £20 suggested. Led by Sr Hilda Mary CSC.
|27 December||Quiet Garden Day |
|January 24||Quiet Garden Day|
|February 28||Quiet Garden Day|
|29-31 March||MBTI - Introduction to the Myers Briggs Type Indicator |
A weekend course to help you to learn more about yourself and others.
Led by Anne East and Sister Catherine CSC
|March 16 ||Quiet Day: Love Bade me Welcome|
Reflecting on George Herbert's poem and discovering more about his life and poetry as a way into prayer.
Led by Sister Hilda Mary CSC
|March 28||Quiet Garden Day|
|April 14-21||Liturgical journey through Holy Week and Easter with the Sisters.|
|April 25||Quiet Garden Day|
|May 23||Quiet Garden Day|
|June 7-9||First Time Retreat |
A weekend of reflection and silence suitable for those who have not been on retreat before. £120-150 suggested.
Led by Sister Catherine CSC
|June 27||Quiet Garden Day|
|July 12-14 ||Moving into Stillness: Circle Dance - a way into prayer.|
Led by Sue King
|July 16-20 ||Garden Days: Come and enjoy working in our garden, helping us to prepare for our NGS 'Yellow Book' Open Garden day. Free board and lodging!|
|July 25||Quiet Garden Day|
|July 27-August 3||6-day Individually Guided Retreat (IGR) |
Scripture based residential silent retreat, with one-to-one guidance. Suggested donation £385.
Led by Sister Aileen CSC
|August 22||Quiet Garden Day|
|September 26||Quiet Garden Day|
|October 19||Quiet Day: The Woman at the Well|
Visiting again Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman, getting in touch with our own thirsts and hearing Jesus say 'Give me to drink.'
Led by Sister Hilda Mary CSC
|October 24||Quiet Garden Day|
|November 4-6||Music and Spirituality|
Comparing the spiritual experience involving music within Christianity with other faiths and with religionless spirituality, through 'musicking' including singing, playing, moving, chanting, listening and improvising. No musical skills necessary.
Led by The Rev Dr June Boyce-Tillman, MBE
|November 28||Quiet Garden Day |
|December 26 ||Quiet Garden Day|
|December 24-27||Christmas with the Community of the Sisters of the Church|
Further information is available in our Programme and on our Calendar.
By Email: Please click here.
By Post: St. Michael's Convent, Vicarage Way, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire SL9 8AT
By Telephone: 0330 120 0631
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The town of Gerrards Cross is nestled among the Chiltern Hills of Buckinghamshire, just beyond the western perimeter of Greater London.
From London Marylebone the journey time to Gerrards Cross is about 20 minutes. There is also good service from Aylesbury, Oxford, Stratford upon Avon, Birmingham and Kidderminster via Chiltern Railways. Walking distance from the Gerrards Cross train station to St. Michael's Convent is about 10-15 minutes.
- from Uxbridge use Carousel 'Chiltern Hundreds' 101/102/105
- from High Wycombe use Carousel 'Chiltern Hundreds' 101/102/104
- from Slough use Carousel 'Chiltern Hundreds' 104
- from Hemel Hempstead, Chesham or Amersham use Carousel 'Chiltern Hundreds' 105
- from Heathrow (Central Bus Station, between Terminals 2 and 3) use TFL bus A10 to Belmont Road (Stop D), Uxbridge then Carousel 'Chiltern Hundreds' 101/102/105
- from Watford use Carousel 'Chiltern Hundreds' 103/X103 to Amersham then Carousel 'Chiltern Hundreds' 105
Gerrards Cross is very well connected by road (M25, M40, A40) and we have ample space for parking.