House & Grounds
Alternatively, you may wish to visit the medieval village of Clare, which can be reached via the footbridge over the River Stour, just outside the Priory entrance.
Clare Priory offers excellent facilities for individual or group retreats.
The Stable House offers 7 single rooms and 1 double room, all with en-suite and disabled facilities, and there are also two small meeting rooms for private prayer or small group work, and a small prayer room.
Alternatively, groups or individuals can stay in the Priory, with rooms that cater for small groups (2 larger bedrooms with 3 beds) or families (large room with 1 double and 2 singles). It also has 1 twin room.
Clare Priory offers a tranquil environment for those who wish to withdraw from their daily lives and find rest in the Lord. It is the main Retreat Centre of the Order of St Augustine (OSA) for England and Scotland. It is the home of a mixed community of Augustinian friars and lay people, open to both men and women, seeking to live the Christian life according to the Rule of St. Augustine.
"You have made us for yourself, O Lord,
and our hearts are restless until they rest in you"
(from St. Augustine: Confessions)
Friends of Clare Priory
Hand in hand with the development of the new church and the support of the Extension Fund, we have sought patronage for the Priory itself. The Friends of Clare Priory were formed as a means of providing information for those interested in the life and ministry of the Priory, and able to give financial help towards its development.
So far the Friends have enabled the embellishment of the Cellarer's Hall, the provision of new armchairs in the hall, and the beginning of refurbishment of the Parish Room.
If you are interested, a leaflet is available with more information. Please ask.
The Friends of Clare Priory produce a newsletter four times a year. To see the latest edition please follow this link (opens in new window/tab)
This is a provisional programme of our main retreats for 2021. Further details and additional information will be continually updated. Other events are also announced on the Latest News page. You are welcome to come at any time for spiritual guidance, to join in the daily routine of the Augustinian Community and to enjoy the peace and prayerfulness of Clare Priory.
Way of Silence Days
These days are for those who wish to have a time of silence and prayer and are led by our Team who wish to share with you their experience of silent prayer, or meditation as it is also known. In our busy lives we can lose sight of God and what matters in life. Sr Teresa of Calcutta says 'God is a friend of silence. His language is silence.' Everyone is welcome, whether you are experienced in silent prayer or wish to learn more about this way of praying. Jesus said 'Go to your inner room, and God who is there, will teach you everything.' Please see the Retreats page for comments shared by those who have attended these days.
|April||21||Walking Day (weather permitting) 10.30 -4.00. Please click here for more information||Donation||Mary Handforth|
|May||19||Walking Day 9.30 - 4.00 Please click here for more information||Donation||Mary Handforth|
|June||26||"Quest for the Desert in the Ocean" Please click here for more information||Donation||Rev Dr Julie Hopkins|
|29 - 2 July||Summer Walking Retreat. Please click here for more information.||£275||Mary Handforth|
|July||6||Way of Silence Day 10.30-12.30/1.00pm Mass at 10.00 if you wish. Please bring refreshments. Booking essential||Donation||Priory Team|
|8 & 9||Icon Interest Day - advice and guidance for those working on their own Icons||£175||Annette Ashton-Melzack|
|27 - 1 Aug||IGR (Max 6 people)||£350||Sr Frances Moore|
|August||11||Lectio Divina||Donation||Mary Handforth|
|24-29||IGR (Max 6 people)||£350||Sr Frances Moore|
|Devotion to Our Lady. Time to learn about or refresh our devotion to Mary, Mother of Jesus. Please click here for more information.||
|21||Way of Silence Day "The Tree of Life" This day is a reflection on the symbolism and delight of trees in scripture. Please follow this link for more information||Donation||Valerie Quinlivan|
|22-23||Icon Workshop - advice and support for those working on their own Icon.||£175.00||Annette Ashton-Melzak|
|"Gateway to Heaven and Refuge on Earth" A three days walk in the footsteps of Our Lady, exploring Her motherly role and help till today; sharing amazing life stories about Her visible and tangible interventions, and after this preparation, we finally will place ourselves and our families under Her Heavenly Protection by consecrating us to Her Immaculate Heart. The residential cost includes all meals, the non-residential cost includes lunch and supper each day.||
Non- res £85
|Autumn Walking Retreat. Please click here for more information.||
|November||16||Way of Silence Day Details to follow||Donation||Priory Team|
** IGRs run from Tuesday morning until after lunch on Sunday.
For all days where we ask for a donation refreshments will be provided but please bring your own packed lunch
All residential prices include full board and all meals.
On the second Saturday and Sunday of July the grounds of the Priory are given over to a Craft Fair which is usually extremely well received. There is a small charge for admission but there is a wonderful variety of art and crafts on display with a number of exhibitors demonstrating, including lace-making, wool-spinning, metalwork, woodturning, and many more. There are also children's entertainers, refreshments, hot and cold food, and a licensed bar.
Photos from previous events are accessible by visiting the Craft Fair page.