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Annual Scottish Provincial Retreat

Our annual silent retreat provides an opportunity to be quiet and feel God’s presence. In 2017, we were back in the welcoming and comfortable setting of St. Mary’s Monastery, Kinnoull beside Perth and this will again be our venue for the 2018 retreat, which will be held from Tuesday 10th to Thursday 12th April 2018.

Our leader will be the Revd. Les Ireland, Rector of St. Cyprian’s Church, Lenzie. Les has chosen as his theme, “Beauty Will Save the World” - Reflections on God’s gifts of creation, compassion, creativity and the cross. The title is a quote from “The Idiot” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, the Russian writer. He says it is also tattooed on the arm of the second best Serbian Tennis player, Janko Tipsarevic!!

Les has been Rector of Lenzie for 5 years and he is also The Diocesan Healing Advisor in the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway. In addition, he is a Myers-Briggs Practitioner and runs workshops on understanding and managing conflict.

Before coming to Lenzie, he was Rector of one of the most culturally diverse churches in Manchester, in the Levenshulme district, home of the curry mile! Before that, he was Rector of three churches in Oldham. He is also a fan of sea-fishing, wildlife, cycling and rugby (only as a spectator!), and as a hobby makes stuff out of old pallets!!

He is married to Lucy, who is also ordained as well as being Mothers’ Union chaplain in the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway. They have two children – Corin who manages a very posh restaurant in Lichfield, and Leah who works in the Department for Education in London.

The retreat is run mid-week from Tuesday  afternoon to Thursday after lunch. The usual format of the retreat is to maintain silence in the building from around 8pm on Tuesday to around 12 noon on Thursday, though there are always areas reserved for those who want to talk during these times. There is a programme of services and talks, but it up to you to decide how much you wish to be involved. You are free to attend everything on offer or to be on your own if you wish.

Wednesday afternoon is free time to explore the area or use as you wish. There is usually an opportunity to talk to the leader on a one to one basis during this time.

Last year, St Mary’s completed a major refurbishment so that most rooms are single rooms with en-suite facilities. Four rooms have shared bathrooms with one bathroom to two rooms. There is a lift serving all floors.

We’ll begin taking bookings soon. An online application form will become available shortly. The cost is expected to be around £165 for a single en-suite room and £145 for a single room with shared facilities.

So popular is St Mary’s that we are booked in during the week following Easter Week for a further two years. In 2019, the dates are 9th to 11th April and in 2020, 21st to 23rd April.

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Previous Retreats

Please take a look at the pages for the previous Retreats to get an idea of what they are like and to look at the photo-galleries. We hope those who were there will enjoy the memories they bring back and we also hope they will encourage those who weren’t there to make a date to come to the 2018 Retreat.

2017 Retreat page...

2016 Retreat page...

2015 Retreat page...

2014 Retreat page...

2013 Retreat page...

2012 Retreat page...

2011 Retreat page...

2010 Retreat page...

2009 Retreat page...

Previous Years Retreats...


Photo Gallery around Kinnoull...


More information about St Mary’s Monastery...


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