Letting Go to Live Anew


Letting Go to Live Anew

A Retreat for Clergy and their spouses and partners in preparation for retirement

The transition into retirement can be one of huge potential, leaving a specific role and responsibilities to re-discover oneself and one’s vocation for the next phase of living. Letting go can be both disturbing and freeing, disorientating and liberating, feared and desired, so is potentially deeply creative.

Jesus embodied this in the movements of his passion, which was also his journey to his Father and his deepest fulfillment. He invites us to discover how what we may face, may long for, and which can be full of unknowns, can become key elements in the process of finding in new freedoms a new sense of vocation. Jesus’ own letting go and leaving offers us both a creative model and resources for the journey into the unknown and the new.

The retreat will be led by Philip & Charlotte Swan. It includes input, times for prayer and reflection, times for sharing, all held within a rhythm of worship.

Who is it for?

This retreat is for clergy and their spouses and partners of the Dioceses of Birmingham, Coventry, Gloucester, Hereford, Lichfield, Worcester and our partner diocese Derby who are preparing for retirement within 18 months of the retreat.


By the end of the retreat, we hope you will have had an opportunity to:

  • reflect in a personal way on your journey into retirement
  • begin to discern what it is you desire
  • explore and share concerns
  • become more aware of resources that are potentially life-giving

Upcoming Dates: Monday 18th - Wednesday 20th September 2023

The retreat is a 2 night residential (48 hours) beginning and ending with lunch at 1pm.

Venue: Stratford Manor Hotel, Warwick Rd, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 0PY

Cost: The retreat costs around £300 per person. Your contribution would be travel only. The rest of the cost will be borne by your diocese.

What do I do now?

If you wish to find out more about this course, please contact your diocesan CMD officer or administrator who will send you further details. You can find their details under the Contact tab.