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Silence & Stillness Residential Retreats

– Hosted by Marion Young and Team –

Take some time for yourself and discover a profound depth of rest and connection to your inner stillness through the experience of being silent for an extended period of time.

Through the practice of being quiet ourselves, we can ‘enter the silence within’ in a conscious and sacred way, honouring the long spiritual tradition of using silence as a gateway for spiritual and physical connection and rejuvenation.

Join us at St Cuthman’s retreat house, set in 20 acres in the beautiful Sussex countryside. We will have exclusive use of this lovely Edwardian house with its abundance of indoor and outdoor space, including its very own lake and gardens, perfect for walks and silent reflection.

2017 / 18 dates

3 Night Going into Silence Retreat

November 2017 – Thursday 23rd – Sunday 26th – FULL

January 2018 – Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th

June 2018 – Monday 25th – Thursday 28th

During the retreat…

  • You will be guided and supported on how to ‘be’ in silence, so that you can benefit fully from this precious time

and you will be able to…

  • Deepen your stillness practice with morning and evening guided meditations
  • Follow some of the recommended walks in the fields and woodlands of this nature conservation area
  • Rest deeply in your own room or on one of the many comfortable sofas in the main house
  • Enjoy delicious homemade cake and afternoon tea each day
  • Take part in optional meditative mandala art and meditative movement sessions
St Cuthman's retreat house
St Cuthman's retreat house bedroom

“The care and attention and love that was put into this retreat was felt and very appreciated. I loved all of it, and especially valued the freedom and light structure, I enjoyed and gained something from all the activities offered. The experience from the whole team was seamless and so valuable to me.”

Caroline Sullivan

St Cuthman's retreat house library

Connect to your own inner wisdom

Your Soul is always attempting to guide your life along the highest path of your divine purpose, through intuition and synchronistic occurrences. These promptings are usually very subtle and quiet, and often we are too busy to hear or respond to their inner guidance.

Entering the silence creates space for your Soul’s wisdom to shine through

Here you can also come face to face with yourself, and in the willingness to just be with your own thoughts, without the addition of other people’s opinions, an inner strength and peace can develop that gives freedom beyond words.

This weekend retreat is best suited for you if you already have some experience of meditation & being ‘still’

“The silent retreat more than met my expectations! I thought it would be calm and soothing but wasn’t expecting to leave with such a deep sense of peace. I loved the group evening meditations – inspiring with a huge sense of community.”

Alison Lawson

During the 3 night retreat…

Going into silence for this extended period of time enables a profound deepening of the many benefits of being in silence, such as deep relaxation and rest, a quieter and illuminated mind, spiritual connection, inspired realisations, increased creativity and a greater sense of well- being. There will also be optional self-enquiry circles every day, individual themes for self-enquiry, meditative music and more.

About St Cuthman’s

St Cuthman’s was originally established by the pioneering Florence Allshorn in the 1950s, as a haven of peace and tranquillity for women missionaries to recover and restore their energy after working abroad.After she died this peaceful and comfortable Edwardian house was passed to the Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton where it has continued as a retreat centre, and where you can still feel the legacy of Florence’s vision, with its deeply nurturing energies and palpable stillness within the oak paneled walls.


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A chance for some tech-free time

To reap the full benefits of being in silence, we will disconnect from all technology, including your phone, for the duration of the retreat.

We will be offering a safe place to look after your phone for you so it is not far away, and you will be able to give your family and friends 24hour contact details to use in the event of an emergency.

“Should be called a retreat from the noise of the mind and external forms into the infinite stillness within all of us. Deeply grateful for this truly enlightening experience.”

Stephen Dixon

About Marion Young and the retreat team

Marion and her team, Martin Young and Gillian Lenane, have facilitated many events together, and bring a wealth of experience to facilitating meditation and self-awareness groups.

Each with personal experience of being in silence for extended periods of time, many years of therapeutic & professional training practice and participation in self and spiritual development, together they offer a safe and sacred space in which to experience the many profound and transformational benefits of being in silence.

Marion Young - Journey Therapist and Spiritual mentor

Prices and booking details

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3 Night Going into the Silence Retreat

January 2018 – Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th

June 2018 – Monday 25th – Thursday 28th

~ with Marion, Martin and Gillian ~

There are 15 bedrooms 8 small and 7 large, all with their own toilet and shower facilities, so everyone can have their own private space.

The cost of the 3 night retreat, inclusive of all meals and activities, is:

Small room £450 ~ Large lake view room £550

Please call me on 07949 095 107 or email if you have any questions, or to reserve your place.

(A non-transferable and non-refundable deposit of £195 will be required once your booking is confirmed).

Previous participants have said…

“Great food, clean and comfortable rooms, amazing grounds, and very lovely people who worked at the venue so THANK YOU!!!!!! for arranging it, planning it with such good attention to detail, and inspiring all of us who were there!”

Alison Lawson

“Thank you for a lovely weekend.”

David Wright

“I found the deep peace I had hoped for, and it was more healing than I could ever have imagined.”


Why is silence so powerful?

Traditionally it has been religious orders that have recognised the power of silence, believing it to be the simplest path to God. Silence was considered to be ‘golden’, with its own vibration, higher and purer than anything else that life has to offer an earthly being.

Entering the silence creates space for your Soul’s wisdom to shine through. Here you can also come face to face with yourself, which is not always a comfortable process. But in the willingness to just be with your own thoughts, without the addition of other people’s opinions, an inner strength and peace can develop that gives freedom beyond words.

‘Great minds seek silence and solitude. It is here that the largest problems of life are worked out. The silence offers an ever available and unlimited opportunity for awakening the highest conception of truth.’

Charles Haanel – The Master Key System – 1929

“Thank you for a wonderful weekend retreat. Silence and Stillness as a group, facilitated and led by Marion was a profound and nurturing experience.”

Alison Taylor Reed

“It was a perfect weekend.”

Sarah Ross

“It was very calming to have the time and space to go deep within and tap into my own inner wisdom.”

Christine Earles

“A wonderful opportunity to find stillness and restoration in a beautiful location.”


“The retreat was everything I dreamt of and more. Beautiful location, perfectly organised and totally peaceful. So much reflection and realisations in such a short period, thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Lourdes Rey

“The retreat went beyond my expectations of deep peace, relaxation and personal development, it was an opportunity to go deep within, to nourish the body and soul and rest the mind.”


“The phrase ‘Silence is Golden’ truly came to life on the weekend retreat. I would recommend this to anyone.”

Nico Kichenbrand

“Perfect venue, loved the open fires and all the different spaces. Grounds were wonderful for walks, excellent food. Marion, Gillian and Martin were fantastic, so discreet and held the space beautifully.”

Louise Sheridan

“It was very different from previous silent retreats I have been on, it was a very deep and special experience.”


“A profound simplicity of silence in a beautiful setting, it enabled a deeper awareness of my being.”


“I felt this retreat totally nourished me and I am so happy that I haven’t had to get on a plane to a remote part of the world to achieve this level of peace.”

Carole De Lacey


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