Quaker Voluntary Action enables participation in spirit-led volunteering that makes a practical and social difference. Our projects build community and work for a more just and peaceful world.

Check out this page for future working retreats.

If you’d like to invite QVA to volunteer with your project, please read this! You can read about recent working retreats on our blog.


Enjoy our photo gallery from the past 10 years!

  • Working retreat participants at Borgo Basino, Italy (August 2019)
  • Working at Borgo Basino, an eco-farm in Italy (August 2019)
  • Signpost to The Pales
  • A woman smiles at the camera whilst pulling at a plastic bottle around the base of a tree
    Ruth tackling the milk bottles around the base of the trees!
  • Two participants raking and picking olives off olive trees
    Raking and picking olives from the trees
  • A weighted blanket for use by Project Play, a group in Calais who works with refugee children
  • Shifting palettes for use as firewood by those living destitute in Calais
  • We spent some time in July 2019 volunteering with the Refugee Community Kitchen
  • 'Sewho', the sewing and repair space in the Help Refugees Warehouse

Working RetreatsA group of people standing in an olive grove

QVA organises working retreats in Britain, Europe and beyond. Volunteers participate in practical projects and reflective sessions that promote personal spiritual development with meaningful engagement in the world. A range of activities may include gardening, renovation, olive harvesting, decorating, sustainability and woodland management.

Have a look at our upcoming working retreats here.


A woman smiles at the camera whilst pulling at a plastic bottle around the base of a tree

We publish our newsletter each year which gives reports of the previous year’s projects and articles by our volunteers and facilitators. If you have participated on a working retreat and would be happy to share your experience in our newsletter, please get in touch.

Please find the 2019 newsletter here: QVA Newsletter 2019