Forthcoming retreats

Our working retreats are a way to share a short period of time with other volunteers making a difference to a local project.  We also hold retreats where the main focus is encounter with places and people who are upholding concerns of global significance such as cross-community peace initiatives or environmental work.  In these cases, the objectives are support, education and advocacy.

You do not have to identify as a Quaker, or be a member or attender of a Quaker meeting to participate in one of our retreats. However, it is expected that you will participate fully all parts of a retreat which you are able to, including sessions that are held in the manner of Quakers. It is also expected that Quaker values are upheld throughout the retreat and that we all have a common understanding of respect for each others beliefs, so that we can create a safe and fun environment for everyone.

For more information on our retreats, please see the QVA Retreats Description Document.

For 2024, we have the following retreats confirmed and applications are open. Under each listing is a link to the online application form – a paper copy of the form can be posted to you on request from Kit, Working Retreats Coordinator, at

Svartbäcken, Sweden, 14th-21st July 2024, £210

  • Svartbäcken is a Quaker centre in Sweden, around 45mins outside of Stockholm. It is set on the backdrop of beautiful woodland, farmland, and a lake. The work you can expect to be doing there will include be helping to redecorate the external walls of one of the buildings, clearing and tidying the site, and maybe even participating in the hay harvest!

Calais Refugee Community Kitchen, France, 22nd-27th August 2024, £435

Othona Community, Bradwell-on-Sea, 9th-15th September 2024, £198

  • The Othona Community is a Christian communal living organisation on the Essex coast and have many Quaker connections. Surrounding the site are trees, beaches, and a wildlife pond. Just a few hundred metres away is the centuries old Chapel of St-Peter-on-the-Wall. We will be either doing work on their grounds or carrying out painting and maintenance work.

Potential retreats
We are also working on a number of other retreats at the moment, including:

  • Understanding Israel/Palestine, this will be either online or in-person, and either a day or weekend event in October
  • London Refugee Kitchen, UK, November, residential or non-residential
  • Brummana High School, Lebanon, 2025, residential
Watch this space for updates!

Local retreats supporting your community

Quaker Voluntary Action provides short term volunteer groups to support practical, usually unskilled work in locations across the UK and when feasible, abroad.  Drop us a line to talk about opportunities in your area.

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