How can I get there?
The Centre for Cultural and Spiritual Advancement is located in Feltham, Greater London. The nearest train station is Feltham which is a 5 min walk. The full address is CSCA, The Manor House, Manor Ln, Feltham TW13 4JQ. There is plenty of free parking. It it also easily accessible to Heathrow airport for overseas guests.
How can I book on?
You can book by filling out the registration form and then we will contact you to confirm a place is available. You will then need to pay a 50% deposit which will confirm your booking. We offer payment plans and concessions. Please see full terms and conditions for more information or contact us with more questions.
Do you offer concessions?
Yes, we always offer some concession places on our retreats, funds allowing. Please apply using this button at the bottom of the page.
Can you cater for special diets and allergies?
Please let us know in the registration process if you have any special dietary needs or allergies and we will do our best to accommodate you. There may be a small additional charge for some needs.
Is there disabled access?
Yes, there is disabled access for anyone with limited mobility. Please get in touch with your requirements and we will be happy to help.
Is the food halal?
Yes, all the meat is organic halal and we try and ensure organic products are used as much as possible.
How many people will be on the retreat?
Numbers can range from 12-24 sisters.
How will the therapy help me?
The therapies offered on the retreat are designed to give sisters an experience of what therapy is like and experience some of the healing and insights it offers. Even with a short experience, many sisters have found deep personal insight and found another perspective on their life's problems.
If you have experienced trauma in your life, it is an opportunity to start your healing journey and you may wish to seek further therapy to complete your journey as full trauma recovery can take time.
If you have a diagnosis of a mental health condition such as borderline personality disorder, the retreat may not be the best to serve your needs. Please contact us in doubt.
What is art therapy?
Most of our counsellors are trained in creative arts therapy which is found to be a wonderful way to heal our wounds and find happiness and peace. Art therapy works more directly with the heart which stores emotional memories and is our portal for our connection to Allah. Life events can create blocks which can hinders our spiritual and moral development. This can be explored in the safe context of the therapeutic space.
We may use a variety of art materials and also a sand tray with small world figures. This helps us explore our relationships and problems objectively.
Do I have to take part in the therapeutic activities?
We strongly encourage everyone to take part in the group sessions to get the most out of the retreat. Other activities such as the art activities, massages, Tai Chi and meditation are all optional. These too are very beneficial for recovery and inner peace.
Can I arrive the next day?
Everyone needs to arrive at the beginning of the retreat and stay until the end so that we form a safe and consistent group. Except of course in emergencies.
What is the itinerary like?
The program starts at 10:00 a.m. and finishes at 8:00 p.m. each day, except for the final day which finishes at 7:00 pm.
Sample day itinerary
11:00 Group session
1:30 Zuhur prayer
2:00 Herbal medicine workshop
3:30 Asr Prayer
4:00 Group session
5:30 Maghrib prayer
7:00 Isha & Maulid
Private therapy and massages will run throughout the day. Each sister will receive their own personal itinerary.
What about accommodation?
We can help you find accommodation so that you can stay with other sisters on the retreat. We recommend for the budget option the Travelodge in Feltham (About £70/night) or the Hilton Garden Inn (About £160).
Alternatively, you can find your own accommodation, or, if you prefer to travel there each day from your own home that is also an option.
There are a lifts provided free of charge to and from the two hotels listed above.
Please get in touch for more details and next steps.