How can I get there?

St. Katherine's is located about an hour away from London.

There is plenty of parking for those who want to drive.

The nearest train station is High Wycombe. Taxis can be arranged and usually about £5/way in a shared taxi.

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 and accommodation on the ground floor 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. 

What is the itinerary like?

Here is an example of the itinerary on the last retreat. Each retreat may have a different theme and the timetable will reflect that.:


2 pm Arrive

2:30pm Tea and cake

3:00pm Nature Walk and tour of grounds

4:00pm Group Therapy session

5:30 Asr Prayer

6:30 Dinner

7:30 Stories from Islam from professional storyteller

8:30 Maghrib prayer


3:30 am Fajr prayer

7:30 Meditation and Tai Chi

8:30 Breakfast

10:00 Art Activity

12:30 Lunch

1:30 Zuhur prayer

2:30 Poetry workshop

5:00 Group Therapy sessions

6:30 Dinner

7:30 Dhikr & Maulid

8:30 Maghrib prayer


3:30 am Fajr prayer

7:30 Meditation and Tai Chi

8:30 Breakfast

10:00 Art Workshop 

12:30 Lunch

1:30 Zuhur prayer

2:30 Group Therapy sessions

3:30 Final du'a and reflections

4pm Tea and cake

5pm Depart

N.B. Personal therapy sessions and massages run throughout the day

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 about Covid?

In case of a lockdown then you would receive a full refund. For details about testing positive, please refer to our terms and conditions. 

How do I book on with a friend? We want to share a twin room

You can either buy two places together when you book or email us to request a room share. Similarity if you would prefer not to be with someone you booked on with, let us know as well.  

What is the standard of the venue?

St. Katherine's is primarily a retreat centre for prayer groups and the bedrooms are fairly humble. It is not a 5 star hotel - the decor is slightly aged but clean, comfortable and homely. The double bedrooms are the most fancy.

There is plenty of heating and towels and bedding are all provided. 

We find it is an excellent space for therapy and peacefulness. More expensive accommodations, for instance a 5 star hotel, would make the retreat cost 3 times as much. 

We love St Katherine's and am sure you will too inshAllah.