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Revive, Restore, Reveal – An Advent Retreat with Revd Penelope Swithinbank

November 26 @ 5:30 pm - November 29 @ 5:30 pm


3 questions from Luke 1, of disappointment,  desperation, desire; of inadequacy and control. And how these questions speak into our own situations today.

It’s a time to leave aside the busyness of the Christmas preparations and have time to take a deep breath and prepare ourselves for the coming of Emmanuel, God with us.


Arrival is through the afternoon on the Tuesday in time for 5:30pm. All meals are included, along with tea/coffee throughout. The retreat will end after lunch on the Thursday.

To book your place or request further details, please email: office@srpf.org.uk or call the office on 01494 881037.


The Revd Penelope Swithinbank is an experienced pilgrimage and retreat leader, conference speaker and Spiritual Director/Therapist and has been leading retreats and pilgrimages for nearly 20 years. She has had an international ministry, including churches in America and the UK and her most special memory is of opening the US Senate in prayer and being guest chaplain.

Penelope ran The Vine at Mays Farm, a Christian Retreat House providing sanctuary mostly to burned-out clergy, although ‘normal’ people came too, for retreats and time out.  She now divides her time between mentoring, supporting and pastoring clergy and others, Chaplaincy at Bath Abbey, leading retreats and writing.

Penelope is an avid walker and spends a lot of her time stomping in the hills and valleys near her home outside Bath. She is the author of three books, Women by Design and Walking Back to Happiness; her third, Scent of Water, is a devotional for times of spiritual bewilderment and grief. She is a wife, mother and grandmother and says of the 6 grandchildren that they are so wonderful she should have had them first.


November 26 @ 5:30 pm
November 29 @ 5:30 pm
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Revd Penelope Swithinbank


St Katharine’s Retreat House, Parmoor. RG9 6NN
Thank you so much for everything that you and your team did for our family yesterday. Everything went so smoothly and everyone said what a wonderful venue St Katharine's was both in terms of food and venue. Your team were absolutely outstanding and made the day very easy for us.

CM - Feb 2020

Thank you for a wonderful stay. It was perfect. The memorial garden is wonderful and so good to have time to sit and appreciate the atmosphere.


Just wanted to thank you for the lovely day we spent on Saturday. I felt very welcome, the food was delicious and the grounds were so peaceful. It was really good to get away from the hustle and bustle for a few hours. Please convey my thanks to all who were involved. May God bless you all

J.K. London 2022

Stunning house and gardens both are beautifully cared for. Staff were wonderful and vegan food was delicious. Thank you for a wonderful day.

Melissa - Sept 2022

Just a short note of thanks for my wonderful day at St. Katherine's yesterday. It was such a fruitful and blessed time with God. Please pass on my thanks for the warmth of the welcome. I look forward to booking another day with you in the future and will be in touch then.

Sheila - April 2022

I just wanted to say thank you to you and your staff for a wonderful retreat weekend. Everything was just lovely - the location, the accommodation and the food. It was a truly refreshing time and having everything arranged so perfectly meant that there were no distractions to relaxing and hearing from God

Rachel - April 2022

Just wanted to thank you for the lovely day we spent on Saturday. I felt very welcome, the food was delicious and the grounds were so peaceful. It was really good to get away from the hustle and bustle for a few hours.

Jenny - March 2022

Many thanks to all those who made our retreat such a success. Peaceful surroundings with ideal facilities and great hospitality made for a memorable time.

VW - Nov 22

We had a marvellous time last week. The house is so clean and tidy and beautifully supportive of quiet yet productive prayer. It is a credit to you all.

LD - Nov 22

I was with you today for the Deanery Retreat Day and it was so lovely to be there, and we were so well looked after – thank you so much!

JD - Nov 22

It was a WONDERFUL venue and we very much enjoyed meeting you, and were blessed by the amazing hospitality by you and your team. Thank you so much.

DH - Dec 2022

Please pass on my thanks and appreciation for my two day stay last week. The meals were all great and my stay was a real help to me and I hope to be coming back again in the next few months.

TP - Feb 2023

Thanks for letting us use St Katherine's this last couple of days. We had a lovely time and were very well looked after. The ladies really loved being there and felt very much that they had got away from the stresses of everyday life.

RM - March 2023

Thank you for a super day on Saturday. There has only been positive feedback from everyone. We were well looked after by your catering team. The Prayer Room worked well - and the sun came out in the afternoon, so the team up top also doing marvellous work.

LW - March 2023

A huge thanks for a WONDERFUL time at our men's weekend away.

SB - March 2023

We had a wonderful day in so many ways. Loved the food and the setting, the sense of space and peace there is so tangible.

SW - May 2023