Private retreatants stay in the cottage located about 30 yards from the monastery. Retreatants are cordially invited to join the Friars for prayer during the day but there is no obligation to do so. Retreatants can join the Friars for some of the prayer times or none of the prayer times or all of prayer times. Morning Prayer is at seven o’clock, Mass at 8:00 a.m., midday prayer at 12 o’clock, evening prayer at 5:00 p.m., followed by Office of readings at 6:10 p.m., dinner follows at 6:30 p.m. A retreatant may also prefer to eat all their meals in the cottage. This is perfectly allowable. However it is necessary that you contact the kitchen crew to let them know this is your decision.
If you’re planning to skip a meal you simply need to let the kitchen crew know two hours before a meal that you will not be eating. Individuals prepare their own breakfast and lunch in the common kitchenette.
Food and beverages are supplied. If you have a special diet or special foods you prefer to eat you need to bring your own food with you on the retreat. Be sure you remove all special food before you leave. Please inform the registrar at the time of your registration. However, there will be no reduction in the fee if you bring your own food. The kitchenette is also equipped with a microwave, as well as a refrigerator, and an electrical cooking skillet. In the living room retreatants will find a CD player for playing either meditative music or listening to a talk through a pair of headphones that are provided so as not to disturb others.
Outside the cottage there are tables and chairs for simply lounging around outside. As a general policy retreatants remain on the premises for the duration of their retreat.