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Carmelite Priory


Boars Hill





Telephone: 01865 321 991

Click here for directions

A small community of Discalced Carmelite friars living their lives in allegiance to Jesus Christ, the Priory offers an extensive program including retreats, both preached and individually guided, Carmelite days of reflection and Carmelite prayer evenings.


Please bear in mind that activities and events described below may be suspended during the COVID pandemic.

Program & further information at

Eucharist: Monday to Friday 9:30 am. Saturday and Sunday 12:00 noon.

Carmelite Days: Reflecting on aspects of the Carmelite heritage. 

Carmelite Prayer Evenings

Preached Retreats: Conducted in an atmosphere of silence, each of these weekends begins with a meal at 6.30pm on Friday evening and ends on Sunday after lunch. There will be at least four talks and the opportunity to join the resident Carmelite Community for Eucharist and Prayer. There will also be time for personal prayer, reflection, reading and rest.

Individually Guided Retreats: Conducted in an atmosphere of silence. Retreatants meet daily with their director. There is also the opportunity to join the Carmelite Community for Eucharist and Prayer.

Private Retreats: You are very welcome to come to the priory for a private retreat when space is available. Local people are welcome to attend our retreats on a non-residential basis but meals can only be provided for those who are resident. We try to cater for vegetarian and diabetic diets but we are not in a position to cater for more complex special diets.

Current programme

Boars Hill 2020-21

Spiritual Enrichment Lecture Series (SELS)

£20 each. The video lectures remain available to the subscriber after they have been given.


Breathing Spaces

On-line spiritual accompaniment. This is free.


Ongoing Courses

Spiritual Direction Training Programme

Current programme ends July 2021

New online course Sept 2021 – 2023

School of Prayer   deferred to 2021   Sat morning/month   £700

Living Prayer   deferred to 2021   9 months, one residential w/e each month   £1900

Prayer Guides Course   deferred to 2021



Online retreats for special occasions such as Lent, Pentecost, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, St Teresa of Avila.


Individually Guided Retreats (IGRs) These are tailored to suit the retreatant.


Wisdom Lectures: video library service

Individual membership

Fr Alex has kindly given members of the Secular Order (and nuns) reduced subscription rates for the Wisdom Lectures: £10 per month or £100 a year (full price £14.99 and £150 respectively). For the OCDS reduction, simply request a coupon from Ruth when you sign up.

Group membership

Group subscription for members of the Secular Order is £80 per month or £720 a year (full price £110 and £999 respectively).

The co-ordinator for the group subscription can decide how much to charge, so can create a fighting fund to enable some members to join at a lower rate or free of charge. Group membership is for a minimum of 10 and maximum of 50 people. Each group member is signed up individually and can log-in to the Wisdom Lectures whenever they want.

Additionally - For Presidents/Formators of communities: The CACS team will offer ongoing support to help make the most of Wisdom Lectures for your community.

  • TheWisdom Lectures series has many excitng possibilities for you and your community.

  • With all this content available, you and your community could have your own study group and formation classes.

  • As a community, you could watch a video with information on a Carmelite topic and when the clip is finished you could proceed to discuss what you saw and how it affects your Carmelite life. Indeed, this offers the chance for communities to journey together and delve deeper into Carmelite spirituality.


Wisdom Lectures: content

1-37 The Journey of Prayer   Sr Jo Robson, OCD and others

38-57 The Path of Transformation   Many speakers

58-62 St John of the Cross: The Dark Night of the Soul   Matt Blake, OCD

63-72 St John of the Cross: The Spiritual Canticle   Matt Blake, OCD

73-79 St Thérèse and the Spirituality of the Little Way of Love   Vincent O'Hara, OCD

80-88 Retreat: Empowered by the Spirit ‘s Breath   Liam Finnerty, OCD and the friars at Boars Hill

89-94 Mary in the Carmelite Tradition   Iain Matthews, OCD; Matt Blake, OCD; Kelvin Ekhoegbe, OCD

95-97 The Embrace of Love   Kelvin Ekhoegbe
98-105 The Interior Castle of St Teresa   Kelvin Ekhoegbe