Welcome

We extend a warm welcome to you. The Marist Retreat Centre is a homely and caring place where you can relax, slow down and enter into quiet moments for reflection and peace. You can reconnect with God, with others and with yourself.

High in the Cotswolds, Nympsfield is a quiet little village, at around 800 feet above sea level, set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and situated not far from the cities of Bath and Bristol, Cheltenham and Gloucester and close to the towns of Nailsworth, Stroud and Tetbury.

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Our Mission

We, the Marist Sisters and Staff of the Marist Retreat Centre, endeavour through our prayer life and in a spirit of faith and service to others, to live our lives, with Mary as our model, in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.

Our mission is one of hospitality, as we graciously welcome individuals and groups – schools, parish, youth, family, Alpha, Ministry to Priests, Retreats and all who choose to spend time at our Centre either as residents or for quiet days to enrich their spiritual lives.

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History

The potential new Children’s Home (now the Marist Retreat Centre) was a former Barracks (Almshouses) which from the outside had a certain Cotswold charm but conditions inside could only be deplored. There was no running water, no sanitation, heating, gas or electricity – hardly suitable as a home for an ever increasing number of needy children.

Beatrice and Blanche Leigh and two Marist Sisters attended Mass at the beautiful new St. Joseph’s Church. After Mass each Sister confided to the other that she was in no doubt that this was an apostolate their Founders would favour. The Marist Sisters never regretted this decision. The joy of the Leigh sisters can well be imagined.

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