Where we are - When to Come
- What to Bring - Prepare for your Retreat - Weather in Wales
How to Get to St Beuno's
By Car: A map and transport details are found in our printed programme
and on our website: www.beunos.com/location.htm
take the train to Rhyl. From
there there is one daily bus leaving the station at 1.45 (Mini-bus Number
10) Alternatively take a taxi - details of taxis on
website. If you are coming from outside the UK we have details
at how to get to St Beuno's by air.
When to Arrive at St Beuno's
Most Retreats begin on the evening of the first date of retreat and
end after breakfast on the last day.
It would be most convenient if you could aim to arrive between 3pm and
5pm which will allow you time to settle in. There is usually a
Eucharist at 5.45pm to which you are welcome.
Weekend Retreats usually end about 3.30pm on the last day.
We ask you to vacate your room by 9.30am on the morning of departure,
except for weekend retreats which end about 4pm.
If for any reason you plan to arrive after 6pm, please inform us so
that we know when to expect you.
What to Bring
Warm indoor and outdoor clothing
and a rain resistant jacket as weather in North Wales is variable at
any time of year and can be cool. Good walking shoes/boots will
be useful if you are able to walk the country lanes and footpaths that
surround St Beuno's.
If you would like to help us out by a bit of gardening, then old clothes
would be helpful.
as most rooms are not en-suite
Bring any medication you need. If you need any medical attention
whilst at St Beuno's you will be asked if for the name and address of
your own doctor. European Union citizens will need the EU medical
card. People from outside the EU will need to pay for medical
and dental treatment. Our local doctors and hospital are prompt
There are no shops within easy walking distance of St Beuno's but we
do have basic toiletries on sale.
You might wish to engage in non-intellectual passtimes: so you might
want to bring embroidery, small craft/art materials, small musical instruments
etc. We offer a well-stocked art room.
We suggest you keep your mobile phone turned off on retreat.
However, you may wish to bring your phone so that you can use it in
case of emergency whilst you are out on a walk. It is helpful
if you have added St Beuno's number.
What not to Bring
New Revised Standard Versions Bibles are now provided in each bedroom.
Other version, and bibles in some other languages, are available. So you probably don't need a Bible unless you can't get by without your own personal one.
Books and Computers:
We do not advise bringing many books or coming with the intention
of catching up on reading, writing letters, preparing talks or doing
Bed linen and Towels
are provided by St Beuno's.
How to prepare for your Retreat
The principle preparation is to come as rested as possible.
If you are new to retreats you might like to look at what we have to
say about silence on retreat.
You may also like to review What is an Individually
We also have a little information on Ignatian Spirituality, with pages on different
ways of praying.
Weather in North Wales
It is said that in Britain we don't have
a climate, just weather. All the year round the weather changes
from day to day and hour to hour. There are no sunny seasons or
In winter the daytime temperatures will range from around freezing
to about 12C. In summer from 10C-20C. Anything more than
22C is considered a heatwave and people complain. Generally snow
might fall any time from the end of November to the beginning of April,
but it rarely stays on the ground for more than three days before it
Sunset is after 10pm in June and 3.30pm in December - a big variation.
Raincoats are useful all the year round. If you are coming
from a tropical or even a Mediterranean climate then bring warm clothes
even in summer.
In the house winter and summer the temperature is about 19°C or
68°F. You will probably need something more than a shirt to keep
St Beuno's is situated on a west-facing hillside which means we are
sheltered from the cold easterly winds of winter. We tend to get
a little less rain and a little more sun than the more mountainous parts
of North Wales.