What we do at The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse was established in 1955 as a healing centre by a woman named Ruth who had visited a retreat centre called Crowhurst and decided to turn her house into a centre of healing for God. The Greenhouse was created to be a place of healing and rest - which it still is – but we have grown and developed over the years to see a new vision of people being restored in body, mind and soul, to see our guests equipped to leave us excited for Gods vision for their lives and connected with God and their brothers and sisters in Christ.  We want to be a place where people come to be rested and restored, equipped and encouraged and most importantly a place to encounter God and see Him at work in our lives.


What is a retreat? 

People used to go away and retreat often only a few years ago, but we’re doing it less and less as life get faster and busier. God is everywhere you go, and you can meet with Him in any time and place however a retreat is a great way to intentionally spend quality time with God, away from the fast pace and distractions of life. It’s time to give God our absolute undivided attention something that is hard, in this day and age, and in return send time listening and hearing from Him with support from others. Whether you are coming to us in the midst of a struggle, or you just want time to reconnect, we have people around to support and encourage you.



Why should I retreat? 

So why is it relevant to you? Whatever place you are in with God, whether you are seeing Him move in your life or you are in a time where you feel far from Him, removing yourself from the stress of life to spend time with your Father is so important. Jesus made a priority of it when He was on the earth.

A retreat can come in lots of different ways, you can just come and relax and spend time praying, reading, pondering and just being with God. Or you can book on to a retreat that is about a specific subject or topic that might be relevant to you. If you want to find out more about what kind of retreat we run here, then go have a look at our what’s on page.


Looking for something reflective and quite? Then Check out our Time and Space Weeks

If you looking for something with more teaching that will  equip you to better help others and be more involved with Gods kingdome then check out Mission Week - Evanglisim for everyday life led by J John, Phil Knox and Andy Mason, or Rich Atkinson - Leadership Retreat