Retreat holiday

This special retreat offers a five day break from Monday to Friday, with departure on Saturday. Children are welcome but there is no children’s programme this week.

At Le Pas Opton, relaxation and refreshment are always a top priority. So these five recreational days will give you all the usual holiday opportunities – great food and drink, four-star holiday facilities and quality accommodation in a Christian environment.

The Retreat Holiday offers far more, however. It’s an opportunity to step away from the everyday and invest time in exploring your faith with the support of an experienced Retreat Guide. You can make this a personal retreat or join a small group for discussion and prayer. Scroll down to read more from our speakers Tom and Ruth Duncanson.


Choose from a wide range of accommodation including villas, mobile homes or a Luxury Tent. All of our accommodation options are comfortable and equipped with everything that you need for a relaxing holiday.


Prices start at just £300 for accommodation in a Luxury Tent or £370 to stay in a mobile home. That's per unit for the whole retreat, not per person! All bookings include a free Dover-Calais ferry crossing and access to the full programme of activities, the optional spiritual programme and all the on-site four-star facilities.

Prices for solo travellers start at £165 (room to yourself in a shared mobile home; upgrade to an en-suite room for £55), not including ferry. Call or email us for more information.


From the swimming pool to the relaxing Vendée Vous Café, there are plenty of facilities to enjoy at Le Pas Opton. Enjoy a pizza from the takeaway, wine from the bar or a walk down by the river. Le Pas Opton has everything that you need for a relaxed holiday! Take a look at our facilities here.

Tom and Ruth write:

A definition of Retreat is ‘to draw back’ or ‘take a step backward’. It can also include the intention to withdraw to a safe place in order to reflect, be refreshed and ready to return - something Jesus did often. (Mark 1:35, Luke 5:16 & 6:12)
LPO’s vision includes a desire for guests to be refreshed and renewed spiritually, mentally and physically. The Retreat Holiday focuses a little more on the spiritual ‘R’s. We provide an opportunity for more intentional Reflection, time to Re-focus on one’s personal relationship with God, and even Revived ready to return home - all whilst Relaxing in LPO’s holiday environment.
There will be opportunities for led prayer, worship and Bible reflection and encouraged personal times with God. Options will be available for those with a more creative flair to assist with their reflections, such as an introduction to artistic journalling or creative writing. For some, a walk through the park, or along the river with a camera will give time and space to reflect on the Bible passage or God’s creation.
There will also be a short time for optional Morning and Evening prayers.
To quote Henry Nouwen we can be ‘preoccupied with being occupied’. Our busyness can unconsciously lead to exhaustion and becoming ‘weary in well doing’ (Gal 6:9). This in turn can lead to discontent personally and relationally in our relationship with God.
Our desire is to make this retreat holiday fully accessible – with all activities remaining optional. Whether you’re in church or workplace leadership or living with the constant demands of family life – this holiday will give you space to draw back, listen and withdraw in order to advance.

Tom & Ruth Duncanson


Tom Ruth Duncanson
Tom Ruth Duncanson

Tom is now retired after 40 years in Baptist Ministry including 7 years as a Hospice Chaplain. Ruth, a registered nurse, retired after 18 Years as a school matron at a very large Secondary School. They now live in Eastbourne. Their experience is wide and varied. They have two children and seven grandchildren. When not involved with the family they have a fairly active social life!!

Tom has been a companion in the Northumbria Community for many years.

    Jimmy Orr

    Worship Leader

    Jimmy Orr 3
    Jimmy Orr 3

    Jimmy is a Worship Leader, Poet, Husband, Singer/Songwriter, Speaker, Son, Brother, Artist, and Dad… though not necessarily in that order! He's been part of several worship bands playing various roles, facilitated and curated worship experiences from small lofts to big marquees, middle-sized churches to the Houses of Parliament. He has a passion for creatively expressing the full range of human emotion in a real and worshipful way. It's a privilege for Jimmy to be back serving at LPO.

      Real holiday

      Set in the beautiful Vendée region, Le Pas Opton gives you so many opportunities to relax and be refreshed:

      • Laze away some time in our Coffee Shop, bar and conservatory
      • Feast on freshly baked croissants, baguettes and pastries
      • Get active by hiring a bike or canoe
      • Find your own place in our spacious park: sit by the river or seek seclusion among the trees
      • Pick a local restaurant for a special lunch or dinner
      • Stroll the charming streets of local fishing villages and historic towns