Private retreatants stay in the cottage located about 30 yards from the monastery. Retreatants are cordially invited to join the Friars for prayer during the day but there is no obligation to do so. Retreatants can join the Friars for some of the prayer times or none of the prayer times or all of prayer times. Morning Prayer is at seven o'clock, Mass at 8:00 a.m., midday prayer at 12 o'clock, evening prayer at 5:00 p.m., followed by Office of readings at 6:10 p.m., dinner follows at 6:30 p.m. A retreatant may also prefer to eat all their meals in the cottage. This is perfectly allowable. However it is necessary that you contact the kitchen crew to let them know this is your decision.
If you're planning to skip a meal you simply need to let the kitchen crew know two hours before a meal that you will not be eating. Individuals prepare their own breakfast and lunch in the common kitchenette.