What's On at Nether Springs

IMG_2128People come to stay at Nether Springs for all sorts of reasons, maybe because it’s ‘home’, maybe for some space, maybe to join in one of the retreats, or maybe a mixture of all of these. All are welcome at any time, regardless of the whether you would like to take part in the programmed retreat or not.

Below, you can find the programme of retreats listed by month. All of the retreats hosted at Nether Springs are held within the rhythm of the day.

If you would like to book onto one of the retreats, or to come just for some space, please contact Ellen or Charlotte in the Community office

Please also take some time to read the frequently asked questions about staying at Nether Springs.

April 2014

Being Who You Are: Individually Guided Retreat

April 28th - 1st 2014 May, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

Spiritual formation is cooperating with the inner work of transformation the Spirit of God is seeking to accomplish in you.  The Spirit’s purpose is not to turn you into a different person, but to make you into the best ‘you’ that you can be.  An opportunity to explore, with the support of your retreat guide […]

May 2014

Drysalter: Poetry as Contemplation

May 2nd - 4th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

Poetry can offer a profound resource to help us to explore and express our journey with God.  This weekend is a chance to meditate on poems from a rich and powerful book inspired by the Psalms — Drysalter by Michael Symmons Roberts — and to do some writing of your own all in the context […]

Rest and Renewal for Those in Full-Time Ministry

May 5th - 10th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 320

Living with the unfulfilled expectations of others, or oneself, is so often a draining reality of full-time Christian Ministry. This can be exhausting. We’d like to offer you some space, in the context of a gentle rhythm of the day, to come and reconnect/check in with who you are. A precious time to not be in charge, a precious communion with your Maker, a holy rest…

 

Space for the Quiet Ones: Finding Our Place in God’s Church

May 12th - 15th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

Our lives are shaped profoundly by personality and the most fundamental aspect is what has been called the ‘north and south of temperament’ that is where we fall on the introvert/extrovert spectrum. The world needs both kinds of people but our culture values the extrovert to the extent that introverts are often ignored and under-valued.

This retreat is for people who struggle with the expectations placed on them with regard to faith that leave them feeling uncomfortable or inadequate.

Celtic Saints: St. Brendan

May 16th - 18th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

Irish monks used boats called coracles to travel on the ocean in search of a ‘desert place‘ in which they found God in a new way.  One of the most famous of these monks is Brendan, who set out from the West coast of Ireland in search of paradise. During this retreat, we’ll hear some […]

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

May 19th - 22nd 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

A chance to reflect on life-transitions with someone who will listen with you to God’s work at the crossroads.  You may also, of course, choose to explore other themes with your retreat guide.

House Closed

May 23rd - 25th 2014,

I Still and Quiet My Soul

May 26th - 29th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 145

Spend time with God within the daily life and rhythm of the community at Nether Springs. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on Monday night.  Just time to come and be yourself.

Journey Along the Emmaus Road

May 30th - 1st 2014 June, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

A chance to explore a familiar story in unfamiliar ways. Journey with the disciples on the road–through art, film walking and discussion–and share with them the hope of the Resurrection, as Christ is discovered in new places and new ways. Suitable for families and seekers of all ages.

June 2014

Community Introduction

June 2nd - 5th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

An introductory weekend outlining the history, vocation and novitiate process of the Northumbria Community.  An important week for all who want to explore their relationship with the Community. Please note: participation in the Monday evening session is essential.

Dancing Celtic Daily Prayer

June 6th - 8th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

Come and learn or enjoy again the dances that go with the liturgy in Celtic Daily Prayer, including a new dance for The Lord’s Prayer.  Andy Raine will lead us, and Anna Raine will perform a concert on Saturday night.  A weekend of music and movement to express and deepen faith.

Peace and Reconciliation

June 9th - 12th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

There is something deep inside the heart of humanity that longs for things to be different, better. We have heard echoes of this longing as the life of Nelson Mandela has been remembered in this past year; for example, Barack Obama saying in his tribute: ‘He makes me want to be a better man’.  How do we live with Difference?  And what is the cost of it?  Join with Revd. Ernie Whalley as we explore our human longing for Peace and what it means to serve the God of Shalom.  Retreatants will have time to engage with the topic through teaching, discussion, creative reflection and prayer as we ultimately ask how each of us is being called to be a Peacemaker in our own spheres of influence.

Learn from the Birds

June 13th - 15th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

Jesus told his followers that they can learn about God’s love and goodness from watching birds and seeing how they are provided for. Christians throughout the ages have taken that lesson to heart, including Celtic saints like Cuthbert who was perhaps the first Briton to argue for protecting birds—like the local Eider Duck, who Cuthbert […]

Who Is It that You Seek?

June 16th - 19th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

In the first chapter of The Gospel of John, Jesus asks this question of two of John the Baptist’s disciples when they follow him one afternoon.  The Gospel then turns the tables and has others asking Jesus questions—and some of them are pretty tough ones! Together we will explore the questions that Jesus is asked, […]

A Time for Everything

June 20th - 22nd 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 100

Join in with the life of the house based on the monastic daily rhythm of prayer, work, study/reflection, solitude and community. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on the first night.  Just time to come and be yourself.

Listening to the Heartbeat of God: An Individually Guided Retreat

June 23rd - 26th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

In the Gospel of John, we find the Beloved Disciple at the Last Supper, leaning against Jesus, lying on his breast, reclining… presumably he was near enough to hear his heartbeat, if he chose to listen.  This is a time to receive individual support and guidance as you to draw near to Christ as his […]

House Closed

June 27th - 29th 2014, Nether Springs

Nether Springs is closed for three days every month as part of the resident community’s commitment to a rhythm of life.

I Still and Quiet My Soul

June 30th - 3rd 2014 July, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 145

Psalm 131.     Spend time with God within the daily life and rhythm of the community at Nether Springs. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on the first night.  Just time to come and be yourself.

July 2014

Contemplative Awareness

July 4th - 6th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

A led retreat that draws on the wisdom of Celtic Spirituality to help us learn to see the simplest of daily tasks as a sacrament. We will explore aspects of contemplative life and prayer and how these can be expressed in everyday ordinariness.

The Gifts of Monasticism for Everyday Life

July 7th - 10th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

The monastic tradition has provided many gifts for the wider body of Christ throughout the life of the church. But often they are like tools that don’t make it out of the tool-bag when it comes to figuring out the questions of how then shall we live? and how shall we sing the Lord’s song […]

Celtic Saints: St. Cuthbert

July 11th - 13th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 130

An opportunity to enter imaginatively into the story of this great Northern saint through prayer, creativity, and storytelling.  In doing so, we may discover landmarks and signposts for our own journeys.  Includes a Saturday pilgrimage to Holy Island and Cuthbert’s Cave.

A Time for Everything

July 14th - 17th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 145

Ecclesiastes 3:1.   Join in with the life of the house based on the monastic daily rhythm of prayer, work, study/reflection, solitude and community. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on the first night.  Just time to come and be yourself.

I Still and Quiet My Soul

July 18th - 20th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 100

Psalm 131.   Spend time with God within the daily life and rhythm of the community at Nether Springs. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on the first night.  Just time to come and be yourself.

Being Who You Are: Individually Guided Retreat

July 21st - 24th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

Spiritual formation is cooperating with the inner work of transformation the Spirit of God is seeking to accomplish in you.  The Spirit’s purpose is not to turn you into a different person, but to make you into the best ‘you’ that you can be.  An opportunity to explore, with the support of your retreat guide […]

House Closed

July 25th - 27th 2014, Nether Springs

Nether Springs is closed for three days every month as part of the resident community’s commitment to a rhythm of life.

A Time for Everything

July 28th - 31st 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 145

Ecclesiastes 3:1.    Join in with the life of the house based on the monastic daily rhythm of prayer, work, study/reflection, solitude and community. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on the first night.  Just time to come and be yourself.

August 2014

Community Introduction

August 1st - 3rd 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

An introductory weekend outlining the history, vocation and novitiate process of the Northumbria Community.  An essential weekend for all who want to explore their relationship with the Community. Please note: participation in the Friday evening session is essential.

Family Week

August 4th - 9th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 270

An opportunity for families to be together, sharing in the life and rhythm of Nether Springs and to use this home as a base for holiday exploration in Northumberland.  The retreat will end after lunch on Saturday. Suggested donation for each family: one adult pays full price, spouse/partner and children under 16 half price, children […]

I Still and Quiet My Soul

August 11th - 21st 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 145

Psalm 131.   Spend time with God within the daily life and rhythm of the community at Nether Springs. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on the first night.  Just time to come and be yourself.

Celtic Saints: St. Aidan

August 15th - 17th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 130

Aidan traveled from the Isle of Iona to Northumberland at the request of King Oswald to bring the light of the Gospel to this land.  He was known for speaking out courageously, wisely, and yet also graciously, living with simplicity and giving with extraordinary generosity to those in need.  This led retreat will celebrate through […]

An Introduction to the Spiritual Disciplines

August 18th - 21st 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

An opportunity to learn about and experience some of the spiritual practices such as centring prayer, lectio divina, simplicity and walking the labyrinth.  Together we will explore how they might bring a freshness and a depth to our daily lives as has been found by Christians throughout the centuries in their walk with God.  

Embracing and Celebrating Being Single

August 22nd - 24th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 130

A weekend to explore questions, struggles and blessings in relation to being single and seeking to find God’s love in our situation in life, alone and together. There will be time for teaching, sharing, silence and celebration, embedded in a rhythm of prayer. Open to all singles, whether divorced, unmarried or widowed.

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

August 25th - 28th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

A chance to reflect on life-transitions with someone who will listen with you to God’s work at the crossroads.  You may also, of course, choose to explore other themes with your retreat guide.

House Closed

August 29th - 31st 2014, Nether Springs

Nether Springs is closed for three days every month as part of the resident community’s commitment to a rhythm of life.

September 2014

I Still and Quiet My Soul

September 1st - 4th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 145

‘But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother’.  (Psalm 131:2)   Spend time with God within the daily life and rhythm of the community at Nether Springs. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on the first night.  Just time to come and be yourself.  

A Time for Everything

September 5th - 7th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 100

‘For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven’.  (Ecclesiastes 3:1)    Join in with the life of the house based on the monastic daily rhythm of prayer, work, study/reflection, solitude and community. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on the first night.  Just time to come […]

Walk, Talk and Pray

September 8th - 14th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 310

Join Roy Searle and Judith Goodfellow as they walk along the Northumbrian coast.  Based at Nether Springs, the group will be going out to walk the beautiful coastline and visiting some of the places associated with the Celtic Saints, all the while journeying, praying, reflecting and sharing with other walkers.  The walks will be easy […]

Nourishing your Inner Hermit

September 15th - 18th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

With Revd. Simon Airey.   Description Forthcoming

The Red Tent: Women’s Retreat

September 19th - 21st 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 130

The idea of the ‘Red Tent’ is being adapted from its ancient use to one that provides a space for women today to come together to rest, replenish, connect.  In this retreat, women of all ages and backgrounds are invited to share their lives, share their wisdom, share their laughter and share their sorrow, have […]

Listening to the Heartbeat of God: An Individually Guided Retreat

September 22nd - 25th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

In the Gospel of John, we find the Beloved Disciple at the Last Supper, leaning against Jesus, lying on his breast, reclining… presumably he was near enough to hear his heartbeat, if he chose to listen.  This is a time to receive individual support and guidance as you to draw near to Christ as his […]

House Closed

September 26th - 28th 2014, Nether Springs

Nether Springs is closed for three days every month as part of the resident community’s commitment to a rhythm of life.

I Still and Quiet My Soul

September 29th - 2nd 2014 October, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 145

‘But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother’.  (Psalm 131:2)   Spend time with God within the daily life and rhythm of the community at Nether Springs. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on the first night.  Just time to come and be yourself.

October 2014

Community Introduction

October 3rd - 5th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

An introductory weekend outlining the history, vocation and novitiate process of the Northumbria Community.  An essential weekend for all who want to explore their relationship with the Community.   Please note: participation in the Friday evening session is essential.

Mentoring Retreat: Wisdom Gleaned and Experience Shared

October 6th - 9th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

Join Roy Searle and others in a safe and supportive environment to encourage, share, learn from one another and draw from Roy’s experience as one of the leaders of the Northumbria Community, who has planted and pastored churches, established and encouraged missional initiatives and who teaches, mentors and spiritually directs a number of people in […]

Given for Life: Exploring our Motivational Gifts

October 10th - 12th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

Growing in knowledge of ourselves goes hand-in-hand with growing in knowledge of God.  This retreat offers a well-tested and well-received tool for understanding our ‘motivational gift.’   What is it that motivates our personality, choices, and relationships with others?    The retreat, led by Andy Raine, draws from his book of the same title and is based […]

A Time for Everything

October 13th - 16th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 145

‘For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven’.  (Ecclesiastes 3:1)    Join in with the life of the house based on the monastic daily rhythm of prayer, work, study/reflection, solitude and community. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on the first night.  Just time to come […]

Contemplative Crafts: Weave your own Fleece Rug

October 17th - 19th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 130

Using a simple peg loom, retreatants will weave their own sheep’s fleece rug, creating something warm and beautiful to go home with as winter approaches.  No experience necessary.  Peg looms and wool from local sheep (in different browns, creams, and whites) provided.  Led by Charlotte Lobb.

The act of weaving this rug will be a simple monotonous task, leaving the mind clear to think on other things.  We’ll weave to music perhaps, or quiet talking, or silence.  Some might even consider their creation as prayer rug, filled with your prayers and given as a gift or used in your own prayer space. Regardless, you will have space to have your own thoughts as you weave, and space to consider how the different strands of your own life are being woven together.

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

October 20th - 23rd 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

Let me rest in Your will and be silent.  Then the light of Your joy will warm my life.  Its fire will burn in my heart and shine for Your glory.   This is what I live for.  Amen, Amen. 
                ~ Thomas Merton This silent retreat is a time to seek God in the cell of […]

House Closed

October 24th - 26th 2014, Nether Springs

Nether Springs is closed for three days every month as part of the resident community’s commitment to a rhythm of life.

I Still and Quiet My Soul

October 27th - 30th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 145

‘But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother’.  (Psalm 131:2)   Spend time with God within the daily life and rhythm of the community at Nether Springs. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on the first night.  Just time to come and be yourself.

Celebrating the Saints

October 31st - 2nd 2014 November, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

Over this ‘All Saints’ Day’ weekend, we’ll have a chance to explore together the significance of being part of ‘The Communion of the Saints’.  We’ll also explore the lives of a variety of Northumbrian Saints and how they might help shape a ‘Northumbrian Spirituality’ for today.  Retreat will include a pilgrimage on Saturday afternoon.

November 2014

Towards Simplicity

November 3rd - 6th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

‘Help me to know that the secret of contentment lies in organizing the self in the direction of simplicity.’    ~Hild Liturgy, Celtic Daily Prayer.   This led retreat is an opportunity to focus on the spiritual discipline of Simplicity, both inner and outer. We will be drawing on the teachings of Richard Rohr and Richard Foster […]

Values in the Marketplace

November 7th - 9th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

This retreat will explore how Kingdom Values should and can inform individuals, groups and organisations in the workplace.  It will also look at how we might find and live out our individual vocations within the job that we do every day.

Seasons of the Soul

November 10th - 13th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

It’s easy to see our physical lives progressing from spring through summer and autumn to winter, but our inner life also seems to mirror the changing seasons though not necessarily in the same logical order. This retreat provides an opportunity to reflect on life’s changing seasons, to consider which season best describes your experience here and now and to explore that in […]

Hearing the Voice of the Beloved

November 14th - 16th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

A weekend to explore and deepen some of the many ways the Beloved talks to us and can be found in all things. We will look at creative ways of tuning ourselves into God’s love song that resounds in our hearts, the melody beyond the melodies and the word beyond words, in silence and sharing, […]

The Way of the Desert

November 17th - 20th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

Come and explore the history and wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Mothers, their relevance for today, and the spirituality of desert places.  The Desert Monastic tradition was a great inspiration for the Celtic Church and remains foundational for the Northumbria Community today.

A Time for Everything

November 21st - 23rd 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 100

‘For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven’.  (Ecclesiastes 3:1)    Join in with the life of the house based on the monastic daily rhythm of prayer, work, study/reflection, solitude and community. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on the first night.  Just time to come […]

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

November 24th - 27th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

A chance to reflect on life-transitions with someone who will listen with you to God’s work at the crossroads.  You may also, of course, choose to explore other themes with your retreat guide.

House Closed

November 28th - 30th 2014, Nether Springs

Nether Springs is closed for three days every month as part of the resident community’s commitment to a rhythm of life.

December 2014

Community Introduction

December 1st - 4th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

An introductory week outlining the history, vocation and novitiate process of the Northumbria Community.  An essential week for all who want to explore their relationship with the Community.   Please note: participation in the Monday evening session is essential.

Advent Retreat

December 5th - 7th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

As we enter the busy seasons of Advent and Christmas, this retreat offers the opportunity to prepare for the weeks ahead, to separate the trivial from the significant, and to consider again the meaning, relevance and wonder of the Incarnation of Christ.  Through conversation, reflection, and practical workshops, we’ll prepare to welcome Christ into our […]

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

December 8th - 11th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

This silent retreat is a time to seek God in the cell of your own heart, in a community of fellow seekers.  The house will be full of a companionable quiet.  Retreatants will be paired with retreat guide from whom to receive individual support and prayerful listening.  We are still fairly new to silent retreats at Nether Springs, but those who have experienced one so far have found it meaningful and helpful.

I Still and Quiet My Soul

December 12th - 14th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 100

‘But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother’.  (Psalm 131:2)   Spend time with God within the daily life and rhythm of the community at Nether Springs. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on the first night.  Just time to come and be yourself.

House Closed

December 15th - 3rd 2015 January, Nether Springs

Nether Springs is closed for at least 2 weeks in December every year as part of the resident community’s commitment to a rhythm of life.

Advent, Lent & Easter

Journey Along the Emmaus Road

May 30th - 1st 2014 June, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

A chance to explore a familiar story in unfamiliar ways. Journey with the disciples on the road–through art, film walking and discussion–and share with them the hope of the Resurrection, as Christ is discovered in new places and new ways. Suitable for families and seekers of all ages.

Advent Retreat

December 5th - 7th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

As we enter the busy seasons of Advent and Christmas, this retreat offers the opportunity to prepare for the weeks ahead, to separate the trivial from the significant, and to consider again the meaning, relevance and wonder of the Incarnation of Christ.  Through conversation, reflection, and practical workshops, we’ll prepare to welcome Christ into our […]

Celtic Sites & Saints

Celtic Saints: St. Brendan

May 16th - 18th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

Irish monks used boats called coracles to travel on the ocean in search of a ‘desert place‘ in which they found God in a new way.  One of the most famous of these monks is Brendan, who set out from the West coast of Ireland in search of paradise. During this retreat, we’ll hear some […]

Celtic Saints: St. Cuthbert

July 11th - 13th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 130

An opportunity to enter imaginatively into the story of this great Northern saint through prayer, creativity, and storytelling.  In doing so, we may discover landmarks and signposts for our own journeys.  Includes a Saturday pilgrimage to Holy Island and Cuthbert’s Cave.

Celtic Saints: St. Aidan

August 15th - 17th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 130

Aidan traveled from the Isle of Iona to Northumberland at the request of King Oswald to bring the light of the Gospel to this land.  He was known for speaking out courageously, wisely, and yet also graciously, living with simplicity and giving with extraordinary generosity to those in need.  This led retreat will celebrate through […]

Walk, Talk and Pray

September 8th - 14th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 310

Join Roy Searle and Judith Goodfellow as they walk along the Northumbrian coast.  Based at Nether Springs, the group will be going out to walk the beautiful coastline and visiting some of the places associated with the Celtic Saints, all the while journeying, praying, reflecting and sharing with other walkers.  The walks will be easy […]

Celebrating the Saints

October 31st - 2nd 2014 November, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

Over this ‘All Saints’ Day’ weekend, we’ll have a chance to explore together the significance of being part of ‘The Communion of the Saints’.  We’ll also explore the lives of a variety of Northumbrian Saints and how they might help shape a ‘Northumbrian Spirituality’ for today.  Retreat will include a pilgrimage on Saturday afternoon.

Creativity & Interests

Drysalter: Poetry as Contemplation

May 2nd - 4th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

Poetry can offer a profound resource to help us to explore and express our journey with God.  This weekend is a chance to meditate on poems from a rich and powerful book inspired by the Psalms — Drysalter by Michael Symmons Roberts — and to do some writing of your own all in the context […]

Dancing Celtic Daily Prayer

June 6th - 8th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

Come and learn or enjoy again the dances that go with the liturgy in Celtic Daily Prayer, including a new dance for The Lord’s Prayer.  Andy Raine will lead us, and Anna Raine will perform a concert on Saturday night.  A weekend of music and movement to express and deepen faith.

Learn from the Birds

June 13th - 15th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

Jesus told his followers that they can learn about God’s love and goodness from watching birds and seeing how they are provided for. Christians throughout the ages have taken that lesson to heart, including Celtic saints like Cuthbert who was perhaps the first Briton to argue for protecting birds—like the local Eider Duck, who Cuthbert […]

Walk, Talk and Pray

September 8th - 14th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 310

Join Roy Searle and Judith Goodfellow as they walk along the Northumbrian coast.  Based at Nether Springs, the group will be going out to walk the beautiful coastline and visiting some of the places associated with the Celtic Saints, all the while journeying, praying, reflecting and sharing with other walkers.  The walks will be easy […]

Contemplative Crafts: Weave your own Fleece Rug

October 17th - 19th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 130

Using a simple peg loom, retreatants will weave their own sheep’s fleece rug, creating something warm and beautiful to go home with as winter approaches.  No experience necessary.  Peg looms and wool from local sheep (in different browns, creams, and whites) provided.  Led by Charlotte Lobb.

The act of weaving this rug will be a simple monotonous task, leaving the mind clear to think on other things.  We’ll weave to music perhaps, or quiet talking, or silence.  Some might even consider their creation as prayer rug, filled with your prayers and given as a gift or used in your own prayer space. Regardless, you will have space to have your own thoughts as you weave, and space to consider how the different strands of your own life are being woven together.

Exploring the Northumbria Community

Community Introduction

June 2nd - 5th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

An introductory weekend outlining the history, vocation and novitiate process of the Northumbria Community.  An important week for all who want to explore their relationship with the Community. Please note: participation in the Monday evening session is essential.

Dancing Celtic Daily Prayer

June 6th - 8th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

Come and learn or enjoy again the dances that go with the liturgy in Celtic Daily Prayer, including a new dance for The Lord’s Prayer.  Andy Raine will lead us, and Anna Raine will perform a concert on Saturday night.  A weekend of music and movement to express and deepen faith.

Community Introduction

August 1st - 3rd 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

An introductory weekend outlining the history, vocation and novitiate process of the Northumbria Community.  An essential weekend for all who want to explore their relationship with the Community. Please note: participation in the Friday evening session is essential.

Community Introduction

October 3rd - 5th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

An introductory weekend outlining the history, vocation and novitiate process of the Northumbria Community.  An essential weekend for all who want to explore their relationship with the Community.   Please note: participation in the Friday evening session is essential.

Community Introduction

December 1st - 4th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

An introductory week outlining the history, vocation and novitiate process of the Northumbria Community.  An essential week for all who want to explore their relationship with the Community.   Please note: participation in the Monday evening session is essential.

Family Week

Journey Along the Emmaus Road

May 30th - 1st 2014 June, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

A chance to explore a familiar story in unfamiliar ways. Journey with the disciples on the road–through art, film walking and discussion–and share with them the hope of the Resurrection, as Christ is discovered in new places and new ways. Suitable for families and seekers of all ages.

Family Week

August 4th - 9th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 270

An opportunity for families to be together, sharing in the life and rhythm of Nether Springs and to use this home as a base for holiday exploration in Northumberland.  The retreat will end after lunch on Saturday. Suggested donation for each family: one adult pays full price, spouse/partner and children under 16 half price, children […]

Individual Guided Retreats

Being Who You Are: Individually Guided Retreat

April 28th - 1st 2014 May, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

Spiritual formation is cooperating with the inner work of transformation the Spirit of God is seeking to accomplish in you.  The Spirit’s purpose is not to turn you into a different person, but to make you into the best ‘you’ that you can be.  An opportunity to explore, with the support of your retreat guide […]

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

May 19th - 22nd 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

A chance to reflect on life-transitions with someone who will listen with you to God’s work at the crossroads.  You may also, of course, choose to explore other themes with your retreat guide.

Listening to the Heartbeat of God: An Individually Guided Retreat

June 23rd - 26th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

In the Gospel of John, we find the Beloved Disciple at the Last Supper, leaning against Jesus, lying on his breast, reclining… presumably he was near enough to hear his heartbeat, if he chose to listen.  This is a time to receive individual support and guidance as you to draw near to Christ as his […]

Being Who You Are: Individually Guided Retreat

July 21st - 24th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

Spiritual formation is cooperating with the inner work of transformation the Spirit of God is seeking to accomplish in you.  The Spirit’s purpose is not to turn you into a different person, but to make you into the best ‘you’ that you can be.  An opportunity to explore, with the support of your retreat guide […]

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

August 25th - 28th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

A chance to reflect on life-transitions with someone who will listen with you to God’s work at the crossroads.  You may also, of course, choose to explore other themes with your retreat guide.

Listening to the Heartbeat of God: An Individually Guided Retreat

September 22nd - 25th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

In the Gospel of John, we find the Beloved Disciple at the Last Supper, leaning against Jesus, lying on his breast, reclining… presumably he was near enough to hear his heartbeat, if he chose to listen.  This is a time to receive individual support and guidance as you to draw near to Christ as his […]

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

October 20th - 23rd 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

Let me rest in Your will and be silent.  Then the light of Your joy will warm my life.  Its fire will burn in my heart and shine for Your glory.   This is what I live for.  Amen, Amen. 
                ~ Thomas Merton This silent retreat is a time to seek God in the cell of […]

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

November 24th - 27th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

A chance to reflect on life-transitions with someone who will listen with you to God’s work at the crossroads.  You may also, of course, choose to explore other themes with your retreat guide.

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

December 8th - 11th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

This silent retreat is a time to seek God in the cell of your own heart, in a community of fellow seekers.  The house will be full of a companionable quiet.  Retreatants will be paired with retreat guide from whom to receive individual support and prayerful listening.  We are still fairly new to silent retreats at Nether Springs, but those who have experienced one so far have found it meaningful and helpful.

Leadership

Rest and Renewal for Those in Full-Time Ministry

May 5th - 10th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 320

Living with the unfulfilled expectations of others, or oneself, is so often a draining reality of full-time Christian Ministry. This can be exhausting. We’d like to offer you some space, in the context of a gentle rhythm of the day, to come and reconnect/check in with who you are. A precious time to not be in charge, a precious communion with your Maker, a holy rest…

 

Mentoring Retreat: Wisdom Gleaned and Experience Shared

October 6th - 9th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

Join Roy Searle and others in a safe and supportive environment to encourage, share, learn from one another and draw from Roy’s experience as one of the leaders of the Northumbria Community, who has planted and pastored churches, established and encouraged missional initiatives and who teaches, mentors and spiritually directs a number of people in […]

Life Issues

Space for the Quiet Ones: Finding Our Place in God’s Church

May 12th - 15th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

Our lives are shaped profoundly by personality and the most fundamental aspect is what has been called the ‘north and south of temperament’ that is where we fall on the introvert/extrovert spectrum. The world needs both kinds of people but our culture values the extrovert to the extent that introverts are often ignored and under-valued.

This retreat is for people who struggle with the expectations placed on them with regard to faith that leave them feeling uncomfortable or inadequate.

Peace and Reconciliation

June 9th - 12th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

There is something deep inside the heart of humanity that longs for things to be different, better. We have heard echoes of this longing as the life of Nelson Mandela has been remembered in this past year; for example, Barack Obama saying in his tribute: ‘He makes me want to be a better man’.  How do we live with Difference?  And what is the cost of it?  Join with Revd. Ernie Whalley as we explore our human longing for Peace and what it means to serve the God of Shalom.  Retreatants will have time to engage with the topic through teaching, discussion, creative reflection and prayer as we ultimately ask how each of us is being called to be a Peacemaker in our own spheres of influence.

The Red Tent: Women’s Retreat

September 19th - 21st 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 130

The idea of the ‘Red Tent’ is being adapted from its ancient use to one that provides a space for women today to come together to rest, replenish, connect.  In this retreat, women of all ages and backgrounds are invited to share their lives, share their wisdom, share their laughter and share their sorrow, have […]

Mentoring Retreat: Wisdom Gleaned and Experience Shared

October 6th - 9th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

Join Roy Searle and others in a safe and supportive environment to encourage, share, learn from one another and draw from Roy’s experience as one of the leaders of the Northumbria Community, who has planted and pastored churches, established and encouraged missional initiatives and who teaches, mentors and spiritually directs a number of people in […]

Given for Life: Exploring our Motivational Gifts

October 10th - 12th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

Growing in knowledge of ourselves goes hand-in-hand with growing in knowledge of God.  This retreat offers a well-tested and well-received tool for understanding our ‘motivational gift.’   What is it that motivates our personality, choices, and relationships with others?    The retreat, led by Andy Raine, draws from his book of the same title and is based […]

Towards Simplicity

November 3rd - 6th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

‘Help me to know that the secret of contentment lies in organizing the self in the direction of simplicity.’    ~Hild Liturgy, Celtic Daily Prayer.   This led retreat is an opportunity to focus on the spiritual discipline of Simplicity, both inner and outer. We will be drawing on the teachings of Richard Rohr and Richard Foster […]

Values in the Marketplace

November 7th - 9th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

This retreat will explore how Kingdom Values should and can inform individuals, groups and organisations in the workplace.  It will also look at how we might find and live out our individual vocations within the job that we do every day.

Seasons of the Soul

November 10th - 13th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

It’s easy to see our physical lives progressing from spring through summer and autumn to winter, but our inner life also seems to mirror the changing seasons though not necessarily in the same logical order. This retreat provides an opportunity to reflect on life’s changing seasons, to consider which season best describes your experience here and now and to explore that in […]

Hearing the Voice of the Beloved

November 14th - 16th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

A weekend to explore and deepen some of the many ways the Beloved talks to us and can be found in all things. We will look at creative ways of tuning ourselves into God’s love song that resounds in our hearts, the melody beyond the melodies and the word beyond words, in silence and sharing, […]

Rest and Restoration

Rest and Renewal for Those in Full-Time Ministry

May 5th - 10th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 320

Living with the unfulfilled expectations of others, or oneself, is so often a draining reality of full-time Christian Ministry. This can be exhausting. We’d like to offer you some space, in the context of a gentle rhythm of the day, to come and reconnect/check in with who you are. A precious time to not be in charge, a precious communion with your Maker, a holy rest…

 

Space for the Quiet Ones: Finding Our Place in God’s Church

May 12th - 15th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

Our lives are shaped profoundly by personality and the most fundamental aspect is what has been called the ‘north and south of temperament’ that is where we fall on the introvert/extrovert spectrum. The world needs both kinds of people but our culture values the extrovert to the extent that introverts are often ignored and under-valued.

This retreat is for people who struggle with the expectations placed on them with regard to faith that leave them feeling uncomfortable or inadequate.

I Still and Quiet My Soul

May 26th - 29th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 145

Spend time with God within the daily life and rhythm of the community at Nether Springs. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on Monday night.  Just time to come and be yourself.

A Time for Everything

June 20th - 22nd 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 100

Join in with the life of the house based on the monastic daily rhythm of prayer, work, study/reflection, solitude and community. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on the first night.  Just time to come and be yourself.

I Still and Quiet My Soul

June 30th - 3rd 2014 July, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 145

Psalm 131.     Spend time with God within the daily life and rhythm of the community at Nether Springs. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on the first night.  Just time to come and be yourself.

Contemplative Awareness

July 4th - 6th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

A led retreat that draws on the wisdom of Celtic Spirituality to help us learn to see the simplest of daily tasks as a sacrament. We will explore aspects of contemplative life and prayer and how these can be expressed in everyday ordinariness.

A Time for Everything

July 14th - 17th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 145

Ecclesiastes 3:1.   Join in with the life of the house based on the monastic daily rhythm of prayer, work, study/reflection, solitude and community. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on the first night.  Just time to come and be yourself.

I Still and Quiet My Soul

July 18th - 20th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 100

Psalm 131.   Spend time with God within the daily life and rhythm of the community at Nether Springs. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on the first night.  Just time to come and be yourself.

A Time for Everything

July 28th - 31st 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 145

Ecclesiastes 3:1.    Join in with the life of the house based on the monastic daily rhythm of prayer, work, study/reflection, solitude and community. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on the first night.  Just time to come and be yourself.

I Still and Quiet My Soul

August 11th - 21st 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 145

Psalm 131.   Spend time with God within the daily life and rhythm of the community at Nether Springs. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on the first night.  Just time to come and be yourself.

Embracing and Celebrating Being Single

August 22nd - 24th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 130

A weekend to explore questions, struggles and blessings in relation to being single and seeking to find God’s love in our situation in life, alone and together. There will be time for teaching, sharing, silence and celebration, embedded in a rhythm of prayer. Open to all singles, whether divorced, unmarried or widowed.

I Still and Quiet My Soul

September 1st - 4th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 145

‘But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother’.  (Psalm 131:2)   Spend time with God within the daily life and rhythm of the community at Nether Springs. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on the first night.  Just time to come and be yourself.  

A Time for Everything

September 5th - 7th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 100

‘For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven’.  (Ecclesiastes 3:1)    Join in with the life of the house based on the monastic daily rhythm of prayer, work, study/reflection, solitude and community. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on the first night.  Just time to come […]

Nourishing your Inner Hermit

September 15th - 18th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

With Revd. Simon Airey.   Description Forthcoming

The Red Tent: Women’s Retreat

September 19th - 21st 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 130

The idea of the ‘Red Tent’ is being adapted from its ancient use to one that provides a space for women today to come together to rest, replenish, connect.  In this retreat, women of all ages and backgrounds are invited to share their lives, share their wisdom, share their laughter and share their sorrow, have […]

I Still and Quiet My Soul

September 29th - 2nd 2014 October, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 145

‘But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother’.  (Psalm 131:2)   Spend time with God within the daily life and rhythm of the community at Nether Springs. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on the first night.  Just time to come and be yourself.

A Time for Everything

October 13th - 16th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 145

‘For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven’.  (Ecclesiastes 3:1)    Join in with the life of the house based on the monastic daily rhythm of prayer, work, study/reflection, solitude and community. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on the first night.  Just time to come […]

I Still and Quiet My Soul

October 27th - 30th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 145

‘But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother’.  (Psalm 131:2)   Spend time with God within the daily life and rhythm of the community at Nether Springs. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on the first night.  Just time to come and be yourself.

A Time for Everything

November 21st - 23rd 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 100

‘For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven’.  (Ecclesiastes 3:1)    Join in with the life of the house based on the monastic daily rhythm of prayer, work, study/reflection, solitude and community. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on the first night.  Just time to come […]

Advent Retreat

December 5th - 7th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

As we enter the busy seasons of Advent and Christmas, this retreat offers the opportunity to prepare for the weeks ahead, to separate the trivial from the significant, and to consider again the meaning, relevance and wonder of the Incarnation of Christ.  Through conversation, reflection, and practical workshops, we’ll prepare to welcome Christ into our […]

I Still and Quiet My Soul

December 12th - 14th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 100

‘But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother’.  (Psalm 131:2)   Spend time with God within the daily life and rhythm of the community at Nether Springs. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on the first night.  Just time to come and be yourself.

Spiritual Development

Drysalter: Poetry as Contemplation

May 2nd - 4th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

Poetry can offer a profound resource to help us to explore and express our journey with God.  This weekend is a chance to meditate on poems from a rich and powerful book inspired by the Psalms — Drysalter by Michael Symmons Roberts — and to do some writing of your own all in the context […]

Space for the Quiet Ones: Finding Our Place in God’s Church

May 12th - 15th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

Our lives are shaped profoundly by personality and the most fundamental aspect is what has been called the ‘north and south of temperament’ that is where we fall on the introvert/extrovert spectrum. The world needs both kinds of people but our culture values the extrovert to the extent that introverts are often ignored and under-valued.

This retreat is for people who struggle with the expectations placed on them with regard to faith that leave them feeling uncomfortable or inadequate.

Celtic Saints: St. Brendan

May 16th - 18th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

Irish monks used boats called coracles to travel on the ocean in search of a ‘desert place‘ in which they found God in a new way.  One of the most famous of these monks is Brendan, who set out from the West coast of Ireland in search of paradise. During this retreat, we’ll hear some […]

Journey Along the Emmaus Road

May 30th - 1st 2014 June, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

A chance to explore a familiar story in unfamiliar ways. Journey with the disciples on the road–through art, film walking and discussion–and share with them the hope of the Resurrection, as Christ is discovered in new places and new ways. Suitable for families and seekers of all ages.

Peace and Reconciliation

June 9th - 12th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

There is something deep inside the heart of humanity that longs for things to be different, better. We have heard echoes of this longing as the life of Nelson Mandela has been remembered in this past year; for example, Barack Obama saying in his tribute: ‘He makes me want to be a better man’.  How do we live with Difference?  And what is the cost of it?  Join with Revd. Ernie Whalley as we explore our human longing for Peace and what it means to serve the God of Shalom.  Retreatants will have time to engage with the topic through teaching, discussion, creative reflection and prayer as we ultimately ask how each of us is being called to be a Peacemaker in our own spheres of influence.

Who Is It that You Seek?

June 16th - 19th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

In the first chapter of The Gospel of John, Jesus asks this question of two of John the Baptist’s disciples when they follow him one afternoon.  The Gospel then turns the tables and has others asking Jesus questions—and some of them are pretty tough ones! Together we will explore the questions that Jesus is asked, […]

Contemplative Awareness

July 4th - 6th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

A led retreat that draws on the wisdom of Celtic Spirituality to help us learn to see the simplest of daily tasks as a sacrament. We will explore aspects of contemplative life and prayer and how these can be expressed in everyday ordinariness.

The Gifts of Monasticism for Everyday Life

July 7th - 10th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

The monastic tradition has provided many gifts for the wider body of Christ throughout the life of the church. But often they are like tools that don’t make it out of the tool-bag when it comes to figuring out the questions of how then shall we live? and how shall we sing the Lord’s song […]

An Introduction to the Spiritual Disciplines

August 18th - 21st 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

An opportunity to learn about and experience some of the spiritual practices such as centring prayer, lectio divina, simplicity and walking the labyrinth.  Together we will explore how they might bring a freshness and a depth to our daily lives as has been found by Christians throughout the centuries in their walk with God.  

Walk, Talk and Pray

September 8th - 14th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 310

Join Roy Searle and Judith Goodfellow as they walk along the Northumbrian coast.  Based at Nether Springs, the group will be going out to walk the beautiful coastline and visiting some of the places associated with the Celtic Saints, all the while journeying, praying, reflecting and sharing with other walkers.  The walks will be easy […]

Nourishing your Inner Hermit

September 15th - 18th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

With Revd. Simon Airey.   Description Forthcoming

The Red Tent: Women’s Retreat

September 19th - 21st 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 130

The idea of the ‘Red Tent’ is being adapted from its ancient use to one that provides a space for women today to come together to rest, replenish, connect.  In this retreat, women of all ages and backgrounds are invited to share their lives, share their wisdom, share their laughter and share their sorrow, have […]

Mentoring Retreat: Wisdom Gleaned and Experience Shared

October 6th - 9th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

Join Roy Searle and others in a safe and supportive environment to encourage, share, learn from one another and draw from Roy’s experience as one of the leaders of the Northumbria Community, who has planted and pastored churches, established and encouraged missional initiatives and who teaches, mentors and spiritually directs a number of people in […]

Given for Life: Exploring our Motivational Gifts

October 10th - 12th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

Growing in knowledge of ourselves goes hand-in-hand with growing in knowledge of God.  This retreat offers a well-tested and well-received tool for understanding our ‘motivational gift.’   What is it that motivates our personality, choices, and relationships with others?    The retreat, led by Andy Raine, draws from his book of the same title and is based […]

Towards Simplicity

November 3rd - 6th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

‘Help me to know that the secret of contentment lies in organizing the self in the direction of simplicity.’    ~Hild Liturgy, Celtic Daily Prayer.   This led retreat is an opportunity to focus on the spiritual discipline of Simplicity, both inner and outer. We will be drawing on the teachings of Richard Rohr and Richard Foster […]

Values in the Marketplace

November 7th - 9th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

This retreat will explore how Kingdom Values should and can inform individuals, groups and organisations in the workplace.  It will also look at how we might find and live out our individual vocations within the job that we do every day.

Seasons of the Soul

November 10th - 13th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

It’s easy to see our physical lives progressing from spring through summer and autumn to winter, but our inner life also seems to mirror the changing seasons though not necessarily in the same logical order. This retreat provides an opportunity to reflect on life’s changing seasons, to consider which season best describes your experience here and now and to explore that in […]

Hearing the Voice of the Beloved

November 14th - 16th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

A weekend to explore and deepen some of the many ways the Beloved talks to us and can be found in all things. We will look at creative ways of tuning ourselves into God’s love song that resounds in our hearts, the melody beyond the melodies and the word beyond words, in silence and sharing, […]

The Way of the Desert

November 17th - 20th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

Come and explore the history and wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Mothers, their relevance for today, and the spirituality of desert places.  The Desert Monastic tradition was a great inspiration for the Celtic Church and remains foundational for the Northumbria Community today.

Advent Retreat

December 5th - 7th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

As we enter the busy seasons of Advent and Christmas, this retreat offers the opportunity to prepare for the weeks ahead, to separate the trivial from the significant, and to consider again the meaning, relevance and wonder of the Incarnation of Christ.  Through conversation, reflection, and practical workshops, we’ll prepare to welcome Christ into our […]