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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 (general arrival time being 3pm-5pm) 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.

May 2016

House Closed

27th May - 29th May 2016, 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

30th May - 2nd Jun 2016, Nether Springs

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up,     my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things     too great and too marvelous for me.  But I have calmed and quieted my soul,     like a weaned child with its mother;     my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.  O […]

June 2016

Dancing Celtic Daily Prayer

3rd Jun - 5th Jun 2016, 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.

Soul Friendship 

6th Jun - 9th Jun 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

An opportunity for Companions, Friends and others to share what ‘Soul Friendship’ means for each of us. Following the example of ‘good ones of old’ (Jesus, Desert Fathers and Mothers, Celtic saints, Medieval mystics), we will reflect on the meaning of spiritual friendship, accompaniment and direction in our own lives and within the Northumbria Community.

Contemplative Awareness

10th Jun - 12th Jun 2016, 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.

Community Introduction

13th Jun - 16th Jun 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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 Monday evening session is essential.

Learn from the Birds

17th Jun - 19th Jun 2016, 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 to whom Cuthbert […]

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

20th Jun - 23rd Jun 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

‘This is what the LORD says, “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”’ ~Jeremiah 6:16 A chance to reflect on life-transitions with someone who will listen with you to God’s work at the […]

House Closed

24th Jun - 26th Jun 2016, 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 

27th Jun - 30th Jun 2016, Cranmer Hall
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 […]

July 2016

Psalm Drumming 

1st Jul - 3rd Jul 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120 

Join with some members of Psalm Drummers to listen to God’s heartbeat and to one another as we learn to express our praise, prayer and lament through one of the most ancient and universal of instruments. Bring a drum if you have one.  No previous drumming experience required

I Still and Quiet My Soul

4th Jul - 7th Jul 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £145

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up,     my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things     too great and too marvelous for me.  But I have calmed and quieted my soul,     like a weaned child with its mother;     my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.  O […]

Photography As A Contemplative Practice

8th Jul - 10th Jul 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

        ‘To take photographs means… putting one’s head, one’s eye and one’s heart on the same axis.’          ~ Henri Cartier-Bresson This retreat will invite us to train our contemplative attitude through taking photographs.  The camera, by narrowing our vision, can become like a spyglass, a tool to train us […]

Celtic Sites and Saints

11th Jul - 14th Jul 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £185

A chance to journey with the Celtic Saints whose spirituality and witness not only served the renewal of the Church but shaped culture in their own day and beyond.  The example of Aidan, Cuthbert, Oswald, Hild and many others has inspired the Northumbria Community and provided a foundation for our Way for Living. This retreat […]

The Spiritual Practice of Play

15th Jul - 17th Jul 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

  In this retreat, we will be looking at spiritual formation through the discipline of play and wondering for childhood and beyond.  What role does imagination play in our faith development? How do we make space for imaginative play as we engage with God’s word in Scripture? We will have an opportunity to experience Godly […]

Finding God in Who You are: An Exploration of Personality and Spirituality with the Help of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator

18th Jul - 21st Jul 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

This course is for people who are interested in making connections between personality and spirituality. There will be an opportunity to complete the MBTI questionnaire, if you haven’t done so before, and to talk it through in an individual session.  In the group we will think about themes like: ‘Finding God Within & Without’, ‘Finding […]

I Still and Quiet My Soul

22nd Jul - 24th Jul 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £100

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up,     my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things     too great and too marvelous for me.  But I have calmed and quieted my soul,     like a weaned child with its mother;     my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.  O […]

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

25th Jul - 28th Jul 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165 

‘This is what the LORD says, “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”’ ~Jeremiah 6:16 A chance to reflect on life-transitions with someone who will listen with you to God’s work at the […]

House Closed

29th Jul - 31st Jul 2016, Nether Springs

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

August 2016

A Time For Everything

1st Aug - 4th Aug 2016, 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 and […]

Community Introduction

5th Aug - 7th Aug 2016, 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

8th Aug - 13th Aug 2016, 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. (Retreat ends after lunch on Saturday.) Suggested donation for each family: one adult pays full price, spouse/partner and children under 16 half price, children under 8 […]

A Time For Everything

15th Aug - 18th Aug 2016, 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 and […]

Embracing and Celebrating Being Single

19th Aug - 21st Aug 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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 female singles, whether divorced, unmarried or widowed.

Being Who You Are: An Individually Guided Retreat

22nd Aug - 25th Aug 2016, 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

26th Aug - 28th Aug 2016, 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

29th Aug - 1st Sep 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £145

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up,     my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things     too great and too marvelous for me.  But I have calmed and quieted my soul,     like a weaned child with its mother;     my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.  O […]

September 2016

A Time For Everything

2nd Sep - 4th Sep 2016, 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 […]

Celtic Sites and Saints

5th Sep - 8th Sep 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £185

A chance to journey with the Celtic Saints whose spirituality and witness not only served the renewal of the Church but shaped culture in their own day and beyond.  The example of Aidan, Cuthbert, Oswald, Hild and many others has inspired the Northumbria Community and provided a foundation for our Way for Living. This retreat […]

Red Tent Women’s Retreat

9th Sep - 11th Sep 2016, 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 […]

Walk, Talk and Pray

12th Sep - 18th Sep 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £310

Based at Nether Springs, the group will be going out to walk the beautiful coast and countryside of Northumberland, 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 to moderate covering between 5 to 10 miles each day with one […]

Listening to the Heartbeat Of God: An Individually-Guided Retreat

19th Sep - 22nd Sep 2016, 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 retreat in a community of fellow seekers, while also receiving daily individual support and […]

House Closed

23rd Sep - 25th Sep 2016, 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

26th Sep - 29th Sep 2016, 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 […]

Community Introduction

30th Sep - 2nd Oct 2016, 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.

October 2016

Hearing the Voice of the Beloved

3rd Oct - 6th Oct 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

A time  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, […]

Given for Life: Exploring Motivational Gifts

7th Oct - 9th Oct 2016, 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 teaching draws from a book of the same title and is based on Romans 12:1-8, verses […]

Mentoring Retreat*: Wisdom Gleaned and Experiences Shared

10th Oct - 13th Oct 2016, 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 […]

Contemplative Crafts: Make Your Own Fleece Rug

14th Oct - 16th Oct 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

We weave this day peace of being, gift of loving, power of meeting. ~by Ray Simon and adapted by Andy Raine 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 […]

Practical Mysticism with Evelyn Underhill

17th Oct - 20th Oct 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

We go [on retreat] to seek the opportunity of being alone with God, and attending to God, in order that we may do His will better in our everyday lives. [We go to live for a few days the life of prayer, and deepen our contact with the spiritual realities on which our lives depend […]

A Time For Everything

21st Oct - 23rd Oct 2016, 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 […]

Myers Briggs Type Indicator & Christian Spirituality Course–Part 2*

21st Oct - 23rd Oct 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

This retreat course is open to anyone who has a confident knowledge of what their MBTI personality type is and would like to take their understanding further.

The retreat will cover “Type Dynamics” and will also apply this learning to further exploration of Christian spirituality, partly by touching on the themes of our lifelong journeys of development and the relationship between our conscious and our unconscious lives where, according to Jung, both our “Shadow” and “True Self” may be found.

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

24th Oct - 27th Oct 2016, 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 […]

House Closed

28th Oct - 30th Oct 2016, 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

31st Oct - 3rd Nov 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £145

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up,     my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things     too great and too marvelous for me.  But I have calmed and quieted my soul,     like a weaned child with its mother;     my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.  O […]

November 2016

The Courage of Vulnerability

4th Nov - 6th Nov 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Vulnerability is the core, the heart, the centre of meaningful human experiences…. It is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability and authenticity.  If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.  ~Brené Brown […]

An Introduction to Spiritual Disciplines

7th Nov - 10th Nov 2016, 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.

Contemplative Awareness

11th Nov - 13th Nov 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

A led retreat that explores embracing of a way of life that is open to finding God in all things and all things in God. We’ll draw 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 […]

Community Introduction

14th Nov - 17th Nov 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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

Celtic Saints: St. Hild

18th Nov - 20th Nov 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Bede describes Hilda as a woman of great energy, who was a skilled administrator and teacher. She gained such a reputation for wisdom that even kings and princes sought her advice, but she also had a concern for ordinary folk [like Caedmon. He was a cowherd at the monastery, who was inspired in a dream […]

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

21st Nov - 24th Nov 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

‘This is what the LORD says, “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”’ ~Jeremiah 6:16 A chance to reflect on life transitions with someone who will listen with you to God’s work at the […]

House Closed

25th Nov - 27th Nov 2016, 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

28th Nov - 1st Dec 2016, 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 […]

December 2016

Advent Retreat

2nd Dec - 4th Dec 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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

5th Dec - 8th Dec 2016, 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 […]

I Still and Quiet My Soul

9th Dec - 11th Dec 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £145

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up,     my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things     too great and too marvelous for me.  But I have calmed and quieted my soul,     like a weaned child with its mother;     my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.  O […]

House Closed

12th Dec - 2nd Jan 2017, 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

Advent Retreat

2nd Dec - 4th Dec 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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 Sites and Saints

11th Jul - 14th Jul 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £185

A chance to journey with the Celtic Saints whose spirituality and witness not only served the renewal of the Church but shaped culture in their own day and beyond.  The example of Aidan, Cuthbert, Oswald, Hild and many others has inspired the Northumbria Community and provided a foundation for our Way for Living. This retreat […]

Celtic Sites and Saints

5th Sep - 8th Sep 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £185

A chance to journey with the Celtic Saints whose spirituality and witness not only served the renewal of the Church but shaped culture in their own day and beyond.  The example of Aidan, Cuthbert, Oswald, Hild and many others has inspired the Northumbria Community and provided a foundation for our Way for Living. This retreat […]

Walk, Talk and Pray

12th Sep - 18th Sep 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £310

Based at Nether Springs, the group will be going out to walk the beautiful coast and countryside of Northumberland, 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 to moderate covering between 5 to 10 miles each day with one […]

Celtic Saints: St. Hild

18th Nov - 20th Nov 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Bede describes Hilda as a woman of great energy, who was a skilled administrator and teacher. She gained such a reputation for wisdom that even kings and princes sought her advice, but she also had a concern for ordinary folk [like Caedmon. He was a cowherd at the monastery, who was inspired in a dream […]

Creativity & Interests

Dancing Celtic Daily Prayer

3rd Jun - 5th Jun 2016, 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

17th Jun - 19th Jun 2016, 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 to whom Cuthbert […]

Psalm Drumming 

1st Jul - 3rd Jul 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120 

Join with some members of Psalm Drummers to listen to God’s heartbeat and to one another as we learn to express our praise, prayer and lament through one of the most ancient and universal of instruments. Bring a drum if you have one.  No previous drumming experience required

Photography As A Contemplative Practice

8th Jul - 10th Jul 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

        ‘To take photographs means… putting one’s head, one’s eye and one’s heart on the same axis.’          ~ Henri Cartier-Bresson This retreat will invite us to train our contemplative attitude through taking photographs.  The camera, by narrowing our vision, can become like a spyglass, a tool to train us […]

The Spiritual Practice of Play

15th Jul - 17th Jul 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

  In this retreat, we will be looking at spiritual formation through the discipline of play and wondering for childhood and beyond.  What role does imagination play in our faith development? How do we make space for imaginative play as we engage with God’s word in Scripture? We will have an opportunity to experience Godly […]

Walk, Talk and Pray

12th Sep - 18th Sep 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £310

Based at Nether Springs, the group will be going out to walk the beautiful coast and countryside of Northumberland, 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 to moderate covering between 5 to 10 miles each day with one […]

Contemplative Crafts: Make Your Own Fleece Rug

14th Oct - 16th Oct 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

We weave this day peace of being, gift of loving, power of meeting. ~by Ray Simon and adapted by Andy Raine 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 […]

The Courage of Vulnerability

4th Nov - 6th Nov 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Vulnerability is the core, the heart, the centre of meaningful human experiences…. It is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability and authenticity.  If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.  ~Brené Brown […]

Exploring the Northumbria Community

Dancing Celtic Daily Prayer

3rd Jun - 5th Jun 2016, 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

13th Jun - 16th Jun 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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 Monday evening session is essential.

Community Introduction

5th Aug - 7th Aug 2016, 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

30th Sep - 2nd Oct 2016, 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

14th Nov - 17th Nov 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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

Family Week

Family Week

8th Aug - 13th Aug 2016, 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. (Retreat ends after lunch on Saturday.) Suggested donation for each family: one adult pays full price, spouse/partner and children under 16 half price, children under 8 […]

Individual Guided Retreats

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

20th Jun - 23rd Jun 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

‘This is what the LORD says, “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”’ ~Jeremiah 6:16 A chance to reflect on life-transitions with someone who will listen with you to God’s work at the […]

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

25th Jul - 28th Jul 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165 

‘This is what the LORD says, “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”’ ~Jeremiah 6:16 A chance to reflect on life-transitions with someone who will listen with you to God’s work at the […]

Being Who You Are: An Individually Guided Retreat

22nd Aug - 25th Aug 2016, 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 […]

Listening to the Heartbeat Of God: An Individually-Guided Retreat

19th Sep - 22nd Sep 2016, 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 retreat in a community of fellow seekers, while also receiving daily individual support and […]

Practical Mysticism with Evelyn Underhill

17th Oct - 20th Oct 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

We go [on retreat] to seek the opportunity of being alone with God, and attending to God, in order that we may do His will better in our everyday lives. [We go to live for a few days the life of prayer, and deepen our contact with the spiritual realities on which our lives depend […]

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

24th Oct - 27th Oct 2016, 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 […]

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

21st Nov - 24th Nov 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

‘This is what the LORD says, “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”’ ~Jeremiah 6:16 A chance to reflect on life transitions with someone who will listen with you to God’s work at the […]

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

5th Dec - 8th Dec 2016, 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 […]

Leadership

Mentoring Retreat*: Wisdom Gleaned and Experiences Shared

10th Oct - 13th Oct 2016, 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

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

20th Jun - 23rd Jun 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

‘This is what the LORD says, “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”’ ~Jeremiah 6:16 A chance to reflect on life-transitions with someone who will listen with you to God’s work at the […]

Finding God in Who You are: An Exploration of Personality and Spirituality with the Help of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator

18th Jul - 21st Jul 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

This course is for people who are interested in making connections between personality and spirituality. There will be an opportunity to complete the MBTI questionnaire, if you haven’t done so before, and to talk it through in an individual session.  In the group we will think about themes like: ‘Finding God Within & Without’, ‘Finding […]

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

25th Jul - 28th Jul 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165 

‘This is what the LORD says, “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”’ ~Jeremiah 6:16 A chance to reflect on life-transitions with someone who will listen with you to God’s work at the […]

Embracing and Celebrating Being Single

19th Aug - 21st Aug 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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 female singles, whether divorced, unmarried or widowed.

Red Tent Women’s Retreat

9th Sep - 11th Sep 2016, 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 […]

Given for Life: Exploring Motivational Gifts

7th Oct - 9th Oct 2016, 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 teaching draws from a book of the same title and is based on Romans 12:1-8, verses […]

Mentoring Retreat*: Wisdom Gleaned and Experiences Shared

10th Oct - 13th Oct 2016, 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 […]

Myers Briggs Type Indicator & Christian Spirituality Course–Part 2*

21st Oct - 23rd Oct 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

This retreat course is open to anyone who has a confident knowledge of what their MBTI personality type is and would like to take their understanding further.

The retreat will cover “Type Dynamics” and will also apply this learning to further exploration of Christian spirituality, partly by touching on the themes of our lifelong journeys of development and the relationship between our conscious and our unconscious lives where, according to Jung, both our “Shadow” and “True Self” may be found.

The Courage of Vulnerability

4th Nov - 6th Nov 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Vulnerability is the core, the heart, the centre of meaningful human experiences…. It is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability and authenticity.  If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.  ~Brené Brown […]

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

21st Nov - 24th Nov 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

‘This is what the LORD says, “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”’ ~Jeremiah 6:16 A chance to reflect on life transitions with someone who will listen with you to God’s work at the […]

Rest and Restoration

I Still and Quiet My Soul

30th May - 2nd Jun 2016, Nether Springs

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up,     my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things     too great and too marvelous for me.  But I have calmed and quieted my soul,     like a weaned child with its mother;     my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.  O […]

Contemplative Awareness

10th Jun - 12th Jun 2016, 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 

27th Jun - 30th Jun 2016, Cranmer Hall
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

4th Jul - 7th Jul 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £145

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up,     my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things     too great and too marvelous for me.  But I have calmed and quieted my soul,     like a weaned child with its mother;     my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.  O […]

I Still and Quiet My Soul

22nd Jul - 24th Jul 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £100

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up,     my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things     too great and too marvelous for me.  But I have calmed and quieted my soul,     like a weaned child with its mother;     my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.  O […]

A Time For Everything

1st Aug - 4th Aug 2016, 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 and […]

A Time For Everything

15th Aug - 18th Aug 2016, 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 and […]

I Still and Quiet My Soul

29th Aug - 1st Sep 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £145

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up,     my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things     too great and too marvelous for me.  But I have calmed and quieted my soul,     like a weaned child with its mother;     my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.  O […]

A Time For Everything

2nd Sep - 4th Sep 2016, 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 […]

A Time For Everything

26th Sep - 29th Sep 2016, 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 […]

A Time For Everything

21st Oct - 23rd Oct 2016, 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 […]

I Still and Quiet My Soul

31st Oct - 3rd Nov 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £145

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up,     my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things     too great and too marvelous for me.  But I have calmed and quieted my soul,     like a weaned child with its mother;     my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.  O […]

Contemplative Awareness

11th Nov - 13th Nov 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

A led retreat that explores embracing of a way of life that is open to finding God in all things and all things in God. We’ll draw 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 […]

A Time For Everything

28th Nov - 1st Dec 2016, 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

2nd Dec - 4th Dec 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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

9th Dec - 11th Dec 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £145

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up,     my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things     too great and too marvelous for me.  But I have calmed and quieted my soul,     like a weaned child with its mother;     my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.  O […]

Spiritual Development

Soul Friendship 

6th Jun - 9th Jun 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

An opportunity for Companions, Friends and others to share what ‘Soul Friendship’ means for each of us. Following the example of ‘good ones of old’ (Jesus, Desert Fathers and Mothers, Celtic saints, Medieval mystics), we will reflect on the meaning of spiritual friendship, accompaniment and direction in our own lives and within the Northumbria Community.

Contemplative Awareness

10th Jun - 12th Jun 2016, 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.

Psalm Drumming 

1st Jul - 3rd Jul 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120 

Join with some members of Psalm Drummers to listen to God’s heartbeat and to one another as we learn to express our praise, prayer and lament through one of the most ancient and universal of instruments. Bring a drum if you have one.  No previous drumming experience required

Celtic Sites and Saints

11th Jul - 14th Jul 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £185

A chance to journey with the Celtic Saints whose spirituality and witness not only served the renewal of the Church but shaped culture in their own day and beyond.  The example of Aidan, Cuthbert, Oswald, Hild and many others has inspired the Northumbria Community and provided a foundation for our Way for Living. This retreat […]

The Spiritual Practice of Play

15th Jul - 17th Jul 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

  In this retreat, we will be looking at spiritual formation through the discipline of play and wondering for childhood and beyond.  What role does imagination play in our faith development? How do we make space for imaginative play as we engage with God’s word in Scripture? We will have an opportunity to experience Godly […]

Finding God in Who You are: An Exploration of Personality and Spirituality with the Help of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator

18th Jul - 21st Jul 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

This course is for people who are interested in making connections between personality and spirituality. There will be an opportunity to complete the MBTI questionnaire, if you haven’t done so before, and to talk it through in an individual session.  In the group we will think about themes like: ‘Finding God Within & Without’, ‘Finding […]

Embracing and Celebrating Being Single

19th Aug - 21st Aug 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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 female singles, whether divorced, unmarried or widowed.

Being Who You Are: An Individually Guided Retreat

22nd Aug - 25th Aug 2016, 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 […]

Celtic Sites and Saints

5th Sep - 8th Sep 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £185

A chance to journey with the Celtic Saints whose spirituality and witness not only served the renewal of the Church but shaped culture in their own day and beyond.  The example of Aidan, Cuthbert, Oswald, Hild and many others has inspired the Northumbria Community and provided a foundation for our Way for Living. This retreat […]

Red Tent Women’s Retreat

9th Sep - 11th Sep 2016, 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 […]

Hearing the Voice of the Beloved

3rd Oct - 6th Oct 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

A time  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, […]

Given for Life: Exploring Motivational Gifts

7th Oct - 9th Oct 2016, 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 teaching draws from a book of the same title and is based on Romans 12:1-8, verses […]

Mentoring Retreat*: Wisdom Gleaned and Experiences Shared

10th Oct - 13th Oct 2016, 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 […]

Practical Mysticism with Evelyn Underhill

17th Oct - 20th Oct 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

We go [on retreat] to seek the opportunity of being alone with God, and attending to God, in order that we may do His will better in our everyday lives. [We go to live for a few days the life of prayer, and deepen our contact with the spiritual realities on which our lives depend […]

Myers Briggs Type Indicator & Christian Spirituality Course–Part 2*

21st Oct - 23rd Oct 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

This retreat course is open to anyone who has a confident knowledge of what their MBTI personality type is and would like to take their understanding further.

The retreat will cover “Type Dynamics” and will also apply this learning to further exploration of Christian spirituality, partly by touching on the themes of our lifelong journeys of development and the relationship between our conscious and our unconscious lives where, according to Jung, both our “Shadow” and “True Self” may be found.

The Courage of Vulnerability

4th Nov - 6th Nov 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Vulnerability is the core, the heart, the centre of meaningful human experiences…. It is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability and authenticity.  If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.  ~Brené Brown […]

An Introduction to Spiritual Disciplines

7th Nov - 10th Nov 2016, 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.

Contemplative Awareness

11th Nov - 13th Nov 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

A led retreat that explores embracing of a way of life that is open to finding God in all things and all things in God. We’ll draw 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 […]

Celtic Saints: St. Hild

18th Nov - 20th Nov 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Bede describes Hilda as a woman of great energy, who was a skilled administrator and teacher. She gained such a reputation for wisdom that even kings and princes sought her advice, but she also had a concern for ordinary folk [like Caedmon. He was a cowherd at the monastery, who was inspired in a dream […]

Advent Retreat

2nd Dec - 4th Dec 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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 […]