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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 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.

January 2015

In-House Retreat (for Nether Springs House Team)

January 5th - 8th 2015, Nether Springs

Surprised by Jesus

January 9th - 11th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

The gospels tell many stories of encounter – of people who were looking for Jesus and found him and those who found him when they weren’t looking. Whether by choice or by chance, these encounters held surprises – and no one came away from them unchanged. Together we will look at a few of these […]

Space for the New Year

January 12th - 15th 2015,
Suggested donation: £145

I hope for you in the New Year: That the single, most significant dimension of life is your relationship God who never ceases to sing love songs to your soul ….That you make choices and decisions that reflect your truest self….That you find adventure in each new day and marvel at the wonders of creation […]

Community Group Leaders

January 16th - 18th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: Donation

A time for those who lead Community Groups around the UK and beyond to gather, encourage one another, and be commissioned for their work in the year ahead.

Being Who You Are: Individually-Guided Retreat

January 19th - 22nd 2015, 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

January 23rd - 25th 2015, 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

January 26th - 29th 2015, 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.

Community Introduction

January 30th - 1st 2015 February, 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.

February 2015

Heart, Home and Hospitality

February 2nd - 5th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation:  £165

Following the celebration of St. Brigid, known for her welcome to all, we will explore together what a hospitality of home and a hospitality of heart might like look in our own lives. We will reflect on Biblical hospitality and share out of our own experiences.

A Time for Everything

February 6th - 8th 2015, 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.

Towards Simplicity

February 9th - 12th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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 and exploring together how this wisdom can be lived out in our everyday lives. If the traditional monastic vow of poverty can be translated in ‘new monasticism’ as simplicity, what does that mean for us?

Given For Life: Exploring our Motivational Gifts

February 13th - 15th 2015, 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 draws from a book of the same title and is based on Romans 12:1-8, verses […]

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

February 16th - 19th 2015, 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. Includes an Ash Wednesday Communion.

House Closed

February 20th - 22nd 2015, 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

February 23rd - 26th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £145

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.

A Trip to Narnia with ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’

February 27th - 1st 2015 March, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

A chance to gather in front of a warm fire to reflect upon this classic tale by C.S. Lewis and to revisit (or indeed visit for the first time) this magical land where Aslan rules.  Intended as a reflection for children of all ages (young and old)!  Includes a trip to the coast.  

March 2015

Lenten Journey

March 2nd - 5th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

A led retreat which offers time and space to reflect on your own journey with Christ at the beginning of this season of Lent.

Community Introduction

March 6th - 8th 2015, 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.

Contemplative Awareness

March 9th - 12th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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.

Contemplative Crafts: Willow Sculpture

March 13th - 15th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

From ancient times, people have created things whilst praying or as an expression of their prayers. Come create a willow-sculpture with a local, experienced willow-weaver. Willow is supple and malleable. What can you learn about yourself through weaving? What symbolism lies behind what you might create with this supple and malleable material? How can weaving […]

I Still and Quiet My Soul

March 16th - 19th 2015, 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.

Celtic Saints: St. Cuthbert

March 20th - 22nd 2015, 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 celebrating Cuthbert’s Day together on Friday and a day trip to Holy Island on Saturday or Sunday.

Listening to the Heartbeat of God: An Individually Guided Retreat

March 23rd - 26th 2015, 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

March 27th - 29th 2015, 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

March 30th - 1st 2015 April, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £100

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.

April 2015

Easter Workshop

April 2nd - 6th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

Easter has always been a special time for the Community to gather. The Easter narrative draws us into Christ’s life, death & resurrection. He gives us ‐ individually and as a Community ‐ our identity, our life and our future.   This is a time for all of us to explore our journey of faith and […]

House Closed

April 6th - 12th 2015, Nether Springs

Nether Springs is closed for a week after Easter as part of the resident community’s commitment to a rhythm of life.

Celtic Sites and Saints

April 13th - 16th 2015, 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 […]

Contemplative Crafts: Felt-Making

April 17th - 19th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

Craft as well as prayer, often thrives with careful, focused attention. Working with felt, in particular, allows for working with rich colours and textures, binding together loose threads to make a whole. It is created through friction and pressure and may be a time to reflect on how times of resistance might be bringing something […]

Being Who You Are: Individually-Guided Retreat  

April 20th - 23rd 2015, 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 […]

Created for Purpose

April 24th - 26th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

Take time out to hear the still, small voice that knows you better than you know yourself. One word from your maker can change everything. We’ll be communing with the master craftsman through play and creative action, alone and together. Trusting that as we humble ourselves, become childlike and open up to the creative process, we encounter our Creator.

A Time for Everything

April 27th - 30th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £145

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.

May 2015

House Closed

May 1st - 3rd 2015, Nether Springs

Nether Springs is closed as part of the resident community’s commitment to a rhythm of life.

I Still and Quiet My Soul

May 4th - 7th 2015, 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.

Drysalter: Poetry as Contemplation

May 8th - 10th 2015, 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 […]

Community Introduction

May 11th - 14th 2015, 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.

Celtic Saints: St. Brendan

May 15th - 17th 2015, 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 […]

A Time for Everything

May 22nd - 24th 2015, 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.

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

May 25th - 28th 2015, 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 29th - 31st 2015, Nether Springs

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

June 2015

I Still and Quiet My Soul

June 1st - 4th 2015, 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.

Dancing Celtic Daily Prayer

June 5th - 7th 2015,
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.  

Seasons of the Soul

June 8th - 11th 2015, 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 […]

Hearts and Hands Across Europe

June 12th - 14th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

As politicians and the media debate and highlight the issues of immigration, the economy, trade and justice facing Europe, this weekend workshop explores a different vision; one that speaks of hope and renewal, peace and community across the Continent. Drawing on the stories of the Celtic saints who shaped and majorly influenced Europe in the […]

Who are You God, and Who am I?

June 15th - 18th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

This question is at the heart of the spiritual journey as we work out how we fit in the world and what our purpose is. It’s a question that is often asked at times of significant change and transition when the identity that we have constructed for ourselves is challenged, but ultimately it is about […]

Psalm Drumming

June 19th - 21st 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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.  

Being Who You Are: An Individually Guided Retreat

June 22nd - 25th 2015, 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

June 26th - 28th 2015, Nether Springs

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

Singing the Lord’s Song in a Rural Land

June 29th - 2nd 2015 July, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

Explore and reflect on life and faith in the countryside with particular emphasis on the missiological challenges and opportunities in such a rural context.

July 2015

Introduction to Ignatian Prayer

July 3rd - 5th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Come and explore new ways of praying including the imaginative contemplation of a gospel passage and a way to reflect on our day with the examen prayer. Ignatian spirituality can help us to pay more attention to God, and help us understand and identify His actions in our lives. The weekend will be practical and […]

I Still and Quiet My Soul

July 6th - 9th 2015, 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.

Contemplative Awareness

July 10th - 12th 2015, 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.  

Introduction to the Myers Briggs Type Indication (MBTI) and Christian Spirituality

July 13th - 16th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

This retreat 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 Without & Within”, “Finding […]

A Time for Everything

July 17th - 19th 2015, 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

July 20th - 23rd 2015, 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

July 24th - 26th 2015,

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 27th - 30th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £145

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.

Community Introduction

July 31st - 2nd 2015 August, 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

August 2015

Family Week

August 3rd - 8th 2015, 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

August 10th - 13th 2015, 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

August 14th - 16th 2015, 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 singles, whether divorced, unmarried or widowed.  

An Introduction to Spiritual Disciplines

August 17th - 20th 2015, 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.

Celtic Saints: St. Aidan

August 21st - 23rd 2015, 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 […]

Being Who You Are: An Individually Guided Retreat

August 24th - 27th 2015, 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

August 28th - 30th 2015, 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

August 31st - 3rd 2015 September, 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.

September 2015

A Time for Everything

September 4th - 6th 2015, 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.

Walk, Talk and Pray

September 7th - 13th 2015, 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 […]

The Emotional Life of Jesus

September 14th - 17th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

Christians often think of following Jesus’ behavior, but behavior often follows emotions. This retreat will explore what moved and motivated Jesus. By focusing on four emotions the Bible tells us Jesus felt—Love/Compassion, Anger, Sorrow, and Joy—we’ll ask how learning about Jesus’ emotional life might impact our own.

Red Tent Women’s Retreat

September 18th - 20th 2015, 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 […]

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

September 21st - 24th 2015, 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

September 25th - 27th 2015, 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

September 28th - 1st 2015 October, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £145

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

October 2015

Community Introduction

October 2nd - 4th 2015, 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.

I Still and Quiet My Soul

October 5th - 8th 2015, 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

October 9th - 11th 2015, 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 and […]

Mentoring Retreat: Wisdom Gleaned and Experiences Shared

October 12th - 15th 2015, 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

October 16th - 18th 2015, 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. Feel free to bring some fabric or strips of cloth from a special item or of a favourite colour to weave into your rug.

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

October 19th - 22nd 2015, £165

This silent retreat is a time to seek God in the cell of your own heart, in a community of fellow seekers, sharing a companionable quiet. Retreatants will meet individually with a member of the team for a short time each day for an opportunity to share what’s on their hearts in prayerful reflection. Without having to engage in ‘small talk’, and to have the space and permission to dwell with the their questions in the silence of a day built around the daily prayers, people have found this kind of retreat very meaningful and helpful.

House Closed

October 23rd - 25th 2015, 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 26th - 29th 2015, 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 […]

Celebrating the Saints

October 30th - 1st 2015 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’. Retreat will include a pilgrimage on Saturday afternoon.

November 2015

Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography

November 2nd - 5th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

A combination of individual writing exercises and small group work will help retreatants explore God’s presence and work in significant life events.

Hearing the Voice of the Beloved

November 6th - 8th 2015, 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, […]

Contemplation in the Changing World

November 9th - 12th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

An opportunity to think and reflect on happenings and trends and how we might respond and live as disciples in a changing world.

The Courage of Vulnerability

November 13th - 15th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

As a Community that commits itself to Availability and intentional, deliberate Vulnerability, we have been thankful to discover the work of Brené Brown who writes about vulnerability with great humanity, wisdom and humour. Drawing on her insights and on those of the Northumbria Community, we’ll use reflection, discussion and artistic play to begin dismantling the walls of fear or shame that keep us hidden from ourselves and from others. We explore this calling: to let ourselves be seen and live full, whole-hearted lives.

Community Introduction

November 16th - 19th 2015, 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.

A Time for Everything

November 20th - 22nd 2015, 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

November 23rd - 26th 2015, 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

November 27th - 29th 2015, Nether Springs

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

Jesus, Conflict, and Peace-Making

November 30th - 3rd 2015 December, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

How we respond to conflict is one of the biggest challenges we face. Often it’s assumed a ‘Christian’ response to conflict is to be nice. But how did Jesus himself respond to the people and institutions who came up against him, didn’t understand him, tried to silence him, sought to trick him and to ultimately defeat him? During this retreat, we’ll explore each of the four Gospels, looking at the life of Christ through the lens of conflict, peace-making and reconciliation. We’ll explore through study, drama and discussion.

December 2015

Advent Retreat

December 4th - 6th 2015, 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

December 7th - 10th 2015, 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, sharing a companionable quiet. Retreatants will meet individually with a member of the team for a short time each day for an opportunity to share what’s on their hearts in prayerful reflection. Without having to engage in ‘small talk’, and to have the space and permission to dwell with the their questions in the silence of a day built around the daily prayers, people have found this kind of retreat very meaningful and helpful.

I Still and Quiet My Soul

December 11th - 13th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £100

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 14th - 10th 2016 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

Lenten Journey

March 2nd - 5th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

A led retreat which offers time and space to reflect on your own journey with Christ at the beginning of this season of Lent.

Easter Workshop

April 2nd - 6th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

Easter has always been a special time for the Community to gather. The Easter narrative draws us into Christ’s life, death & resurrection. He gives us ‐ individually and as a Community ‐ our identity, our life and our future.   This is a time for all of us to explore our journey of faith and […]

Advent Retreat

December 4th - 6th 2015, 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 Saints: St. Cuthbert

March 20th - 22nd 2015, 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 celebrating Cuthbert’s Day together on Friday and a day trip to Holy Island on Saturday or Sunday.

Celtic Sites and Saints

April 13th - 16th 2015, 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 Saints: St. Brendan

May 15th - 17th 2015, 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. Aidan

August 21st - 23rd 2015, 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 7th - 13th 2015, 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 […]

Celebrating the Saints

October 30th - 1st 2015 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’. Retreat will include a pilgrimage on Saturday afternoon.

Creativity & Interests

Contemplative Crafts: Willow Sculpture

March 13th - 15th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

From ancient times, people have created things whilst praying or as an expression of their prayers. Come create a willow-sculpture with a local, experienced willow-weaver. Willow is supple and malleable. What can you learn about yourself through weaving? What symbolism lies behind what you might create with this supple and malleable material? How can weaving […]

Contemplative Crafts: Felt-Making

April 17th - 19th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

Craft as well as prayer, often thrives with careful, focused attention. Working with felt, in particular, allows for working with rich colours and textures, binding together loose threads to make a whole. It is created through friction and pressure and may be a time to reflect on how times of resistance might be bringing something […]

Created for Purpose

April 24th - 26th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

Take time out to hear the still, small voice that knows you better than you know yourself. One word from your maker can change everything. We’ll be communing with the master craftsman through play and creative action, alone and together. Trusting that as we humble ourselves, become childlike and open up to the creative process, we encounter our Creator.

Drysalter: Poetry as Contemplation

May 8th - 10th 2015, 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 5th - 7th 2015,
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.  

Psalm Drumming

June 19th - 21st 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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.  

Walk, Talk and Pray

September 7th - 13th 2015, 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

October 16th - 18th 2015, 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. Feel free to bring some fabric or strips of cloth from a special item or of a favourite colour to weave into your rug.

The Courage of Vulnerability

November 13th - 15th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

As a Community that commits itself to Availability and intentional, deliberate Vulnerability, we have been thankful to discover the work of Brené Brown who writes about vulnerability with great humanity, wisdom and humour. Drawing on her insights and on those of the Northumbria Community, we’ll use reflection, discussion and artistic play to begin dismantling the walls of fear or shame that keep us hidden from ourselves and from others. We explore this calling: to let ourselves be seen and live full, whole-hearted lives.

Exploring the Northumbria Community

Community Introduction

January 30th - 1st 2015 February, 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

March 6th - 8th 2015, 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

May 11th - 14th 2015, 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 5th - 7th 2015,
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.  

Hearts and Hands Across Europe

June 12th - 14th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

As politicians and the media debate and highlight the issues of immigration, the economy, trade and justice facing Europe, this weekend workshop explores a different vision; one that speaks of hope and renewal, peace and community across the Continent. Drawing on the stories of the Celtic saints who shaped and majorly influenced Europe in the […]

Community Introduction

July 31st - 2nd 2015 August, 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 2nd - 4th 2015, 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

November 16th - 19th 2015, 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.

Family Week

A Trip to Narnia with ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’

February 27th - 1st 2015 March, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

A chance to gather in front of a warm fire to reflect upon this classic tale by C.S. Lewis and to revisit (or indeed visit for the first time) this magical land where Aslan rules.  Intended as a reflection for children of all ages (young and old)!  Includes a trip to the coast.  

Family Week

August 3rd - 8th 2015, 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

Being Who You Are: Individually-Guided Retreat

January 19th - 22nd 2015, 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

February 16th - 19th 2015, 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. Includes an Ash Wednesday Communion.

Listening to the Heartbeat of God: An Individually Guided Retreat

March 23rd - 26th 2015, 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 […]

Being Who You Are: Individually-Guided Retreat  

April 20th - 23rd 2015, 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 25th - 28th 2015, 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.

Being Who You Are: An Individually Guided Retreat

June 22nd - 25th 2015, 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

July 20th - 23rd 2015, 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: An Individually Guided Retreat

August 24th - 27th 2015, 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

September 21st - 24th 2015, 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

October 19th - 22nd 2015, £165

This silent retreat is a time to seek God in the cell of your own heart, in a community of fellow seekers, sharing a companionable quiet. Retreatants will meet individually with a member of the team for a short time each day for an opportunity to share what’s on their hearts in prayerful reflection. Without having to engage in ‘small talk’, and to have the space and permission to dwell with the their questions in the silence of a day built around the daily prayers, people have found this kind of retreat very meaningful and helpful.

Listening to the Heartbeat of God: An Individually Guided Retreat

November 23rd - 26th 2015, 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

December 7th - 10th 2015, 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, sharing a companionable quiet. Retreatants will meet individually with a member of the team for a short time each day for an opportunity to share what’s on their hearts in prayerful reflection. Without having to engage in ‘small talk’, and to have the space and permission to dwell with the their questions in the silence of a day built around the daily prayers, people have found this kind of retreat very meaningful and helpful.

Leadership

Community Group Leaders

January 16th - 18th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: Donation

A time for those who lead Community Groups around the UK and beyond to gather, encourage one another, and be commissioned for their work in the year ahead.

Singing the Lord’s Song in a Rural Land

June 29th - 2nd 2015 July, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

Explore and reflect on life and faith in the countryside with particular emphasis on the missiological challenges and opportunities in such a rural context.

Mentoring Retreat: Wisdom Gleaned and Experiences Shared

October 12th - 15th 2015, 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 New Year

January 12th - 15th 2015,
Suggested donation: £145

I hope for you in the New Year: That the single, most significant dimension of life is your relationship God who never ceases to sing love songs to your soul ….That you make choices and decisions that reflect your truest self….That you find adventure in each new day and marvel at the wonders of creation […]

Heart, Home and Hospitality

February 2nd - 5th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation:  £165

Following the celebration of St. Brigid, known for her welcome to all, we will explore together what a hospitality of home and a hospitality of heart might like look in our own lives. We will reflect on Biblical hospitality and share out of our own experiences.

Towards Simplicity

February 9th - 12th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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 and exploring together how this wisdom can be lived out in our everyday lives. If the traditional monastic vow of poverty can be translated in ‘new monasticism’ as simplicity, what does that mean for us?

Given For Life: Exploring our Motivational Gifts

February 13th - 15th 2015, 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 draws from a book of the same title and is based on Romans 12:1-8, verses […]

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

May 25th - 28th 2015, 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.

Seasons of the Soul

June 8th - 11th 2015, 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 […]

Hearts and Hands Across Europe

June 12th - 14th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

As politicians and the media debate and highlight the issues of immigration, the economy, trade and justice facing Europe, this weekend workshop explores a different vision; one that speaks of hope and renewal, peace and community across the Continent. Drawing on the stories of the Celtic saints who shaped and majorly influenced Europe in the […]

Who are You God, and Who am I?

June 15th - 18th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

This question is at the heart of the spiritual journey as we work out how we fit in the world and what our purpose is. It’s a question that is often asked at times of significant change and transition when the identity that we have constructed for ourselves is challenged, but ultimately it is about […]

Singing the Lord’s Song in a Rural Land

June 29th - 2nd 2015 July, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

Explore and reflect on life and faith in the countryside with particular emphasis on the missiological challenges and opportunities in such a rural context.

Introduction to the Myers Briggs Type Indication (MBTI) and Christian Spirituality

July 13th - 16th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

This retreat 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 Without & Within”, “Finding […]

Embracing and Celebrating Being Single

August 14th - 16th 2015, 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 singles, whether divorced, unmarried or widowed.  

The Emotional Life of Jesus

September 14th - 17th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

Christians often think of following Jesus’ behavior, but behavior often follows emotions. This retreat will explore what moved and motivated Jesus. By focusing on four emotions the Bible tells us Jesus felt—Love/Compassion, Anger, Sorrow, and Joy—we’ll ask how learning about Jesus’ emotional life might impact our own.

Red Tent Women’s Retreat

September 18th - 20th 2015, 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 Experiences Shared

October 12th - 15th 2015, 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 […]

Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography

November 2nd - 5th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

A combination of individual writing exercises and small group work will help retreatants explore God’s presence and work in significant life events.

The Courage of Vulnerability

November 13th - 15th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

As a Community that commits itself to Availability and intentional, deliberate Vulnerability, we have been thankful to discover the work of Brené Brown who writes about vulnerability with great humanity, wisdom and humour. Drawing on her insights and on those of the Northumbria Community, we’ll use reflection, discussion and artistic play to begin dismantling the walls of fear or shame that keep us hidden from ourselves and from others. We explore this calling: to let ourselves be seen and live full, whole-hearted lives.

Jesus, Conflict, and Peace-Making

November 30th - 3rd 2015 December, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

How we respond to conflict is one of the biggest challenges we face. Often it’s assumed a ‘Christian’ response to conflict is to be nice. But how did Jesus himself respond to the people and institutions who came up against him, didn’t understand him, tried to silence him, sought to trick him and to ultimately defeat him? During this retreat, we’ll explore each of the four Gospels, looking at the life of Christ through the lens of conflict, peace-making and reconciliation. We’ll explore through study, drama and discussion.

Rest and Restoration

Space for the New Year

January 12th - 15th 2015,
Suggested donation: £145

I hope for you in the New Year: That the single, most significant dimension of life is your relationship God who never ceases to sing love songs to your soul ….That you make choices and decisions that reflect your truest self….That you find adventure in each new day and marvel at the wonders of creation […]

I Still and Quiet My Soul

January 26th - 29th 2015, 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

February 6th - 8th 2015, 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.

A Time for Everything

February 23rd - 26th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £145

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.

Contemplative Awareness

March 9th - 12th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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.

I Still and Quiet My Soul

March 16th - 19th 2015, 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.

I Still and Quiet My Soul

March 30th - 1st 2015 April, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £100

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

April 27th - 30th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £145

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

May 4th - 7th 2015, 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

May 22nd - 24th 2015, 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 1st - 4th 2015, 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.

Seasons of the Soul

June 8th - 11th 2015, 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 […]

Being Who You Are: An Individually Guided Retreat

June 22nd - 25th 2015, 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, […]

I Still and Quiet My Soul

July 6th - 9th 2015, 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

July 17th - 19th 2015, 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.

A Time for Everything

July 27th - 30th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £145

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.

A Time for Everything

August 10th - 13th 2015, 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

August 31st - 3rd 2015 September, 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

September 4th - 6th 2015, 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.

A Time for Everything

September 28th - 1st 2015 October, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £145

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

October 5th - 8th 2015, 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

October 9th - 11th 2015, 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 and […]

I Still and Quiet My Soul

October 26th - 29th 2015, 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

November 20th - 22nd 2015, 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.

Advent Retreat

December 4th - 6th 2015, 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

December 11th - 13th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £100

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

Surprised by Jesus

January 9th - 11th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

The gospels tell many stories of encounter – of people who were looking for Jesus and found him and those who found him when they weren’t looking. Whether by choice or by chance, these encounters held surprises – and no one came away from them unchanged. Together we will look at a few of these […]

Heart, Home and Hospitality

February 2nd - 5th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation:  £165

Following the celebration of St. Brigid, known for her welcome to all, we will explore together what a hospitality of home and a hospitality of heart might like look in our own lives. We will reflect on Biblical hospitality and share out of our own experiences.

Towards Simplicity

February 9th - 12th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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 and exploring together how this wisdom can be lived out in our everyday lives. If the traditional monastic vow of poverty can be translated in ‘new monasticism’ as simplicity, what does that mean for us?

Given For Life: Exploring our Motivational Gifts

February 13th - 15th 2015, 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 draws from a book of the same title and is based on Romans 12:1-8, verses […]

Lenten Journey

March 2nd - 5th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

A led retreat which offers time and space to reflect on your own journey with Christ at the beginning of this season of Lent.

Contemplative Awareness

March 9th - 12th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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.

Celtic Saints: St. Cuthbert

March 20th - 22nd 2015, 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 celebrating Cuthbert’s Day together on Friday and a day trip to Holy Island on Saturday or Sunday.

Easter Workshop

April 2nd - 6th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

Easter has always been a special time for the Community to gather. The Easter narrative draws us into Christ’s life, death & resurrection. He gives us ‐ individually and as a Community ‐ our identity, our life and our future.   This is a time for all of us to explore our journey of faith and […]

Celtic Sites and Saints

April 13th - 16th 2015, 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 […]

Drysalter: Poetry as Contemplation

May 8th - 10th 2015, 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 […]

Celtic Saints: St. Brendan

May 15th - 17th 2015, 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 […]

Seasons of the Soul

June 8th - 11th 2015, 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 […]

Who are You God, and Who am I?

June 15th - 18th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

This question is at the heart of the spiritual journey as we work out how we fit in the world and what our purpose is. It’s a question that is often asked at times of significant change and transition when the identity that we have constructed for ourselves is challenged, but ultimately it is about […]

Psalm Drumming

June 19th - 21st 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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.  

Introduction to Ignatian Prayer

July 3rd - 5th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Come and explore new ways of praying including the imaginative contemplation of a gospel passage and a way to reflect on our day with the examen prayer. Ignatian spirituality can help us to pay more attention to God, and help us understand and identify His actions in our lives. The weekend will be practical and […]

Contemplative Awareness

July 10th - 12th 2015, 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.  

Introduction to the Myers Briggs Type Indication (MBTI) and Christian Spirituality

July 13th - 16th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

This retreat 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 Without & Within”, “Finding […]

Embracing and Celebrating Being Single

August 14th - 16th 2015, 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 singles, whether divorced, unmarried or widowed.  

An Introduction to Spiritual Disciplines

August 17th - 20th 2015, 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.

The Emotional Life of Jesus

September 14th - 17th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

Christians often think of following Jesus’ behavior, but behavior often follows emotions. This retreat will explore what moved and motivated Jesus. By focusing on four emotions the Bible tells us Jesus felt—Love/Compassion, Anger, Sorrow, and Joy—we’ll ask how learning about Jesus’ emotional life might impact our own.

Red Tent Women’s Retreat

September 18th - 20th 2015, 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 Experiences Shared

October 12th - 15th 2015, 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 […]

Celebrating the Saints

October 30th - 1st 2015 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’. Retreat will include a pilgrimage on Saturday afternoon.

Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography

November 2nd - 5th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

A combination of individual writing exercises and small group work will help retreatants explore God’s presence and work in significant life events.

Hearing the Voice of the Beloved

November 6th - 8th 2015, 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, […]

Contemplation in the Changing World

November 9th - 12th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

An opportunity to think and reflect on happenings and trends and how we might respond and live as disciples in a changing world.

The Courage of Vulnerability

November 13th - 15th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

As a Community that commits itself to Availability and intentional, deliberate Vulnerability, we have been thankful to discover the work of Brené Brown who writes about vulnerability with great humanity, wisdom and humour. Drawing on her insights and on those of the Northumbria Community, we’ll use reflection, discussion and artistic play to begin dismantling the walls of fear or shame that keep us hidden from ourselves and from others. We explore this calling: to let ourselves be seen and live full, whole-hearted lives.

Jesus, Conflict, and Peace-Making

November 30th - 3rd 2015 December, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

How we respond to conflict is one of the biggest challenges we face. Often it’s assumed a ‘Christian’ response to conflict is to be nice. But how did Jesus himself respond to the people and institutions who came up against him, didn’t understand him, tried to silence him, sought to trick him and to ultimately defeat him? During this retreat, we’ll explore each of the four Gospels, looking at the life of Christ through the lens of conflict, peace-making and reconciliation. We’ll explore through study, drama and discussion.

Advent Retreat

December 4th - 6th 2015, 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 […]