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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 or you can download the 2017 Nether Springs Programme. 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 the Community Office

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

December 2016

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

5th Dec - 8th Dec 2016, 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

9th Dec - 11th Dec 2016, 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.

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.  

January 2017

In House Retreat

3rd Jan - 5th Jan 2017, Nether Springs

Nether Springs House Team Retreat

I Still and Quiet My Soul

6th Jan - 8th Jan 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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.

Space for the New Year

9th Jan - 12th Jan 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

As we begin a new year, this is an opportunity to come away and reflect on your intentions and hopes for the time ahead and to pray God’s blessings on it. There will be some guidance and resources offered, but mainly space within the rhythm of the day to connect with the Author of all our days.

Community Group Leaders

13th Jan - 15th Jan 2017, Nether Springs

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

Contemplative Awareness

16th Jan - 19th Jan 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

20th Jan - 22nd Jan 2017, 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.

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

23rd Jan - 26th Jan 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

This silent retreat is a time to seek God in the cell of your own heart, in a community of fellow seekers. Each retreatant will be paired with companion on the journey from whom to receive individual support and guidance. Apart from the session of spiritual accompaniment each morning, we will seek God in silence from Monday after Night Prayers until Thursday lunch.

House Closed

27th Jan - 29th Jan 2017, 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 Jan - 2nd Feb 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

February 2017

Towards Simplicity

3rd Feb - 5th Feb 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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?

Heart, Home and Hospitality

6th Feb - 9th Feb 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Given for Life: Exploring Our Motivational Gifts

10th Feb - 12th Feb 2017, 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 […]

The Way Of Love

13th Feb - 16th Feb 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

Over this Valentine’s Day week, we’ll take a fresh look at St. Valentine himself, and ways of loving God, others and ourselves. Suitable for singles, marrieds, families and all ages.

A Time for Everything

17th Feb - 19th Feb 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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

20th Feb - 23rd Feb 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

A Time for Everything

27th Feb - 2nd Mar 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

March 2017

Take Time to Make Time

3rd Mar - 5th Mar 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

We want to enjoy the ‘fullness of life’ but often our experience falls far short.  We wonder why and feel powerless– weighed down by the stresses and pressures of life.  Join Community Companion Annie Candeland in taking time out in a fun and educational weekend to learn more about the causes and effects of stress […]

Moving Into Stillness

6th Mar - 9th Mar 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

A week using simple movement, dance, art and poetry to lead us from the busyness of our daily lives to a still place to experience more deeply the presence of God and love deep in our hearts, with a little lightness and humour thrown in. Led by Hilda Mary who belongs to the Community of […]

Community Introduction

10th Mar - 12th Mar 2017, 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.

Lenten Journey

13th Mar - 16th Mar 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

Felt-Making Retreat

17th Mar - 19th Mar 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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. On the Friday evening we’ll learn a flat felt technique which can be applied to book covers or hangings. On Saturday will be […]

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

20th Mar - 23rd Mar 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

This silent retreat is a time to seek God in the cell of your own heart, in a community of fellow seekers. Each retreatant will be paired with companion on the journey from whom to receive individual support and guidance. Apart from the session of spiritual accompaniment each morning, we will seek God in silence from Monday after Night Prayers until Thursday lunch.

A Time for Everything

27th Mar - 30th Mar 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

31st Mar - 2nd Apr 2017, 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 […]

April 2017

Celtic Sites and Saints

3rd Apr - 6th Apr 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

Created for Purpose

7th Apr - 9th Apr 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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.

Easter Workshop

13th Apr - 17th Apr 2017, 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 […]

Being Who You Are: An Individually-Guided Retreat

24th Apr - 27th Apr 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

28th Apr - 30th Apr 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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.

May 2017

Exploring Sacred Space

1st May - 4th May 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

If we believe in a God whose glory is in our world, how do we make places that remind us of God’s presence and imminence?  What makes a space  ‘sacred’?  What makes a space special to you?  What are the different levels at work when human beings make a space set-apart or call it significant? […]

A Time for Everything

5th May - 7th May 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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

8th May - 11th May 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

Tending The Garden Of Our Soul

12th May - 14th May 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Throughout the Old and New Testament, Scripture often uses metaphors taken from the natural world to describe the inner journey we take as we walk through life. What does working the soil, planting, growing and harvesting teach us about cultivating the garden of our soul? At this weekend we will relate with creation in tangible […]

I Still and Quiet My Soul

15th May - 18th May 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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. Brendan

19th May - 21st May 2017, 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 […]

Listening to the Heartbeat of God: An Individually Guided Retreat

22nd May - 25th May 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

A Time for Everything

29th May - 1st Jun 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

June 2017

Dancing Celtic Daily Prayer

2nd Jun - 4th Jun 2017, 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.

I Still and Quiet My Soul

5th Jun - 8th Jun 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Learning Through Loss

9th Jun - 11th Jun 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

An experience of any deep loss can wound us to the core. But as we invite God into the pain, we can recreate our lives and find fresh hope and purpose. In our vulnerability, God can then use us to bring compassion to others. This is an opportunity to be equipped in supporting others in friendship or pastorally as well as drawing insight for ourselves. A time to reflect and explore creative ways of healing and restoration.

I Still and Quiet My Soul

12th Jun - 15th Jun 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Prayer Drumming

16th Jun - 18th Jun 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Join with some seasoned prayer 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.

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

19th Jun - 22nd Jun 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

A Time for Everything

26th Jun - 29th Jun 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Introduction to Ignatian Prayer

30th Jun - 2nd Jul 2017, 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 […]

July 2017

A Time for Everything

3rd Jul - 6th Jul 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Photography As A Contemplative Practice

7th Jul - 9th Jul 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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 to see beauty and richness that are usually hidden from us through our lack of attention. We won’t be focusing on the technical aspects of photography but using the process of taking pictures to learn how to see more clearly and to capture images from fresh perceptions.

Celtic Sites and Saints

10th Jul - 13th Jul 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

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

14th Jul - 16th Jul 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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

17th Jul - 20th Jul 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

21st Jul - 23rd Jul 2017, 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.

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

24th Jul - 27th Jul 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

A Time for Everything

31st Jul - 3rd Aug 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

August 2017

Celtic Saints: St. Oswald

4th Aug - 6th Aug 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

A chance to explore the story of St. Oswald, ancient King of Northumbria and reflect on seats of power today.  Includes a local pilgrimage on Saturday for Oswald’s Feast Day.

Family Week

7th Aug - 12th Aug 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £300

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  full donation, spouse/partner and children under 16 half donation, children under 8 free.

Bread for the Journey

14th Aug - 17th Aug 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

An opportunity to explore ways in which ‘bread’ provides a rich and revealing metaphor for reflecting on our life journey as Christian disciples.

A Time for Everything

18th Aug - 20th Aug 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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.

Being Who You Are: An Individually-Guided Retreat

21st Aug - 24th Aug 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

Soul Friendship

28th Aug - 31st Aug 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

September 2017

Celtic Saints: St. Aidan

1st Sep - 3rd Sep 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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 […]

I Still and Quiet My Soul

4th Sep - 7th Sep 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

8th Sep - 10th Sep 2017, 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.

Red Tent Women’s Retreat

11th Sep - 14th Sep 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

Being With

15th Sep - 17th Sep 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

In a world of Doing—doing for and doing to— this retreat will take a look at the importance and power of Being With… through friendship, through having an open table, through being good neighbours.  How does ‘Availability and Vulnerability’ lead us to ‘being with’ God and others?

Listening to the Heartbeat of God: An Individually Guided Retreat

18th Sep - 21st Sep 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

A Time for Everything

25th Sep - 28th Sep 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Willow Weaving

29th Sep - 1st Oct 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Come create with willow, guided by a local experienced willow-weaver. There will be opportunities to work on free-form sculpture (such as a bird feeder or candle holder, an angel or a celtic cross) and baskets. Full instructions and materials are provided.  Suitable for complete beginners.

October 2017

The Courage of Vulnerability

2nd Oct - 5th Oct 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Given for Life: Exploring Our Motivational Gifts

6th Oct - 8th Oct 2017, 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

9th Oct - 12th Oct 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

Finding God In Who You Are: An Exploration of Personality and Spirituality With the Help of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator – Part 2

13th Oct - 15th Oct 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

This 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 course will cover ‘Type Dynamics’; the following quotes articulate just what a helpful area of MBTI this is: Type dynamics is the basic structure that opens the door to […]

I Still and Quiet My Soul

16th Oct - 19th Oct 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Body and Soul

20th Oct - 22nd Oct 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

A weekend spent in the company of Hildegard of Bingen reflecting on the interconnectedness of who we are in God.  Hildegard is was a 12th century German Benedictine abbess, Christian mystic, writer, composer, philosopher, visionary, and polymath who is thought to be one of the most influential persons of the Middle Ages.  Her legacy can […]

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

23rd Oct - 26th Oct 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Celebrating the Saints

30th Oct - 2nd Nov 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

Over this ‘All Saints’ Day’ week, 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’. Suitable for all ages.

November 2017

I Still and Quiet My Soul

3rd Nov - 5th Nov 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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

6th Nov - 9th Nov 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

Go Peaceful In Gentleness

10th Nov - 12th Nov 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Explore what it might mean to live gently and peaceably in a world of violence, increasing fragmentation, emerging nationalism and tribalism. What was the gift and charism of our Celtic forefathers and mothers and how does the spirituality of the Northumbria Community relate to how we live out our lives in a changing world?

Who are you God, and who am I?

13th Nov - 16th Nov 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

Rediscovering Sabbath

17th Nov - 19th Nov 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

We live in a culture driven by constant activity and business. The thought of resting a whole day every week might even sound scary to us as we all are affected by the pressure to do and achieve. How can we learn to stop? What lies at the heart of God’s commandment and this ancient […]

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

20th Nov - 23rd Nov 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Jesus, Conflict and Peace-Making

27th Nov - 30th Nov 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 2017

Advent Retreat

1st Dec - 3rd Dec 2017, 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

4th Dec - 7th Dec 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

8th Dec - 10th Dec 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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.

Advent, Lent & Easter

Lenten Journey

13th Mar - 16th Mar 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

Easter Workshop

13th Apr - 17th Apr 2017, 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

1st Dec - 3rd Dec 2017, 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

3rd Apr - 6th Apr 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

Exploring Sacred Space

1st May - 4th May 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

If we believe in a God whose glory is in our world, how do we make places that remind us of God’s presence and imminence?  What makes a space  ‘sacred’?  What makes a space special to you?  What are the different levels at work when human beings make a space set-apart or call it significant? […]

Celtic Saints: St. Brendan

19th May - 21st May 2017, 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 Sites and Saints

10th Jul - 13th Jul 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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. Oswald

4th Aug - 6th Aug 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

A chance to explore the story of St. Oswald, ancient King of Northumbria and reflect on seats of power today.  Includes a local pilgrimage on Saturday for Oswald’s Feast Day.

Celtic Saints: St. Aidan

1st Sep - 3rd Sep 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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 […]

Celebrating the Saints

30th Oct - 2nd Nov 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

Over this ‘All Saints’ Day’ week, 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’. Suitable for all ages.

Creativity & Interests

Moving Into Stillness

6th Mar - 9th Mar 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

A week using simple movement, dance, art and poetry to lead us from the busyness of our daily lives to a still place to experience more deeply the presence of God and love deep in our hearts, with a little lightness and humour thrown in. Led by Hilda Mary who belongs to the Community of […]

Felt-Making Retreat

17th Mar - 19th Mar 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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. On the Friday evening we’ll learn a flat felt technique which can be applied to book covers or hangings. On Saturday will be […]

Tending The Garden Of Our Soul

12th May - 14th May 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Throughout the Old and New Testament, Scripture often uses metaphors taken from the natural world to describe the inner journey we take as we walk through life. What does working the soil, planting, growing and harvesting teach us about cultivating the garden of our soul? At this weekend we will relate with creation in tangible […]

Dancing Celtic Daily Prayer

2nd Jun - 4th Jun 2017, 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.

Prayer Drumming

16th Jun - 18th Jun 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Join with some seasoned prayer 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

7th Jul - 9th Jul 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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 to see beauty and richness that are usually hidden from us through our lack of attention. We won’t be focusing on the technical aspects of photography but using the process of taking pictures to learn how to see more clearly and to capture images from fresh perceptions.

Willow Weaving

29th Sep - 1st Oct 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Come create with willow, guided by a local experienced willow-weaver. There will be opportunities to work on free-form sculpture (such as a bird feeder or candle holder, an angel or a celtic cross) and baskets. Full instructions and materials are provided.  Suitable for complete beginners.

The Courage of Vulnerability

2nd Oct - 5th Oct 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

20th Jan - 22nd Jan 2017, 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

10th Mar - 12th Mar 2017, 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.

Easter Workshop

13th Apr - 17th Apr 2017, 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 […]

Community Introduction

8th May - 11th May 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

An introductory few days outlining the history, vocation and novitiate process of the Northumbria Community. An essential time 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

2nd Jun - 4th Jun 2017, 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

21st Jul - 23rd Jul 2017, 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

8th Sep - 10th Sep 2017, 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

6th Nov - 9th Nov 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

Family Week

Easter Workshop

13th Apr - 17th Apr 2017, 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 […]

Family Week

7th Aug - 12th Aug 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £300

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  full donation, spouse/partner and children under 16 half donation, children under 8 free.

Individual Guided Retreats

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

5th Dec - 8th Dec 2016, 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.

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

23rd Jan - 26th Jan 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

This silent retreat is a time to seek God in the cell of your own heart, in a community of fellow seekers. Each retreatant will be paired with companion on the journey from whom to receive individual support and guidance. Apart from the session of spiritual accompaniment each morning, we will seek God in silence from Monday after Night Prayers until Thursday lunch.

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

20th Feb - 23rd Feb 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

20th Mar - 23rd Mar 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

This silent retreat is a time to seek God in the cell of your own heart, in a community of fellow seekers. Each retreatant will be paired with companion on the journey from whom to receive individual support and guidance. Apart from the session of spiritual accompaniment each morning, we will seek God in silence from Monday after Night Prayers until Thursday lunch.

Being Who You Are: An Individually-Guided Retreat

24th Apr - 27th Apr 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

22nd May - 25th May 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

19th Jun - 22nd Jun 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

24th Jul - 27th Jul 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

21st Aug - 24th Aug 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

18th Sep - 21st Sep 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

23rd Oct - 26th Oct 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

20th Nov - 23rd Nov 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

4th Dec - 7th Dec 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

13th Jan - 15th Jan 2017, Nether Springs

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

Mentoring Retreat: Wisdom Gleaned and Experiences Shared

9th Oct - 12th Oct 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

9th Jan - 12th Jan 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

As we begin a new year, this is an opportunity to come away and reflect on your intentions and hopes for the time ahead and to pray God’s blessings on it. There will be some guidance and resources offered, but mainly space within the rhythm of the day to connect with the Author of all our days.

Towards Simplicity

3rd Feb - 5th Feb 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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?

Heart, Home and Hospitality

6th Feb - 9th Feb 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Given for Life: Exploring Our Motivational Gifts

10th Feb - 12th Feb 2017, 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 […]

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

20th Feb - 23rd Feb 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Learning Through Loss

9th Jun - 11th Jun 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

An experience of any deep loss can wound us to the core. But as we invite God into the pain, we can recreate our lives and find fresh hope and purpose. In our vulnerability, God can then use us to bring compassion to others. This is an opportunity to be equipped in supporting others in friendship or pastorally as well as drawing insight for ourselves. A time to reflect and explore creative ways of healing and restoration.

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

19th Jun - 22nd Jun 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

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

14th Jul - 16th Jul 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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

24th Jul - 27th Jul 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Red Tent Women’s Retreat

11th Sep - 14th Sep 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

The Courage of Vulnerability

2nd Oct - 5th Oct 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Given for Life: Exploring Our Motivational Gifts

6th Oct - 8th Oct 2017, 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

9th Oct - 12th Oct 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

Finding God In Who You Are: An Exploration of Personality and Spirituality With the Help of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator – Part 2

13th Oct - 15th Oct 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

This 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 course will cover ‘Type Dynamics’; the following quotes articulate just what a helpful area of MBTI this is: Type dynamics is the basic structure that opens the door to […]

Go Peaceful In Gentleness

10th Nov - 12th Nov 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Explore what it might mean to live gently and peaceably in a world of violence, increasing fragmentation, emerging nationalism and tribalism. What was the gift and charism of our Celtic forefathers and mothers and how does the spirituality of the Northumbria Community relate to how we live out our lives in a changing world?

Who are you God, and who am I?

13th Nov - 16th Nov 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

Rediscovering Sabbath

17th Nov - 19th Nov 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

We live in a culture driven by constant activity and business. The thought of resting a whole day every week might even sound scary to us as we all are affected by the pressure to do and achieve. How can we learn to stop? What lies at the heart of God’s commandment and this ancient […]

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

20th Nov - 23rd Nov 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Jesus, Conflict and Peace-Making

27th Nov - 30th Nov 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

I Still and Quiet My Soul

9th Dec - 11th Dec 2016, 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

6th Jan - 8th Jan 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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.

Space for the New Year

9th Jan - 12th Jan 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

As we begin a new year, this is an opportunity to come away and reflect on your intentions and hopes for the time ahead and to pray God’s blessings on it. There will be some guidance and resources offered, but mainly space within the rhythm of the day to connect with the Author of all our days.

Contemplative Awareness

16th Jan - 19th Jan 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

I Still and Quiet My Soul

30th Jan - 2nd Feb 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

17th Feb - 19th Feb 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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

27th Feb - 2nd Mar 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

27th Mar - 30th Mar 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

31st Mar - 2nd Apr 2017, 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 […]

I Still and Quiet My Soul

28th Apr - 30th Apr 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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

5th May - 7th May 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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

15th May - 18th May 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

29th May - 1st Jun 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

5th Jun - 8th Jun 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

12th Jun - 15th Jun 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

26th Jun - 29th Jun 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

3rd Jul - 6th Jul 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

17th Jul - 20th Jul 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

31st Jul - 3rd Aug 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

18th Aug - 20th Aug 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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

4th Sep - 7th Sep 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

25th Sep - 28th Sep 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

16th Oct - 19th Oct 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

3rd Nov - 5th Nov 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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.

Rediscovering Sabbath

17th Nov - 19th Nov 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

We live in a culture driven by constant activity and business. The thought of resting a whole day every week might even sound scary to us as we all are affected by the pressure to do and achieve. How can we learn to stop? What lies at the heart of God’s commandment and this ancient […]

Advent Retreat

1st Dec - 3rd Dec 2017, 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

8th Dec - 10th Dec 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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.

Spiritual Development

Space for the New Year

9th Jan - 12th Jan 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

As we begin a new year, this is an opportunity to come away and reflect on your intentions and hopes for the time ahead and to pray God’s blessings on it. There will be some guidance and resources offered, but mainly space within the rhythm of the day to connect with the Author of all our days.

Contemplative Awareness

16th Jan - 19th Jan 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

Towards Simplicity

3rd Feb - 5th Feb 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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?

Heart, Home and Hospitality

6th Feb - 9th Feb 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Given for Life: Exploring Our Motivational Gifts

10th Feb - 12th Feb 2017, 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 […]

Take Time to Make Time

3rd Mar - 5th Mar 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

We want to enjoy the ‘fullness of life’ but often our experience falls far short.  We wonder why and feel powerless– weighed down by the stresses and pressures of life.  Join Community Companion Annie Candeland in taking time out in a fun and educational weekend to learn more about the causes and effects of stress […]

Lenten Journey

13th Mar - 16th Mar 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

Contemplative Awareness

31st Mar - 2nd Apr 2017, 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 Sites and Saints

3rd Apr - 6th Apr 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

Created for Purpose

7th Apr - 9th Apr 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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.

Easter Workshop

13th Apr - 17th Apr 2017, 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 […]

Exploring Sacred Space

1st May - 4th May 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

If we believe in a God whose glory is in our world, how do we make places that remind us of God’s presence and imminence?  What makes a space  ‘sacred’?  What makes a space special to you?  What are the different levels at work when human beings make a space set-apart or call it significant? […]

Tending The Garden Of Our Soul

12th May - 14th May 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Throughout the Old and New Testament, Scripture often uses metaphors taken from the natural world to describe the inner journey we take as we walk through life. What does working the soil, planting, growing and harvesting teach us about cultivating the garden of our soul? At this weekend we will relate with creation in tangible […]

Celtic Saints: St. Brendan

19th May - 21st May 2017, 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 […]

Learning Through Loss

9th Jun - 11th Jun 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

An experience of any deep loss can wound us to the core. But as we invite God into the pain, we can recreate our lives and find fresh hope and purpose. In our vulnerability, God can then use us to bring compassion to others. This is an opportunity to be equipped in supporting others in friendship or pastorally as well as drawing insight for ourselves. A time to reflect and explore creative ways of healing and restoration.

Prayer Drumming

16th Jun - 18th Jun 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Join with some seasoned prayer 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

30th Jun - 2nd Jul 2017, 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 […]

Celtic Sites and Saints

10th Jul - 13th Jul 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

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

14th Jul - 16th Jul 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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 […]

Celtic Saints: St. Oswald

4th Aug - 6th Aug 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

A chance to explore the story of St. Oswald, ancient King of Northumbria and reflect on seats of power today.  Includes a local pilgrimage on Saturday for Oswald’s Feast Day.

Bread for the Journey

14th Aug - 17th Aug 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

An opportunity to explore ways in which ‘bread’ provides a rich and revealing metaphor for reflecting on our life journey as Christian disciples.

Soul Friendship

28th Aug - 31st Aug 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Red Tent Women’s Retreat

11th Sep - 14th Sep 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

Being With

15th Sep - 17th Sep 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

In a world of Doing—doing for and doing to— this retreat will take a look at the importance and power of Being With… through friendship, through having an open table, through being good neighbours.  How does ‘Availability and Vulnerability’ lead us to ‘being with’ God and others?

The Courage of Vulnerability

2nd Oct - 5th Oct 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Given for Life: Exploring Our Motivational Gifts

6th Oct - 8th Oct 2017, 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

9th Oct - 12th Oct 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

Finding God In Who You Are: An Exploration of Personality and Spirituality With the Help of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator – Part 2

13th Oct - 15th Oct 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

This 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 course will cover ‘Type Dynamics’; the following quotes articulate just what a helpful area of MBTI this is: Type dynamics is the basic structure that opens the door to […]

Body and Soul

20th Oct - 22nd Oct 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

A weekend spent in the company of Hildegard of Bingen reflecting on the interconnectedness of who we are in God.  Hildegard is was a 12th century German Benedictine abbess, Christian mystic, writer, composer, philosopher, visionary, and polymath who is thought to be one of the most influential persons of the Middle Ages.  Her legacy can […]

Celebrating the Saints

30th Oct - 2nd Nov 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

Over this ‘All Saints’ Day’ week, 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’. Suitable for all ages.

Go Peaceful In Gentleness

10th Nov - 12th Nov 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Explore what it might mean to live gently and peaceably in a world of violence, increasing fragmentation, emerging nationalism and tribalism. What was the gift and charism of our Celtic forefathers and mothers and how does the spirituality of the Northumbria Community relate to how we live out our lives in a changing world?

Who are you God, and who am I?

13th Nov - 16th Nov 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

Rediscovering Sabbath

17th Nov - 19th Nov 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

We live in a culture driven by constant activity and business. The thought of resting a whole day every week might even sound scary to us as we all are affected by the pressure to do and achieve. How can we learn to stop? What lies at the heart of God’s commandment and this ancient […]

Jesus, Conflict and Peace-Making

27th Nov - 30th Nov 2017, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

1st Dec - 3rd Dec 2017, 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 […]