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

Below, you can find the programme of retreats listed by month. All of the retreats (general arrival time being 3pm-5pm) hosted at Nether Springs are held within the rhythm of the day.

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

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

August 2015

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.

Given for Life: Exploring Our Motivational Gifts

November 20th - 22nd 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

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 […]

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 - 8th 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.

January 2016

I Still and Quiet my Soul

January 8th - 10th 2016, 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.

Space for the New Year

January 11th - 14th 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £145

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

January 15th - 17th 2016, 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.

A Time for Everything

January 18th - 21st 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £145

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

Contemplative Awareness

January 22nd - 24th 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

A led retreat that explores embracing of a way of life that is open to finding God in all things and all things in God. We’ll draw on the wisdom of Celtic Spirituality to help us learn to see the simplest of daily tasks as a sacrament. We will explore aspects of contemplative life and […]

Entering the Silence: Individually Guided Retreat

January 25th - 28th 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. 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

January 29th - 31st 2016, Nether Springs

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

February 2016

I Still and Quiet My Soul

February 1st - 4th 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

Community Introduction

February 5th - 7th 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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

Towards Simplicity

February 8th - 11th 2016, 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.

How Then Shall We Live?

February 12th - 14th 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

This is a retreat for vowed Companions of the Northumbria Community to reflect alone and together on how how this way for life and living is shaping who we are and what we do. (Those who are not Companions are still welcome to visit or stay without taking part in the led programme.  You can have […]

Heart, Home and Hospitality

February 15th - 18th 2016, 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.

Given for Life: Exploring Motivational Gifts

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

Growing in knowledge of ourselves goes hand-in-hand with growing in knowledge of God. This retreat offers a well-tested and well-received tool for understanding our ‘motivational gift.’   What is it that motivates our personality, choices, and relationships with others?   The teaching draws from a book of the same title and is based on Romans 12:1-8, verses […]

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

February 22nd - 25th 2016, 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

February 26th - 28th 2016, Nether Springs

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

A Time for Everything

February 29th - 3rd 2016 March, 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.

March 2016

I Still and Quiet My Soul

March 4th - 6th 2016, 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.

Lenten Journey

March 7th - 10th 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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

To Be Confirmed

March 11th - 13th 2016, Nether Springs

Check back at a later time, and we hope to have more information for you. In the mean time, you can still book in for a personal retreat during this time.

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

March 14th - 17th 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. 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.

Celtic Saints: St. Cuthbert

March 18th - 20th 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

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

House Closed

March 21st - 23rd 2016, Nether Springs

The house is closed these three days as the team prepare for Easter Workshop.

Easter Workshop

March 24th - 28th 2016, 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

March 28th - 3rd 2016 April, Nether Springs

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

April 2016

A Time for Everything

April 4th - 7th 2016, 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

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

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

Contemplative Awareness

April 11th - 14th 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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 […]

Felting

April 15th - 17th 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

Being Who You Are: An Individually-Guided Retreat

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

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

House Closed

April 22nd - 24th 2016, Nether Springs

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

I Still and Quiet My Soul

April 25th - 28th 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.

Advent, Lent & Easter

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 […]

Lenten Journey

March 7th - 10th 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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

Easter Workshop

March 24th - 28th 2016, 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 & Saints

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.

Celtic Saints: St. Cuthbert

March 18th - 20th 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

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

Creativity & Interests

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.

Felting

April 15th - 17th 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

Exploring the Northumbria Community

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.

Community Introduction

February 5th - 7th 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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

How Then Shall We Live?

February 12th - 14th 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

This is a retreat for vowed Companions of the Northumbria Community to reflect alone and together on how how this way for life and living is shaping who we are and what we do. (Those who are not Companions are still welcome to visit or stay without taking part in the led programme.  You can have […]

Easter Workshop

March 24th - 28th 2016, 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

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

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

Family Week

Easter Workshop

March 24th - 28th 2016, 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 […]

Individual Guided Retreats

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.

Entering the Silence: Individually Guided Retreat

January 25th - 28th 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. 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

February 22nd - 25th 2016, 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

March 14th - 17th 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. 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

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

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

Leadership

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 […]

Community Group Leaders

January 15th - 17th 2016, 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.

Life Issues

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.

Given for Life: Exploring Our Motivational Gifts

November 20th - 22nd 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

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 […]

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.

Space for the New Year

January 11th - 14th 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £145

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

February 8th - 11th 2016, 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.

How Then Shall We Live?

February 12th - 14th 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

This is a retreat for vowed Companions of the Northumbria Community to reflect alone and together on how how this way for life and living is shaping who we are and what we do. (Those who are not Companions are still welcome to visit or stay without taking part in the led programme.  You can have […]

Heart, Home and Hospitality

February 15th - 18th 2016, 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.

Given for Life: Exploring Motivational Gifts

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

Growing in knowledge of ourselves goes hand-in-hand with growing in knowledge of God. This retreat offers a well-tested and well-received tool for understanding our ‘motivational gift.’   What is it that motivates our personality, choices, and relationships with others?   The teaching draws from a book of the same title and is based on Romans 12:1-8, verses […]

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

February 22nd - 25th 2016, 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.

Rest and Restoration

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 […]

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

I Still and Quiet my Soul

January 8th - 10th 2016, 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.

Space for the New Year

January 11th - 14th 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £145

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.

A Time for Everything

January 18th - 21st 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £145

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

Contemplative Awareness

January 22nd - 24th 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

A led retreat that explores embracing of a way of life that is open to finding God in all things and all things in God. We’ll draw on the wisdom of Celtic Spirituality to help us learn to see the simplest of daily tasks as a sacrament. We will explore aspects of contemplative life and […]

I Still and Quiet My Soul

February 1st - 4th 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

Towards Simplicity

February 8th - 11th 2016, 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.

A Time for Everything

February 29th - 3rd 2016 March, 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

March 4th - 6th 2016, 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 4th - 7th 2016, 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

April 11th - 14th 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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

April 25th - 28th 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.

Spiritual Development

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.

Given for Life: Exploring Our Motivational Gifts

November 20th - 22nd 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

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 […]

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 […]

Space for the New Year

January 11th - 14th 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £145

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

January 22nd - 24th 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

A led retreat that explores embracing of a way of life that is open to finding God in all things and all things in God. We’ll draw on the wisdom of Celtic Spirituality to help us learn to see the simplest of daily tasks as a sacrament. We will explore aspects of contemplative life and […]

Entering the Silence: Individually Guided Retreat

January 25th - 28th 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. 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.

Towards Simplicity

February 8th - 11th 2016, 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.

How Then Shall We Live?

February 12th - 14th 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

This is a retreat for vowed Companions of the Northumbria Community to reflect alone and together on how how this way for life and living is shaping who we are and what we do. (Those who are not Companions are still welcome to visit or stay without taking part in the led programme.  You can have […]

Heart, Home and Hospitality

February 15th - 18th 2016, 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.

Given for Life: Exploring Motivational Gifts

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

Growing in knowledge of ourselves goes hand-in-hand with growing in knowledge of God. This retreat offers a well-tested and well-received tool for understanding our ‘motivational gift.’   What is it that motivates our personality, choices, and relationships with others?   The teaching draws from a book of the same title and is based on Romans 12:1-8, verses […]

Lenten Journey

March 7th - 10th 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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

Celtic Saints: St. Cuthbert

March 18th - 20th 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

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

Easter Workshop

March 24th - 28th 2016, 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 […]

Contemplative Awareness

April 11th - 14th 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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 […]

Being Who You Are: An Individually-Guided Retreat

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

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