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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.

September 2016

Community Introduction

30th Sep - 2nd Oct 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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

October 2016

Hearing the Voice of the Beloved

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

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

Given for Life: Exploring Motivational Gifts

7th Oct - 9th Oct 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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

Mentoring Retreat*: Wisdom Gleaned and Experiences Shared

10th Oct - 13th Oct 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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

Contemplative Crafts: Make Your Own Fleece Rug

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

We weave this day peace of being, gift of loving, power of meeting. ~by Ray Simon and adapted by Andy Raine Using a simple peg loom, retreatants will weave their own sheep’s fleece rug, creating something warm and beautiful to go home with as winter approaches. No experience necessary. Peg looms and wool from local […]

Practical Mysticism with Evelyn Underhill

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

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

A Time For Everything

21st Oct - 23rd Oct 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £100

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

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

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

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

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

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

24th Oct - 27th Oct 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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

House Closed

28th Oct - 30th Oct 2016, Nether Springs

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

I Still and Quiet My Soul

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

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

November 2016

The Courage of Vulnerability

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

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

An Introduction to Spiritual Disciplines

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

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

Contemplative Awareness

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

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

Community Introduction

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

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

Celtic Saints: St. Hild

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

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

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

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

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

House Closed

25th Nov - 27th Nov 2016, Nether Springs

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

A Time For Everything

28th Nov - 1st Dec 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £100

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

December 2016

Advent Retreat

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

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

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

5th Dec - 8th Dec 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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

I Still and Quiet My Soul

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

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

House Closed

12th Dec - 2nd Jan 2017, Nether Springs

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

Advent, Lent & Easter

Advent Retreat

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

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

Celtic Sites & Saints

Celtic Saints: St. Hild

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

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

Creativity & Interests

Contemplative Crafts: Make Your Own Fleece Rug

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

We weave this day peace of being, gift of loving, power of meeting. ~by Ray Simon and adapted by Andy Raine Using a simple peg loom, retreatants will weave their own sheep’s fleece rug, creating something warm and beautiful to go home with as winter approaches. No experience necessary. Peg looms and wool from local […]

The Courage of Vulnerability

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

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

Exploring the Northumbria Community

Community Introduction

30th Sep - 2nd Oct 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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

Community Introduction

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

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

Individual Guided Retreats

Practical Mysticism with Evelyn Underhill

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

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

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

24th Oct - 27th Oct 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

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

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

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

5th Dec - 8th Dec 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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

Leadership

Mentoring Retreat*: Wisdom Gleaned and Experiences Shared

10th Oct - 13th Oct 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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

Life Issues

Given for Life: Exploring Motivational Gifts

7th Oct - 9th Oct 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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

Mentoring Retreat*: Wisdom Gleaned and Experiences Shared

10th Oct - 13th Oct 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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

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

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

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

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

The Courage of Vulnerability

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

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

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

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

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

Rest and Restoration

A Time For Everything

21st Oct - 23rd Oct 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £100

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

I Still and Quiet My Soul

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

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

Contemplative Awareness

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

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

A Time For Everything

28th Nov - 1st Dec 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £100

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

Advent Retreat

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

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

I Still and Quiet My Soul

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

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

Spiritual Development

Hearing the Voice of the Beloved

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

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

Given for Life: Exploring Motivational Gifts

7th Oct - 9th Oct 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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

Mentoring Retreat*: Wisdom Gleaned and Experiences Shared

10th Oct - 13th Oct 2016, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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

Practical Mysticism with Evelyn Underhill

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Courage of Vulnerability

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

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

An Introduction to Spiritual Disciplines

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

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

Contemplative Awareness

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

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

Celtic Saints: St. Hild

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

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

Advent Retreat

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

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