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Community Introduction

August 1st - 3rd 2014, 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

August 4th - 9th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 270

An opportunity for families to be together, sharing in the life and rhythm of Nether Springs and to use this home as a base for holiday exploration in Northumberland.  The retreat will end after lunch on Saturday. Suggested donation for each family: one adult pays full price, spouse/partner and children under 16 half price, children […]

I Still and Quiet My Soul

August 11th - 14th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 145

Psalm 131.   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.

‘To Know and Be Known’

August 14th - 17th 2014, Farmington MN USA, 20 mins south of the MSP airport
Suggested donation: US $279

The St Paul/Minneapolis Community Group would like to invite you to join us for a summer retreat in the beautiful Minnesota woods we are simply calling, “To Know and Be Known”. When: August 14-17, 2014 Where? The retreat will be held at this location  in Farmington MN, about 20 minutes south of the MSP airport. […]

Celtic Saints: St. Aidan

August 15th - 17th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 130

Aidan traveled from the Isle of Iona to Northumberland at the request of King Oswald to bring the light of the Gospel to this land.  He was known for speaking out courageously, wisely, and yet also graciously, living with simplicity and giving with extraordinary generosity to those in need.  This led retreat will celebrate through […]

An Introduction to the Spiritual Disciplines

August 18th - 21st 2014, 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.  

Embracing and Celebrating Being Single

August 22nd - 24th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 130

A weekend to explore questions, struggles and blessings in relation to being single and seeking to find God’s love in our situation in life, alone and together. There will be time for teaching, sharing, silence and celebration, embedded in a rhythm of prayer. Open to all singles, whether divorced, unmarried or widowed.

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

August 25th - 28th 2014, 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

August 29th - 31st 2014, 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

September 1st - 4th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 145

‘But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother’.  (Psalm 131:2)   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.  

A Time for Everything

September 5th - 7th 2014, 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 […]

Walk, Talk and Pray

September 8th - 14th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 310

Join Roy Searle and Judith Goodfellow as they walk along the Northumbrian coast.  Based at Nether Springs, the group will be going out to walk the beautiful coastline and 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 […]

Learning How to Guide Yourself on Retreat; previously titled , ‘Nourishing your Inner Hermit’

September 15th - 18th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

In the context of this retreat we will explore the process of how we open ourselves to God’s presence and enter into a contemplative way of being. We will look at the different experiences we may have on retreat and learn how best to deal with them when there is no one available to guide […]

The Red Tent: Women’s Retreat

September 19th - 21st 2014, 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 […]

Listening to the Heartbeat of God: An Individually Guided Retreat

September 22nd - 25th 2014, 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

September 26th - 28th 2014, 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

September 29th - 2nd 2014 October, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 145

‘But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother’.  (Psalm 131:2)   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.

Community Introduction

October 3rd - 5th 2014, 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.

Mentoring Retreat: Wisdom Gleaned and Experience Shared

October 6th - 9th 2014, 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 […]

Given for Life: Exploring our Motivational Gifts

October 10th - 12th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

Growing in knowledge of ourselves goes hand-in-hand with growing in knowledge of God.  This retreat offers a well-tested and well-received tool for understanding our ‘motivational gift.’   What is it that motivates our personality, choices, and relationships with others?    The retreat, led by Andy Raine, draws from his book of the same title and is based […]

‘Germinate’ conference, Coventry, Oct 11 2014

October 11th, Welcome Centre, Coventry

Rural communities need vibrant churches more than ever: isolation, hidden poverty, poor transport, lack of jobs and opportunities for young people and lack of affordable housing are all challenging issues for rural people. Underlying all this is the need for love, forgiveness and fulfilment that comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ. However, rural mission […]

A Time for Everything

October 13th - 16th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 145

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

Contemplative Crafts: Weave your own Fleece Rug

October 17th - 19th 2014, 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.  Led by Charlotte Lobb.

The act of weaving this rug will be a simple monotonous task, leaving the mind clear to think on other things.  We’ll weave to music perhaps, or quiet talking, or silence.  Some might even consider their creation as prayer rug, filled with your prayers and given as a gift or used in your own prayer space. Regardless, you will have space to have your own thoughts as you weave, and space to consider how the different strands of your own life are being woven together.

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

October 20th - 23rd 2014, 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 of […]

House Closed

October 24th - 26th 2014, 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 27th - 30th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 145

‘But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother’.  (Psalm 131:2)   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.

Celebrating the Saints

October 31st - 2nd 2014 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’ for today.  Retreat will include a pilgrimage on Saturday afternoon.

Towards Simplicity

November 3rd - 6th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

‘Help me to know that the secret of contentment lies in organizing the self in the direction of simplicity.’    ~Hild Liturgy, Celtic Daily Prayer.   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 […]

Values in the Marketplace

November 7th - 9th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 120

This retreat will explore how Kingdom Values should and can inform individuals, groups and organisations in the workplace.  It will also look at how we might find and live out our individual vocations within the job that we do every day.

Seasons of the Soul

November 10th - 13th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

It’s easy to see our physical lives progressing from spring through summer and autumn to winter, but our inner life also seems to mirror the changing seasons though not necessarily in the same logical order. This retreat provides an opportunity to reflect on life’s changing seasons, to consider which season best describes your experience here and now and to explore that in […]

Hearing the Voice of the Beloved

November 14th - 16th 2014, 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, […]

The Way of the Desert

November 17th - 20th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

Come and explore the history and wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Mothers, their relevance for today, and the spirituality of desert places.  The Desert Monastic tradition was a great inspiration for the Celtic Church and remains foundational for the Northumbria Community today.

A Time for Everything

November 21st - 23rd 2014, 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 […]

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

November 24th - 27th 2014, 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

November 28th - 30th 2014, Nether Springs

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

Community Introduction

December 1st - 4th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 165

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

Advent Retreat

December 5th - 7th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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 8th - 11th 2014, 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.  The house will be full of a companionable quiet.  Retreatants will be paired with retreat guide from whom to receive individual support and prayerful listening.  We are still fairly new to silent retreats at Nether Springs, but those who have experienced one so far have found it meaningful and helpful.

I Still and Quiet My Soul

December 12th - 14th 2014, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £100

‘But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother’.  (Psalm 131:2)   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 15th - 3rd 2015 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.

In-House Retreat (for Nether Springs House Team)

January 5th - 8th 2015, Nether Springs

TBD

January 9th - 11th 2015, Nether Springs

Space for the New Year

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

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

Community Group Leaders

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

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

Being Who You Are: Individually-Guided Retreat

January 19th - 22nd 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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

House Closed

January 23rd - 25th 2015, Nether Springs

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

I Still and Quiet My Soul

January 26th - 29th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £145

Spend time with God within the daily life and rhythm of the community at Nether Springs. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on Monday night. Just time to come and be yourself.

Community Introduction

January 30th - 1st 2015 February, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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

Heart, Home and Hospitality

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

A Time for Everything

February 6th - 8th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £100

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

Towards Simplicity

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

This led retreat is an opportunity to focus on the spiritual discipline of Simplicity, both inner and outer. We will be drawing on the teachings of Richard Rohr and Richard Foster and exploring together how this wisdom can be lived out in our everyday lives. If the traditional monastic vow of poverty can be translated in ‘new monasticism’ as simplicity, what does that mean for us?

Given For Life: Exploring our Motivational Gifts

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

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

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

February 16th - 19th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

A chance to reflect on life-transitions with someone who will listen with you to God’s work ‘at the crossroads’. You may also, of course, choose to explore other themes with your retreat guide. Includes an Ash Wednesday Communion.

House Closed

February 20th - 22nd 2015, Nether Springs

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

A Time for Everything

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

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

TBD

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

(Will be suitable for all ages)  

Lenten Journey

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

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

Community Introduction

March 6th - 8th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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

Contemplative Awareness

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

A led retreat that draws on the wisdom of Celtic Spirituality to help us learn to see the simplest of daily tasks as a sacrament. We will explore aspects of contemplative life and prayer and how these can be expressed in everyday ordinariness.

Contemplative Crafts: Willow Sculpture

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

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

I Still and Quiet My Soul

March 16th - 19th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation:  £145

Spend time with God within the daily life and rhythm of the community at Nether Springs. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on Monday night. Just time to come and be yourself.

Celtic Saints: St. Cuthbert

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

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

Listening to the Heartbeat of God: A Silent, Individually Guided Retreat

March 23rd - 26th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

In the Gospel of John, we find the Beloved Disciple at the Last Supper, leaning against Jesus, lying on his breast, reclining… presumably he was near enough to hear his heartbeat, if he chose to listen.  This is a time to retreat in a community of fellow seekers, sharing a companionable quiet, while also receiving […]

House Closed

March 27th - 29th 2015, Nether Springs

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

I Still and Quiet My Soul

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

Spend time with God within the daily life and rhythm of the community at Nether Springs. No set programme or teaching provided, apart from an introduction on Monday night. Just time to come and be yourself.

Easter Workshop

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

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

House Closed

April 6th - 12th 2015, Nether Springs

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

Celtic Sites and Saints

April 13th - 16th 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £185

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

Contemplative Crafts: Felt-Making

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

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

Being Who You Are: Individually-Guided Retreat  

April 20th - 23rd 2015, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £165

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

TBD

April 24th - 26th 2015, Nether Springs

We’re still deciding on this retreat and will post it shortly

A Time for Everything

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

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