‘Partners’ and recommended websites

Each of the links below will take you directly to another site. It may be about Celtic and Desert Spirituality, other Christian communities and organisations, or about places with a Community connection; their presence here does not imply any formal link or validation by the Northumbria Community. If you see something you don’t like on any of these sites, please don’t come after us.

Each link should open in a new window, so when you’re done with it, just close it down and you will come back here!

If you follow a link which takes you nowhere, please let us know – and if you want to suggest a site which might be a helpful addition to this page, then please email us. Thanks, enjoy…



Lee Abbey

Lee Abbey is home to a Christian Community that hosts a Conference, Retreat and Holiday Centre, set in a spacious 280 acres of farm and woodland, overlooking the dramatic North Devon coast near Lynton.

The Community is an interdenominational Christian team of around 90 individuals and families brought together from across the globe by God’s call to live for and serve Him, developing new skills and broadening their experience.

A Rocha

A Rocha is a Christian environmental and nature conservation movement. Their projects are frequently cross-cultural in character and share a community emphasis, with a focus on science and research, practical conservation and environmental education. We’re working with them on the development of the land at Nether Springs.


Local to Northumberland

Lindisfarne Scriptorium

Lindisfarne Scriptorium aims to offer an artform which draws the viewer into an experience of prayer, meditation and blessing and to inspire others to appreciate and experiment with illumination and calligraphy. It is run by a companion of the Northumbria Community on the Island of Lindisfarne.

Holy Island Safe Crossing Times

This sites provides the monthtly tide tables telling you when it’s safe to cross the causeway on or off Holy Island. Vital to consult this before you visit!

Northern Cross Pilgrims

Northern Cross is the ecumenical Easter pilgrimage – or walking retreat – to Holy Island. Many of the pilgrim groups make extensive use of Celtic Daily Prayer.

Marygate House

​Marygate House is located on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, offers a ‘Ministry of Welcome’ and provides a safe, welcoming Christian environment for people who visit Holy Island to stay for religious, cultural or educational reasons. Marygate provides a still space for people to listen and to talk to each other and to God. It is a place to encounter creation and holiness, in nature and through everyday life



Iona Community

The Iona Community has many similarities to the Northumbria Community (though it also differs in many ways too); it is committed to seeking new ways of living the Gospel in today’s world.


Founded by Francis and Edith Schaeffer, the L’Abri communities seek answers to honest questions about God and the significance of human life.

Madonna House

Madonna House was founded by Catherine de Hueck Doherty, the author of Poustinia, a book about prayer which has been one of the foundational texts for the Northumbria Community. It’s emphasis is the importance of solitude in regularly drawing apart to a meeting place with God.

Monastery of Christ in the Desert

A Benedictine monastery in New Mexico, USA.

The Taize Community

Taize is in Burgundy, France. The Community, founded by Brother Roger after the Second World War, bridges the gap between Protestants and Catholics and has had a profound effect on many Christians worldwide, especially through its music and worship.



International Justice Mission

The International Justice Mission (IJM) is a human rights organisation that investigates violations of national law and provides legal services to victims. Its Executive Director in the UK is a Friend in Northumbria Community.

Christian Aid

The website of Christian Aid, and an excellent site to find news about the world that may not appear in the newspapers.


The annual UK Christian arts festival.

Lindisfarne Scriptorium

Lindisfarne Scriptorium aims to offer an artform which draws the viewer into an experience of prayer, meditation and blessing and to inspire others to appreciate and experiment with illumination and calligraphy. It is run by a Companion of the Northumbria Community on the Island of Lindisfarne.


Sojourners is a Christian ministry whose mission is to proclaim and practice the biblical call to integrate spiritual renewal and social justice.


WellSpring offers resources for enlivening and sustaining an authentic relationship with God.


A Centre for the study of monastic culture and spirituality.

Sannox Christian Centre, Arran

The vision for the Sannox Christian Centre has been developing over at least 20 years, as God has been speaking to different people and groups around Scotland calling them to establish a house of prayer at on the Isle of Arran.


Other interesting stuff

A History of Monastic Spirituality

A rich resource of information about the history of monasticism written by Luc Bresard of the Abbey of Citeaux.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Bonhoeffer, the German theologian who stood out against the Nazis and paid for that with his life in the closing days of the Second World War, has been one of the key influences on the life of the Northumbria Community.

Iona (the band)

Iona’s music has deservedly been a great inspiration – certainly to many within the Northumbra Community.


A very thoughtfully constructed site based on the life of Jesus, but also exploring contemporary spirituality. It is highly interactive, with active discussion panels on community and spirituality issues.

The Ship of Fools

The zany, unsettling, online ‘Magazine of Christian Unrest.’

Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton, the American Trappist monk and prolific writer on spirituality has had a profound influence on the formation of the Northumbria Community.

Journeying (incorporating Pilgrim Adventure)

Journeying is a small, non-profit-making, ecumenical organisation which takes small groups of about 4-12 people on holiday in an informal Christian ambience to the more off-the-beaten-track parts of Britain and Ireland. What we offer is almost certainly unique in Britain. Its origins lie in Celtic spirituality and most of our trips still reflect that approach.

Kloster auf Zeit

Kloster auf Zeit (Monastery for Time) is a German website which gives information on Celtic Saints and spiritual practices, devotions and more. German friends of the Northumbria Community invite you to join with their German speaking group as they make an annual pilgrimages to Nether Springs.