An opportunity to enter imaginatively into the story of this great Northern saint through prayer, creativity, pilgrimage and storytelling. In doing so, we may discover landmarks and signposts for our own journeys. Includes a day trip to Holy Island on Saturday.
Celtic Sites & Saints
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 […]
Irish monks used boats called coracles to travel on the ocean in search of a ‘desert place’ in which they found God in a new way. One of the most famous of these monks is Brendan, who set out from the West coast of Ireland out into the vast wilderness of the ocean with a […]
10 Years after we took a physical journey from Hetton Hall to Acton Home Farm, carrying with us treasures of the Community to bring to our new Mother House, we will celebrate God’s faithfulness to us by reversing the journey and walking from Acton Home Farm to Cuthbert’s Cave (near Hetton Hall, now privately owned). […]
A chance to explore the story of St. Oswald, ancient King of Northumbria and reflect on seats of power today.
Aidan travelled 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 […]
‘The House that John Built’ is the Northumbria Community’s telling of the lineage of the Celtic Saints, tracing the roots of this remarkable expression of the Christian faith. This retreat is an opportunity to familiarise yourself with the stories and places of a succession of saints. It will also include insights into the significance of […]
Ninian grew up in what is now Cumbria but felt a call to visit Rome. On the way home, he stopped in France, stayed with St. Martin in Tours and found his way for life. He then set up monastic settlements near his home and again in Galloway with his ‘Candida Casa’. In this retreat, […]
Saint Brigid became famous for many things, but most of all for her hospitality and welcome. We will learn more about Brigid and will explore together what a hospitality of home and a hospitality of heart might like look in our own lives.
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.