What's On at Nether Springs

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PLEASE NOTE: NETHER SPRINGS IS CLOSED TO GUESTS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, DUE TO COVID-19.  SOME OF THE RETREATS BELOW MAY HAVE AN ONLINE OPTION AVAILABLE BUT WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED.  

People 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 or you can download the 2020 Nether Springs Programme. 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 the Community Office

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



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July 2020

Temporary Closure of Nether Springs

27th Mar - 30th Jul 2020, Nether Springs

Circle all of these dear ones, O God.  Keep Comfort, Protection and Hope near. It is with some sadness that, in the light of recent guidelines issued by the Government regarding the Coronavirus Covid-19, we have to announce the temporary closure of our Mother House, Nether Springs, effective from Friday 20th March until further notice.  […]

August 2020

To be confirmed: To Know Living Things

31st Jul - 2nd Aug 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

‘This is one of the greatest challenges of our time: to convert ourselves to a type of development that knows how to respect Creation’.  ~Pope Francis Details forthcoming

To be confirmed: A Time for Everything

7th Aug - 9th Aug 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

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.

To be confirmed: Family Week

10th Aug - 15th Aug 2020, Nether Springs

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. Retreat ends after lunch on Saturday. Suggested donation for each family: one adult offers full donation, spouse/partner and children under 16 half donation, children under 8 […]

To be confirmed: Community Introduction

17th Aug - 20th Aug 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

An introductory retreat outlining the history, vocation and Novitiate process of the Northumbria Community. An essential retreat for all who want to explore their relationship with the Community. Please note: Participation in the first evening session is essential.  

To be confirmed: Celtic Saints: St. Aidan

21st Aug - 23rd Aug 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

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 […]

To be confirmed: Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

24th Aug - 27th Aug 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

‘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

28th Aug - 30th Aug 2020, Nether Springs

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

September 2020

To be confirmed: A Time for Everything

31st Aug - 3rd Sep 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

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.

To be confirmed: The House that John Built

7th Sep - 10th Sep 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

‘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 […]

To be confirmed: Celtic Saints: St. Ninian

11th Sep - 13th Sep 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

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, […]

To be confirmed: The Courage of Vulnerability*

14th Sep - 17th Sep 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

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 […]

To be confirmed: Celtic Saints: St. Brigid and Hospitality

18th Sep - 20th Sep 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

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.  

To be confirmed: Listening to the Heartbeat of God: An Individually Guided Retreat

21st Sep - 24th Sep 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

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

25th Sep - 27th Sep 2020, Nether Springs

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

October 2020

To be confirmed: I Still and Quiet My Soul

28th Sep - 1st Oct 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

This retreat offers you the opportunity to spend time with God within the daily life and rhythm of the community at Nether Springs. No set programme or teaching is provided, apart from an introduction on the first night. It is simply time to come and be yourself.

Rediscovering Sabbath

2nd Oct - 4th Oct 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

We live in a culture driven by constant activity and business. The thought of resting a whole day every week might even sound scary to us as we all are affected by the pressure to do and achieve. How can we learn to stop? What lies at the heart of God’s commandment and this ancient […]

Journeying Home

5th Oct - 8th Oct 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

In recent times our culture has tended to avoid speaking or thinking about death, although there are signs that this is changing. This retreat gives an opportunity for us to heed Chad’s call to always be ready for death, ‘for death may call for us at anytime.’  Through stories, music, pilgrimage and creativity we will […]

Journeying Beyond the Familiar

9th Oct - 11th Oct 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

This retreat will focus on finding God in the midst of the changing landscapes of our daily lives. We’ll be using a creative project to help us consider what it is to journey with God beyond the comfortable and familiar in to the unknown and unchartered. So, the retreat will combine times of led reflection, […]

Community Introduction

12th Oct - 15th Oct 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

An introductory retreat outlining the history, vocation and Novitiate process of the Northumbria Community. An essential retreat for all who want to explore their relationship with the Community.  

The Seven Sacred Spaces

16th Oct - 18th Oct 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

The monastic tradition, as lived out through its diverse buildings, offers us a lens to glimpse a richer way ‘to be church’ as well as insights into quality community and even the nature of being human.  Come and explore what are called The Seven Sacred Spaces in a setting that offers windows into all of them.  

Being Who You Are: An Individually-Guided Retreat

19th Oct - 22nd Oct 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

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

23rd Oct - 25th Oct 2020, 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

26th Oct - 29th Oct 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

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.

November 2020

Celebrating the Saints

30th Oct - 1st Nov 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

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.

Embracing Conflict

2nd Nov - 5th Nov 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

A chance to examine how you deal with life’s drama, and to learn from the example of Jesus. We’ll look at the gospels “through conflict lenses”, exploring the tensions that Jesus faced, and what it meant for him to embrace conflict. There will also be plenty of space for personal reflection and prayer. If you […]

Soul Friendship and the Gift of Listening

9th Nov - 12th Nov 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

An opportunity for Companions, Friends and others to share what ‘Soul Friendship’ means for each of us. Following the example of ‘good ones of old’ (Jesus, Desert Fathers and Mothers, Celtic saints, Medieval mystics), we will reflect on the meaning of spiritual friendship, listening, accompaniment and direction in our own lives and within the Northumbria […]

Celtic Saints: St. Hild

13th Nov - 15th Nov 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

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 […]

Knowing and Sharing Our Stories

16th Nov - 19th Nov 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

If you want to know someone, then you must know their story, for their story defines who they are. And if you want to know yourself, to gain insight into the meaning of your own life, then you must come to know your own story. This retreat will explore frameworks, practices and resources for knowing […]

Heart Alone with God

20th Nov - 22nd Nov 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

A led retreat exploring aspects of the Inner Journey and spiritual conflict with particular reference to the monastic understanding of the Cell.

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

23rd Nov - 26th Nov 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

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

27th Nov - 29th Nov 2020, Nether Springs

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

December 2020

I Still and Quiet My Soul

30th Nov - 3rd Dec 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

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. […]

Trustees Weekend*

4th Dec - 6th Dec 2020, Nether Springs

*Please note. The house is only open to Trustees of the Northumbria Community this weekend.

Advent Retreat

7th Dec - 10th Dec 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

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 Annunciation and the Incarnation of Christ. Through conversation and reflection, we’ll prepare to welcome Christ into […]

A Time for Everything

11th Dec - 13th Dec 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

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.

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

14th Dec - 17th Dec 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

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 […]

January 2021

Creativity & Interests

To be confirmed: To Know Living Things

31st Jul - 2nd Aug 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

‘This is one of the greatest challenges of our time: to convert ourselves to a type of development that knows how to respect Creation’.  ~Pope Francis Details forthcoming

Journeying Beyond the Familiar

9th Oct - 11th Oct 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

This retreat will focus on finding God in the midst of the changing landscapes of our daily lives. We’ll be using a creative project to help us consider what it is to journey with God beyond the comfortable and familiar in to the unknown and unchartered. So, the retreat will combine times of led reflection, […]

Celtic Saints: St. Hild

13th Nov - 15th Nov 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

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 […]

Celtic Sites & Saints

To be confirmed: Celtic Saints: St. Aidan

21st Aug - 23rd Aug 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

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 […]

To be confirmed: The House that John Built

7th Sep - 10th Sep 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

‘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 […]

To be confirmed: Celtic Saints: St. Ninian

11th Sep - 13th Sep 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

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, […]

To be confirmed: Celtic Saints: St. Brigid and Hospitality

18th Sep - 20th Sep 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

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.  

Celebrating the Saints

30th Oct - 1st Nov 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

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. Hild

13th Nov - 15th Nov 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

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 […]

Rest and Restoration

To be confirmed: A Time for Everything

7th Aug - 9th Aug 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

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.

To be confirmed: A Time for Everything

31st Aug - 3rd Sep 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

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.

To be confirmed: I Still and Quiet My Soul

28th Sep - 1st Oct 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

This retreat offers you the opportunity to spend time with God within the daily life and rhythm of the community at Nether Springs. No set programme or teaching is provided, apart from an introduction on the first night. It is simply time to come and be yourself.

Rediscovering Sabbath

2nd Oct - 4th Oct 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

We live in a culture driven by constant activity and business. The thought of resting a whole day every week might even sound scary to us as we all are affected by the pressure to do and achieve. How can we learn to stop? What lies at the heart of God’s commandment and this ancient […]

A Time for Everything

26th Oct - 29th Oct 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

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.

Heart Alone with God

20th Nov - 22nd Nov 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

A led retreat exploring aspects of the Inner Journey and spiritual conflict with particular reference to the monastic understanding of the Cell.

I Still and Quiet My Soul

30th Nov - 3rd Dec 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

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. […]

Advent Retreat

7th Dec - 10th Dec 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

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 Annunciation and the Incarnation of Christ. Through conversation and reflection, we’ll prepare to welcome Christ into […]

A Time for Everything

11th Dec - 13th Dec 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

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.

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

14th Dec - 17th Dec 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

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 […]

Family Week

To be confirmed: Family Week

10th Aug - 15th Aug 2020, Nether Springs

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. Retreat ends after lunch on Saturday. Suggested donation for each family: one adult offers full donation, spouse/partner and children under 16 half donation, children under 8 […]

Exploring the Northumbria Community

To be confirmed: Community Introduction

17th Aug - 20th Aug 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

An introductory retreat outlining the history, vocation and Novitiate process of the Northumbria Community. An essential retreat for all who want to explore their relationship with the Community. Please note: Participation in the first evening session is essential.  

To be confirmed: Celtic Saints: St. Aidan

21st Aug - 23rd Aug 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

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 […]

To be confirmed: The House that John Built

7th Sep - 10th Sep 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

‘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 […]

To be confirmed: The Courage of Vulnerability*

14th Sep - 17th Sep 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

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 […]

To be confirmed: Celtic Saints: St. Brigid and Hospitality

18th Sep - 20th Sep 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

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.  

Community Introduction

12th Oct - 15th Oct 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

An introductory retreat outlining the history, vocation and Novitiate process of the Northumbria Community. An essential retreat for all who want to explore their relationship with the Community.  

The Seven Sacred Spaces

16th Oct - 18th Oct 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

The monastic tradition, as lived out through its diverse buildings, offers us a lens to glimpse a richer way ‘to be church’ as well as insights into quality community and even the nature of being human.  Come and explore what are called The Seven Sacred Spaces in a setting that offers windows into all of them.  

Soul Friendship and the Gift of Listening

9th Nov - 12th Nov 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

An opportunity for Companions, Friends and others to share what ‘Soul Friendship’ means for each of us. Following the example of ‘good ones of old’ (Jesus, Desert Fathers and Mothers, Celtic saints, Medieval mystics), we will reflect on the meaning of spiritual friendship, listening, accompaniment and direction in our own lives and within the Northumbria […]

Celtic Saints: St. Hild

13th Nov - 15th Nov 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

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 […]

Spiritual Development

To be confirmed: Community Introduction

17th Aug - 20th Aug 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

An introductory retreat outlining the history, vocation and Novitiate process of the Northumbria Community. An essential retreat for all who want to explore their relationship with the Community. Please note: Participation in the first evening session is essential.  

To be confirmed: Celtic Saints: St. Aidan

21st Aug - 23rd Aug 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

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 […]

To be confirmed: The Courage of Vulnerability*

14th Sep - 17th Sep 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

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 […]

To be confirmed: Celtic Saints: St. Brigid and Hospitality

18th Sep - 20th Sep 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

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.  

Rediscovering Sabbath

2nd Oct - 4th Oct 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

We live in a culture driven by constant activity and business. The thought of resting a whole day every week might even sound scary to us as we all are affected by the pressure to do and achieve. How can we learn to stop? What lies at the heart of God’s commandment and this ancient […]

Journeying Home

5th Oct - 8th Oct 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

In recent times our culture has tended to avoid speaking or thinking about death, although there are signs that this is changing. This retreat gives an opportunity for us to heed Chad’s call to always be ready for death, ‘for death may call for us at anytime.’  Through stories, music, pilgrimage and creativity we will […]

Journeying Beyond the Familiar

9th Oct - 11th Oct 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

This retreat will focus on finding God in the midst of the changing landscapes of our daily lives. We’ll be using a creative project to help us consider what it is to journey with God beyond the comfortable and familiar in to the unknown and unchartered. So, the retreat will combine times of led reflection, […]

Community Introduction

12th Oct - 15th Oct 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

An introductory retreat outlining the history, vocation and Novitiate process of the Northumbria Community. An essential retreat for all who want to explore their relationship with the Community.  

The Seven Sacred Spaces

16th Oct - 18th Oct 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

The monastic tradition, as lived out through its diverse buildings, offers us a lens to glimpse a richer way ‘to be church’ as well as insights into quality community and even the nature of being human.  Come and explore what are called The Seven Sacred Spaces in a setting that offers windows into all of them.  

Celebrating the Saints

30th Oct - 1st Nov 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

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.

Embracing Conflict

2nd Nov - 5th Nov 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

A chance to examine how you deal with life’s drama, and to learn from the example of Jesus. We’ll look at the gospels “through conflict lenses”, exploring the tensions that Jesus faced, and what it meant for him to embrace conflict. There will also be plenty of space for personal reflection and prayer. If you […]

Soul Friendship and the Gift of Listening

9th Nov - 12th Nov 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

An opportunity for Companions, Friends and others to share what ‘Soul Friendship’ means for each of us. Following the example of ‘good ones of old’ (Jesus, Desert Fathers and Mothers, Celtic saints, Medieval mystics), we will reflect on the meaning of spiritual friendship, listening, accompaniment and direction in our own lives and within the Northumbria […]

Celtic Saints: St. Hild

13th Nov - 15th Nov 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

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 […]

Knowing and Sharing Our Stories

16th Nov - 19th Nov 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

If you want to know someone, then you must know their story, for their story defines who they are. And if you want to know yourself, to gain insight into the meaning of your own life, then you must come to know your own story. This retreat will explore frameworks, practices and resources for knowing […]

Heart Alone with God

20th Nov - 22nd Nov 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

A led retreat exploring aspects of the Inner Journey and spiritual conflict with particular reference to the monastic understanding of the Cell.

Advent Retreat

7th Dec - 10th Dec 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

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 Annunciation and the Incarnation of Christ. Through conversation and reflection, we’ll prepare to welcome Christ into […]

Individual Guided Retreats

To be confirmed: Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

24th Aug - 27th Aug 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

‘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 […]

To be confirmed: Listening to the Heartbeat of God: An Individually Guided Retreat

21st Sep - 24th Sep 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

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 […]

Being Who You Are: An Individually-Guided Retreat

19th Oct - 22nd Oct 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

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 […]

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

23rd Nov - 26th Nov 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

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 […]

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

14th Dec - 17th Dec 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

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 […]

Leadership

To be confirmed: The Courage of Vulnerability*

14th Sep - 17th Sep 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

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 […]

The Seven Sacred Spaces

16th Oct - 18th Oct 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

The monastic tradition, as lived out through its diverse buildings, offers us a lens to glimpse a richer way ‘to be church’ as well as insights into quality community and even the nature of being human.  Come and explore what are called The Seven Sacred Spaces in a setting that offers windows into all of them.  

Embracing Conflict

2nd Nov - 5th Nov 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

A chance to examine how you deal with life’s drama, and to learn from the example of Jesus. We’ll look at the gospels “through conflict lenses”, exploring the tensions that Jesus faced, and what it meant for him to embrace conflict. There will also be plenty of space for personal reflection and prayer. If you […]

Life Issues

To be confirmed: The Courage of Vulnerability*

14th Sep - 17th Sep 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

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 […]

To be confirmed: Celtic Saints: St. Brigid and Hospitality

18th Sep - 20th Sep 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

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.  

Rediscovering Sabbath

2nd Oct - 4th Oct 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £130

We live in a culture driven by constant activity and business. The thought of resting a whole day every week might even sound scary to us as we all are affected by the pressure to do and achieve. How can we learn to stop? What lies at the heart of God’s commandment and this ancient […]

Journeying Home

5th Oct - 8th Oct 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

In recent times our culture has tended to avoid speaking or thinking about death, although there are signs that this is changing. This retreat gives an opportunity for us to heed Chad’s call to always be ready for death, ‘for death may call for us at anytime.’  Through stories, music, pilgrimage and creativity we will […]

Embracing Conflict

2nd Nov - 5th Nov 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

A chance to examine how you deal with life’s drama, and to learn from the example of Jesus. We’ll look at the gospels “through conflict lenses”, exploring the tensions that Jesus faced, and what it meant for him to embrace conflict. There will also be plenty of space for personal reflection and prayer. If you […]

Soul Friendship and the Gift of Listening

9th Nov - 12th Nov 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

An opportunity for Companions, Friends and others to share what ‘Soul Friendship’ means for each of us. Following the example of ‘good ones of old’ (Jesus, Desert Fathers and Mothers, Celtic saints, Medieval mystics), we will reflect on the meaning of spiritual friendship, listening, accompaniment and direction in our own lives and within the Northumbria […]

Knowing and Sharing Our Stories

16th Nov - 19th Nov 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

If you want to know someone, then you must know their story, for their story defines who they are. And if you want to know yourself, to gain insight into the meaning of your own life, then you must come to know your own story. This retreat will explore frameworks, practices and resources for knowing […]

Advent, Lent & Easter

Advent Retreat

7th Dec - 10th Dec 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £195

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 Annunciation and the Incarnation of Christ. Through conversation and reflection, we’ll prepare to welcome Christ into […]