What's On at Nether Springs

IMG_2128After much exploration of how to open in a way that protects the safety of Nether Springs guests and team during this pandemic, it seems that a way in the wilderness has appeared. 

We are delighted to be extending Nether Springs hospitality again from mid-October.  We have designed Monday -Friday retreats that allow for space at Nether Springs to be with God in the cell of your own heart (and en suite room!) for the inner-pilgrimage.  Also, we will provide resources to help those on retreat with their own transportation to explore the rich Christian heritage of Northumbria through outer, physical pilgrimage to nearby Celtic Sites.  The Nether Springs Chapel, Poustinia, Labyrinth, gardens and woods and local country and coastal walks are available to all guests and provide time with God in Creation and space for the inner-outer pilgrimage as well.

To learn more and to book:

October Dates and Booking Forms

November Dates and Booking Forms

December Dates and Booking Forms

Nether Springs compliance with Covid-19 Government advice

  • Although we will obviously miss the robust (and sometimes even rowdy!) communal experience at Nether Springs, for the time being Nether Springs will be a quiet house.  Reducing talking in an indoor environment reduces spread of virus.
  • Retreats must begin from Monday only for a minimum of 2 nights. Guests will be given a time for booking in to keep social distancing.
  • There will be no weekend retreats at this time, as we need to leave a 72-hour period between guests to enable any possible virus to dissipate and our team to be able to clean safely and thoroughly for the arrival of new guests.
  • Each room is en suite and will include drink-making facilities, comfy seats and desk.
  • We cannot facilitate groups due to social distancing, but members of the same household can share a room / dining table.
  • Guests are encouraged to sit (stand, dance, kneel, rest, etc.) in their own rooms instead of in the common rooms of Nether Springs.  Guests are also encouraged to make full use of the prayer-soaked gardens, woodland and amazing gifts of Northumberland.
  • The common rooms will be used for meals in order to comply with social distancing.
  • Sadly, we will not be able to gather for our prayer offices indoors in Caedmon or the Chapel, but we shall ring the bells and keep a common rhythm of prayer on-site.  A prayer booklet will be in your room as well as a Bible and copies of Celtic Daily Prayer 1 & 2.  For those who are interested and can bring their own devices, we are also exploring being able to offer free wi-fi in each room, so as to connect for prayer offices online.

With thanks to a very small group who have been onsite throughout lock-down, Nether Springs has not been empty.  The rhythm of prayer has been maintained and the space has remained inhabited and loved.   We are joyfully preparing now to reengage with a ministry of hospitality and continue to pray and trust that God would send the ‘people of His choosing’ and timing to our Mother House.



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September 2020

ONLINE RETREAT: Listening to the Heartbeat of God

21st Sep - 24th Sep 2020, At Home
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

ONLINE RETREAT: Celtic Saints: St Brendan

25th Sep - 27th Sep 2020, At Home
Suggested donation: £135

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 […]

October 2020

ONLINE RETREAT: Community Introduction

12th Oct - 15th Oct 2020, At Home
Suggested donation: £180

This retreat will enable you to learn more about who we are as Community. We are aware that many people may have ‘found’ us during this season – through our daily prayers, leadership reflections, prayer network or Monastic Living blog – and are wanting to explore further what it would mean to journey with us. […]

ONLINE RETREAT: Being Who You Are

19th Oct - 22nd Oct 2020, At Home
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

Nether Springs Re-opening!

19th Oct - 23rd Oct 2020, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: 250

After much exploration of how to open in a way that protects the safety of Nether Springs guests and team during this pandemic, it seems that a way in the wilderness has appeared.  We are delighted to be extending Nether Springs hospitality again from October.  We have designed Monday -Friday retreats that allow for space […]

ONLINE RETREAT: Family Week (4 day retreat)

26th Oct - 29th Oct 2020, At Home

An opportunity for families to be ‘alone together’, sharing in the life and rhythm of the Northumbria Community. Please visit the Led Retreat section of our School for Monastic Living website for further details or to book.

November 2020

ONLINE RETREAT: Northumbrian Spirituality

6th Nov - 8th Nov 2020, At Home
Suggested donation: £135

Northumbria, once considered ‘a cradle of Christianity’ holds treasures old and new to inspire and illuminate life and faith for believers and seekers, explorers and pilgrims in our changing world. Join Roy Searle to explore the landscape of the earth, the spirituality that was shaped on the anvil of a changing Western world and the landscape of the heart that […]

ONLINE RETREAT: Community Introduction

16th Nov - 19th Nov 2020, At Home
Suggested donation: £180

This retreat will enable you to learn more about who we are as Community. We are aware that many people may have ‘found’ us during this season – through our daily prayers, leadership reflections, prayer network or Monastic Living blog – and are wanting to explore further what it would mean to journey with us. […]

ONLINE RETREAT – Seeking God at the Crossroads

23rd Nov - 26th Nov 2020, At Home
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

December 2020

ONLINE RETREAT: Community Introduction

30th Nov - 3rd Dec 2020, At Home
Suggested donation: £180

This retreat will enable you to learn more about who we are as Community. We are aware that many people may have ‘found’ us during this season – through our daily prayers, leadership reflections, prayer network or Monastic Living blog – and are wanting to explore further what it would mean to journey with us. […]

ONLINE RETREAT: Advent Retreat

7th Dec - 10th Dec 2020, At Home
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

ONLINE RETREAT: Listening to the Heartbeat of God

14th Dec - 17th Dec 2020, At Home
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

Individual Guided Retreats

ONLINE RETREAT: Listening to the Heartbeat of God

21st Sep - 24th Sep 2020, At Home
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

ONLINE RETREAT – Seeking God at the Crossroads

23rd Nov - 26th Nov 2020, At Home
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

ONLINE RETREAT: Listening to the Heartbeat of God

14th Dec - 17th Dec 2020, At Home
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

Celtic Sites & Saints

ONLINE RETREAT: Celtic Saints: St Brendan

25th Sep - 27th Sep 2020, At Home
Suggested donation: £135

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 […]

Exploring the Northumbria Community

ONLINE RETREAT: Community Introduction

12th Oct - 15th Oct 2020, At Home
Suggested donation: £180

This retreat will enable you to learn more about who we are as Community. We are aware that many people may have ‘found’ us during this season – through our daily prayers, leadership reflections, prayer network or Monastic Living blog – and are wanting to explore further what it would mean to journey with us. […]

ONLINE RETREAT: Community Introduction

16th Nov - 19th Nov 2020, At Home
Suggested donation: £180

This retreat will enable you to learn more about who we are as Community. We are aware that many people may have ‘found’ us during this season – through our daily prayers, leadership reflections, prayer network or Monastic Living blog – and are wanting to explore further what it would mean to journey with us. […]

ONLINE RETREAT: Community Introduction

30th Nov - 3rd Dec 2020, At Home
Suggested donation: £180

This retreat will enable you to learn more about who we are as Community. We are aware that many people may have ‘found’ us during this season – through our daily prayers, leadership reflections, prayer network or Monastic Living blog – and are wanting to explore further what it would mean to journey with us. […]

Spiritual Development

ONLINE RETREAT: Being Who You Are

19th Oct - 22nd Oct 2020, At Home
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

ONLINE RETREAT: Northumbrian Spirituality

6th Nov - 8th Nov 2020, At Home
Suggested donation: £135

Northumbria, once considered ‘a cradle of Christianity’ holds treasures old and new to inspire and illuminate life and faith for believers and seekers, explorers and pilgrims in our changing world. Join Roy Searle to explore the landscape of the earth, the spirituality that was shaped on the anvil of a changing Western world and the landscape of the heart that […]

Family Week

ONLINE RETREAT: Family Week (4 day retreat)

26th Oct - 29th Oct 2020, At Home

An opportunity for families to be ‘alone together’, sharing in the life and rhythm of the Northumbria Community. Please visit the Led Retreat section of our School for Monastic Living website for further details or to book.

Advent, Lent & Easter

ONLINE RETREAT: Advent Retreat

7th Dec - 10th Dec 2020, At Home
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]