What's On at Nether Springs

IMG_2128From January to June 2023, alongside our regular, Inner Outer Pilgrimage retreats there will be an expanded series of led retreats; monthly, themed individually guided retreats; a series of ‘group booking’ spaces (which will include opportunities for charitable organisations/ different people groups to come and experience our hospitality within our daily rhythms), a gardening weekend and a series of quiet days.

If your Northumbria Community Group or organisation might be interested in being welcomed for a retreat or a quiet day (see the programme overview for potential availability),  please do be in touch with the Nether Springs Office team on 01670 787645 (Monday to Friday 9.30am – 1pm) or by emailing – office@northumbriacommunity.org.



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December 2022

Online Retreat: Listening to the Heartbeat of God Individually Guided Retreat

28th Nov - 1st Dec 2022, At Home - in every place where we are
Suggested donation: £150-£180

We are pleased to be able to host our series of online, Individually Guided Retreats These retreats are suitable for anyone who is interested in exploring God more deeply, on a personal level and include three, one-to-one sessions with a retreat guide, alongside our monastic rhythms. In the Gospel of John, we find the Beloved […]

Online Retreat: Advent Small Group 3

2nd Dec 2022, At Home - in every place where we are
Suggested donation: £30-£50 for the course of 4 online sessions

A series of 4 Friday evenings, 7.30pm – 9pm (GMT) ‘Lord, I am here, pausing in the middle of the work that is yet to do.’ (From the Eata liturgy, Celtic Daily Prayer.) As we enter Celtic Advent this four-week course offers an opportunity to pause and slow down as we journey towards celebrating Christ’s […]

Trustees Weekend*

2nd Dec - 4th Dec 2022, Nether Springs

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

Online Retreat: Advent Small Group 4

9th Dec 2022, At Home - in every place where we are
Suggested donation: £30-£50 for the course of 4 online sessions

A series of 4 Friday evenings, 7.30pm – 9pm (GMT) ‘Lord, I am here, pausing in the middle of the work that is yet to do.’ (From the Eata liturgy, Celtic Daily Prayer.) As we enter Celtic Advent this four-week course offers an opportunity to pause and slow down as we journey towards celebrating Christ’s […]

Creative Saturday Morning: STOP, LISTEN, REFLECT, PRAY 9am – 1.30pm

10th Dec 2022, At Home - in every place where we are
Suggested donation: £20

This morning retreat offers space to pause from the activity of daily life and enter into a quiet stillness where we can listen to God and to our lives. Following the monastic rhythm of the day that we find at Nether Springs, we begin with Morning Prayer leading to a couple of hours for solitude […]

Advent Retreat

12th Dec - 16th Dec 2022, Nether Springs or At Home

Advent is a special time of preparation in the run up to Christmas. We invite you to lean into this more intentional time of waiting. Please note that this will be a hybrid retreat, with some retreatants joining in online. To learn more and book: CLICK HERE Please note that the format of these retreats while […]

January 2023

Space for the New Year

9th Jan - 13th Jan 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £320

I hope for you in the New Year: That the single, most significant dimension of life is your relationship with 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 […]

Individually Guided Retreat: Being Who You Are

16th Jan - 20th Jan 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £360

We are pleased to be offering Individually Guided retreats as part of our Nether Springs programme. These retreats are suitable for anyone who is interested in exploring God more deeply, on a personal level and include three, one-to-one sessions with a retreat guide, alongside our monastic rhythms. Spiritual formation is co-operating with the inner work […]

Prayer Group and Community Group Leaders (at Nether Springs and Online)

25th Jan - 29th Jan 2023, Nether Springs or At Home
Suggested donation: £200

A time for those who lead Northumbria Community Groups around the UK and beyond to gather, encourage one another, and be commissioned for their work in the year ahead. This year we will be holding this event both at Nether Springs, and online. Community Group Leaders and Online Prayer Group Leaders will receive information about […]

February 2023

Inner and Outer Pilgrimage Retreat at Nether Springs

6th Feb - 10th Feb 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £320

This retreat involves both inner pilgrimage – a journey of inner work, silence, study, peace and rest and an opportunity for the ‘Heart alone with God’ – and outer pilgrimage – an opportunity to explore the rich Christian heritage of Northumbria through outer, physical pilgrimage to nearby Celtic Sites. The Nether Springs Chapel, Poustinia, Labyrinth, […]

Individually Guided Retreat: Listening to the Heartbeat of God

13th Feb - 17th Feb 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £360

Individually Guided Retreats are suitable for anyone who is interested in exploring God more deeply, on a personal level and include three one-to-one sessions with a retreat guide alongside our monastic rhythms. In the Gospel of John, we find the Beloved Disciple at the Last Supper, leaning against Jesus, lying on his breast, reclining … […]

The Return Of The Prodigal

20th Feb - 24th Feb 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £200

This retreat, suitable for all ages, is an opportunity to reflect on the Prodigal story afresh, inspired by writings of Henri Nouwen and rooted in experiential learning in the here-and-now.

March 2023

Gardening Weekend (for Novices, Companions and Friends)

3rd Mar - 6th Mar 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £150

As a Companion, Novice or Friend in Community, we invite you to engage, both physically and spiritually, with both soil and soul, in the gardens at Nether Springs. Please be aware that there will be a significant practical element to this weekend. Please note: Because you’ll be donating of your time and energy, the suggested […]

Trustees Weekend*

10th Mar - 12th Mar 2023, Nether Springs

*Please note. The house is only open to Trustees of the Northumbria Community this weekend. Suggested Donation: As a registered charity, The Northumbria Community Trust does not ask for a set fee to cover the cost of a retreat. Instead, we invite donations to support the life and work of the wider Community as a […]

Follow the Example: Cuthbert

15th Mar - 19th Mar 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £320

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 either Holy Island or Cuthbert’s Cave. To find out more and book a place: CLICK HERE Suggested Donation: As […]

Quiet Day

29th Mar 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £30

Open space for individuals or groups to book (other times may also be available). Please enquire via office@northumbriacommunity.org or to find out more and book a place: CLICK HERE Suggested Donation: As a registered charity, The Northumbria Community Trust does not ask for a set fee to cover the cost of a retreat. Instead, we invite donations to […]

April 2023

Contemplative Awareness

31st Mar - 2nd Apr 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £160

A led retreat that explores embracing of a way of life that is open to finding God in all things and all things in God. We’ll draw 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 […]

Easter Gathering 2023 at Nether Springs and Online (Thursday to Monday)

6th Apr - 10th Apr 2023, Nether Springs or At Home
Suggested donation: £320

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 […]

Inner and Outer Pilgrimage Retreat at Nether Springs

17th Apr - 21st Apr 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £320

This retreat involves both inner pilgrimage – a journey of inner work, silence, study, peace and rest and an opportunity for the ‘Heart alone with God’ – and outer pilgrimage – an opportunity to explore the rich Christian heritage of Northumbria through outer, physical pilgrimage to nearby Celtic Sites. The Nether Springs Chapel, Poustinia, Labyrinth, […]

Individually Guided Retreat: Entering the Silence

24th Apr - 28th Apr 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £360

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 […]

May 2023

Quiet Day

3rd May 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £30

Open space for individuals or groups to book (other times may also be available). Please enquire via office@northumbriacommunity.org or to find out more and book a place: CLICK HERE Suggested Donation: As a registered charity, The Northumbria Community Trust does not ask for a set fee to cover the cost of a retreat. Instead, we invite donations […]

Seasons of the Soul

5th May - 7th May 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £160

This Friday to Sunday led retreat will include an introduction on the first evening, daily input and the opportunity to join in with the monastic rhythms of the day. 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 […]

Follow the Example: Brendan – A Call to Risky Living

15th May - 19th May 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £320

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 in search of paradise. During this retreat, we’ll hear some […]

Individually Guided Retreat: Seeking God at the Crossroads

22nd May - 26th May 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £360

Individually Guided Retreats are suitable for anyone who is interested in exploring God more deeply, on a personal level and include three one-to-one sessions with a retreat guide alongside our monastic rhythms. This is what the LORD says, ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, […]

June 2023

Quiet Day

7th Jun 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £30

Open space for individuals or groups to book (other times may also be available). Please enquire via office@northumbriacommunity.org or to find out more and book a place: CLICK HERE Suggested Donation: As a registered charity, The Northumbria Community Trust does not ask for a set fee to cover the cost of a retreat. Instead, we invite donations to […]

Trustees Weekend*

9th Jun - 11th Jun 2023, Nether Springs

*Please note. The house is only open to Trustees of the Northumbria Community this weekend.   Suggested Donation: As a registered charity, The Northumbria Community Trust does not ask for a set fee to cover the cost of a retreat. Instead, we invite donations to support the life and work of the wider Community as […]

Inner and Outer Pilgrimage Retreat at Nether Springs

19th Jun - 23rd Jun 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £320

This retreat involves both inner pilgrimage – a journey of inner work, silence, study, peace and rest and an opportunity for the ‘Heart alone with God’ – and outer pilgrimage – an opportunity to explore the rich Christian heritage of Northumbria through outer, physical pilgrimage to nearby Celtic Sites. The Nether Springs Chapel, Poustinia, Labyrinth, […]

Individually Guided Retreat: Being Who You Are

26th Jun - 30th Jun 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £360

We are pleased to be offering Individually Guided retreats as part of our Nether Springs programme. These retreats are suitable for anyone who is interested in exploring God more deeply, on a personal level and include three, one-to-one sessions with a retreat guide, alongside our monastic rhythms. Spiritual formation is co-operating with the inner work […]

Individual Guided Retreats

Online Retreat: Listening to the Heartbeat of God Individually Guided Retreat

28th Nov - 1st Dec 2022, At Home - in every place where we are
Suggested donation: £150-£180

We are pleased to be able to host our series of online, Individually Guided Retreats These retreats are suitable for anyone who is interested in exploring God more deeply, on a personal level and include three, one-to-one sessions with a retreat guide, alongside our monastic rhythms. In the Gospel of John, we find the Beloved […]

Individually Guided Retreat: Being Who You Are

16th Jan - 20th Jan 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £360

We are pleased to be offering Individually Guided retreats as part of our Nether Springs programme. These retreats are suitable for anyone who is interested in exploring God more deeply, on a personal level and include three, one-to-one sessions with a retreat guide, alongside our monastic rhythms. Spiritual formation is co-operating with the inner work […]

Individually Guided Retreat: Listening to the Heartbeat of God

13th Feb - 17th Feb 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £360

Individually Guided Retreats are suitable for anyone who is interested in exploring God more deeply, on a personal level and include three one-to-one sessions with a retreat guide alongside our monastic rhythms. In the Gospel of John, we find the Beloved Disciple at the Last Supper, leaning against Jesus, lying on his breast, reclining … […]

Individually Guided Retreat: Entering the Silence

24th Apr - 28th Apr 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £360

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 […]

Individually Guided Retreat: Seeking God at the Crossroads

22nd May - 26th May 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £360

Individually Guided Retreats are suitable for anyone who is interested in exploring God more deeply, on a personal level and include three one-to-one sessions with a retreat guide alongside our monastic rhythms. This is what the LORD says, ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, […]

Individually Guided Retreat: Being Who You Are

26th Jun - 30th Jun 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £360

We are pleased to be offering Individually Guided retreats as part of our Nether Springs programme. These retreats are suitable for anyone who is interested in exploring God more deeply, on a personal level and include three, one-to-one sessions with a retreat guide, alongside our monastic rhythms. Spiritual formation is co-operating with the inner work […]

Spiritual Development

Online Retreat: Advent Small Group 3

2nd Dec 2022, At Home - in every place where we are
Suggested donation: £30-£50 for the course of 4 online sessions

A series of 4 Friday evenings, 7.30pm – 9pm (GMT) ‘Lord, I am here, pausing in the middle of the work that is yet to do.’ (From the Eata liturgy, Celtic Daily Prayer.) As we enter Celtic Advent this four-week course offers an opportunity to pause and slow down as we journey towards celebrating Christ’s […]

The Return Of The Prodigal

20th Feb - 24th Feb 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £200

This retreat, suitable for all ages, is an opportunity to reflect on the Prodigal story afresh, inspired by writings of Henri Nouwen and rooted in experiential learning in the here-and-now.

Follow the Example: Cuthbert

15th Mar - 19th Mar 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £320

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 either Holy Island or Cuthbert’s Cave. To find out more and book a place: CLICK HERE Suggested Donation: As […]

Easter Gathering 2023 at Nether Springs and Online (Thursday to Monday)

6th Apr - 10th Apr 2023, Nether Springs or At Home
Suggested donation: £320

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 […]

Seasons of the Soul

5th May - 7th May 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £160

This Friday to Sunday led retreat will include an introduction on the first evening, daily input and the opportunity to join in with the monastic rhythms of the day. 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 […]

Follow the Example: Brendan – A Call to Risky Living

15th May - 19th May 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £320

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 in search of paradise. During this retreat, we’ll hear some […]

Advent, Lent & Easter

Online Retreat: Advent Small Group 4

9th Dec 2022, At Home - in every place where we are
Suggested donation: £30-£50 for the course of 4 online sessions

A series of 4 Friday evenings, 7.30pm – 9pm (GMT) ‘Lord, I am here, pausing in the middle of the work that is yet to do.’ (From the Eata liturgy, Celtic Daily Prayer.) As we enter Celtic Advent this four-week course offers an opportunity to pause and slow down as we journey towards celebrating Christ’s […]

Advent Retreat

12th Dec - 16th Dec 2022, Nether Springs or At Home

Advent is a special time of preparation in the run up to Christmas. We invite you to lean into this more intentional time of waiting. Please note that this will be a hybrid retreat, with some retreatants joining in online. To learn more and book: CLICK HERE Please note that the format of these retreats while […]

Easter Gathering 2023 at Nether Springs and Online (Thursday to Monday)

6th Apr - 10th Apr 2023, Nether Springs or At Home
Suggested donation: £320

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 […]

Creativity & Interests

Creative Saturday Morning: STOP, LISTEN, REFLECT, PRAY 9am – 1.30pm

10th Dec 2022, At Home - in every place where we are
Suggested donation: £20

This morning retreat offers space to pause from the activity of daily life and enter into a quiet stillness where we can listen to God and to our lives. Following the monastic rhythm of the day that we find at Nether Springs, we begin with Morning Prayer leading to a couple of hours for solitude […]

Gardening Weekend (for Novices, Companions and Friends)

3rd Mar - 6th Mar 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £150

As a Companion, Novice or Friend in Community, we invite you to engage, both physically and spiritually, with both soil and soul, in the gardens at Nether Springs. Please be aware that there will be a significant practical element to this weekend. Please note: Because you’ll be donating of your time and energy, the suggested […]

Rest and Restoration

Space for the New Year

9th Jan - 13th Jan 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £320

I hope for you in the New Year: That the single, most significant dimension of life is your relationship with 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 […]

Inner and Outer Pilgrimage Retreat at Nether Springs

6th Feb - 10th Feb 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £320

This retreat involves both inner pilgrimage – a journey of inner work, silence, study, peace and rest and an opportunity for the ‘Heart alone with God’ – and outer pilgrimage – an opportunity to explore the rich Christian heritage of Northumbria through outer, physical pilgrimage to nearby Celtic Sites. The Nether Springs Chapel, Poustinia, Labyrinth, […]

Quiet Day

29th Mar 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £30

Open space for individuals or groups to book (other times may also be available). Please enquire via office@northumbriacommunity.org or to find out more and book a place: CLICK HERE Suggested Donation: As a registered charity, The Northumbria Community Trust does not ask for a set fee to cover the cost of a retreat. Instead, we invite donations to […]

Contemplative Awareness

31st Mar - 2nd Apr 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £160

A led retreat that explores embracing of a way of life that is open to finding God in all things and all things in God. We’ll draw 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 […]

Inner and Outer Pilgrimage Retreat at Nether Springs

17th Apr - 21st Apr 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £320

This retreat involves both inner pilgrimage – a journey of inner work, silence, study, peace and rest and an opportunity for the ‘Heart alone with God’ – and outer pilgrimage – an opportunity to explore the rich Christian heritage of Northumbria through outer, physical pilgrimage to nearby Celtic Sites. The Nether Springs Chapel, Poustinia, Labyrinth, […]

Quiet Day

3rd May 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £30

Open space for individuals or groups to book (other times may also be available). Please enquire via office@northumbriacommunity.org or to find out more and book a place: CLICK HERE Suggested Donation: As a registered charity, The Northumbria Community Trust does not ask for a set fee to cover the cost of a retreat. Instead, we invite donations […]

Quiet Day

7th Jun 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £30

Open space for individuals or groups to book (other times may also be available). Please enquire via office@northumbriacommunity.org or to find out more and book a place: CLICK HERE Suggested Donation: As a registered charity, The Northumbria Community Trust does not ask for a set fee to cover the cost of a retreat. Instead, we invite donations to […]

Inner and Outer Pilgrimage Retreat at Nether Springs

19th Jun - 23rd Jun 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £320

This retreat involves both inner pilgrimage – a journey of inner work, silence, study, peace and rest and an opportunity for the ‘Heart alone with God’ – and outer pilgrimage – an opportunity to explore the rich Christian heritage of Northumbria through outer, physical pilgrimage to nearby Celtic Sites. The Nether Springs Chapel, Poustinia, Labyrinth, […]

Family Week

The Return Of The Prodigal

20th Feb - 24th Feb 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £200

This retreat, suitable for all ages, is an opportunity to reflect on the Prodigal story afresh, inspired by writings of Henri Nouwen and rooted in experiential learning in the here-and-now.

Life Issues

The Return Of The Prodigal

20th Feb - 24th Feb 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £200

This retreat, suitable for all ages, is an opportunity to reflect on the Prodigal story afresh, inspired by writings of Henri Nouwen and rooted in experiential learning in the here-and-now.

Celtic Sites & Saints

Follow the Example: Cuthbert

15th Mar - 19th Mar 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £320

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 either Holy Island or Cuthbert’s Cave. To find out more and book a place: CLICK HERE Suggested Donation: As […]

Follow the Example: Brendan – A Call to Risky Living

15th May - 19th May 2023, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £320

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 in search of paradise. During this retreat, we’ll hear some […]