What's On at Nether Springs

IMG_2128People 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 2019 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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January 2019

Space for the New Year

7th Jan - 10th Jan 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

As we begin a new year, this is an opportunity to come away and reflect on your intentions and hopes for the time ahead and to pray God’s blessings on it. There will be some guidance and resources offered, but mainly space within the rhythm of the day to connect with the Author of all our days.

Community Group Leaders

11th Jan - 13th Jan 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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.

Community Introduction

14th Jan - 17th Jan 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Felt-Making Retreat

18th Jan - 20th Jan 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Craft as well as prayer, often thrives with careful, focused attention. Working with felt, in particular, allows for working with rich colours and textures, binding together loose threads to make a whole. On the Friday evening we’ll learn a flat felt technique which can be applied to book covers or hangings. On Saturday we will […]

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

21st Jan - 24th Jan 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

This silent retreat is a time to seek God in the cell of your own heart, in a community of fellow seekers. Each retreatant will be paired with a companion on the journey from whom they can receive individual support and guidance.  Apart from the session of spiritual accompaniment each morning, we will seek God in silence from Monday after Night Prayers until lunch on Thursday. 

House Closed

25th Jan - 27th Jan 2019, Nether Springs

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

I Still and Quiet My Soul

28th Jan - 31st Jan 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

February 2019

Celtic Saints: St Brigid and Hospitality

1st Feb - 3rd Feb 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Following the celebration of St. Brigid, known for her welcome to all, we will explore together what a hospitality of home and a hospitality of heart might like look in our own lives. We will reflect on Biblical hospitality and share out of our own experiences.

Surprised by Jesus

4th Feb - 7th Feb 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

The gospels tell many stories of encounter – of people who were looking for Jesus and found him and those who found him when they weren’t looking. Whether by choice or by chance, these encounters held surprises – and no one came away from them unchanged. Together we will look at a few of these […]

Given for Life: Exploring Our Motivational Gifts

8th Feb - 10th Feb 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Growing in knowledge of ourselves goes hand-in-hand with growing in knowledge of God. This retreat offers a well-tested and well-received tool for understanding our ‘motivational gift.’   What is it that motivates our personality, choices, and relationships with others?   The teaching draws from a book of the same title and is based on Romans 12:1-8, verses […]

I Still and Quiet My Soul

11th Feb - 14th Feb 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.  O […]

Trustees Weekend *

15th Feb - 17th Feb 2019, Nether Springs

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

The Return of the Prodigal

18th Feb - 21st Feb 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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. I have tried hard to follow the guidelines of the spiritual life . . . I have failed many times but always tried again, even […]

A Time for Everything

22nd Feb - 24th Feb 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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.

Listening to the Heartbeat of God: An Individually Guided Retreat

25th Feb - 28th Feb 2019, Nether Springs
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 his […]

March 2019

Community Introduction

4th Mar - 7th Mar 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Celtic Spirituality With Patrick, Columba and Cuthbert

11th Mar - 14th Mar 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

A chance to journey with these three Celtic Saints whose spirituality and witness not only served the renewal of the Church but shaped the culture of the British Isles in their own day and beyond.

Hearing the Voice of the Beloved

15th Mar - 17th Mar 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

A time  to explore and deepen some of the many ways The Beloved talks to us and can be found in all things. We will look at creative ways of tuning ourselves into God’s love song that resounds in our hearts, the melody beyond the melodies and the word beyond words, in silence and sharing, […]

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

18th Mar - 21st Mar 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

This silent retreat is a time to seek God in the cell of your own heart, in a community of fellow seekers. Each retreatant will be paired with a companion on the journey from whom they can receive individual support and guidance. Apart from the session of spiritual accompaniment each morning, we will seek God in silence from Monday after Night Prayers until lunch on Thursday.

House Closed

22nd Mar - 24th Mar 2019, Nether Springs

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

I Still and Quiet My Soul

25th Mar - 28th Mar 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Camper Van of Dreams

29th Mar - 31st Mar 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

A retreat exploring your dreams and vocation, centred around a genuine 1970’s VW camper Van! This retreat is an opportunity to explore the person God has made you to be and the dreams (or vocation) that he has placed in you. There will be time to acknowledge the ‘dreamsnatchers’ that frustrate our dreams. And the “Camper Van of Dreams” will provide […]

April 2019

Lenten Journey

1st Apr - 4th Apr 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

A led retreat which offers time and space to reflect on your own journey with Christ during this season of Lent.

Dancing Celtic Daily Prayer

5th Apr - 7th Apr 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Come and learn or enjoy again the dances that go with the liturgy in Celtic Daily Prayer, including a new dance for The Lord’s Prayer.  Andy Raine will lead us, and Anna Raine will perform a concert on Saturday night.  A weekend of music and movement to express and deepen faith.

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

8th Apr - 11th Apr 2019, Nether Springs
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 the […]

A Time for Everything

12th Apr - 14th Apr 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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.

House Closed

15th Apr - 17th Apr 2019, Nether Springs

Nether Springs is closed in preparation for the Easter workshop.

Easter Workshop

18th Apr - 22nd Apr 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

House Closed

22nd Apr - 28th Apr 2019, Nether Springs

Nether Springs is closed following the Easter workshop.

A Time for Everything

29th Apr - 2nd May 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

May 2019

Embodied Holiness

6th May - 9th May 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

There comes a point when we can have a good look at our bodies and say, “Here I am.  This is the body-like-no-other that my life has shaped.  I live here.  This is my soul’s address”, advocates Barbara Brown Taylor. Many of us struggle with wearing our own skin, but what we can miss, in […]

Contemplative Awareness

10th May - 12th May 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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 […]

Seeking God for Yourself

13th May - 16th May 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

No one else can build a relationship for us. If we want to get to know someone, then we have to spend time together, listen to each other and share at least part of our lives with them. The same is true if we want to build a relationship with God.  There is no substitute […]

Community Introduction

17th May - 19th May 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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.

Being Who You Are: An Individually-Guided Retreat

20th May - 23rd May 2019, Nether Springs
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 […]

House Closed

24th May - 26th May 2019, 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

27th May - 30th May 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Growing In Contemplative Awareness Through Art

31st May - 2nd Jun 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

This weekend we want to: Encounter and collaborate with our Creator God through the process of making. Explore how this can nurture our awareness of and relationship with Him. All art supplies will be provided to work on a variety of projects. No previous artistic experience needed.

June 2019

Small-Stitched Collage

3rd Jun - 6th Jun 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

During this workshop we will explore the possibilities of using a random collection of textiles and stitches to build up a collage piece. Sometimes it is useful to work without a clear idea of what you intend to create and discover processes by chance and develop ideas by experimenting with colour, surface, texture and design. […]

Trustees Weekend *

7th Jun - 9th Jun 2019, Nether Springs

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

Journeying with Jonah

10th Jun - 13th Jun 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

We invite you… to take a walk on the wet side(!) with the reluctant prophet Jonah. Bring your wellies; bring your wetsuits; bring your imagination and join us as we dive into this classic fishy tale and have a whale of a time exploring it together. [Editor’s note – okay, so the wellies and wetsuits […]

Through the Year with Charles Wesley

14th Jun - 16th Jun 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

In this retreat, we will be using the hymns and life of Charles Wesley as a doorway to prayer, as a way to deepen our faith and relationship to God.  Charles Wesley (not to be confused with his brother John) was a fine poet and wrote well over 7000 hymns and poems, many of which […]

For Where Your Treasure Is, There Your Heart Will Be Also

17th Jun - 20th Jun 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

This retreat will focus on trust as a key aspect of our faith journeys.  We’ll be using a creative project to help us consider what trust means for us and in what/whom we put our trust.  So, the retreat will combine times of led reflection, creative exploration, and time alone with God.

Prayer Drumming

21st Jun - 23rd Jun 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Join with some seasoned prayer drummers to listen to God’s heartbeat and to one another as we learn to express our praise, prayer and lament through one of the most ancient and universal of instruments. Bring a drum if you have one.  No previous drumming experience required.

Listening to the Heartbeat of God: An Individually Guided Retreat

24th Jun - 27th Jun 2019, Nether Springs
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 his […]

House Closed

28th Jun - 30th Jun 2019, Nether Springs

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

July 2019

Community Introduction

1st Jul - 4th Jul 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Introduction to Ignatian Prayer

5th Jul - 7th Jul 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Come and explore new ways of praying including the imaginative contemplation of a gospel passage and a way to reflect on our day with the examen prayer. Ignatian spirituality can help us to pay more attention to God, and help us understand and identify His actions in our lives. The weekend will be practical and […]

I Still and Quiet My Soul

8th Jul - 11th Jul 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.  O […]

A Time for Everything

12th Jul - 14th Jul 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.  ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1 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 […]

The Courage of Vulnerability

15th Jul - 18th Jul 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 Brown […]

The Seven Sacred Spaces

19th Jul - 21st Jul 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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.

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

22nd Jul - 25th Jul 2019, Nether Springs
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 the […]

House Closed

26th Jul - 28th Jul 2019, Nether Springs

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

The Wonder of the Woods

29th Jul - 1st Aug 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

An opportunity to explore our long held fascination with trees, woods and forests. Using science, story-telling and a sense of curiosity we will discover together what trees might have to say about God, faith and Community. The retreat may also include an opportunity to explore further afield from Nether Springs.

August 2019

Family Week

5th Aug - 10th Aug 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £300

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 […]

A Time for Everything

12th Aug - 15th Aug 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Celtic Saints: St Ninian

16th Aug - 18th Aug 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Romano Briton Ninian set aside his Cumbrian royal privileges to follow God’s call. After studies in Rome, on his way homeward he found his way for life in the inspiration of  St. Martin in Tours.  In Galloway he founded ‘Candida Casa’.  From this place the message of Christ reached the known ‘ends of the the […]

Being Who You Are: An Individually-Guided Retreat

19th Aug - 22nd Aug 2019, Nether Springs
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 […]

House Closed

23rd Aug - 25th Aug 2019, Nether Springs

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

I Still and Quiet My Soul

26th Aug - 29th Aug 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Celtic Saints: St Aidan

30th Aug - 1st Sep 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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 […]

September 2019

Soul Friendship and the Gift of Listening

2nd Sep - 5th Sep 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

Trustees Weekend*

6th Sep - 8th Sep 2019, Nether Springs

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

Red Tent Women’s Retreat

9th Sep - 12th Sep 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

The idea of the ‘Red Tent’ is being adapted from its ancient use to one that provides a space for women today to come together to rest, replenish and connect. In this retreat, women of all ages and backgrounds are invited to share their lives, share their wisdom, share their laughter and share their sorrow, […]

Finding God in Who You are: An Exploration of Personality and Spirituality with the Help of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator

13th Sep - 15th Sep 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

This course is for people who are interested in making connections between personality and spirituality. There will be an opportunity to complete the MBTI questionnaire, if you haven’t done so before, and to talk it through in an individual session.  In the group we will think about themes like: ‘Finding God Within & Without’, ‘Finding […]

Let God Grow in You

16th Sep - 19th Sep 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

Let the Son of God grow in thee, for he is formed in thee, and from thee, and may become to thee a great smile and exultation and perfect joy which no-one can take from thee.  How might these ancient words of Isaac of Stella inform and inspire our modern-day discipleship and spiritual formation?

Rediscovering Sabbath

20th Sep - 22nd Sep 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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 […]

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

23rd Sep 2019, Nether Springs
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 the […]

House Closed

27th Sep - 29th Sep 2019, Nether Springs

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

I Still and Quiet My Soul

30th Sep - 3rd Oct 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

October 2019

Community Introduction

4th Oct - 6th Oct 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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.

Muzahzahing Our Lives

7th Oct - 10th Oct 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

Come and explore what it might mean to permeate our lives, the church and the world with an intentional way for living that seeks to bring awareness of God into all of life and work.

I Still and Quiet My Soul

11th Oct - 13th Oct 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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.

The Wisdom of the Desert

14th Oct - 17th Oct 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

Come and explore the history and wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Mothers, their relevance for today, and the spirituality of desert places.  The Desert Monastic tradition was a great inspiration for the Celtic Church and remains foundational for the Northumbria Community today.

Given for Life: Exploring Our Motivational Gifts

18th Oct - 20th Oct 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Growing in knowledge of ourselves goes hand-in-hand with growing in knowledge of God. This retreat offers a well-tested and well-received tool for understanding our ‘motivational gift.’   What is it that motivates our personality, choices, and relationships with others?   The teaching draws from a book of the same title and is based on Romans 12:1-8, verses […]

Being Who You Are: An Individually-Guided Retreat

21st Oct - 24th Oct 2019, Nether Springs
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 […]

House Closed

25th Oct - 27th Oct 2019, 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

28th Oct - 31st Oct 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 2019

Being With

1st Nov - 3rd Nov 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

In a world of ‘Doing’ – doing for and doing to – this retreat will take a look at the importance and power of ‘Being With’ … through friendship, through having an open table, through being good neighbours. How does ‘Availability and Vulnerability’ lead us to ‘being with’ God and others?

Blessing People and Places

4th Nov - 7th Nov 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

The God of blessing created us to be channels of blessing to people and places. The retreat will explore the means, disciplines and resources that help us to be people of benediction whoever we are and wherever we find ourselves.

Community Introduction

8th Nov - 10th Nov 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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.

The House that John Built

11th Nov - 14th Nov 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

‘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 […]

Celtic Saints: St. Hild

15th Nov - 17th Nov 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

An opportunity to enter imaginatively into the story of this great Northern saint through storytelling, prayer and creativity. In doing so, we may discover inspiration and courage to serve with our own gifts and in our own spheres of influence.

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

18th Nov - 21st Nov 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

This silent retreat is a time to seek God in the cell of your own heart, in a community of fellow seekers. Each retreatant will be paired with a companion on the journey from whom they can receive individual support and guidance.  Apart from the session of spiritual accompaniment each morning, we will seek God in silence from Monday after Night Prayers until lunch on Thursday. 

House Closed

22nd Nov - 24th Nov 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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

Embracing Conflict

25th Nov - 28th Nov 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

Where The Wild Salmon Swims

29th Nov - 1st Dec 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

The salmon was a Celtic symbol for wisdom and knowledge. This retreat is an opportunity to follow the life cycle of the salmon and discover what wisdom it still holds today to teach us about our journey with God.

December 2019

Advent Retreat

2nd Dec - 5th Dec 2019, Nether Springs
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 […]

Trustees Weekend *

6th Dec - 8th Dec 2019, Nether Springs

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

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

9th Dec - 12th Dec 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

This silent retreat is a time to seek God in the cell of your own heart, in a community of fellow seekers. Each retreatant will be paired with a companion on the journey from whom they can receive individual support and guidance.  Apart from the session of spiritual accompaniment each morning, we will seek God in silence from Monday after Night Prayers until lunch on Thursday. 

Life Issues

Space for the New Year

7th Jan - 10th Jan 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

As we begin a new year, this is an opportunity to come away and reflect on your intentions and hopes for the time ahead and to pray God’s blessings on it. There will be some guidance and resources offered, but mainly space within the rhythm of the day to connect with the Author of all our days.

Celtic Saints: St Brigid and Hospitality

1st Feb - 3rd Feb 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Following the celebration of St. Brigid, known for her welcome to all, we will explore together what a hospitality of home and a hospitality of heart might like look in our own lives. We will reflect on Biblical hospitality and share out of our own experiences.

Given for Life: Exploring Our Motivational Gifts

8th Feb - 10th Feb 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Growing in knowledge of ourselves goes hand-in-hand with growing in knowledge of God. This retreat offers a well-tested and well-received tool for understanding our ‘motivational gift.’   What is it that motivates our personality, choices, and relationships with others?   The teaching draws from a book of the same title and is based on Romans 12:1-8, verses […]

The Return of the Prodigal

18th Feb - 21st Feb 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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. I have tried hard to follow the guidelines of the spiritual life . . . I have failed many times but always tried again, even […]

Camper Van of Dreams

29th Mar - 31st Mar 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

A retreat exploring your dreams and vocation, centred around a genuine 1970’s VW camper Van! This retreat is an opportunity to explore the person God has made you to be and the dreams (or vocation) that he has placed in you. There will be time to acknowledge the ‘dreamsnatchers’ that frustrate our dreams. And the “Camper Van of Dreams” will provide […]

The Courage of Vulnerability

15th Jul - 18th Jul 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 Brown […]

Red Tent Women’s Retreat

9th Sep - 12th Sep 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

The idea of the ‘Red Tent’ is being adapted from its ancient use to one that provides a space for women today to come together to rest, replenish and connect. In this retreat, women of all ages and backgrounds are invited to share their lives, share their wisdom, share their laughter and share their sorrow, […]

Finding God in Who You are: An Exploration of Personality and Spirituality with the Help of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator

13th Sep - 15th Sep 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

This course is for people who are interested in making connections between personality and spirituality. There will be an opportunity to complete the MBTI questionnaire, if you haven’t done so before, and to talk it through in an individual session.  In the group we will think about themes like: ‘Finding God Within & Without’, ‘Finding […]

Rediscovering Sabbath

20th Sep - 22nd Sep 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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 […]

Given for Life: Exploring Our Motivational Gifts

18th Oct - 20th Oct 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Growing in knowledge of ourselves goes hand-in-hand with growing in knowledge of God. This retreat offers a well-tested and well-received tool for understanding our ‘motivational gift.’   What is it that motivates our personality, choices, and relationships with others?   The teaching draws from a book of the same title and is based on Romans 12:1-8, verses […]

Being With

1st Nov - 3rd Nov 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

In a world of ‘Doing’ – doing for and doing to – this retreat will take a look at the importance and power of ‘Being With’ … through friendship, through having an open table, through being good neighbours. How does ‘Availability and Vulnerability’ lead us to ‘being with’ God and others?

Blessing People and Places

4th Nov - 7th Nov 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

The God of blessing created us to be channels of blessing to people and places. The retreat will explore the means, disciplines and resources that help us to be people of benediction whoever we are and wherever we find ourselves.

Embracing Conflict

25th Nov - 28th Nov 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

Rest and Restoration

Space for the New Year

7th Jan - 10th Jan 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

As we begin a new year, this is an opportunity to come away and reflect on your intentions and hopes for the time ahead and to pray God’s blessings on it. There will be some guidance and resources offered, but mainly space within the rhythm of the day to connect with the Author of all our days.

I Still and Quiet My Soul

28th Jan - 31st Jan 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

I Still and Quiet My Soul

11th Feb - 14th Feb 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.  O […]

A Time for Everything

22nd Feb - 24th Feb 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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.

I Still and Quiet My Soul

25th Mar - 28th Mar 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

A Time for Everything

12th Apr - 14th Apr 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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.

A Time for Everything

29th Apr - 2nd May 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Contemplative Awareness

10th May - 12th May 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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 […]

A Time for Everything

27th May - 30th May 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

I Still and Quiet My Soul

8th Jul - 11th Jul 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.  O […]

A Time for Everything

12th Jul - 14th Jul 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.  ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1 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 […]

A Time for Everything

12th Aug - 15th Aug 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

I Still and Quiet My Soul

26th Aug - 29th Aug 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Red Tent Women’s Retreat

9th Sep - 12th Sep 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

The idea of the ‘Red Tent’ is being adapted from its ancient use to one that provides a space for women today to come together to rest, replenish and connect. In this retreat, women of all ages and backgrounds are invited to share their lives, share their wisdom, share their laughter and share their sorrow, […]

Rediscovering Sabbath

20th Sep - 22nd Sep 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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 […]

I Still and Quiet My Soul

30th Sep - 3rd Oct 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

I Still and Quiet My Soul

11th Oct - 13th Oct 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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.

A Time for Everything

28th Oct - 31st Oct 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Being With

1st Nov - 3rd Nov 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

In a world of ‘Doing’ – doing for and doing to – this retreat will take a look at the importance and power of ‘Being With’ … through friendship, through having an open table, through being good neighbours. How does ‘Availability and Vulnerability’ lead us to ‘being with’ God and others?

Embracing Conflict

25th Nov - 28th Nov 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

Advent Retreat

2nd Dec - 5th Dec 2019, Nether Springs
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 […]

Spiritual Development

Space for the New Year

7th Jan - 10th Jan 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

As we begin a new year, this is an opportunity to come away and reflect on your intentions and hopes for the time ahead and to pray God’s blessings on it. There will be some guidance and resources offered, but mainly space within the rhythm of the day to connect with the Author of all our days.

Celtic Saints: St Brigid and Hospitality

1st Feb - 3rd Feb 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Following the celebration of St. Brigid, known for her welcome to all, we will explore together what a hospitality of home and a hospitality of heart might like look in our own lives. We will reflect on Biblical hospitality and share out of our own experiences.

Surprised by Jesus

4th Feb - 7th Feb 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

The gospels tell many stories of encounter – of people who were looking for Jesus and found him and those who found him when they weren’t looking. Whether by choice or by chance, these encounters held surprises – and no one came away from them unchanged. Together we will look at a few of these […]

Given for Life: Exploring Our Motivational Gifts

8th Feb - 10th Feb 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Growing in knowledge of ourselves goes hand-in-hand with growing in knowledge of God. This retreat offers a well-tested and well-received tool for understanding our ‘motivational gift.’   What is it that motivates our personality, choices, and relationships with others?   The teaching draws from a book of the same title and is based on Romans 12:1-8, verses […]

The Return of the Prodigal

18th Feb - 21st Feb 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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. I have tried hard to follow the guidelines of the spiritual life . . . I have failed many times but always tried again, even […]

Hearing the Voice of the Beloved

15th Mar - 17th Mar 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

A time  to explore and deepen some of the many ways The Beloved talks to us and can be found in all things. We will look at creative ways of tuning ourselves into God’s love song that resounds in our hearts, the melody beyond the melodies and the word beyond words, in silence and sharing, […]

Camper Van of Dreams

29th Mar - 31st Mar 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

A retreat exploring your dreams and vocation, centred around a genuine 1970’s VW camper Van! This retreat is an opportunity to explore the person God has made you to be and the dreams (or vocation) that he has placed in you. There will be time to acknowledge the ‘dreamsnatchers’ that frustrate our dreams. And the “Camper Van of Dreams” will provide […]

Lenten Journey

1st Apr - 4th Apr 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

A led retreat which offers time and space to reflect on your own journey with Christ during this season of Lent.

Easter Workshop

18th Apr - 22nd Apr 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

Contemplative Awareness

10th May - 12th May 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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 […]

Through the Year with Charles Wesley

14th Jun - 16th Jun 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

In this retreat, we will be using the hymns and life of Charles Wesley as a doorway to prayer, as a way to deepen our faith and relationship to God.  Charles Wesley (not to be confused with his brother John) was a fine poet and wrote well over 7000 hymns and poems, many of which […]

For Where Your Treasure Is, There Your Heart Will Be Also

17th Jun - 20th Jun 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

This retreat will focus on trust as a key aspect of our faith journeys.  We’ll be using a creative project to help us consider what trust means for us and in what/whom we put our trust.  So, the retreat will combine times of led reflection, creative exploration, and time alone with God.

Introduction to Ignatian Prayer

5th Jul - 7th Jul 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Come and explore new ways of praying including the imaginative contemplation of a gospel passage and a way to reflect on our day with the examen prayer. Ignatian spirituality can help us to pay more attention to God, and help us understand and identify His actions in our lives. The weekend will be practical and […]

The Courage of Vulnerability

15th Jul - 18th Jul 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 Brown […]

The Seven Sacred Spaces

19th Jul - 21st Jul 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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

2nd Sep - 5th Sep 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

Red Tent Women’s Retreat

9th Sep - 12th Sep 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

The idea of the ‘Red Tent’ is being adapted from its ancient use to one that provides a space for women today to come together to rest, replenish and connect. In this retreat, women of all ages and backgrounds are invited to share their lives, share their wisdom, share their laughter and share their sorrow, […]

Finding God in Who You are: An Exploration of Personality and Spirituality with the Help of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator

13th Sep - 15th Sep 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

This course is for people who are interested in making connections between personality and spirituality. There will be an opportunity to complete the MBTI questionnaire, if you haven’t done so before, and to talk it through in an individual session.  In the group we will think about themes like: ‘Finding God Within & Without’, ‘Finding […]

Let God Grow in You

16th Sep - 19th Sep 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

Let the Son of God grow in thee, for he is formed in thee, and from thee, and may become to thee a great smile and exultation and perfect joy which no-one can take from thee.  How might these ancient words of Isaac of Stella inform and inspire our modern-day discipleship and spiritual formation?

Rediscovering Sabbath

20th Sep - 22nd Sep 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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 […]

Muzahzahing Our Lives

7th Oct - 10th Oct 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

Come and explore what it might mean to permeate our lives, the church and the world with an intentional way for living that seeks to bring awareness of God into all of life and work.

The Wisdom of the Desert

14th Oct - 17th Oct 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

Come and explore the history and wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Mothers, their relevance for today, and the spirituality of desert places.  The Desert Monastic tradition was a great inspiration for the Celtic Church and remains foundational for the Northumbria Community today.

Given for Life: Exploring Our Motivational Gifts

18th Oct - 20th Oct 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Growing in knowledge of ourselves goes hand-in-hand with growing in knowledge of God. This retreat offers a well-tested and well-received tool for understanding our ‘motivational gift.’   What is it that motivates our personality, choices, and relationships with others?   The teaching draws from a book of the same title and is based on Romans 12:1-8, verses […]

Being With

1st Nov - 3rd Nov 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

In a world of ‘Doing’ – doing for and doing to – this retreat will take a look at the importance and power of ‘Being With’ … through friendship, through having an open table, through being good neighbours. How does ‘Availability and Vulnerability’ lead us to ‘being with’ God and others?

Blessing People and Places

4th Nov - 7th Nov 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

The God of blessing created us to be channels of blessing to people and places. The retreat will explore the means, disciplines and resources that help us to be people of benediction whoever we are and wherever we find ourselves.

The House that John Built

11th Nov - 14th Nov 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

‘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 […]

Celtic Saints: St. Hild

15th Nov - 17th Nov 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

An opportunity to enter imaginatively into the story of this great Northern saint through storytelling, prayer and creativity. In doing so, we may discover inspiration and courage to serve with our own gifts and in our own spheres of influence.

Embracing Conflict

25th Nov - 28th Nov 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

Where The Wild Salmon Swims

29th Nov - 1st Dec 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

The salmon was a Celtic symbol for wisdom and knowledge. This retreat is an opportunity to follow the life cycle of the salmon and discover what wisdom it still holds today to teach us about our journey with God.

Advent Retreat

2nd Dec - 5th Dec 2019, Nether Springs
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 […]

Exploring the Northumbria Community

Community Introduction

14th Jan - 17th Jan 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Community Introduction

4th Mar - 7th Mar 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Dancing Celtic Daily Prayer

5th Apr - 7th Apr 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Come and learn or enjoy again the dances that go with the liturgy in Celtic Daily Prayer, including a new dance for The Lord’s Prayer.  Andy Raine will lead us, and Anna Raine will perform a concert on Saturday night.  A weekend of music and movement to express and deepen faith.

Easter Workshop

18th Apr - 22nd Apr 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

Community Introduction

17th May - 19th May 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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.

Prayer Drumming

21st Jun - 23rd Jun 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Join with some seasoned prayer drummers to listen to God’s heartbeat and to one another as we learn to express our praise, prayer and lament through one of the most ancient and universal of instruments. Bring a drum if you have one.  No previous drumming experience required.

Community Introduction

1st Jul - 4th Jul 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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.

Community Introduction

4th Oct - 6th Oct 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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.

Being With

1st Nov - 3rd Nov 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

In a world of ‘Doing’ – doing for and doing to – this retreat will take a look at the importance and power of ‘Being With’ … through friendship, through having an open table, through being good neighbours. How does ‘Availability and Vulnerability’ lead us to ‘being with’ God and others?

Community Introduction

8th Nov - 10th Nov 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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.

The House that John Built

11th Nov - 14th Nov 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

‘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 […]

Celtic Saints: St. Hild

15th Nov - 17th Nov 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

An opportunity to enter imaginatively into the story of this great Northern saint through storytelling, prayer and creativity. In doing so, we may discover inspiration and courage to serve with our own gifts and in our own spheres of influence.

Creativity & Interests

Felt-Making Retreat

18th Jan - 20th Jan 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Craft as well as prayer, often thrives with careful, focused attention. Working with felt, in particular, allows for working with rich colours and textures, binding together loose threads to make a whole. On the Friday evening we’ll learn a flat felt technique which can be applied to book covers or hangings. On Saturday we will […]

Camper Van of Dreams

29th Mar - 31st Mar 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

A retreat exploring your dreams and vocation, centred around a genuine 1970’s VW camper Van! This retreat is an opportunity to explore the person God has made you to be and the dreams (or vocation) that he has placed in you. There will be time to acknowledge the ‘dreamsnatchers’ that frustrate our dreams. And the “Camper Van of Dreams” will provide […]

Dancing Celtic Daily Prayer

5th Apr - 7th Apr 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Come and learn or enjoy again the dances that go with the liturgy in Celtic Daily Prayer, including a new dance for The Lord’s Prayer.  Andy Raine will lead us, and Anna Raine will perform a concert on Saturday night.  A weekend of music and movement to express and deepen faith.

Growing In Contemplative Awareness Through Art

31st May - 2nd Jun 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

This weekend we want to: Encounter and collaborate with our Creator God through the process of making. Explore how this can nurture our awareness of and relationship with Him. All art supplies will be provided to work on a variety of projects. No previous artistic experience needed.

Small-Stitched Collage

3rd Jun - 6th Jun 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

During this workshop we will explore the possibilities of using a random collection of textiles and stitches to build up a collage piece. Sometimes it is useful to work without a clear idea of what you intend to create and discover processes by chance and develop ideas by experimenting with colour, surface, texture and design. […]

Journeying with Jonah

10th Jun - 13th Jun 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

We invite you… to take a walk on the wet side(!) with the reluctant prophet Jonah. Bring your wellies; bring your wetsuits; bring your imagination and join us as we dive into this classic fishy tale and have a whale of a time exploring it together. [Editor’s note – okay, so the wellies and wetsuits […]

Through the Year with Charles Wesley

14th Jun - 16th Jun 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

In this retreat, we will be using the hymns and life of Charles Wesley as a doorway to prayer, as a way to deepen our faith and relationship to God.  Charles Wesley (not to be confused with his brother John) was a fine poet and wrote well over 7000 hymns and poems, many of which […]

For Where Your Treasure Is, There Your Heart Will Be Also

17th Jun - 20th Jun 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

This retreat will focus on trust as a key aspect of our faith journeys.  We’ll be using a creative project to help us consider what trust means for us and in what/whom we put our trust.  So, the retreat will combine times of led reflection, creative exploration, and time alone with God.

Prayer Drumming

21st Jun - 23rd Jun 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Join with some seasoned prayer drummers to listen to God’s heartbeat and to one another as we learn to express our praise, prayer and lament through one of the most ancient and universal of instruments. Bring a drum if you have one.  No previous drumming experience required.

The Courage of Vulnerability

15th Jul - 18th Jul 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 Brown […]

The Seven Sacred Spaces

19th Jul - 21st Jul 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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.

The Wonder of the Woods

29th Jul - 1st Aug 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

An opportunity to explore our long held fascination with trees, woods and forests. Using science, story-telling and a sense of curiosity we will discover together what trees might have to say about God, faith and Community. The retreat may also include an opportunity to explore further afield from Nether Springs.

Where The Wild Salmon Swims

29th Nov - 1st Dec 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

The salmon was a Celtic symbol for wisdom and knowledge. This retreat is an opportunity to follow the life cycle of the salmon and discover what wisdom it still holds today to teach us about our journey with God.

Individual Guided Retreats

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

21st Jan - 24th Jan 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

This silent retreat is a time to seek God in the cell of your own heart, in a community of fellow seekers. Each retreatant will be paired with a companion on the journey from whom they can receive individual support and guidance.  Apart from the session of spiritual accompaniment each morning, we will seek God in silence from Monday after Night Prayers until lunch on Thursday. 

Listening to the Heartbeat of God: An Individually Guided Retreat

25th Feb - 28th Feb 2019, Nether Springs
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 his […]

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

18th Mar - 21st Mar 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

This silent retreat is a time to seek God in the cell of your own heart, in a community of fellow seekers. Each retreatant will be paired with a companion on the journey from whom they can receive individual support and guidance. Apart from the session of spiritual accompaniment each morning, we will seek God in silence from Monday after Night Prayers until lunch on Thursday.

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

8th Apr - 11th Apr 2019, Nether Springs
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 the […]

Being Who You Are: An Individually-Guided Retreat

20th May - 23rd May 2019, Nether Springs
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 […]

Listening to the Heartbeat of God: An Individually Guided Retreat

24th Jun - 27th Jun 2019, Nether Springs
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 his […]

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

22nd Jul - 25th Jul 2019, Nether Springs
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 the […]

Being Who You Are: An Individually-Guided Retreat

19th Aug - 22nd Aug 2019, Nether Springs
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 […]

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

23rd Sep 2019, Nether Springs
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 the […]

Being Who You Are: An Individually-Guided Retreat

21st Oct - 24th Oct 2019, Nether Springs
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 […]

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

18th Nov - 21st Nov 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

This silent retreat is a time to seek God in the cell of your own heart, in a community of fellow seekers. Each retreatant will be paired with a companion on the journey from whom they can receive individual support and guidance.  Apart from the session of spiritual accompaniment each morning, we will seek God in silence from Monday after Night Prayers until lunch on Thursday. 

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

9th Dec - 12th Dec 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

This silent retreat is a time to seek God in the cell of your own heart, in a community of fellow seekers. Each retreatant will be paired with a companion on the journey from whom they can receive individual support and guidance.  Apart from the session of spiritual accompaniment each morning, we will seek God in silence from Monday after Night Prayers until lunch on Thursday. 

Family Week

The Return of the Prodigal

18th Feb - 21st Feb 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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. I have tried hard to follow the guidelines of the spiritual life . . . I have failed many times but always tried again, even […]

Family Week

5th Aug - 10th Aug 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £300

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 […]

Celtic Sites & Saints

Celtic Spirituality With Patrick, Columba and Cuthbert

11th Mar - 14th Mar 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

A chance to journey with these three Celtic Saints whose spirituality and witness not only served the renewal of the Church but shaped the culture of the British Isles in their own day and beyond.

Celtic Saints: St Ninian

16th Aug - 18th Aug 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Romano Briton Ninian set aside his Cumbrian royal privileges to follow God’s call. After studies in Rome, on his way homeward he found his way for life in the inspiration of  St. Martin in Tours.  In Galloway he founded ‘Candida Casa’.  From this place the message of Christ reached the known ‘ends of the the […]

Celtic Saints: St Aidan

30th Aug - 1st Sep 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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

11th Nov - 14th Nov 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

‘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 […]

Celtic Saints: St. Hild

15th Nov - 17th Nov 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

An opportunity to enter imaginatively into the story of this great Northern saint through storytelling, prayer and creativity. In doing so, we may discover inspiration and courage to serve with our own gifts and in our own spheres of influence.

Advent, Lent & Easter

Lenten Journey

1st Apr - 4th Apr 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

A led retreat which offers time and space to reflect on your own journey with Christ during this season of Lent.

Easter Workshop

18th Apr - 22nd Apr 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]

Advent Retreat

2nd Dec - 5th Dec 2019, Nether Springs
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 […]

Leadership

Trustees Weekend *

7th Jun - 9th Jun 2019, Nether Springs

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

For Where Your Treasure Is, There Your Heart Will Be Also

17th Jun - 20th Jun 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

This retreat will focus on trust as a key aspect of our faith journeys.  We’ll be using a creative project to help us consider what trust means for us and in what/whom we put our trust.  So, the retreat will combine times of led reflection, creative exploration, and time alone with God.

Trustees Weekend*

6th Sep - 8th Sep 2019, Nether Springs

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

Celtic Saints: St. Hild

15th Nov - 17th Nov 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

An opportunity to enter imaginatively into the story of this great Northern saint through storytelling, prayer and creativity. In doing so, we may discover inspiration and courage to serve with our own gifts and in our own spheres of influence.

Embracing Conflict

25th Nov - 28th Nov 2019, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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 […]