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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 2018 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.

June 2018

House Closed

22nd Jun - 24th Jun 2018, 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 Jun - 28th Jun 2018, 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.

Introduction to Ignatian Prayer

29th Jun - 1st Jul 2018, 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 […]

July 2018

The Courage of Vulnerability

2nd Jul - 5th Jul 2018, 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 […]

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

6th Jul - 8th Jul 2018, 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 […]

I Still and Quiet My Soul

9th Jul - 12th Jul 2018, 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.

Felt-Making Retreat*

13th Jul - 15th Jul 2018, 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 […]

Community Introduction

16th Jul - 19th Jul 2018, 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.

A Time for Everything

20th Jul - 22nd Jul 2018, 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.

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

23rd Jul - 26th Jul 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

A chance to reflect on life-transitions with someone who will listen with you to God’s work at the crossroads. You may also, of course, choose to explore other themes with your retreat guide.

House Closed

27th Jul - 29th Jul 2018, 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 Jul - 2nd Aug 2018, 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.

August 2018

Celtic Saints: St. Oswald

3rd Aug - 5th Aug 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

A chance to explore the story of St. Oswald, ancient King of Northumbria and reflect on seats of power today.  Includes a local pilgrimage on Saturday for Oswald’s Feast Day.

Family Week

6th Aug - 11th Aug 2018, 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 […]

The Return of the Prodigal

13th Aug - 16th Aug 2018, 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. 

The question is not “How am I to love God?” but “How am I to let myself be loved by God?” God is looking into the distance for me, trying to find me, and longing to bring me home.” 
-Henri Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son

A Time for Everything

17th Aug - 19th Aug 2018, 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.

Being Who You Are: An Individually-Guided Retreat

20th Aug - 23rd Aug 2018, 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 Aug - 26th Aug 2018, 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 Aug - 30th Aug 2018, 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. Aidan

31st Aug - 2nd Sep 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Aidan traveled 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 2018

Soul Friendship

3rd Sep - 6th Sep 2018, 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, accompaniment and direction in our own lives and within the Northumbria Community.

Blessing People and Places

7th Sep - 9th Sep 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120  

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

10th Sep - 13th Sep 2018, 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 […]

Red Tent Women’s Retreat

14th Sep - 16th Sep 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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, […]

Bread for the Journey

17th Sep - 20th Sep 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180  

An opportunity to explore ways in which ‘bread’ provides a rich and revealing metaphor for reflecting on our life journey as Christian disciples.

Community Introduction

21st Sep - 23rd Sep 2018, 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.

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

24th Sep - 27th Sep 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

A chance to reflect on life-transitions with someone who will listen with you to God’s work at the crossroads. You may also, of course, choose to explore other themes with your retreat guide.

House Closed

28th Sep - 30th Sep 2018, Nether Springs

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

October 2018

A Time for Everything

1st Oct - 4th Oct 2018, 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.

Light of the North

5th Oct - 7th Oct 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120 

Come and journey with the Northern Celtic Saints; learn about their lives and discover the light, inspiration and wisdom they provide for us today. The retreat will include the opportunity to visit Holy Island and Bamburgh, significant places associated with The Golden Age of Northumbria.

I Still and Quiet My Soul

8th Oct - 11th Oct 2018, 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.

Given for Life: Exploring Our Motivational Gifts

12th Oct - 14th Oct 2018, 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 […]

A Time for Everything

15th Oct - 18th Oct 2018, 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.

Practical Mysticism with Evelyn Underhill

19th Oct - 21st Oct 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

We go [on retreat] to seek the opportunity of being alone with God, and attending to God, in order that we may do His will better in our everyday lives. [We go to live for a few days the life of prayer, and deepen our contact with the spiritual realities on which our lives depend […]

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

22nd Oct - 25th Oct 2018, 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

26th Oct - 28th Oct 2018, 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

29th Oct - 1st Nov 2018, 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.

November 2018

Being With

2nd Nov - 4th Nov 2018, 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?

A Time for Everything

5th Nov - 8th Nov 2018, 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.

Rediscovering Sabbath

9th Nov - 11th Nov 2018, 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 […]

Embracing Conflict

12th Nov - 15th Nov 2018, 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 […]

Celtic Saints: St. Hild

16th Nov - 18th Nov 2018, 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.

Listening to the Heartbeat of God: An Individually Guided Retreat

19th Nov - 22nd Nov 2018, 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

23rd Nov - 25th Nov 2018, Nether Springs

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

A Time for Everything

26th Nov - 29th Nov 2018, 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.

Community Introduction

30th Nov - 2nd Dec 2018, 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.

December 2018

Advent Retreat

3rd Dec - 6th Dec 2018, 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 […]

I Still and Quiet My Soul

7th Dec - 9th Dec 2018, 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.

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

10th Dec - 13th Dec 2018, 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

14th Dec - 2nd Jan 2019, Nether Springs

Nether Springs is closed for at least 2 weeks in December every year as part of the resident community’s commitment to a rhythm of life.

Advent, Lent & Easter

Advent Retreat

3rd Dec - 6th Dec 2018, 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 […]

Celtic Sites & Saints

Celtic Saints: St. Oswald

3rd Aug - 5th Aug 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

A chance to explore the story of St. Oswald, ancient King of Northumbria and reflect on seats of power today.  Includes a local pilgrimage on Saturday for Oswald’s Feast Day.

Celtic Saints: St. Aidan

31st Aug - 2nd Sep 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Aidan traveled 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

10th Sep - 13th Sep 2018, 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 […]

Light of the North

5th Oct - 7th Oct 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120 

Come and journey with the Northern Celtic Saints; learn about their lives and discover the light, inspiration and wisdom they provide for us today. The retreat will include the opportunity to visit Holy Island and Bamburgh, significant places associated with The Golden Age of Northumbria.

Celtic Saints: St. Hild

16th Nov - 18th Nov 2018, 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

The Courage of Vulnerability

2nd Jul - 5th Jul 2018, 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 […]

Felt-Making Retreat*

13th Jul - 15th Jul 2018, 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 […]

Bread for the Journey

17th Sep - 20th Sep 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180  

An opportunity to explore ways in which ‘bread’ provides a rich and revealing metaphor for reflecting on our life journey as Christian disciples.

Exploring the Northumbria Community

Community Introduction

16th Jul - 19th Jul 2018, 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.

The House that John Built

10th Sep - 13th Sep 2018, 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 […]

Community Introduction

21st Sep - 23rd Sep 2018, 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.

Light of the North

5th Oct - 7th Oct 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120 

Come and journey with the Northern Celtic Saints; learn about their lives and discover the light, inspiration and wisdom they provide for us today. The retreat will include the opportunity to visit Holy Island and Bamburgh, significant places associated with The Golden Age of Northumbria.

Being With

2nd Nov - 4th Nov 2018, 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?

Celtic Saints: St. Hild

16th Nov - 18th Nov 2018, 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.

Community Introduction

30th Nov - 2nd Dec 2018, 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.

Family Week

Family Week

6th Aug - 11th Aug 2018, 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 […]

The Return of the Prodigal

13th Aug - 16th Aug 2018, 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. 

The question is not “How am I to love God?” but “How am I to let myself be loved by God?” God is looking into the distance for me, trying to find me, and longing to bring me home.” 
-Henri Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son

Individual Guided Retreats

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

23rd Jul - 26th Jul 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

A chance to reflect on life-transitions with someone who will listen with you to God’s work at the crossroads. You may also, of course, choose to explore other themes with your retreat guide.

Being Who You Are: An Individually-Guided Retreat

20th Aug - 23rd Aug 2018, 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

24th Sep - 27th Sep 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

A chance to reflect on life-transitions with someone who will listen with you to God’s work at the crossroads. You may also, of course, choose to explore other themes with your retreat guide.

Entering the Silence: An Individually Guided Retreat

22nd Oct - 25th Oct 2018, 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

19th Nov - 22nd Nov 2018, 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

10th Dec - 13th Dec 2018, 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. 

Leadership

Embracing Conflict

12th Nov - 15th Nov 2018, 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 […]

Celtic Saints: St. Hild

16th Nov - 18th Nov 2018, 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.

Life Issues

The Courage of Vulnerability

2nd Jul - 5th Jul 2018, 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 […]

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

6th Jul - 8th Jul 2018, 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 […]

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

23rd Jul - 26th Jul 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

A chance to reflect on life-transitions with someone who will listen with you to God’s work at the crossroads. You may also, of course, choose to explore other themes with your retreat guide.

The Return of the Prodigal

13th Aug - 16th Aug 2018, 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. 

The question is not “How am I to love God?” but “How am I to let myself be loved by God?” God is looking into the distance for me, trying to find me, and longing to bring me home.” 
-Henri Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son

Blessing People and Places

7th Sep - 9th Sep 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120  

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.

Red Tent Women’s Retreat

14th Sep - 16th Sep 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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, […]

Bread for the Journey

17th Sep - 20th Sep 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180  

An opportunity to explore ways in which ‘bread’ provides a rich and revealing metaphor for reflecting on our life journey as Christian disciples.

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

24th Sep - 27th Sep 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

A chance to reflect on life-transitions with someone who will listen with you to God’s work at the crossroads. You may also, of course, choose to explore other themes with your retreat guide.

Given for Life: Exploring Our Motivational Gifts

12th Oct - 14th Oct 2018, 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

2nd Nov - 4th Nov 2018, 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?

Rediscovering Sabbath

9th Nov - 11th Nov 2018, 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 […]

Embracing Conflict

12th Nov - 15th Nov 2018, 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

I Still and Quiet My Soul

25th Jun - 28th Jun 2018, 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

9th Jul - 12th Jul 2018, 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

20th Jul - 22nd Jul 2018, 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

30th Jul - 2nd Aug 2018, 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

17th Aug - 19th Aug 2018, 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

27th Aug - 30th Aug 2018, 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.

Red Tent Women’s Retreat

14th Sep - 16th Sep 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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, […]

Bread for the Journey

17th Sep - 20th Sep 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180  

An opportunity to explore ways in which ‘bread’ provides a rich and revealing metaphor for reflecting on our life journey as Christian disciples.

A Time for Everything

1st Oct - 4th Oct 2018, 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 Oct - 11th Oct 2018, 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

15th Oct - 18th Oct 2018, 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

29th Oct - 1st Nov 2018, 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.

Being With

2nd Nov - 4th Nov 2018, 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?

A Time for Everything

5th Nov - 8th Nov 2018, 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.

Rediscovering Sabbath

9th Nov - 11th Nov 2018, 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 […]

Embracing Conflict

12th Nov - 15th Nov 2018, 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 […]

A Time for Everything

26th Nov - 29th Nov 2018, 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

7th Dec - 9th Dec 2018, 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.

Spiritual Development

Introduction to Ignatian Prayer

29th Jun - 1st Jul 2018, 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

2nd Jul - 5th Jul 2018, 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 […]

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

6th Jul - 8th Jul 2018, 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 […]

Celtic Saints: St. Oswald

3rd Aug - 5th Aug 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

A chance to explore the story of St. Oswald, ancient King of Northumbria and reflect on seats of power today.  Includes a local pilgrimage on Saturday for Oswald’s Feast Day.

The Return of the Prodigal

13th Aug - 16th Aug 2018, 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. 

The question is not “How am I to love God?” but “How am I to let myself be loved by God?” God is looking into the distance for me, trying to find me, and longing to bring me home.” 
-Henri Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son

Soul Friendship

3rd Sep - 6th Sep 2018, 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, accompaniment and direction in our own lives and within the Northumbria Community.

Blessing People and Places

7th Sep - 9th Sep 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120  

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

10th Sep - 13th Sep 2018, 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 […]

Red Tent Women’s Retreat

14th Sep - 16th Sep 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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, […]

Bread for the Journey

17th Sep - 20th Sep 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180  

An opportunity to explore ways in which ‘bread’ provides a rich and revealing metaphor for reflecting on our life journey as Christian disciples.

Light of the North

5th Oct - 7th Oct 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120 

Come and journey with the Northern Celtic Saints; learn about their lives and discover the light, inspiration and wisdom they provide for us today. The retreat will include the opportunity to visit Holy Island and Bamburgh, significant places associated with The Golden Age of Northumbria.

Given for Life: Exploring Our Motivational Gifts

12th Oct - 14th Oct 2018, 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 […]

Practical Mysticism with Evelyn Underhill

19th Oct - 21st Oct 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

We go [on retreat] to seek the opportunity of being alone with God, and attending to God, in order that we may do His will better in our everyday lives. [We go to live for a few days the life of prayer, and deepen our contact with the spiritual realities on which our lives depend […]

Being With

2nd Nov - 4th Nov 2018, 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?

Rediscovering Sabbath

9th Nov - 11th Nov 2018, 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 […]

Embracing Conflict

12th Nov - 15th Nov 2018, 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 […]

Celtic Saints: St. Hild

16th Nov - 18th Nov 2018, 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 Retreat

3rd Dec - 6th Dec 2018, 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 […]