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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June 2019

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.

A Time for Everything **

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

** Please note change of date (from 12 – 14  July 2019 to 5 – 7 July 2019)…………….
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 […]

Introduction to Ignatian Prayer **

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

** Please note change of date (from 5 – 7 July 2019 to 12 – 14 July 2019)……….
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 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 - 26th 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. 

Creativity & Interests

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.

Leadership

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 […]

Spiritual Development

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 **

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

** Please note change of date (from 5 – 7 July 2019 to 12 – 14 July 2019)……….
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 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

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.

Individual Guided Retreats

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 - 26th 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. 

Rest and Restoration

A Time for Everything **

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

** Please note change of date (from 12 – 14  July 2019 to 5 – 7 July 2019)…………….
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 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 […]

Life Issues

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 […]

Family Week

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 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

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 […]