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A Time for Everything

26th Feb - 1st Mar 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.

Trustees Retreat *

2nd Mar - 4th Mar 2018, Nether Springs

*Please note.  The house is only open to Trustees of the Northumbria Community this weekend. The Felting Retreat, previously scheduled for this weekend, has been rescheduled for July 13-15th, 2018. Apologies for the necessary change in the Programme.    

Contemplative Awareness

5th Mar - 8th Mar 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

A led retreat that explores embracing of a way of life that is open to finding God in all things and all things in God. We’ll draw on the wisdom of Celtic Spirituality to help us learn to see the simplest of daily tasks as a sacrament. We will explore aspects of contemplative life and […]

Prayer-Action For Social Change

9th Mar - 11th Mar 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

‘…most of all enacting a fearful hope for human life in society’  ~William Stringfellow How can we confront real suffering but keep alive seeds of hope, inner freedom and joy in our personal and professional practices? This retreat is for those seeking to create social change in the midst of a growing divide between rich and […]

Lenten Journey

12th Mar - 15th Mar 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

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

I Still and Quiet My Soul

16th Mar - 18th Mar 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

19th Mar - 22nd Mar 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

23rd Mar - 25th Mar 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.

House Closed

26th Mar - 28th Mar 2018, Nether Springs

In this time, the Nether Springs team will be preparing for Easter Workshop.

Easter Workshop

29th Mar - 2nd Apr 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

Easter has always been a special time for the Community to gather. The Easter narrative draws us into Christ’s life, death & resurrection. He gives us ‐ individually and as a Community ‐ our identity, our life and our future.   This is a time for all of us to explore our journey of faith and […]

House Closed

2nd Apr - 8th Apr 2018, Nether Springs

Nether Springs is closed for a week after Easter as part of the resident community’s commitment to a rhythm of life.

I Still and Quiet My Soul

9th Apr - 12th Apr 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.

Red Tent Women’s Retreat

13th Apr - 15th Apr 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, […]

Community Introduction

16th Apr - 19th Apr 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.

For Where Your Treasure Is, Your Heart Will Be Also

20th Apr - 22nd Apr 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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.

Seeking God at the Crossroads: An Individually Guided Retreat

23rd Apr - 26th Apr 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 Apr - 29th Apr 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

30th Apr - 3rd May 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

4th May - 6th May 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.

Celtic Sites and Saints

7th May - 10th May 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

A chance to journey with the Celtic Saints whose spirituality and witness not only served the renewal of the Church but shaped culture in their own day and beyond. The example of Aidan, Cuthbert, Oswald, Hild and many others has inspired the Northumbria Community and provided a foundation for our Way for Living. This retreat […]

Connecting With God Through Creativity

11th May - 13th May 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

We’re made in the image of Creator God.  This retreat offers hands-on opportunities to create through collage, paint, movement and writing.  No special skill is required – just a heart that longs to encounter the Creator. We’ll explore who we are in God and ways we can explore intimacy with Him, bringing creative expression into prayer and […]

Journey Along the Emmaus Road

14th May - 17th May 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

Journey with the disciples on the road, through art, music, reflection and discussion and share with them the hope of the resurrection, as Christ as discovered in new places and new ways. Suitable for families and seekers of all ages.

Celtic Saints: St. Brendan

18th May - 20th May 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

Irish monks used boats called coracles to travel on the ocean in search of a ‘desert place‘ in which they found God in a new way. One of the most famous of these monks is Brendan, who set out from the West coast of Ireland in search of paradise. During this retreat, we’ll hear some […]

Being Who You Are: An Individually-Guided Retreat

21st May - 24th May 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

25th May - 27th May 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

28th May - 31st May 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.
Families welcome.

Dancing Celtic Daily Prayer

1st Jun - 3rd Jun 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

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

A Time for Everything

4th Jun - 7th Jun 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.

Prayer Drumming

8th Jun - 10th Jun 2018, 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.

Heart, Home and Hospitality

11th Jun - 14th Jun 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £180

In our culture, it’s easy enough to think of hospitality as either hotels or dinner parties instead of the transformative adventure that can happen anywhere two or more people encounter one other. This retreat will help us expand our understanding of hospitality, stretch our ability to receive and others and discern the opportunities God is giving us to engage in this formative and revolutionary practice.

Celtic Saints: St. Cuthbert

15th Jun - 17th Jun 2018, Nether Springs
Suggested donation: £120

An opportunity to enter imaginatively into the story of this great Northern saint through prayer, creativity, and storytelling. In doing so, we may discover landmarks and signposts for our own journeys. Includes a day trip to Holy Island on Saturday and celebrating Cuthbert’s Day together on Sunday.

Listening to the Heartbeat of God: An Individually Guided Retreat

18th Jun - 21st Jun 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

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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.

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.

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.

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.