Other Frequently Asked Questions

Why do people come to Nether Springs?

People come to the Nether Springs for many different reasons, including: making a retreat; giving themselves time to rest and reflect; seek guidance; study; or just out of plain curiosity about the Community or the Celtic Saints and the Northumbrian landscape. Whatever your reason, welcome.

Can my children come?

Nether Springs is our community home and children are part of our community, so children are very welcome.

Please note: Parents must at all times take full responsibility for their children, especially during times of quiet and retreat. We work hard to make Nether Springs a safe space for everyone, but we have many guests and visitors who are unknown to us.

When should I arrange to arrive and leave?

Arrival time for retreats is Monday between 3.00pm and 5pm and Friday by 11am.  This really helps the house community as it fits within the rhythm of the day, and also gives them time to prepare the house for the next guests.

I have a food intolerance/allergy, can you cater for me?

All of our food is freshly prepared on site. We cater for food intolerance as best we can, and we also offer a vegetarian alternative to meat dishes. If you have any specific dietary requirements please contact us before arrival. Important information for allergy sufferers: because of the limitations of our kitchen we cannot guarantee that food is free from allergens, please discuss your requirements with the office when enquiring about booking.

Do you have Internet? 

We plan to have free Wi-Fi on site from October 2020

Can I bring my pet dog/cat/hamster/budgie/python to Nether Springs?

We regret that pets belonging to guests are not allowed at the house, except for guide dogs. Information about kennels near to the Nether Springs is available from the Community Office.

What do I need to bring with me?

Things you may find helpful to bring with you are:

•    Torch

•    Towel

•    Comfortable walking shoes/boots (especially for pilgrimage)

•    Notebook/pen

•    Wet weather gear

•    Clothing in Layers


How do I make a donation for the retreat?

Information for how to donate can be found here – https://monasticliving.wordpress.com/ways-to-give/

Can I come to visit when I’m in Northumberland?

During the pandemic, we would ask that you not  simply pop-by for a visit, unless you have pre-arranged with the Office.