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We are pleased to be updating and releasing our overview of retreats and other activities across the Northumbria Community from January to August 2024.The last few years have brought several learnings about what our programme could look like and, we are excited to develop it online, at Nether Springs and in person across Dispersed Community, with grateful hearts, in response to God’s leading and ongoing feedback from the many who have continued to support who we are and what we do.
Please click HEREfor the most up-to-date information.
It is a particular joy to be offering a wider programme at Nether Springs in 2024. Alongside our regular, Inner Outer Pilgrimage retreats there is an expanded series of led retreats; monthly, themed individually guided retreats and Companions, Novices and Friends events.
It may well be possible to welcome individuals or groups for a QUIET DAY at other times. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an initial enquiry/ suggested dates.
Jane and Andrew Perkins are Companions of the Northumbria Community and lead L’Abri à Savigny, a Northumbria Community house of hospitality and prayer in Normandy, France.
Jane is organising a pilgrimage to Mont Saint-Michel in the summer of 2024. She writes:
Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, They make it a spring; The rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; Each one appears before God in Zion.
Psalms 84:5-7 NKJV
In order that you might be blessed, and in collaboration with David Pott and Daniel Rutland, I am organising a pilgrimage in northern France. The route will start from the French port of Caen/Ouistreham to follow the route of English pilgrims and the Dukes of Normandy to the iconic pilgrim destination of Mont Saint Michel. (Caen/Ouistreham is easily reachable by bus from Paris or by ferry from Portsmouth in the UK.)
This pilgrimage will take place from May 22nd to June 2nd 2024. Booking is now open and I have people showing interest. If you would like more information, either for yourself or someone else, please contact me (email address below) and I will send the information sheet. The number of places is limited, so it would be good to know as soon as possible of anyone who might be interested.
This pilgrimage will be a wonderfully enriching and rewarding experience. The inner journey may take you by surprise while you are engaging in the outer journey through a beautiful and historic landscape. The dates coincide with the 80th anniversary of the D-day landings in Normandy (the beginning of the end of WWII) and we will be stopping at a few of the important sites en route to pray for peace and reconciliation which is so needed in these turbulent times.
David and Daniel will be collaborating with me as the leaders on a daily basis as they have much experience of hiking and pilgrimage walks. We will have a professional and licensed guide to cross the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel. In the abbey of Mont Saint-Michel we will share prayers with the Brothers and Sisters of Jerusalem and stay in the Sanctuary overnight.
If you are interested in walking the Camino de Saint Jacques de Compostelle, this pilgrimage counts towards the first part of that route.