Coming up in November 2021

Our retreats and events – online and at Nether Springs, our Mother House…

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The following retreats will be running ONLINE:

  • November 5 – 7 (Friday-Sunday) – ‘The Way of the Desert’ with Diane King – In the uncertainty of today’s world, with the myriad voices calling us to go this way or that, we will explore the history and traditions of the desert fathers and mothers, and what their wisdom has to offer us as we seek to be followers of Christ in a frenetic world. This retreat will include an introduction on the first evening, daily input and the opportunity to join in with the monastic rhythms of the day.
  • November 15 – 18 (Monday – Thursday) – Community Introduction. This retreat will enable you to learn more about who we are as Community. We are aware that many people may have ‘found’ us during this season – through our daily prayers, leadership reflections, prayer network or Monastic Living blog – and are wanting to explore further what it would mean to journey with us. Priority will be given to those who have already expressed an interest in postulancy or the novitiate but there are likely to be other spaces available.

I struggle to express how much I take away from being able  to attend our Saturday mornings.  Today was wonderful.

Creative Saturday Morning Retreat – March, 2021
  • November 20 – Creative Saturday Morning 9am – 1.30pm – space to pause for a few hours from the activity of daily life and enter into a quiet stillness where we can listen to God and our lives. There will be an optional creative activity to help you do this, followed by lunch together.
  • November 22 – 25 An individually guided retreat – ‘Seeking God at the Crossroads’ offers the opportunity to receive daily, one-to-one spiritual accompaniment and personalised spiritual exercises. Spiritual formation is co-operating 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.

The virtual prayer room became a special and sacred space. The presence of God was tangible and the faces of all the participants on my screen gave new meaning to Alone and Together. The Zoom sessions with my guide still enabled the depth of sharing which, for me, is such an essential part of an Individually Guided Retreat.

Individually Guided Retreat – June, 2021

As well as daily input, for all of our online retreats, retreatants will have the opportunity to join in with our monastic rhythm of four-fold prayers, which help us hold the space for us to be transformed, through our encounters with God.  And we also have twice-daily ‘kettle on’ spaces, hosted by members of our Welcome and Hospitality team, as valuable ‘places of informal connection’ for those who would like to join in.

We intentionally keep our numbers small, so that retreatants can experience a more personalised welcome.


Our new-format, five-day retreats involve both inner pilgrimage – a journey of inner work, silence, study, peace and rest and an opportunity for the ‘Heart alone with God’ staying full-board in an ensuite room – and outer pilgrimage, a chance to engage with the Celtic heritage of Northumberland.

Driving up, I asked myself WHY I felt the need to drive so far just to have a rest.  Surely, I could have found something closer to home.  But as soon as I got here, I remembered why I needed my time of retreat to be at Nether Springs, and it was worth every mile.’


1st-5th November – Monday to Friday – reserve list only

8th-12th November – Monday to Friday – reserve list only

15th-19th November – Monday to Friday – reserve list only

The final five day retreat at Nether Springs will be:

13th-17th December – Monday to Friday – reserve list only

‘Thank you for keeping a safe space.  I feel comfortable leaving here and collecting my mother from the hospital after surgery and spending the next week with her.’ 

‘Inner and Outer Pilgrimage Retreat’ at Nether Springs – July, 2021


Many thanks for continuing to support our work at this time.

Our 2022 Programme will be available during December.

Please do keep checking here or our website for further information on our retreat plans for January to June 2022

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