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.
- 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.
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.
And at NETHER SPRINGS:
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.
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
AND TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT IS COMING UP BETWEEN NOW, AND THE END OF DECEMBER, PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW:
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