Coming up in December 2021

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

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The following retreats will be running ONLINE:

  • December 6 – 9 (Monday to Thursday) – ‘Advent Retreat‘ – 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 our hearts and lives. 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. This retreat will be led by Carolyn and Lee Howard. LAST FEW SPACES STILL AVAILABLE
  • December 11 – 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. 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
  • December 13 – 16 – An Individually Guided Retreat – Listening to the Heartbeat of God – 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 Beloved One. You may also, of course, choose to explore other themes with your retreat guide. SPACES AVAILABLE

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.’


The final five day retreat at Nether Springs in 2021 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

Coming up in January 2022:

11th January‘Changing Clock’ – six week small group gathering – every Tuesday evening until 15th February ONLINE

10th-14th January – Monday to Friday – Inner/Outer Pilgrimage NETHER SPRINGS

14th-16th January – Friday to Sunday – Space for the New YearONLINE

17th- 21st January – Monday to Friday – Inner/Outer Pilgrimage NETHER SPRINGS

22nd JanuaryCreative Saturday morningONLINE

28th – 31st January – Friday to Monday – Community Group Leaders Weekend NETHER SPRINGS and ONLINE


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

Our 2022 Programme will be available soon

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

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