JULY – DECEMBER 2021
INNER AND OUTER PILGRIMAGE RETREAT
After much exploration of how to open in a way that protects both the safety of Nether Springs guests and team during this pandemic, in October 2020 we were able to open our doors for a two-week period with a new format, five-day (Monday to Friday) Outer and Inner Pilgrimage retreat. God-willing, and government post-lockdown restrictions allowing, we are able to offer these retreats again from the first week of July 2021.
Our new, 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. We have been working on resources to help those on retreat with their own transportation to explore the rich Christian heritage of Northumbria through outer, physical pilgrimage to nearby Celtic Sites. The Nether Springs Chapel, Poustinia, Labyrinth, gardens and woods and local country and coastal walks are available to all guests and provide time with God in Creation and space for the inner-outer pilgrimage as well.
Please note that the format of these retreats will be very different to the ones we were able to operate before the pandemic. One specific difference is that our main prayers will either take place outside or ‘alone together online’ in individual guest rooms and will be both weather and government-guideline dependent. Additionally, we will ‘hold the silence’ at all mealtimes, but we anticipate that it will be possible to create spatially distanced outdoor spaces to enable social interaction where these can be safely managed.
More detail about how the retreat will work at Nether Springs, and compliance with Covid-19 Government advice, will be updated HERE in due course.
We will be responding to the ever-changing restrictions along with everyone else. Regrettably, owing to such ongoing uncertainty, we have had to make the decision not to have overseas guests until the end of 2021, just to hold some consistency in the midst of ever-changing border restrictions, although, we hope that the wide and varied online retreat programme we offer will continue to enable border-free encounters and engagement.
Please check the website regularly or contact us to see if Nether Springs is able to be open at the time you have booked, or wish to come.
(Please note that we regret we are no longer able to provide pick up from the end of the lane for anyone arriving by bus. If you have any specific queries about this, please contact the Northumbria Community office on 01670 787645. Many thanks for your understanding)
A *suggested donation would be £200 – £250 per person for a Monday to Friday retreat (4 nights) ; £150 – £190 Friday to Monday (3 nights). If you are a UK tax payer, please do consider ‘gift-aiding’ your donation.
About *suggested donations
As a registered charity, The Northumbria Community Trust does not ask for a set fee to cover the cost of a retreat. Instead, we invite donations to support the life and work of the wider Community as a whole.
Many retreatants welcome a suggestion as to what might be an appropriate donation. This is always a difficult question to answer. However, for your guidance, the *suggested donation is indicated against each retreat in the programme. We ask that you make as generous a donation as is possible without risking hardship. Through the work of the Community, the generosity of those who can afford more will benefit those who have less. As the weekly and monthly costs of running the Community are substantial, we would greatly value your integrity and generosity in this regard.
Details of how to make your donation, or ways to give to the Northumbria Community on a more regular basis, can be found by clicking on the button below. If you are a UK taxpayer, we would be grateful if you considered ‘gift aiding’ your donation. You can find a gift aid form via the link below.
What happens after you have completed the booking form?
You should receive an acknowledgement of your booking within a few days, which will also indicate whether or not there is a place available in one of our eight ensuite rooms. We would ask that you also leave a small ‘holding deposit’ of £65 to reserve your place. (Should you need to clarify a holding deposit made previously, in relation to a retreat at Nether Springs that was cancelled, please contact the Northumbria Community office directly either by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by ringing us on: 01670 787645 during office hours, Monday to Friday 9.00 -3.30pm)
Once your booking has been acknowledged, a week or two before the retreat starts, you will receive further details, which will include a link to a special landing page for your retreat. This will contain all of the information that you will need, including a programme outline and – e.g. a link to our daily prayer room.