Nether Springs Programme

We are excited to be offering a wider programme at Nether Springs from January to December 2022. Alongside our regular Inner and Outer Pilgrimage Retreat, we will also be opening the Mother House for specific retreats for Community Group Leaders, Gardening and Work Weeks for Companions and Novices and a hybrid Easter Workshop, as well as reserving space for reaching out to charitable organisations/ different people groups, as God leads. We’re also offering an Inner Outer Pilgrimage retreat for families in August and in July and October there will be in-person Individually Guided retreats… Please note, however, that there continue to be a few differences from the way we have been able to run retreats pre-pandemic, as we learn to ‘read the wind’ and create meaningful and safe spaces in this emerging landscape.

Below is an overview of all that will be happening at Nether Springs from July to December 2022, followed by more details of each retreat, or joining in opportunity. You will need to complete a booking form (links below) in order to participate.

Please note: the following dates are all fully booked:

  • 1-5 August
  • 8-12 August
  • 2-5 September
  • 19-23 September
  • 3-7 October
  • 17-21 October

Available retreat dates until the end of October:

  • 15-19 August
  • 10-14 October

and there are still places available for the November and December retreats.


If you would like to make a donation to the life and work of the Northumbria Community , please follow the link below. Further information about giving, and Gift Aid (if you live in the UK) can be found at the very bottom of this page.


nner Outer Pilgrimage Retreats

Our Monday to Friday retreats (or occasionally Friday to Monday) 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.

We are excited to be offering our very first Inner Outer Pilgrimage retreat for families in August, which you can book below…

Please note that the format of these retreats will be different to the ones we held before the pandemic. One particular change is that as we gather for mealtimes, we will predominantly embrace the specialness of holding silence together.

To book, please click on the booking form link below:


Please note the dates above that are fully booked!


(NB – 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)


Suggested Donation: 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 £200 – £250 per person for a Monday to Friday retreat (4 nights)£150 – £190 Friday to Monday (3 nights). If you are a UK taxpayer, please consider ‘gift-aiding’ your donation. We have found that if everyone gives as they are able, in the end, there is enough to sustain the ongoing life of the Northumbria Community.


Individually Guided Retreats

We are pleased to be offering a couple of Individually Guided retreats again, as part of our Nether Springs programme, in the second half of the year. This retreat is suitable for anyone who is interested in exploring God more deeply, on a personal level and includes three, one-to-one sessions with a retreat guide, alongside our monastic rhythms.

July 18– 22 Being Who You Are – 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. An opportunity to explore, with the support of your retreat guide such questions as: What helps you to be more the person you believe God has made you to be? What is squeezing you into a mould and hindering you from being who you really are? How well do the roles you play, and the responsibilities you carry, fit with the person you are? You may also, of course, choose to explore other themes with your retreat guide.

October 17-21 – Seeking God at the Crossroads – This is what the LORD says, ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.’ – Jeremiah 6:16. A chance to reflect on life-transitions with someone who will listen with you to God’s work at the crossroads. You may also, of course, choose to explore other themes with your retreat guide.

You can book these IGRs through the booking links below.


A third IGR – Listening to the Heartbeat of God will run online, in your own space with our Welcome and Hospitality holding you within our prayer rhythms, from 28th November to 1st December. Please see this page for further details.


Companions and Novices

Gardening Weekend – Friday 2nd to Monday 5th September

As a Companion or Novice in Community, we invite you to engage, both physically and spiritually, with both soil and soul, in the gardens at Nether Springs. Please be aware that there will be a significant practical element to this weekend.

Please note: Because you’ll be donating of your time and energy, no financial donations will be asked for as part of this retreat

Glimpses of God’s Glory to Sustain Me – Monday 31st October to Friday 4th November

Following our exploration of this key theme through the Eata liturgy over Easter, we invite you to spend time reflecting on how God often shows up in the every day, bringing Hope and life even in the darkest places, and perhaps especially there.


Advent Retreat – Monday 12th – Friday 16th December

Advent is a special time of preparation in the run up to Christmas. We invite you to lean into this more intentional time of waiting.

Please note that this will be a hybrid retreat, with some retreatants joining in online.

To book this retreat at Nether Springs, please click the button below:

To book this retreat online, please click the button below:

Suggested Donation: 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.

Although you will be joining us as a Companion, Novice or Friend for our Easter Workshop, within the Mother House rhythms, we would invite you to donate towards the ongoing life of the Northumbria Community. For your guidance, the suggested donation £200-£250 per person Thursday to Monday (4 nights).. If you are a UK taxpayer, please consider ‘gift-aiding’ your donation. However, we would encourage you to give as you are able and come as you are, rather than be precluded by your capacity to give.

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 then leave a small ‘holding deposit’ of £65 to reserve your place. Please contact the Northumbria Community office directly either by email: office@northumbriacommunity.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.


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