Nether Springs Programme

We are excited to be offering a wider programme at Nether Springs from January to June 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 our annual Easter Workshop, as well as reserving space for reaching out to charitable organisations/ different people groups, as God leads. Please note, however, that there will 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 January to June 2022, followed by more details of each retreat, or joining in opportunity. You will need to complete a booking form in order to participate.

If you are a UK taxpayer, please consider ‘gift-aiding’ any donation you make. More details can be found at the bottom of the landing page,

Inner 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.

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:



(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.


Community Group Leaders Weekend – Friday 28th – Monday 31st January 2022

A time for those who lead Community Groups around the UK and beyond to gather, encourage one another, and be commissioned for their work in the year ahead.  This year we will be holding this event both at Nether Springs, and online and will contact you with details of how to book very soon. Please be assured that, if this date does not work for you, we will share the key input, learnings and heart of the retreat with each one of you who carries responsibility in this area of Community life.


Companions and Novices Gardening Weekend – Friday 4th – Monday 7th March

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.

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 to engage in physical work, 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 is £150 – £190 Friday to Monday (3 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.


Companions and Novices Work Week – Monday 2nd to Friday 6th May

As a Companion or Novice in Community, we invite you to join in with the life and rhythms of the house, with a specific, practical focus on physical work, in and around the house and gardens.

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 to engage in physical work, 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 is £200-£250 per person Monday to Friday (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.


Easter Workshop – Thursday 14th – Monday 18th April

Easter has always been a special time for the Community to gather. The Easter narrative draws us into Christ’s life, death & resurrection. He gives us ‐ individually and as a Community ‐ our identity, our life and our future.   This is a time for all of us to explore our journey of faith and for Community Companions to renew their vows.  In addition to a workshop at Nether Springs, there will be both online and local gatherings throughout the UK and beyond.  Please check the website and newsletter for more details closer to the event.

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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