Our 2022 Programme
We are pleased to be updating and releasing our overview of retreats and other activities across the Northumbria Community from January through to December 2022. It has been the biggest, most joyful jigsaw puzzle of the last 18 months yet, because for the first time in many months, we have started incorporating ‘in person’ events, alongside our Nether Springs and online retreats. At the end of January, we tried out our first ever ‘hybrid’ event, bringing together Community Group Leaders at Nether Springs and across our dispersed network. And, at Easter, we ran a combination of in person gatherings, online spaces and live streams. Who would have seen that coming two years ago?
January to June 2022
The Nether Springs retreat programme is intentionally more spacious at the moment, as we continue to discern what is next for the Mother House in this season and to build a new residential House team. We have been delighted to include a Gardening Weekend and Work Week for Companions and Novices, in March, May and September, as well to open up our doors for Easter Workshop again, alongside online and physical gatherings across the dispersed network.
July to December 2022
In the Nether Springs programme for the second half of the year, you will notice a few additions -firstly, we have added some space for pre-booking – allocated times when our Community Groups/ Online Prayer Group will be able to book Nether Springs. Secondly, we have included a couple of individually guided retreats in the programme again and, finally, you will find some ‘Reaching Out’ space which is reserved for charitable organisations/ different people groups to come and experience our hospitality.
ONLINE: January to June 2022:
Over the past 18 months, we have been learning the value of offering ‘joining in’ spaces online and, in particular, of creating retreats that are held within the rhythm of our prayers, with a Welcome and Hospitality team alongside any input. Again and again, people have commented on how these spaces have helped them to connect with the Northumbria Community and created a ‘sense of home’, especially where geographical distance has meant that visiting Nether Springs has been difficult, or, indeed, totally out of the question. For the foreseeable future, two retreats per month will continue to be offered in these online spaces – these will include our Community Introductions and Individually Guided Retreats.
Alongside these longer retreats, we will also continue to offer ‘short course’ retreats, such as ‘Exile and Empire,’ ‘Sacred Spaces,’ and a beautiful ‘Changing Clock’ creative activity, as well as the ever popular Creative Saturday mornings.
We also intend to pilot some online ‘Open House Hang-outs’ for Companions, over a couple of weekends in March and June. More information will be sent out about these, via our mailing list , nearer the time.
You can download a PDF of the overview, with links to the landing pages, below.