Retreats

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?

NETHER SPRINGS

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

July to December 2022

Over the past two years, 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. 

We will continue to offer our Community Introductions online as well as the occasional Individually Guided or Led retreat. Alongside these, we will run several ‘short courses’ and the popular Creative Saturday mornings.

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