We are a Christian place of prayer with a resident community rooted in the Roman Catholic Passionist tradition. We welcome people who share our values and we invite you to enjoy our hospitality.

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At Minsteracres you can choose an individual or group retreat, organise your own event, or simply enjoy this beautiful place. Browse all retreats

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Minsteracres is a beautiful 110 acre estate in the land of the Northern Saints. Within our historic buildings and estate we have space for prayer and rooms to hire for retreats and events.

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My new kneeler

That’s it, now I know I am old! I have just bought one of those kneelers that help you do the weeding. I do find it hard to bend and the kneeler means I can creak down to the earth and heave myself up again without the aid of a crane. I can also sit Full Story

Gardening as therapy

Any of the regular visitors to the Peace Garden at Minsteracres will tell you how transformational their time there can be. For two in particular, the difference it makes for them is profound. Bryan Green and Ray Warner have both retired from the armed services and each has suffered enduring mental health problems as a Full Story

A regular boost

We launched our regular giving scheme recently to help us secure the future of the retreat centre with a regular, reliable income stream. So far, more than a dozen retreatants, parishioners, volunteers and trustees have signed up and pledged between them around £1,400 per year. We hope this steady flow will increase as more people Full Story

Volunteer blogspot Dianne Keetch

Dianne Keetch blogs about working in the Peace Garden. Here she talks about how finding a marble reminded her of an old Geordie poem and how memories help reminiscence.

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