New developments


Stencils get a make over at St Elizabeth’s

This week we had four guest stencillers staying at Minsteracres, working in the Sanctuary of St Elizabeth’s Church – Karen Dundas, Shannon Miller, Rory Johnson and Annabelle Remnant.  Karen and Shannon work together as “Scottish Wall Painting Conservators“, whereas Rory and Annabelle are both freelance Conservators.  Rory, who is based locally in Humshaugh, Northumberland,  offers Full Story

The Sound of Sheer Silence

During the past month we have been blessed with warmer days and I hope the summer will have more in store. When the weather is like this, I tend to go out in the morning and have my time of meditation outside. I sit on a bench and try to be still. I appreciate the Full Story

The Community of the Passion

A few years ago some Passionists became aware of people who live the Passionist charism whilst they are not professed members of the congregation. They are people, men and women, who are passionate about the poor and powerless. They place themselves alongside them, acknowledging – as the founder St Paul of the Cross did – Full Story


The Horticulture of Church, Change and Diminishment

What can we learn about current changes within the institutional Church whilst turning soil, planting hedges and entering into a daily rhythm of community life and prayer? Novice though I am to both gardening and the practices of monasticism, this was on my mind during May, when I spent four weeks living for the most Full Story

Help us build a garden sanctuary

A ground breaking nature-based therapeutic initiative to support people with varying health needs, including those with stress related illness, depression and dementia, needs your help. Let’s Get Growing, a social enterprise run by Ross Menzies and Katrina Padmore, here at Minsteracres has just received planning permission to erect a timber framed workspace in the peace Full Story

Website relaunched

Our website has been relaunched with a bit of a makeover. We’ve improved the navigation and added more pages about us and what we do. “A lot of people use the website to find out about us and to book retreats and events,” says Geoff Bockett, operations manager, “and many are guided to it from Full Story