Our retreats


Support our Drive Fund

In the Summer Newsletter we announced the launch of our fundraising initiative to raise £60,000 to resurface our drive. The mile-long drive which connects the Retreat Centre with the A68 has deteriorated in recent years and needs urgent attention. We hope that the work can be done in the Spring of 2020, depending on the Full Story

Minsteracres welcomes the Lay Fraternity of Charles de Foucauld

Minsteracres welcomes the Lay Fraternity of Charles de Foucauld by Moira Potier This year it was the turn of the UK to host the biennial meeting of the European Delegates of the Lay Fraternity of Charles de Foucauld. The meeting is always followed by a holiday/retreat for members of the fraternities across Europe. It is Full Story

Daring Disciples continue their journey…

Daring Disciples continue their journey… by Fr. Jeroen Hoogland CP, Rector As I am writing these words I look back on a busy summer. Many groups and individuals found their way to Minsteracres and enjoyed the space, its peace and the beauty of God’s creation. With some of the retreat groups we used this year’s Full Story


Thank you to our volunteers

Thank you to our volunteers by Jean Haldane A huge thank you is owed to our amazing volunteers for their contribution this summer – we just couldn’t have managed without them. This year has been particularly challenging especially for Paul and his team in the kitchen.  Margaret O’Brien retired in June and sadly Teresa passed Full Story

Grand Book Day at Minsteracres

Saturday 24th August from 11:30am until 3:30pm Something for every reader with reading spaces provided. A café will also be available with lots of tasty ‘lite bites.’ Fiction all genres, Gardening and Cookery and Other specialist interests. Special childrens’ book event New books and story telling provided by Forum Books, Corbridge Children’s activities & Fancy Full Story

Welcome to Tynedale Horticultural Service

On a sunny afternoon on Sunday 9th June roughly 130 people celebrated the formal opening of Tynedale Horticultural Service’s (THS) new offices in the Old Laundry at Minsteracres Retreat Centre.  This was the culmination of months of hard work to refurbish the Old Laundry building using funds provided by Northumberland County Council to create a Full Story


Sister Cecilia

In Memory of Beloved Friends

In memory of beloved friends Following the death of Brian Alderson in January, in recent months we mourned the loss of more dear friends: Sr. Cecilia Wilkinson CP, Teresa Wall and Monty Burton. Sr. Cecilia died peacefully on Holy Thursday, 18 April, after a period of failing health. She was 85 years old and 65 Full Story

Help us to Improve our Drive

by Geoff Bockett One of the features of Minsteracres is the mile-long drive that connects the centre with the A68 trunk road.  It leads past rhododendrons and through an avenue of Sequoias and parkland before arriving at the Retreat Centre. Visitors will have noticed the gradual decline in the condition of the drive.  6,000 visitors Full Story

Best wishes for a Happy Retirement

by Fr. Jeroen Hoogland CP On 21 June a party was held to mark the retirement of Margaret O’Brien as our Catering Manager. There was a shared table and a ceilidh but the evening started with a mass of thanksgiving for the more than twenty two years of Margaret’s dedication and faithful service to Minsteracres. Full Story


In grateful memory to Brian Alderson

On 25 January we received the sad news of the death of our dear friend and community member Brian Alderson. Although he hadn’t been well for a while, his death came as a great shock. Brian first came to Minsteracres as a retreatant many years ago and didn’t like it! But he came back and Full Story