Our retreats

Human sundial at Minsteracres

People approaching Minsteracres from the A68 during the past year will have seen quite a bit of activity in the parkland between the chapel and the Peace Garden. The activity focused on a rockery which for many years was the site of a crucifix. Earlier on, during the 1940’s, this concrete slab was the base Full Story

Travellers from Merseyside

In August we welcomed parishioners from St. Helens from their annual holiday retreat. Margaret Marren, the organiser, remembered that the first retreat took place in 1989. It was the time when many members of the Sutton parish of St. Anne and Blessed Dominic didn’t have the means to go on holiday. Fr. Mark White, who Full Story

An international volunteering experience

The summer season is usually quite busy with retreat groups coming and going. In order to ensure that all runs smoothly, we need all help possible. Alongside our regular volunteers in recent years we have received help from volunteers from abroad who spent time at Minsteracres. This summer we enjoyed the presence of Nancy from Full Story

Sacred journey at Minsteracres

The theme for our parish retreats this year has been ‘Sacred Journey’. The intention of this journey was to become more aware of God’s presence in our everyday lives. Happily many travellers came along to Minsteracres to join us on this special expedition – some for just a day, many for a weekend and two Full Story

Journey with the Northern Saints

You are probably aware that Minsteracres is very well situated for the main venues connected with the Northern Saints. So we decided some time ago to see whether there might be any interest in a mid-week retreat dedicated to this subject. To our delight the retreat was quickly oversubscribed. Thus at the end of June Full Story

Farewell to Fr Frank

Fr Frank Trias spent a short time as part of the Minsteracres community joining us in December 2017 and leaving in August 2018.  During this time he made many friends working with the retreat team, staff and volunteers.  “To experience such diversity within the community and the retreats over the past year has been a Full Story


At Minsteracres we are blessed with the church of St Elizabeth. It is a little gem. Many people spend time there to light a candle, be still and enjoy its beauty. In the morning you can see the light of the rising sun through the stained glass window above the altar. That is because, like Full Story

Serene Reflections Meditation Retreat 2008 -2018

At the beginning of May we celebrated our Tenth Anniversary holding meditation retreats at Minsteracres. It was 10 years ago when I decided to unite local meditation groups where we could practice and learn from one another. I visited Minsteracres and after a meeting with Fr Jeroen we held our first retreat in March 2008. Full Story

Open Day Minsteracres

The annual Open House event took place as usual on the first Bank Holiday in May and it was the busiest yet. Year on year visitor numbers have increased and to keep up with demand, there was even more on offer to showcase Minsteracres! The popular and long standing House tours and the café remain Full Story

Minsteracres welcomes THS

For the past six months Minsteracres has played host to a special group of gardeners. Tynedale Horticultural Service (THS) was set up by Northumberland County Council 24 years ago to provide training and work experience in horticulture for adults with learning disabilities. Last summer the team had to leave their long-term home at Ridley Hall Full Story