Our retreats


What a day to remember

Minsteracres was delighted to be able to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the retreat house with some of the men who provided the labour to convert the old stables block back in the 1960s and their families. Bishop Seamus officiated at mass in St Elizabeths’s before blessing the building. Thanks to the Full Story

Carmelites tell of their calling

Recently Minsteracres hosted a large group of lay Carmelites who came from all over the country for their national gathering.  Curious about their motivations and intentions in being part of a lay order we asked some of them to tell us what had originally attracted them and how it enriched their lives to be a Full Story

You’ll get more than you give!

We are looking for volunteers! Jean Haldane, our volunteer coordinator, explains, “Since I started at Minsteracres about five years ago the need for volunteers has increased because we have become much busier and we need help in more areas. “In addition to the dining room, we need support in housekeeping and hospitality, in the office Full Story


Silent retreat – a life-saver

“It’s absolutely essential! I need space where I can be completely silent just to be,” says Ase, one of the ten participants of the five day individually guided retreat (IGR) at Minsteracres. Ase is talking about the silent aspect of the IGR, which is the thing which most people who have never tried it seem Full Story

Growing through the silence

An individually guided retreat (IGR) might seem a bit hard core to the uninitiated. Five days held in silence except for meeting with your spiritual director might seem daunting but those who undertake these retreats usually love the experience and gain deep, spiritual nurturing from them. One such is Pat Moran who has just completed Full Story

Regular giving scheme launched

Minsteracres is launching a new scheme for friends to support us through a programme of regular giving. As a retreat centre, much of our income comes from the events we hold throughout the year. However, more is needed to allow us to update our facilities, manage our 110 acre estate and deliver our outreach activities. Full Story


Passion for the earth

In the Summer edition of our newsletter I wrote about the arrival of the Passionist nuns. This led to the presence of a new dimension of community life at Minsteracres. Since then another opportunity for community development has opened up. This development builds on the legacy of Thomas Berry, an American Passionist who challenges us Full Story

Discovering seeds of hope

Our summer schedule is punctuated by the arrival of many old friends, among them a group of parishioners from Herne Bay in Kent who come on retreat for a week every August. Among this year’s retreatants is Linda Thomson who, unlike the others in the group, is visiting Minsteracres for the first time. “I came Full Story

Fifty years of volunteers

Some of our volunteers have a very long pedigree. Parishioner Frank McDonald first came to Minsteracres as an apprentice joiner when he was 15 to help on the conversion of the old stables block into the new retreat house. “I came with my Uncle Lawrence, also a joiner, who was something of a leading light Full Story


A Spring makeover

Jezebel, widely known as a tempestuous scarecrow, is a rather peeved. Her friend Tatiana is showing off  her new outfit and hairstyle from Corbridge. She is winning many admiring glances from visitors to the Peace Garden. Jezebel admits to feeling a tad jealous. The tractor driver who gave them a lift to the shops and Full Story