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Reflections on a walk

Well, today it’s my turn. I’ve been working at Minsteracres for four years now, and apart from the friends’ weekend some years back, which I enjoyed, I haven’t been on another retreat and it felt like time. Retreats aren’t for everyone, and my experiences as a child definitely didn’t warm me to the idea. I’m Full Story

Bede back for fourth year

For the fourth year running we were delighted to play host to more than 150 13/14 year old pupils from Bede Academy in Blythe on their annual environment day. Their work that day helped us to deliver part of our National Lottery funded Wind in the Willows Project to restore and maintain natural habitats on Full Story

Holy Week at Minsteracres

Our guests for the Holy Week Retreat started coming in on Thursday. It was a mad scramble to get all the booklets and leaflets, required for our sessions, ready and printed. But in the end we had everything sorted in neat little piles and we were all set to go. Everyone coming in received the Full Story


The singing is the glue

It’s that time of year again. The time when the whole house at Minsteracres is filled with music. The inspirational Dutch choir director Monique van den Hoogen is back to lead her annual, week-long singing retreat. So popular is she, that she brings with her a readymade choir of Dutch followers, most of whom have Full Story

Freeing the way

“Have you met them yet? What an amazing group!” ‘The group’ are the talk of the house at Minsteracres. They are 15 men and three support workers from Seaham-based Free the Way which offers clients help to establish a new way of life in recovery from addiction, with accommodation and programmes to help them out Full Story

An individually guided retreat – Minsteracres style

John Smith from Edinburgh and Peter Traynor from Dalkeith are both coming towards the end of their training to become deacons and will be ordained in September. They have come to Minsteracres to take part in a pre-ordination retreat as one of the final steps in their preparation. “We were told we should have a Full Story


A place of peace and solace

The Peace Garden at Minsteracres is enjoyed by many, not solely the Let’s Get Growing team. It seems to offer great solace, we see people arrive hunched and worn than as they breath in the sweet air and luxuriate in the sights and sounds of nature, they visibly relax and unwind. The meditation area is Full Story

A grand day out!

It’s that time of year again when the sun shines (we hope!) on our summer fayre. Coming up fast on Saturday 9th July from 11am – 4pm, there will be all the familiar activities including children’s games on the lawn, craft demonstrations, bottle tombola, plant sale, grand draw, books, prize bingo and home baking. Live Full Story

Meet the Peace Garden dogs

Our dogs love the peace garden. They can roam freely and are safe behind the gates. There are several dogs that come to the garden with their respective chauffeurs. Let me describe a few. Pippin, she is a real smiler, a slim and lively labrador who loves to dig for small rodents that I always Full Story


Vera’s big day

“Absolutely excellent!” says Vera Richards. Vera is one of our longest serving dining room volunteers, and this week she was invited to a garden party at Alnwick Castle celebrating volunteers’ week. Vera was nominated by Minsteracres to represent us at the event because of the unstinting effort she gives us and the pleasure she takes Full Story