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Retreats at Minsteracres

2022 Programme

We offer a varied programme of day, weekend and week-long events throughout the year. Please see the programme details below.

Individual Retreats

We offer individual retreats and are happy to provide guidance, or you can have space to yourself for reflection.  Please use the enquiry form below.

Welcome to Our 2022 Programme

Situated in the land of the northern saints in beautiful countryside on the borders of Northumberland and County Durham, our community based retreat centre is ideally placed to promote the development of both the spiritual and the natural world.

Calendar for 2022

Our retreats are listed below in a calendar view – please click on the retreat of your choice to find out more and book online.  

Welcome to our  programme.

 Here you will find brief details of our varied day, weekend and week-long events. Situated in the land of the Northern Saints in beautiful countryside on the borders of Northumberland and County Durham, our community based retreat centre is ideally placed to promote the development of both the spiritual and the natural world.

The writer of Revelation echoes words of Isaiah written thousands of years before:

See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” (Is 43: 18-19)

We have lived through a time of global fear and uncertainty – but God has been active even when we have not been able to recognise it. Our theme for 2022 is designed to help us to see the paths in wilderness – the rivers that bring life to dry places – the things that God has been doing to bring new hope to the world – and to ourselves.

See, I am making all things new.” Rev. 21:5, is our theme for 2022.

We hope it will help you to connect with your unique individual life journey and offer nourishment for the collective journey of faith communities in this time of change for the Church.

We have accommodation for up to 70 people across 2 houses, set in 110 acres of gardens, park and woodland.

Minsteracres’ mission

Minsteracres Retreat Centre provides a space where people feel welcome, can be themselves and are enabled to find healing and wholeness in their relationship with God, with themselves, with others and with creation.

During all of our retreats we will be invited to consider new ways of attending to and living out the Gospel.

We look forward to  welcoming you!

It costs approximately £1,500 per day to run Minsteracres Retreat Centre. The suggested offerings indicated help us to cover our costs, but no one should feel excluded for financial reasons and concessions are available.

February 2022

25 - 27 February
A retreat for volunteers and friends at the start of the new season.  All volunteers and friends are warmly invited to join us for weekend of prayer, reflection and fellowship.

March 2022

Wednesday, 9 March
Enjoy a walk of seven to ten miles through the beautiful countryside around Minsteracres, with time for prayer, reflection and sharing of the beauty of creation. You will need suitable walking boots, warm and weatherproof clothing and a packed lunch. The retreat starts at 10am and ends at 5pm
Wednesday, March 16th
An opportunity to step aside, listen to God in scripture and enjoy the peace and tranquillity at Minsteracres.
20 - 26 March,
This is a residential retreat for Religious, which will start on Sunday 20 March at 6:00 pm and finish during the morning of Saturday 26 March.
Wednesday, 23 March
An opportunity to step aside, listen to God in scripture and enjoy the peace and tranquillity at Minsteracres.
Wednesday, 30 March
An opportunity to step aside, listen to God in scripture and enjoy the peace and tranquillity at Minsteracres.

April 2022

Saturday, 2 April
Enjoy a walk of seven to ten miles through the beautiful countryside around Minsteracres, with time for prayer, reflection and sharing of the beauty of creation. You will need suitable walking boots, warm and weatherproof clothing and a packed lunch. The retreat starts at 10am and ends at 5pm
14 - 17 April
Join the community on their journey towards Easter, with time for reflection and the opportunity to take part in the ceremonies of Holy Week. Thursday, 14 April (6.30pm) – Sunday, 17 April (2pm)
25 - 29 April
Spend a week at Minsteracres following in the footsteps of the Northern Saints such as Aidan, Cuthbert, Oswald, Hilde and The Venerable Bede.

May 2022

Wednesday, 4 May
The first of two days to be led by Chris Smith. Chris has been involved with the training and coordination of the Ministry of Consolation, a bereavement service for the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.
Wednesday, 11 May
Enjoy a walk of seven to ten miles through the beautiful countryside around Minsteracres, with time for prayer, reflection and sharing of the beauty of creation. You will need suitable walking boots, warm and weatherproof clothing and a packed lunch. The retreat starts at 10am and ends at 5pm
20 - 22 May
During this retreat we will have an opportunity to explore and reveal the pathways through our wilderness, to notice where we have life and energy. To discern what God is making new in our lives.
Wednesday, 25 May
This day enables you to experience different ways of praying in a beautiful setting and gives you time for quiet personal prayer. Lunch, tea and coffee are provided.

June 2022

3 - 5 June
In this Pentecost retreat we will reflect on the role of the Holy Spirit in John’s Gospel and pray for the release of the Spirit in our lives, that we may learn how to act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with our God.
7 - 9 June
During this retreat we will have an opportunity to explore and reveal the pathways through our wilderness, to notice where we have life and energy. To discern what God is making new in our lives.
14 - 16 June,
A retreat comprising 3 days with walks of eight to ten miles through the beautiful countryside around Minsteracres. Every day starts with a reflection. You will need suitable walking boots and weatherproof clothing. This retreat runs from Tuesday 14 June at 10am until Thursday 16 June at 5pm
Wednesday, 15 June
An opportunity to step aside, listen to God in scripture and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside. Lunch, coffee and tea are provided.

July 2022

11 - 15 July
The experiences of the past three years—the pandemic, the effects of climate change, raging political and social conflicts-- have brought profound change to our world.
18 - 24 July
2022 will be a Jubilee year for Monique marking 10 years of her Singing Week at Minsteracres. She is going to offer a repertoire from the last 10 years with highlights and new material.
25 - 29 July
Have you ever considered going on an individually guided retreat, but felt apprehensive about doing so because you were not sure what to expect?

August 2022

26 Aug - 2 September
This retreat is held in silence and will be led by members of the Ignatian Spirituality Centre in Glasgow in collaboration with the team at Minsteracres.

September 2022

Saturday, 3 September,
Enjoy a walk of seven to ten miles through the beautiful countryside around Minsteracres, with time for prayer, reflection and sharing of the beauty of creation. You will need suitable walking boots, warm and weatherproof clothing and a packed lunch. The retreat starts at 10am and ends at 5pm
12-16 September
Spend a week at Minsteracres following in the footsteps of the Northern Saints such as Aidan, Cuthbert, Oswald, Hilde and The Venerable Bede.
18 - 24 September
This is a residential retreat for Religious, which will start on Sunday 18 September at 6:00 pm and finish during the morning of Saturday 24 September.
Wednesday, 21 September
This day enables you to experience different ways of praying in a beautiful setting and gives you time for quiet personal prayer. Lunch, tea and coffee are provided.
30 Sept - 2 Oct
During this retreat we will have an opportunity to explore and reveal the pathways through our wilderness, to notice where we have life and energy. To discern what God is making new in our lives.

October 2022

Wednesday, 19 October
An opportunity to step aside, listen to God in scripture and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside. Lunch, coffee and tea are provided.
21 - 23 October
We tend to sift anything new through one or more of the three sieves of memory (what has been), experience (what is) and imagination (what might be).
Saturday, 29 October
Enjoy a walk of seven to ten miles through the beautiful countryside around Minsteracres, with time for prayer, reflection and sharing of the beauty of creation. You will need suitable walking boots, warm and weatherproof clothing and a packed lunch. The retreat starts at 10am and ends at 5pm

November 2022

Wednesday, 9 November
The second of two days to be led by Chris Smith. Chris has been involved with the training and coordination of the Ministry of Consolation, a bereavement service for the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.
Wednesday, 16 November
Enjoy a walk of seven to ten miles through the beautiful countryside around Minsteracres, with time for prayer, reflection and sharing of the beauty of creation. You will need suitable walking boots, warm and weatherproof clothing and a packed lunch. The retreat starts at 10am and ends at 5pm
Nov 25th - 27th
In this weekend retreat, well-known choral poet and experienced retreat leader Euan Tait who has had major premieres throughout the US and Britain, will help us explore key renewing themes for Advent.
Wednesday, 30 November
An opportunity to step aside, listen to God in scripture and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside. Lunch, coffee and tea are provided.

December 2022

Why come on retreat?

As part of our programme of organised events we offer residential and day retreats during which we explore the annual theme.

See, I am making all things new.” Rev. 21:5, is our theme for 2022.

We hope it will help you to connect with your unique individual life journey and offer nourishment for the collective journey of faith communities in this time of change for the Church. Our retreats provide space to reflect and pray and to have quality time with others.

You can also come to us for an individual retreat, enabling yourself to take a step back from everyday life, relax, reflect and be nourished. We are happy to offer you guidance whilst you are here or you may decide just to have some space to yourself.

We have many resources for reflection: the pilgrim walk – a reflective walk through the grounds; Trasna (the labyrinth); the Cross of Hope; stations of the cross; prayer spaces; peace garden and the art studio. Minsteracres is also ideally located for visiting the places associated with the Northern Saints.

We welcome groups which support our ethos and want to use Minsteracres as a venue for an event or workshop. We can accommodate up to 80 people for residential or day events. We offer warm hospitality and good home cooking, using organic and locally sourced foods. Our youth centre is self-catering, with dormitories and separate accommodation for group leaders.

We have made a video about what it is like to come on retreat and at the bottom of the page you’ll find stories about different people’s experiences here at Minsteracres.

Retreat Questions

A retreat is exactly what it sounds like — the chance to step aside from life for a while, to rest and just ‘be’ in a welcoming, peaceful and inspiring place like Minsteracres.

Retreats are for ordinary people at any time in their lives. There are no expectations on anyone going on retreat and you don’t need to be a churchgoer – we welcome people who share our values.

Do you:

  • Wish for some quiet time to reflect on things that matter most to you?
  • Need some time away from work or family?
  • Want to deepen your spiritual life?
  • Want to simply pray?
  • Want to develop a particular interest?      …then a retreat might be just for you.

Retreats offer the opportunity to:

  • Find space
  • Reflect
  • Pray and worship in peaceful and comfortable surroundings

We offer a wide variety of retreats including retreats:

  • For the beginner
  • With a theme such as Holy Week, Pentecost, Advent,
  • Structured with a programme
  • For individuals or groups who wish to deepen their faith
  • Free form where you can do your own thing

Thanks to the presence of the resident community there is always a warm welcome and a real sense of being a guest in their home. The community is the guardian of the Passionist ethos of Minsteracres, which is expressed through a life of prayer, presence and hospitality.

  • We offer a warm welcome to all
  • We have beautiful Grade II buildings set in an 110 acre estate of gardens and woodland
  • We have a wide range of meeting rooms from small (up to 10 people) to large (up to 90 people)
  • We have a library, various prayer spaces and an art room that are available to use
  • We offer overnight accommodation—from simple rooms with shared facilities to a few en suite rooms
  • We provide tasty, home-cooked food and can accommodate special dietary needs with advanced warning
  • We cater for those with disabilities

Yes, we welcome people who wish to spend some time alone.

Yes, we offer the opportunity to talk to someone in complete confidence. We can also provide individually guided retreats where someone is assigned to listen and guide you whilst on retreat.

A retreat varies in length but is usually anything from two to seven days. We also offer one-day retreats such as quiet days and walking retreats throughout the year.

Yes. It costs over £1,000 per day to keep Minsteracres Retreat Centre running.  We do not have another principal source of income and so we charge our visitors a competitive rate to cover our costs (but not to profit) that include:

  • Maintaining the Grade II buildings and 110 acre estate
  • Providing food and accommodation for all our visitors
  • Paying for staff and retreat leaders

If you have any questions please get in touch