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Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Minsteracres Retreat Centre

Minsteracres is a Retreat Centre is situated in the land of the Northern Saints in beautiful countryside on the borders of Northumberland and County Durham, their community–based retreat centre is ideally placed to promote the development of both the spiritual and the natural world. Minsteracres Retreat Centre provides a space where people can feel welcome, be themselves and find healing and wholeness in their relationship with God, with themselves, with others and with creation.

They have accommodation for up to 23 people in the Retreat House, all set in 110 acres of lovingly tended gardens, park and woodland.

You can find more details on our website at www.minsteracres.org, together with background, history and news. You can choose from a full programme of residential retreats and courses and book online, by email to info@minsteracres.org, or call them on 01434 673248.

Speakers available for groups large and small.

If you’re looking for speakers for coffee mornings, lunch groups, afternoon teas, evening meetings or other events, we at Minsteracres are happy to offer a presentation about ourselves and our work. Contact info@minsteracres.org, or call 01434 673248 for information.

They look forward to welcoming you!


COVID–19 Update from the Minsteracres Team:

The Team at Minsteracres have been busy getting ready to bring back to life and re–imagine experiences that we have all craved during these past few months. We are preparing to welcome retreatants by providing a revised retreat programme, meeting spaces, comfortable accommodation and acres of land for retreatants and visitors to enjoy space away from the hustle and bustle of daily life in the peace, quiet and beauty of Minsteracres. The team at Minsteracres have made some important changes to the infrastructure to ensure a seamless visit with us. The focus being the safety of all our guests, staff and volunteers.

In conjunction with the latest government guidelines we have completed a risk assessment that will ensure the safety and wellbeing of all visitors with as little disruption as possible.


Upcoming events, retreats and walks:

Read and choose one or more of their varied day, weekend and week-long events for the remainder of their 2020 Programme here. Alternatively, here are brief details:

October 2020:

Gratitude, Prophecy & Hope led by the Minsteracres Retreat Team on Friday 2 (7.00pm) to Sunday 4 October (2.00pm) – 2020 has presented all of us with new experiences and opportunities to reflect on our lives. During this retreat we reflect on our encounters with gratitude, prophesy and hope. With reference to the lives of some of the Passionist saints, we will explore where these perennial themes have been and are present in our lives.

Quiet day led by Sr. Rosarie Spence RSM on Wednesday, 14 October 10.00am to 4.00pm – An opportunity to step aside, listen to God in scripture and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside. Coffee and tea are provided. Please bring a packed lunch.

Walking retreat led by the Minsteracres Retreat Team on Saturday 17 October, 10.00am to 5.00pm – Enjoy a walk with us of seven to ten miles.

Spoken in Song; what we have learned and can still learn from a good hymn led by Janet Swan on Friday 16 (7.00pm) to Sunday 18 October (2.00pm) – A chance to discuss and speak some favourites as well as learn some new songs. Janet Swan is an experienced choir leader and member of the Natural Voice Network. She leads a number of choirs and events. The emphasis is this occasion will be speaking in the voice you were born with and building your confidence and love of speaking the hymns.

The way of the embodied contemplative led by Terry Doyle on Friday 23 (7.00pm) to Sunday 25 October (2.00pm) – This retreat will explore how the practice of meditation can also be encountered through the language of the body using breathing exercises, gentle stretching and slow Tai Chi movements to complement the seated meditation periods. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Please wear loose clothing.

Terry Doyle is a Benedictine Oblate with the World Community for Christian Meditation, and a founder member of Jason Chan's Light Foundation. He is an experienced workshop and retreat leader who also works in the areas of homelessness, addiction and social justice.


November 2020:

Quiet day led by Sr. Rosarie Spence RSM on Wednesday 18 November, 10.00am to 4.00pm – An opportunity to step aside, listen to God in scripture and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside. Coffee and tea are provided. Please bring a packed lunch.

Prophecy, Gratitude & Hope (celebrating the third centenary of Passionist Congregation) on Friday 20 (7.00pm) to Sunday 22 November (2.00pm) – In 2020 the Passionist Congregation celebrates the third centenary of its foundation. We will honour this with a special retreat during which we will explore key elements of the Passionist tradition and spirituality and reflect on the message of the Word of the Cross for the world of today.

Walking retreat led by the Minsteracres Retreat Team on Wednesday 25 November, 10.00am to 5.00pm – Enjoy a walk of seven to ten miles.

Advent retreat led by the Minsteracres Retreat Team on Friday 27 (7.00pm) to 29 November (2.00pm) – This Advent retreat offers space to prepare for the coming of the Lord. It will be conducted in Taizé style with Scripture reflections, Taizé chants and times of silence.


Donating to Minsteracres

"Minsteracres holds a special place in the hearts of countless people who have benefited from their visits here over the years. We want to carry on providing this much loved facility for future generations and we need your support to enable us to continue to make a difference to people’s lives. We are asking our Friends to commit to giving to us on a regular basis. This will make a huge difference to our fundraising and will secure the retreat centre for future generations."


Minsteracres is a great space for self-led groups. Why not talk to us about booking space? Call us 01434 673248, or email info@minsteracres.org.

Find out more at www.minsteracres.org.