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.

Minsteracres Retreat Centre has launched a new website, Minsteracres Retreat Centre – A Spiritual Place Providing Hospitality & Spiritual Wellbeing.

Geoff Bockett the Director of Minsteracres said, “I want to say how much I like the new design created by TWDA Creative Services. It conveys a sense of space and peacefulness that I hope will encourage more people to come and experience the beauty and hospitality we have on offer at

You can choose from a full programme of residential retreats and courses and book online, by email to, 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, or call 01434 673248 for information.

They look forward to welcoming you!

Volunteers wanted:

Minsteracres are currently looking for volunteers to help.

See poster for further information and to find out how you can apply to join the team.

Upcoming events, retreats and walks:

Coming up at Minsteracres:

Retreats and events:


  • Spend a week at Minsteracres journeying in the footsteps of the Northern Saints such as Aidan, Cuthbert, Oswald, Hilde and Bede. Find out more about their world and spirituality, and visit the iconic places where they lived out their faith.

    This retreat starts on Tuesday 27 September at 6.30pm ending Friday 1 October at 2.00pm.


    This retreat will explore how the practice of meditation can be encountered through the language of the body. Using breathing exercises, gentle stretching and slow Tai Chi movements along with seated meditation periods, the weekend will be nourishing for mind, body and spirit.

    This retreat starts on Friday 22 October at 7.00pm and ends on Sunday 24 October at 2.00pm. This retreat is led by Terry Doyle.


    Led by Rev. John Bell. To the casual reader, humour in the Bible can be totally lost, mostly because we have a habit, when reading privately, of hearing the dullest lector or priest reading the verses in a monotone. But the humour is there, in the Old Testament and in the New for those who have ears to hear.

    This retreat will start on Friday 19 November at 7.00pm and ends on Sunday 21 November at 2.00pm.

For more information about Minsteracres and our full programme visit our website or call us on 01434 673248.

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

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