....a peaceful oasis near the centre of Durham City

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Retreats 2017


Northern Spirit Pilgrimage   Monday  July 3rd -7th  

“This earth we are riding keeps trying to tell us something with its continuous scripture of leaves.” - William Stafford


This is a pilgrimage that will focus on the earth and the elements of each place that we visit and how the spirit of that place speaks to us.  We will travel to Holy Island, Cuthbert’s Cave, Whitby and Durham Cathedral and hear the stories of Aidan, Hild and Cuthbert but we will also travel to some hidden places and see some cup and ring marked stones, moors, rivers, a well and a waterfall.  We will walk to each place to sense the divine whispers in the strength of the land where other feet have trod so that the earth and human story, the past and the present moment will weave together with every step. Each day will be marked with poetry, silence, blessing and ritual in the beautiful chapel of St Antony’s and in each of the places we visit so we will journey with each other and with those who have gone before as well as paying attention to our own path. This pilgrimage is open to those with any faith or none.  


Please bring a notebook/journal and a little bag to add to as we go and to share on our common altar.

Cost £250 Residential


Leader: Tess Ward writes, 'Durham has not long been my home.  I moved here from Oxford last year where I lived with my two children, husband and dog.  There I was a hospice chaplain, writer and retreat leader, celebrated the seasons in the Celtic wheel of the year, and was a celebrant for people’s ceremonies and stages. Here I am exploring this wild and strong land that I’ve arrived in and hope to write about it.'



Monday 31st July - Sunday 6th August

A six day individually guided silent retreat in the Ignatian tradition.

A daily meeting with a retreat guide to help your prayer, a daily Eucharist and shared silent prayer each evening. Suggested Donation for Residential: full board £360.  Begins with Supper on Monday evening finishing after lunch on Sunday



Thursday 17th August - Sunday 20th August:

Viriditas- Hildegard Retreat with Lynn Nausner, “When Heaven Kisses Earth” - An Introduction to the Life and Spirituality of Hildegard von Bingen



As we walk in the footsteps of Saint Hildegard, a 12th century visionary, we will have time to reflect, be still in nature, share in her wisdom and be creative. Lynn Nausner is a team member of St. Antony’s Priory, trained in Counselling and Spiritual Direction and has a special bond with this earthy Saint. Suggested donation £180, there may be some non-residential spaces, the suggested donation in this case would be £100



A day Retreat on the Streets may be arranged for groups or individuals at any time: prayers and other materials are offered to enable you to reflect as you walk the streets of Durham or the place where you live.  For more information please contact Ruth Grant at