Retreat at Minsteracres, Northumberland July 2018

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A Green Christian retreat weekend

Friday 6 – Sunday 8 July 2018

“A Heart for the Earth”

Minsteracres Retreat Centre


The retreat: A Heart for the Earth


What do our hearts ask of us in these extraordinary times?

This weekend we will listen. We know the facts – and how easy they are to deny. We know what has to be done – and how hard that can be. It is in the heart that we find the peace and the passion to live well and wisely


This weekend will be a time of prayer and reflection, an exploration of a closer connection to the earth, nature and creation. We will meet Christ in

the Earth, and in our own experience of its beauty and travail.


Anyone who would value a weekend with companions on their ecological journey is very welcome to book.
The weekend is hosted by members of Green Christian, whose Way of Life Community seek to integrate prayer, livelihood, witness and mutual encouragement. We will explore how these gentle disciplines can help us live today, whether we are members of the community or not.

The venue: Minsteracres Retreat Centre


Minsteracres is in Northumberland, and owned by the Passionists, whose members have included the writer Thomas Berry.  For more about the community see





Protection and care for the environment is one of the three key aims of the Minsteracres Retreat Centre charity, established in 2012.  Our hosts tell us that they are “renowned for peace, tranquillity and the feeling of stepping away from the hustle and bustle of life. The first thing our visitors notice when they come up the drive is our awe inspiring avenue of giant redwoods – one of the largest collections in the UK.  Our 110 acre estate comprises parkland, ancient woodland, gardens, lakes and walks suitable for all abilities.”


There are frequent train and bus services to the nearest train station four miles away in Riding Mill village (on the Carlisle-Newcastle line.  Minsteracres is easily accessible by car just off the A68, 40 minutes from Newcastle and 40 minutes from Durham. Directions are available on the Minsteracres website.


The Cost

The total cost of the retreat is £150.  A deposit of £30 will be payable to secure your booking.  We are hoping to offer a limited number of reduced-price places at £95 to students and young adults under 30 – please let us know if these are of interest.


If you’d like to join us, please   download a Minsteracres Booking Form here or  email Chris Walton, (


Arrival and Departure

You are welcome you any time after 4pm on the Friday and the weekend ends with lunch on Sunday.  A minibus can pick you up from Riding Mill station, but please tell us beforehand what time you are expecting to arrive there, so that we can inform the Centre.


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2 comments on “Retreat at Minsteracres, Northumberland July 2018
  1. John Morley says:

    Any more details yet on the Minstracres programme?
    Particularly children’s programme?

  2. Christopher Walton says:

    This retreat has been designed for Green Christian members and others committed to a discipleship of creation care, and we are sorry that this time it will not have a children’s programme.
    I would be glad to have an email conversation with you about this:

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