Minsteracres Retreat Centre is a community-based, residential and day, retreat centre based in a Grade II listed house and extensive gardens, parkland and woodland, close to the A68 near Consett. They have announced the following programme of retreats for September, please take a look.

Download a copy of these retreats for display purposes by clicking here. All upcoming retreats for Minsteracres can be found online at: https://minsteracres.org/retreats-2023/.

Individually Guided Retreat

Led by Ignatian Spirituality Centre Glasgow and Minsteracres Teams

Cost: £650

Friday 1 – Friday 8 September

This retreat is held in silence and will be led by members of the Ignatian Spirituality Centre from Glasgow in collaboration with the Minsteracres Team.  Opportunities for reflection, spiritual direction and spiritual accompaniment are available throughout the retreat. To book please click here.

Walking Retreat

Cost: £15

Saturday 9 September: 10.00am – 5.00pm

Walk through the beautiful countryside around Minsteracres for about seven to ten miles, making time for prayer and reflection, whilst absorbing the beautiful creation all around us. You will need suitable walking boots, warm, weatherproof clothing and a packed lunch. To book please click here.

Quiet Day

Minsteracres Team

Cost: £30

Thursday 14 September: 10.00am – 4.00pm

An opportunity to step aside, listen to God in Scripture and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside here at Minsteracres. Lunch and refreshments included. To book please click here.

Season of Reflection (Autumn) Creative Poetry

Darren Harper


Friday 19 September. 10.00am – 4.00pm

What does Autumn mean to you? Is it the season of philosophical meditation? This day course, suitable for aspiring or more advanced poets, will begin by exploring exemplars, including John Keats, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Ted Hughes. After that we shall start crafting our own poems inspired by the Autumn setting of Minsteracres. Lunch and Refreshments included.

Stoicism – The Discipline of Desire

Darren Harper


Friday 29 September – Sunday 1 October. 6.30pm – 2.00pm

This retreat will increase our understanding of Stoicism as a guide to life by focusing on the Discipline of Desire. Using lectures, discussion and meditation, we will explore the Stoic framework of fate and free will, their attitude of joyful acceptance, and their approach to love and friendship, as well as their ideal of the Sage.