Thank You

Many thanks to all who came along to support our midsummer fundraising afternoon on 29th June. We raised a wonderful £950 towards the carpet and lift funds. Thanks particularly to members of Antiphon, who generously came along to sing a wonderful selection of songs during the afternoon. If you would like to make a donation towards our work at Shepherds Dene, you can do so by contacting us at .


available for our Individually Guided Retreat from Monday 20th August to Friday 24th August. Limited places available at a price of £180 (full board), to those who would not necessarily be able to afford to pay the full price of £375.  Retreat leaders will spend 30-40 minutes on a 1:1 with retreatants every morning and the retreat will take place in silence from mid-evening Monday until Friday morning.

This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time on your relationship with God and to discern how He is moving in your life.

Contact the Warden, Jane, on if you would like to reserve a place.

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Bishop of Newcastle appoints the new Dean of Newcastle

The Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman is pleased to announce that the Venerable Geoff Miller is to be the new Dean of Newcastle.

Geoff, 62, Archdeacon of Northumberland, has been Acting Dean of Newcastle since January.

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Welcome to the Shepherds Dene website

If you are looking for space to reflect or to meet with others, then why not try Shepherds Dene?

Shepherds Dene is an excellent venue for a conference, away day, meeting or seminar. Alternatively, if you are simply in need of a day or a few days just to get away from it all, then come and feel the tension evaporate in the calmness of the house and grounds.

The house is an Edwardian country house, built in the Arts and Crafts style, and set in 26 acres of grounds. The estate was given to the Church of England in 1945 to be used as a retreat house and is within easy of reach of Newcastle, Durham and Carlisle. It is a spiritual place for peace and quiet and sometimes for fun and celebration as well.

Shepherds Dene serves the Dioceses of Durham and Newcastle as diocesan retreat house. It provides a space to think, a chance to grow and to walk more closely with God. We welcome guests of all denominations and faiths – and those without a faith.