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016-Inserted Image-200x300pxHealing has been practised around the world for thousands of years and is linked to both eastern and western traditions. In our western context, healing is usually delivered by a light touch on the body (fully clothed), or by placing hands just above the body. Healing can also be offered by distant healing, where the healer and the client are in different locations.

Many healers work with what they call a “vital force” or “spiritus vitae”,   the life force energy often described as Love or Light – in effect, it is using the breath to guide them to a place of stillness and deep compassion with a clear intention by the healer/practitioner to help or facilitate healing in their client. The aim of the healer or practitioner is therefore to bring about balance in a person’s “energy” field and to allow their client’s own healing abilities to work harmoniously. It can be used to promote peace, health, acceptance (of themselves or a situation) and ultimately, a sense of well-being.  It is widely acknowledged that moments of deep insight can also occur when a person is in a place of deep rest as experienced during such healing treatments.

Healing is not offered as a replacement for conventional treatments, but to work alongside them. By restoring balance, it is thought that personal vitality is increased which supports the body’s natural ability to heal. Benefits reported include improvements in physical wellbeing and emotions, relief from pain or stress, and lifting of depression and anxiety.

Practitioners recommend healing to promote living a fuller, more balanced life, and particularly to help during traumatic periods or times of high anxiety and stress.

Healing is non-denominational, respectful of all religious traditions and does not expect the recipient to have faith or to be religious. There are no known side effects as healing is considered safe and non-invasive; it is offered by organisations such as Cancer Support Groups, and is increasingly available in NHS settings such as hospitals and hospices.

Sponsored Climb

Cat BellsJune Carlisle and Pam Down will be undertaking a valiant ascent of a Lake District peak to raise funds for Northumbria Healers.  On Saturday 10th August, they will climb Catbells, near Keswick, which is 1,480 feet in height.  Any sponsorship is gratefully welcome!  Please contact either June: or Pam: if you wish to contribute.

Personal photograph of Catbells taken by Mick Knapton on 28th October 2001 {{GFDL}}

Next Healing Centre + 1

The next but one Healing Centre is scheduled for Saturday 28th September 2019 – the Parish Hall, Millfield Road, Riding Mill, NE44 6DJ

Next Healing Centre

The next Healing Centre is scheduled for Saturday 31st August 2019- The Parish Hall, Millfield Road, Riding Mill, NE44 6DJ


Pathways to Peace CDThe Northumbria Healers Pathways to Peace CD is available for purchase by clicking the Buy Now button below.

This is a self-healing meditation written by Liz Weir, voiced by Helen Aitken. Music written and performed by Peter James Supported by Northumberland County Council’s Community Chest Programme

Purchase price is £6 + £2 post and packaging –  all proceeds from the sale of this CD will go to support the Healing Centre.


This is a sample from the CD:



Two years ago I was encouraged to visit Northumbria Healers having suffered long term from low mood swings and some health conditions.

Keeping an open mind, I have certainly felt gradual, though very significant and positive, changes in my mindset, helped by the skills, love and warmth from the healers. During sessions I have experienced imagined rocking motions and seen billowing clouds of purples, lilacs, yellows and creams – colours of healing and comfort. Even as a septuagenarian I feel new levels of self-esteem and confidence. Thank you. P, Stocksfield

About four years ago I was making a cup of tea. I hadn’t put the kettle on its base straight so bent over to see why it wouldn’t settle and my little finger caught the side of the kettle, which made me pull my hand away. I swept the tea cup over, and the scalding tea splashed over my right cheek and neck, right shoulder, left breast and some on my back. Luckily, I knew  what to do so I had a tepid bath and called for an ambulance. When I got to Accident and Emergency I was seen by a burns specialist, who asked me to stay for two nights so they could see “how long I was going to cook”, as the doctor said. They dressed the areas and he said they would have another look after the two nights in hospital. As I am a healer myself, I immediately asked for healing. On the morning of the second day a nurse came and took the bandages off. The consultant had a look and said it would take anything up to eighteen months for the skin to heal and that I would have a different skin colour and wrinkles where the deepest bits were. When I got home, I asked for my friends in Northumbria Healers to send me healing. I had to go for five weeks to have the dressings removed and creams put on and at the first visit the nurse commented how nice the burns were looking and said to come back the following week for more dressings and cream. It was the next week that made me realise something amazing had taken place. A new nurse had read my medical notes and  when she saw me she said “you look well”, I replied “I feel well”. She took the bandages off, looked at her notes, asked when I had scalded myself (it was a fortnight to the day). She said “it’s not possible, you’re healed”. There were no wrinkles and only a slight difference in skin tone. All my skin levels had healed and the nurse actually checked to see if she had the right notes. She asked how I had done this and I told her  three things -prompt action, good medical attention and healing. She asked what healing was and I told her how my healing group had sent me healing thoughts. She was so impressed that she said she would look into that. I asked her how likely it was that I could heal so quickly without the healing and she said that she couldn’t understand the speed of healing so it must have had an effect. I didn’t have to go back, I was signed off. The pink skin lasted about two weeks and there is no hint of the scalds. Now, when I am asked to send distant healing, I know it’s received. It is difficult to understand “how” but I no longer question it. Pat Smith, Hazlerigg

“I have used this service regularly since it opened and have found it to be of great benefit to my health and well-being. We are lucky to have this service as it is the only one of its kind in the area.”  S A, Corbridge

“Following a debilitating period of recovery from cancer, I found that having treatment from a caring a professional therapist outside the hospital environment gave me a continued mental and emotional boost. As a nurse, I was so impressed with the benefits that healing produced, that I recently trained as a healer in the hope that I will be able to help someone as I was helped”.  L C, Northumberland

“Feeling wonderful, played your CD this morning and felt invigorated”.  LL, Ryton

“Lesley was fabulous – amazing, relaxing and healing experience. I truly believe in self-healing guided in this way. I saw white, purple and pink and experienced deep relaxation and lightness. Thank you so much. I’m definitely coming back and bringing my friends!”  MW, Wylam


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The following links connect with websites for professional healing organisations and therapists:

The Guild of Professional Healers

The Healing Trust

Gentle Touch North

Liz Weir


This is the schedule of Healing Centres for 2019:

26th January – the Parish Hall, Millfield Road, Riding Mill, NE44 6DJ
23rd February – the Parish Hall, Millfield Road, Riding Mill, NE44 6DJ
30th  March  –  Newton and Bywell Community Hall,Newton, Stocksfield, NE43 7UL
27th April     – Newton and Bywell Community Hall, Newton, Stocksfield NE43 7UL
11th May     -the Parish Hall, Millfield Road, Riding Mill, NE44 6DJ
29th June    – the Parish Hall, Millfield Road, Riding Mill, NE44 6DJ
27th July     – the Parish Hall, Millfield Road, Riding Mill, NE44 6DJ
31st August – the Parish Hall, Millfield Road, Riding Mill, NE44 6DJ
28th September – the Parish Hall, Millfield Road, Riding Mill, NE44 6DJ
26th October – the Parish Hall, Millfield Road, NE44 6DJ
7th December – the Parish Hall, Millfield Road, NE44 6DJ

The Healing Centre is open from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the last session is at 3.40 p.m.





Healing Touch

Healing Hands-200x300Healing is a gentle, supportive and calming complementary therapy. It involves either a light touch or hands held close to the body to realign and improve the free flow of “energy” around the body, in order to promote self-healing in the recipient. It is offered to generate balance in a person’s energy field in order to activate the body’s own natural healing forces.  However, the full effect and benefits of healing may not be felt until days or even weeks after the treatment.

Healing can bring improvement physically, mentally and emotionally and can be used alongside conventional treatment. It is part of a changing emphasis in healthcare from passive disease management to proactive health creation, and is geared towards helping the individual identify the cause rather than treating the symptoms of disease or disharmony in the body.

“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well” Hippocrates 

About us

Group photoNorthumbria Healers is a community based not-for-profit organisation, run entirely by professionally trained local volunteers.

We are a group of enthusiastic healers who are committed to giving our time and expertise to support members of the community in this way. We have a wealth of skill and experience and have been offering healing sessions across the North East for many years.

We are here to support clients and members of the public suffering from a wide range of different problems.  People often describe feeling shocked, angry, depressed or isolated and in need of some help or assistance following a diagnosis for themselves or a loved one. However, you don’t need to be ill to experience healing for yourself –  you may be caring for someone who has an illness, or you may just feel out of sorts; there is hardly a soul in this world that does not require some gentle healing from time to time.

All of our healers and practitioners have been professionally trained to occupational standards and are accredited with large healing organisations such as the Guild of Professional Healers or The Healing Trust. Thanks to some welcome funding from the Awards for All Lottery Grant and also the Northumberland Community Chest Programme, we are now able to undertake this community project and offer our healing services to a wider audience, to help people live well.

The three Directors of Northumbria Healers are:-

Liz Weir:   Policy and Strategic Development

Pam Down:  Chair, Treasurer, Marketing and Legal Support

Fiona McGee:  Tutor, Operations and Business Management

Our team of volunteer healing practitioners include:-

Barbara, Jan, Pat, Bridget, Kath, Janice, Christine, June, Gill, Helen, Lesley, Linda, Pat, Lesley, Barbara, Belinda and Alison.