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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 31st March – the Parish Hall, Millfield Road, Riding Mill, NE44 6DJ

Next Healing Centre

The next Healing Centre is scheduled for Saturday 24th February – 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:


011-Inserted Image-200x300px“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


Volunteer and Wellbeing Fair, the Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham – Wednesday 21st February 2018 from 12.30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Northumbria Healers will be at the Volunteer and Wellbeing Fair at the Wentworth Leisure Centre in Hexham on Wednesday 21st February. We will be giving information about what we do and taster sessions of healing. The Wentworth Leisure Centre is next to Waitrose, just over the bridge on the left as you come into Hexham. We hope to see you there!

A flyer giving details of the event is on the News page of this website.

Please scroll down for details of  dates and venues for the Healing Centre in 2018

The Northumbria School of Healing

(Affiliated to Northumbria Healers, a not-for-profit organisation)

Liz Weir will be facilitating Part 2 of the Foundation Certificate in Energy Healing, on the weekend of March 3rd and 4th 2018, and will also be running Part 1 again later in March (24th/25th).

If you are interested in either of these healing courses, please get in touch with Liz as soon as possible for further details.

Tel 07814595724 or email

The Foundation Certificate in Energy Healing has been developed for those individuals who seek a deeper understanding of the healing arts, perhaps (but not essentially)  having learned or experienced healing for themselves, or those who are ready to take up the challenge of self-enquiry that always precedes a period of spiritual growth.

Throughout this course we will focus upon simplicity and demonstrate the basic standards of healing practice required by the major healing organisations such as UK Healers, The Healing Trust and the Guild of Professional Healers. Students will be encouraged to develop a personal meditative practice; they will learn to listen to their inner voice and explore the subtle messages from the body.

In order to have the ability to heal ourselves and others effectively and function powerfully in the world, we need to understand and consciously work with our own energy field. This process of deep experiential learning is one of gentle unfolding into the truth of who we really are, and it will be a life-changing experience as we allow ourselves to experience that truth as a spark of the infinite Divine intelligence that connects us all.

The topics for this first part of the training will include:-

  • What is our understanding of “healing”;
  • Where does it come from and where is the evidence;
  • Understanding Energy and the Nature of Illness;
  • Preparation for Healing and working with the breath;
  • Introduction to the Healing Act;
  • Distant Healing;
  • Relaxation and Meditation techniques.

The full foundation training takes place over a period of 18 months -2 years, and students will be provided with course notes and certification, and will be fully monitored and mentored throughout.


This is the schedule of Healing Centres for 2018:

27th January – the Parish Hall, Millfield Road, Riding Mill, NE44 6DJ
24th February – the Parish Hall, Millfield Road, Riding Mill, NE44 6DJ
31st  March  – the Parish Hall, Millfield Road, Riding Mill, NE44 6DJ
28th April – the Parish Hall, Millfield Road, Riding Mill, NE44 6DJ
26th May    – the Parish Hall, Millfield Road, Riding Mill, NE44 6DJ
30th June – the Parish Hall, Millfield Road, Riding Mill, NE44 6DJ
28th July  – the Parish Hall, Millfield Road, Riding Mill, NE44 6DJ
11th August – the Parish Hall, Millfield Road, Riding Mill, NE44 6DJ
29th September – the Parish Hall, Millfield Road, Riding Mill, NE44 6DJ
27th October – the Parish Hall, Millfield Road, NE44 6DJ
8th December – the Parish Hall, Millfield Road, Riding Mill, 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, Kathy, Jan, Pat, Bridget, Kath, Janice, Christine, June, Deborah, Gill, Helen, Lesley, Linda, Pat, Allison, Belinda and Alison.