When I Am Among the Trees

When I am among the trees, especially the willows and the honey locust, equally the beech, the oaks and the pines, they give off such hints of gladness.

I would almost say that they save me, and daily. I am so distant from the hope of myself, in which I have goodness, and discernment, and never hurry through the world but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves and call out, “Stay awhile.” The light flows from their branches. And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say, “and you too have come into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled with light, and to shine.”

Mary Oliver
Our mission as a spirituality centre continues to be "To encourage individuals and groups to explore and restore the energies needed for personal, communal, and world transformation."
May 14 - May 16, 2021
Intuitive writing invites each person to open to directions and intuitions that are always moving through us, and to pay attention to what is helpful and for our good. This introduction to intuitive writing presents practises by which each person finds his or her inner voice and learns ways to attend to it.
Private room, home-cooked meals and meeting with your facilitator, if desired, are offered as part of these days. COVID protocols followed.
3 Day: Apr. 6-8, Apr. 23-25, May 4-6, June 1-3, Oct. 5-7, Nov. 2-4, Dec. 7-9
6 Day: July 13-18, Sep. 7-12
8-Day: July 20-27
Silent Retreats 2021
Take time on the beautiful shores of Lake Simcoe to rest, rejuvenate and receive the gifts of silence waiting for you.
Private room, home-cooked meals and spiritual direction are offered, if desired, as part of these days. COVID protocols followed.

June 18 - June 20, 2021
Guided Retreat: The Enneagram:
A Reflective Journey
The Enneagram, a 9-pointed geometric structure and an ancient self-awareness tool, is a life-giving and de-shaming system for self-exploration that speaks to the questions of being human – Who am I really? Why do I do what I do and how is that different to other people? How can I feel more fulfilled? Why does change sometimes seem so hard? The Enneagram is a marvellous companion on this life-long journey to “true self.” One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves and others is to use the Enneagram as a map for growth. During this retreat, you will learn about the nine archetypes (different ways of looking at the world) and their unique spiritual journeys. You will explore how they can help you engage in healthy self-awareness and increase your capacity to attend to life’s opportunities and conflicts.
Private or shared room, home-cooked meals and meeting with your facilitator, if desired, are offered as part of these days. COVID protocols followed.
July 8 - July 11, 2021
Guided Retreat: Gather, Receive, and Restore: A Contemplative Retreat
We have all endured a time of unexpected demands that played havoc with our usual planned and predictable lives. After all this time of quarantine, confusion, unusual requirements and surprising turns of events, you are invited to come for rest, refreshment, and a sorting out of your experiences with guidance, space and the inner/outer silence which sustains them both. 
Private or shared room, home-cooked meals and meeting with your facilitator, if desired, are offered as part of these days. COVID protocols followed.

We are blessed to be able to serve during these times.
Truly our ministry is meeting a need...

During this time of ' in-between' we have been blessed with visitations from foxes, eagles, cardinals, chickadees, sunshine and new warm breezes which remind us of life, warmth, and the hope of spring just around the corner.

May you all be warmed by the promise of all the things which inspire your heart and make you smile...
"We are not powerless in the oppressive situations in which we feel caught. We are not bound to the reality we see.
We are creators.
We can make the new."

Elizabeth O'Connor
'Cry Pain, Cry Hope'

Come spend time in this sacred space. Rest, reflect and re-focus in an atmosphere of beauty, peace and solitude on the beautiful shores of Lake Simcoe.

Both Dease and Blackbird Cabins are available for personal retreats now, with McMahon becoming available in early May.

We now accept e-transfers! If mailing in payment however, please note our new mailing address is: Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre, 379A Bouchier Street, Keswick, ON L4P 3C8.

Individuals may book time throughout the year. Spiritual direction is available upon request.

for availability.
Guest Comments
"Tucked into those trees and covered in the warmth of a snowfall. Maryholme is a centre of peace, kindness and warmth."

"This place is so 'held'."

"This was exactly what I needed to reconnect with myself and with God. In this instance I really needed a self directed retreat and am so grateful for the comfortable and well appointed cabin. The whole place exudes graciousness and hospitality."

"All who come here are so well taken care of! Our souls find rest. Thank you."

​"Thank you for the warmest welcome!"

"Blessings to all who offer welcome, peace and invitation to ponder to pilgrims who chance upon this lovely oasis."

"Deep gratitude... I was welcomed and restored as I cocooned in its wintry embrace."
Find your centre at our Centre. Come and see ...
Tel. 905.476.4013
© Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre 2020
Regular Office Hours:
Weekdays 9am-12pm,
afternoons by chance.