Abbey Retreat Centre

A Centre of Excellence in Whole Person Care & Integrative Cancer Programs

Our focus is on engaging in a process of healing and advancing integrative cancer care in Canada
About Us


Abbey Retreat Centre (ARC) is a new organization developing a suite of wellness retreat programs. Central to our mission is offering integrative programs for people living with cancer and for their primary support person, grounded in a whole-person approach.

Businesses and community groups are invited to use the ARC facility as a gathering space or as a customized retreat experience for a moderate price. All funds generated through fundraising events, facility rentals, and generous donations help to keep our facility beautiful and increase the programs that we offer. Most importantly, these funds help us to continue to offer our cancer retreats to participants free of charge.

We understand the financial burden that can often accompany a cancer diagnosis and we strive to provide a place of healing that does not add to that burden.


Cancer Retreats

ARC offers retreats that are based on an integrative, whole person approach to healing and wellness.

ARC retreats are for people at any stage in the cancer journey and their primary support person. They include discussion groups, yoga and meditation, nutritional learning, creative expression, connection with nature, and rest time – all in a supportive, caring community atmosphere.

Time at retreat provides the opportunity to explore the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual areas of healing with cancer. Our retreats are 4-day experiences with eight participants. Often, the resulting sense of enhanced well-being and knowledge from being at retreat allows those with a cancer diagnosis to continue and complete traditional treatment programs.

CANCER Retreats

Weekend retreats offering a sanctuary experience based on an integrative, whole person approach to healing and wellness.

Day Programs

Day programs based on local interests.
Horticulture, meditation, yoga, art, cooking etc.

Rent the Retreat Centre

The Retreat Centre is available for rental when not in use for its retreat programming. Options exist for complementary programming by independent businesses and community partners to rent retreat space or the entire Centre.

About Abbey Retreat Centre

Integrative Cancer Care  *  Rest & Renewal   *  Healing Power of Community

Abbey Retreat Centre

Abbey Retreat Centre

ARC was born of a vision to advance the work of integrative cancer care in Canada. The Retreat Centre offers several program areas, a commercial-grade kitchen, office space, and sleeping accommodations for 8.

ARC is located at Abbey Gardens Community Trust, Haliburton, Ontario, Canada

ARC is the newest member of the Abbey Gardens family. Abbey Gardens is a charitable organization whose big dream is to transform a spent gravel pit (300 acres) into a green space that provides economic and recreational opportunities for our community.

The Abbey Gardens property enhances the retreat experience for ARC guests as they are immersed in a peaceful setting in nature. Gardens, hiking trails, Local Food Hub, educational displays and local business partners (including a craft brewery) are all located on site in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands, Ontario. Retreat participants can tour the gardens, visit heritage breed ponies and chickens, shop for local food at the Food Hub, enjoy lunch on the restaurant patio or participate in one of the programs offered throughout the year.

News & Events


Women’s Wisdom Circle – November 14th

Women's Wisdom Circle Finding Your Authentic Self - Gentle movement, Meditation, Chant, Mandala Art Wednesday November 14th at 6:00pm @ The Abbey Retreat Centre - 1150 Garden Gate Drive, Haliburton You are graciously invited to join in our monthly circle of Wise Women...

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Exploring Meditation with Todd Allen

Join us on a 4-week exploration of meditation. Each gathering will focus on a different style of meditation, with learning, discussion and practice. We will draw from Christian Mysticism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and secular/mindfulness perspectives. All are welcome, from...

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