Please  note that  as  of Saturday March 14 the Retreat Centre will be closed to all gatherings as part of the effort to limit COVID19 risk through social distancing.



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

About Us


Abbey Retreat Centre (ARC) offers a suite of wellness retreat programs. Central to our mission is offering a four day program for people living with cancer and for their primary support person, looking after the whole person.  Body, mind, spirit…

Businesses, families, and community groups are invited to use the 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


Our 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 expressive arts, 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 ten participants. The resulting sense of enhanced well-being and knowledge from being at retreat can allow those with a cancer diagnosis to continue and complete traditional treatment programs staying as well and whole as can be.

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.
Speakers, classes, groups.

Rent the Retreat Centre

The Retreat Centre is available for rental when not in use for its retreat programming.  Groups, business, families, are welcome to rent smaller spaces or the entire Centre.  What would you like host here ?

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 12.

The Centre is located at Abbey Gardens Community Trust, Haliburton, Ontario, Canada.  Our core work is to provide 4-day residential retreat experiences for cancer patients and 

The Retreat Centre 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

Retreat Centre Closed During COVID19 risk

In keeping with all of the efforts to limit the effect of the COVID19 virus we have taken the step of canceling all public events at the Retreat Centre, and we encourage you to take any steps you can to minimize risk and exposure for yourselves and those near you. For...

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Canoe FM interview

Canoe FM interview January 23 - Mike Jaycock with Doug Norris and Judy Cole. (Click to hear the interview)

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Canoe FM interview

Canoe FM interview January 23 - Mike Jaycock with Doug Norris and Judy Cole. (Click to hear the interview)

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