Abbey Retreat Centre supports people on their health and healing journeys, especially those living with cancer

Abbey Retreat Centre creates healing spaces and community for people affected by cancer and their loved ones. 

Located in the Haliburton Highlands on a beautiful property surrounded by forests and ponds, we provide a variety of in-person and online retreats and programs that offer rest and renewal, companionship, meaningful discussions, healthy and delicious food, and an introduction to evidence-informed practices that tend body, mind, and soul. Time in nature, gentle and restorative yoga, massage, expressive arts, music, healthy and nutritional food, and group conversation are all aspects that make our offerings unique and transformative.

Our retreats and programs serve those in the Haliburton Highlands area and beyond. We offer our online and in-person retreats and programs at no cost to the participants, recognizing there are already many increased expenses for individuals and families facing cancer.



It can be difficult to have conversations about the things that need tended at the end of life when you’re in the midst of grief or crisis. In fact, these can be difficult conversations anytime.

We invite anyone who is interested to join us at one of our upcoming conversations about living well and dying well.

As a community, we’ll come together to begin thinking about what resources are available to support individuals and families as they navigate end of life possibilities and decisions.

We’ll hear from a Funeral Director, Death Doula, Lawyer and Medical professional. We’ll touch on these topics and more:
– Wills, DNR’s, banking details
– Palliative Care, Hospice
– Funerals, Memorial Services and Death Plans and Rituals
– Body, Mind and Soul Wellness Resources

We’re hosting 2 gatherings:

1️⃣ Tuesday, September 26, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm (OVER ZOOM)

2️⃣ Wednesday, October 4, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm (IN PERSON AT THE ABBEY RETREAT CENTRE)

Please RSVP to: (Please specify which gathering you would like to attend)

This is a free event. There is a limit of 40 seats for the in-person gathering on October 4.

This process kick-started my ability  for the first time to begin to look at and emotionally process the impact cancer has had on my life. This was facilitated by the safety you created but also by the medium you chose to aid us in our processing. You are very talented at what you do & have made a big difference in my recovery process.”

Retreat Participant

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Yoga Therapy

Join our Registered Yoga Therapist, Miriam, weekly for online yoga sessions that are free-of-cost. 

Tuesdays 7-8pm: Relax & Restore

Wednesdays 1:30-2:30pm: Gentle Yoga for Cancer Recovery

Thursdays 7:15-7:45pm: Yoga Nidra – A Guided Relaxation

Register online here or email Miriam at:

4-day Retreat

Rest, Connect and Renew

This retreat is 4 days long (Thursday afternoon – Sunday afternoon) and is hosted at our retreat centre in beautiful Haliburton, ON.

This retreat is for those living with a cancer diagnosis, as well as their key support person. 

Learn More – Rest, Connect, Review

Take a Thread and Follow It

This innovative, 6-week program uses simple stitching and other art-making invitations to explore the story you wish to tell about your cancer journey.

This program is funded through a generous grant from The Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Learn More – Take a Thread and Follow It

3-day Retreat

Practices for Creating Meaning: Before-Threshold-After

This retreat is 3 days long (Friday morning – Sunday afternoon) and is hosted at our beautiful retreat centre in Haliburton, ON.

Participants will be invited to use different creative processes as a means to explore the cancer experience through individual and group discussions, meditation, as well as time to relax and rejuvenate.

Learn More – Practices for Creating Meaning: Before-Threshold-After

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.

All retreats are offered free-of-cost to participants as we recognize the financial burden that accompanies a cancer diagnosis.

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.

All funds generated through fundraising events and generous donations 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.

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 ?

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