Retreat Experiences that make a difference

It is ARC’s goal to offer cancer retreat experiences without financial barriers.  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.

We are grateful to everyone that donates their energy, time, and money to support the Abbey Retreat Centre. We make every effort to keep operating costs low and focus on allocating the funds we receive to support people on their cancer journey. We need your help and support to continue to offer our retreats to participants free of charge.

How can you give?

Give a Gift

Give a gift to a person living with cancer and their support person, by providing them with the opportunity to experience a retreat weekend.

Support Food

Support food & beverages for a retreat weekend: sponsor breakfasts, lunches and/or dinners.

Provide Equipment

Provide additional equipment for the centre: gardening and general maintenance tools, step ladder, deck chairs, audio visual equipment.


Consider ARC when planning annual or monthly donations as well as memorial and legacy donations.  Click here to make a secure donation online.

Our Donors

We extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our donors for their generous contributions and vision. Together we are bringing the dream of Abbey Retreat Centre to life.  Some of our supporters :

John and Thea Patterson – Founders

Al and Norma Stannard

Bob Rafos

Carol and Jim Young

Cecil and Dorothea Wiley Family Donor Advised Fund through the SickKids Charitable Giving Fund

Don van Nood

Haliburton & District Lion’s Club

Haliburton County Development Corporation

Marianne Patterson

Miriam Patterson

Rotary Club of Haliburton

Rural Economic Development Program (OMAFRA)

Toronto United Church Council

Toronto United Church Conference

WB Family Foundation

Donate Online

You can now make a donation to the Centre online through our CanadaHelps page.  This is a quick and efficient way to direct support to our work.  You will receive an immediate receipt by email.

Contact us to Make a donation

If you would like to be in touch more personally, we’ll be glad to hear from you and will get back to you right away!