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3-Day Retreat

Scheduled Retreat Dates

August 9 – 11, 2024

September 27 – 29, 2024

No longer accepting applications. 


Brooksong Retreat & Cancer Support Centre
1150 Garden Gate Drive, Haliburton, On, K0M 1S0

At this time, we do not provide transportation to and/or from our retreat centre in Haliburton, ON.

Practices For Creating Meaning: Before-Thershold-After

This program is coming to an end. We are no longer accepting applications. We are so grateful to facilitators Fay Wilkinson and Brian Nichols for designing and facilitating such a creative, compassionate and impactful retreat experience. 

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

This retreat is for people living with a cancer diagnosis. This retreat does not include a key support person. 

Participants will be invited to use different creative processes as a means to explore the cancer experience. Our time together will also include group discussions, meditation, music, time outdoors and time to relax and rest.

Our time will focus on reconstructing meaning after a cancer diagnosis. Using a variety of materials, participants will be invited to create personal responses to their experiences of illness. This may involve relearning the self and the world, as much may have changed with the diagnosis. Both individual and group expression will be supported as participants share unique life stories and their personal responses to grieving and to loss.

Absolutely no experience in creative processes is necessary.

Disclaimer: No medical assessment or treatment is provided by Brooksong Retreat & Cancer Support Centre staff, faculty or volunteers during any of our retreats or programs. The nearest hospital is a 20 minute drive from the centre. 


After 4 months of listening, creativity, small group conversations and A LOT OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT, the decision has been made. Within the next few months, Abbey Retreat Centre (ARC) will officially change our name to Brooksong Retreat and Cancer Support Centre.

Your donation is DOUBLED for the month December!

All donations up to a total $25,000 will be matched by a generous donor!