A Place of Beauty and Sustenance

Where nature gives strength to mind, body and soul

July 14 2020 – Everything seems a bit dream like these days; it’s so hard to believe we closed Loyola House and St Brigid’s Villa way back on March 13 – imagining we would be welcoming you all back here in no time! Sadly, as you know, that hasn’t happened.

Each month we pray we can reopen but in this pandemic climate, with more unknowns than not, we have decided that we will likely keep Loyola House and St Brigid’s Villa closed until 2021. Even writing these words seems absolutely inconceivable! But we want to reopen fully and safely.  So please stay tuned – should anything change we’ll let you know. It is only because of you we survive another day to re-imagine what can be…..peace & love.

May 25 2020 – We continue to update this page and share our news with you. Our retreats for August have regretfully all been cancelled.

The Ignatius Farm is full speed ahead – staff are all working, community gardens are open and our CSA shares continue to sell! Lots of new protocols in place to keep everyone safe. The Ignatius budget has taken quite a hit with the reduction of all activity at Loyola House; as always we remain hopeful, as we look to ways to reinvent, adapt and re-imagine what our retreats and programs could look like. We welcome your thoughts!

Be well, stay safe and take care of one another.

April 7 2020 – As these strange times continue, we adjust to this new normal as so many are calling it. We will continue to update this page and share our news with you. We made the decision to cancel all of our retreats and programs in the months of April, May, June and July.

It’s our hope that we are able to welcome everyone in August. The Old-Growth Forest programs are cancelled until the fall. The Ignatius Farm is up and running, seeds are planted and the signs of life are springing up around us!

May you traverse these weeks ahead, finding some joy and comfort along the way.

March 17, 2020 – These are extraordinary times in our world right now. After much discussion we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close Loyola Retreat House, Ignatius Farm, and St Brigid’s Villa to the public. The Ignatius Old-Growth Forest programs are cancelled for now. We don’t know what the next several weeks will reveal and we are grateful for your support and patience during this time.

A full refund will be provided to those who have paid for a retreat occurring up to the end of April. Alternatively we would be happy to apply the payment to a retreat sometime over the next several months – or even the same retreat in 2021!  Should you wish to simply donate the payment we will provide a tax receipt.

Most of our staff will be working during the closure – especially the Ignatius Farm crew, excitedly preparing and watching the seeds grow! As people around the world are slowing down and reflecting, we eagerly await the arrival of all that spring offers.

Thanks again for your support.

loyola house with blooming purple irises


Since 1964 Loyola House has welcomed people of all faiths to deepen their spirituality through the retreats and programs offered. The venue is also an outstanding location for business conferences, meetings and special events.

farmers smiling in front of planted garden plot


…is often said by those who purchase a fresh, certified organic produce share at Ignatius Farm. Join your local organic community. Let us grow produce for you or rent a community garden plot and grow your own!

two people walking on forest path


The Ignatius Old-Growth Forest, the 500-year project offers an inspiring setting for people of all ages to engage, learn and connect with the natural world. We offer walking trails, education programs, work placements and community activity days – all opportunities to learn about ecology, conservation and restoration.


The Sacred Ground Capital Campaign will ensure the sustainability of Loyola House Retreat & Training Centre and the Ignatius Old-Growth Forest – the 500 year project. The impact of your gift will be felt for generations.

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