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Trees: Earth Day Weekend Retreat

April 22, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - April 24, 2022 @ 12:30 pm

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Facilitated by byron murray and Greg Kennedy, SJ

What better way to commemorate Earth Day 2022 than by sitting together at the feet of trees? With the help of local naturalist byron murray (toknowtheland) and textile artist Lorraine Roy (lroyart), retreatants will explore creative connections with the wise sentinels that guard our breath all around us.

If humans are to live well into the future, we need to learn how to communicate, share and work like trees.

It was no accident that the Buddha received enlightenment under a Bodhi tree, nor that a tree was the vehicle for Christ’s resurrection.

The retreat will combine guided outdoor walks and activities plus private time inside one’s silence to draw closer to the good of trees.

The Birds and the Bees and the Trees Retreat Series

The resurgence of Indigenous, land-based knowledge; a pandemic that has given North Americans more time and space for proximity with nature; climatic extremes that scream for greater balance between the built and natural worlds; heightening religious awareness about the sanctity of Creation: these and other contemporary realities urge us to get to know our neighbours in new and deeper ways. In this weekend-retreat series, we will spend spiritual, scientific and experiential time with our kin-creatures. Through presentations, guided walks, creative activities, personal reflection and conversation, we’ll better befriend our relatives. The series will also include input from artists, activists and other lovers of Earth.

Individual Spiritual direction will not be offered.

Renovations to the accommodation wing include new flooring and countertops and freshly painted walls. We created 20 ensuites and the shared washrooms have been upgraded.


  • $299 – Ensuite Room – (FULL) – private single bedroom with 3-piece washroom, desk and chair
  • $275 – Standard Room – private single bedroom with sink, desk and chair
  • $170 – Commuter – private bedrooms are not included in fees


April 22, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
April 24, 2022 @ 12:30 pm
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Loyola House Retreats & Ignatian Training
519.824.1250 ext. 266
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Loyola House at Ignatius Jesuit Centre
5420 Hwy 6 North
Guelph, Ontario N1H 6J2 Canada
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519.824.1250 ext 266
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