A Shalom Retreat is based on the philosophy that your body’s unique wisdom holds the map to your healing.  By celebrating and working with the body’s unique gifts, we support you to unblock the places where pain, anxiety, depression or illness may be held, so that joy happiness, clarity and relief can find its way to the surface.
This retreat can help open the doors to the life you’ve been yearning for by providing and opening to:
  • a new direction in life
  • new possibilities in relationship
  • healing of old wounds
  • grieving losses
  • opening to joy
  • knowing yourself as whole, complete and loveable
The experience is rooted in the creation of loving community as an integral part of the healing process.  It is through the community dynamic that you are seen, heard and accepted, and where the best parts of who you are will be reflected back to you.  The Shalom Retreat experience offers a unique blend of engaging the body, mind, spirit and community for individual and collective healing.
Because Shalom Retreats are an intensive growth experience, they are well suited a s a complement to therapy.  If you are in therapy, please be sure to let your therapist know of your plans to attend a Shalom Retreat.
WHERE:  Riverstone Retreat Centre, 233639 Rd.2, Durham, ON N0G 1R0
WHEN:  Thursday, October 15 at 5:00 p.m. to Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.
INVESTMENT: Fee: *Note change*
Early Bird:  $500 if registered with a non-refundable deposit of $125 by September 15, 2015.
Registration fee after September 15:  $525

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: September 30, 2015 with $125 non-refundable deposit.

LEADERS:  Karen James-Abra and Lawrence Stibbards

For more details download Shalom Retreat information sheet or contact Karen James-Abra at or 519-275-2187 ext 1.

TO REGISTER:   registration page

(one session includes fathers)

Have you had a baby in the last 18 months?

Are you sometimes feeling overwhelmed or anxious?

Feel sad or helpless?

Having trouble getting enough sleep?

Free 8 week program starting soon.

WHEN:  October 8 to November 19, 2015 Thursdays: 1:30pm to 3:00pm
WHERE: St. John’s United Church, 175 Waterloo S, Stratford, ON.
(Childcare available if needed.)

LEADERS:  Karen James-Abra and Leslie Switzer

For more details download Postpartum Support Group information sheet or contact Karen James-Abra at or 519-275-2187 ext 1 or Leslie Switzer – 519-229-6344

TO REGISTER: registration page


Mindfulness for Parents & Kids

4 part series for children ages 7-11, accompanied by an adult

WHEN:  Tuesdays, October 13th, 2015 to November 10th, 2015 4:00-4:45pm
COST: $40 for the entire series

*Scholarship support for parents and children who need it


LEADER:  Karen James-Abra

For more details download Mindfulness Workshop information sheet or contact Karen James-Abra at or 519-275-2187 ext 1.

TO REGISTER: registration page