Annual Retreat

Why Attend a Retreat?

ICHM fosters a Health and Healing ministry. Participation in an annual retreat makes space for individuals involved in congregations, health committees and parish nursing roles to allow time for spiritual renewal and transformation.

Each retreat centre is chosen for its natural beauty, conducive to focusing on a quiet, reflective interlude. This weekend provides time to learn about quiet prayer and understanding what God is doing when “nothing” is happening.

This is a time for natural bonding to others experiencing this time for communal education and discernment. It is open to all who desire to nurture a deeper spirituality leading to inner freedom and openness.


Our 2017 retreat will take place between Friday, March 3rd and Sunday March 5th.


Click here to see Retreat Flier. | Click here to REGISTER. 

The location of our 2017 Spiritual Retreat is Ganaraska Woods, “a retreat centre nestled in 100 acres of wooded land through which runs the Ganaraska River.” The theme of this year’s retreat is Prayer Changes Us: Surviving and Thriving in a Changing Church. Weather permitting, there will be trekking, ice skating and cross-country skiing. Must bring your own equipment. There will be a pajama party on Saturday evening so bring your pj’s.

We will sleep over Friday and Saturday nights and head out after lunch on Sunday afternoon. Friday supper is not included, so please make sure to have dinner beforehand or bring some snacks with you.

Come enjoy the rolling hills of Northumberland County!

Ganaraska Woods is found on the north side of Road 9 just west of Garden Hill Ont. approximately 10 miles north of Port Hope.

  • From Toronto drive east on Highway 401 to Highway 35/115.
  • North on 115 past Orono to Kirby. (Oshawa Ski Club road)
  • East on Road 9 past Kendal and Elizabethville. (16.7 km)
  • Turn left on Hamill Road just past North Hope P.S. at the Ganaraska Woods sign.

Per person cost: $150.

This year’s retreat will involve shared bedrooms and bathrooms down the hall. Meals provided. Special diets can be accommodated. 

Click here to REGISTER. 

Read about our 2016 retreat, here.