Summer Comfort: Clergy Wellness Retreat

Sunday July 9- Tuesday July 11


Summer is the perfect time to join your colleagues for a relaxed retreat designed to offer what weary church leaders need most: relevant conversation, nourishing food, beautiful surroundings and even time for a nap! You will enjoy arts, music and an opportunity to learn about Empathic Strain/ Compassion Fatigue with Shawna Percy, President of Life Force in Guelph, Ontario. Private, free appointments for Reiki and Indian Head Massage are available.

Cost: $450 per person single $400 double (If a financial barrier would prevent you from participating please email [email protected] and ask about our Wellness Fund). To register click HERE.

Bonus retreat time: If you would like to extend your time away, we are offering 50% off private suite bookings for up to three nights before or after to anyone attending this event (limited spaces available). Contact [email protected] (519) 824-7898 to book your stay.


SHAWNA PERCY: TEDxUW speaker, published author, and President of Life Voice Canada Inc., Shawna Percy is passionate about mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Shawna regularly delivers Mental Health First Aid, ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training,) safeTALK, and Compassion Fatigue, in a broad range of contexts across Ontario and beyond. Her lived experience and story-telling approach engages her participants and takes learnings from theory to real-life application. Shawna only teaches what she lives. As such, she has run hundreds of workshops, and engaged in dozens of suicide interventions; a privilege she calls walking on sacred ground with her fellow human beings. As a public speaker, she has had the honour of sharing some of her lived experiences and certified knowledge base to audiences through CTV news, 100 Huntley Street, through University forums, health-care anti-stigma events, and as a panelist for events from fundraisers to film festivals.

SUZIE MCNEIL: Juno Award winner Suzie McNeil was practically raised singing with her mother and sister at Erindale Presbyterian Church where her step-father was the minister. Suzie is a musical Jack-of-all-trades. These have ranged from live shows beside some of North America’s top artists (Steven Tyler, Alan Frew, Jeff Healey, Dave Navarro, P!nk, INXS, Scott Weiland, Gavin Rossdale), to consummate professionalism tracking in the studio (Kara Dioguardi, Clay Aiken, Buckcherry, Matt Nathanson, Foreigner) to commercial jingles, to performing in front of crowds of up to 200,000 people. She was the last woman standing on CBS television’s reality series Rockstar: INXS in 2005. She is featured singing duets on INXS’ release SWITCH, and American Idol finalist Clay Aiken’s release; A Thousand Different Ways. Suzie sang back-up vocals for P!nk on her North American tour, entertained the troops in Afghanistan on an armed forces tour, performed at the 2010 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremonies, and starred in the Toronto Debut of Queen’s We Will Rock You musical as the role of Oz. Suzie has co-writen and released 5 albums in Canada, all of which have had multiple singles that reached a spot in the Top 20 Canadian pop charts. Her 2008 single SuperGirl went gold, peaked at #3 on the charts, and was the most played song by a Canadian artist several weeks in a row.

DONNA-MICHELLE RANCOEUR MSc(A), RRPr is a Registered Reflexologist and owner of Time for Healing in Oakville. A gifted practitioner, she uses Reflexology and Indian Head Massage to promote a relaxed state in her clients that is conducive to self healing and rejuvenation. She loves to empower clients to care for themselves. She is currently taking courses in Christian spiritual formation and enjoys a meditative walk each morning with her dog.

shawna percy
Donna Michelle

Schedule (*All activities are optional)


4:00 Arrival and Check in
5:00 Cocktails and Welcome Reception
5:30 Dinner
7:00 Evening Program


7:30 Morning Devotions
8:00 Breakfast
9:15 Addressing Compassion Fatigue with Shawna Percy
12:30 Lunch
Free time (to read, hike, nap or knit)
3:00 Arts Program
5:30 Dinner
7:00 Fireside Concert with Suzie McNeil


Morning Devotions
8:00 Breakfast
9:15 It's OK to Take A Break:  An Invitation to Sabbath Rest with Rev. John Borthwick
Closing Worship
12:30 Lunch