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May 19 @ 7:00 pm – May 21 @ 3:00 pm

Birds are all around us, and have inspired us to slow down, watch, and listen, since the dawn of time. Come connect deeply with our feathered friends: observing and connecting in both a spiritual and experiential way, whilst gaining insight into ‘bird language’ and other fascinating behaviours.

As many different pressures threaten their very existence, we will take time and space to connect deeply with the birds, the land and the skies, in order to strengthen our own relationships with these inspiring creatures. Guelph-based ornithologist and outdoor educator, Matthew Iles, will guide us through a weekend of story sharing, questioning, workshops on how to recognize the various families and species, and conversation about how we can help preserve and protect these marvelous animal-kin. There will also be ample quiet time for reflection, observation and meditation, out on the land if you choose, or closer to the comfort of Loyola House.

Our May retreat will take in the colours of spring migration, whilst also recognizing the species that spend the summer in the forests, fields and wetlands of the beautiful, tranquil Ignatius Jesuit Centre.

  • Not a silent retreat
  • Outdoor activities
  • Spiritual direction is not available

Facilitated by Matthew Iles and Greg Kennedy


  • $325 – Ensuite Room  – private single bedroom with 3-piece washroom, desk and chair
  • $299 – Standard Room – private single bedroom with sink, desk and chair
  • $195 – Commuter – a private room is not included with these fees

Room availability will show in the form’s options below. If all room options are at capacity (FULL), only then the Waiting List option will show…please do fill out the application form to get on the Waiting List! Any questions, contact the Registrar’s office at 519-824-1250 ext. 266 or email

5420 Hwy 6 North Guelph, Ontario N1H 6J2
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