Yoga • Mindfulness • Art • Spirituality
about the perch
The Perch helps exhausted people rest, find peace, and experience transformation. Designed to be a resting place, we offer an environment to experience rest, renewal, reflection, and rejuvenation.
We believe in order to love and live well, we need to experience love, healing, and holistic health ourselves. Toward this end, we offer retreats, classes, workshops, groups, and resources to help you develop in these areas. You'll find that we're always adding to our calendar, so check back often to see our latest offerings. The Perch is led by Amy Jackson and located in the heart of Aurora, Illinois. We hope you'll join us soon for an event!
The Perch is an inviting, supportive, and healing haven for ALL. If you're LGBTQIA, know that you'll be fully welcomed and affirmed here. People of faith, of no faith, and everywhere in between are invited and welcome! We can all benefit from our unique approach to personal wellness.
Unhurried: A 52-Week Meditative Bible Reading Guide
Unhurried shows you how to slowly, thoughtfully, and meditatively read the Bible. It invites you to kick off your shoes, settle into your favorite chair, and linger in God’s presence. There, you can hear God’s still, small voice and experience transformation in your heart, mind, and soul.
Over 52 weeks, you’ll discover a multitude of ways to sit with Scripture, enjoying God’s presence. Whether you're just beginning to read the Bible, or you've been reading it for years, these practices will help you cultivate an unhurried life from the inside out that allows you to hear from God each day.
31 Days of Self Kindness
What might happen if you began to treat yourself with kindness and compassion rather than constant criticism and disappointment? Despite what many believe, self-kindness isn’t self-indulgent. It doesn’t make you lazy or unproductive. In fact, research shows that people who are kind to themselves are healthier and get further in the long run.
This book is all about walking alongside you on the journey of self-kindness. Over 31 days, you’ll discover helpful truths, practical tools, and engaging exercises that will remind you that you are worthy of kindness and compassion.
Tuesdays 5:45 & 7:00 pm
Wednesdays 9:30 am
If you're looking to get your body moving in a healthy, contemplative way, this is for you! Whether you've never tried yoga before or you regularly practice, Amy will guide you through a class you'll love! This is a beautiful way to consistently care for yourself and practice mindfulness!
Wednesdays 5:45 pm
Starting September 13, join Carisa for a flow yoga class where you'll string together a series of poses, as you move with your inhale and exhale. In this energetic class, you'll be challenged to build strength and stamina while bringing attention to your breath. Flow yoga is a great way invite your full attention to your yoga practice, and it's the most common form of yoga in America.
Soaring 6th Anniversary Party
Drop in Friday, October 6 from 5-8 pm during First Fridays to help us celebrate 6 years of The Perch! We'll have giveaways, sales, treats, and a community art project we need your help with!
Stop by for a few minutes or stay the whole time. We can't wait to celebrate with you!
Yoga for Grief
8 weeks starting September 18
Join us this Fall for an eight-week Yoga for Grief and Trauma workshop experience, designed to support and connect individuals as they journey through some of life’s biggest challenges. Led by Christine, you'll enjoy a safe, supportive environment with time for mindful movement, reflection, and connection. Part yoga class, part support group, this is experience you won't forget.
What will you discover about yourself as you take the pressure off and create for the fun of it? There's no need to consider yourself an artist for this hands-on workshop. We'll create in a peaceful, soothing environment and then have an opportunity to reflect on what we've created. It's always a lovely time!
what we offer
Amy Jackson is an RYT-200 yoga teacher and loves leading yoga practices that invite you to connect with your body in a mindful way. The Perch offers weekly yoga classes as well as at-home yoga videos and a variety of workshops that incorporate yoga.
Workshops and Classes
Invest in your growth by attending a class at The Perch. You'll experience a unique learning atmosphere where you'll learn skills to deepen your connection with yourself, others, and God. See all our events here.
Soul Care Sessions
Feeling stuck? Sometimes we need to process out loud—with someone else. Soul Care Sessions are one-on-one appointments with Amy Jackson, founder and director of The Perch. We can troubleshoot issues, make goals, or simply vent. Learn more.
Create a custom retreat or training event for your group or staff team. Amy Jackson will work with you to create and lead the perfect event for your group. Contact Amy directly to plan a corporate yoga class, art experience, or mindfulness retreat.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"The retreat gave me time to focus and think about what’s important. I thought I would leave with a list of tangible goals (my type A personality) but instead I left with more of a change of heart. A much needed one! Thank you."
— Debbie R.