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The Perch, 31 W Downer Place, Suite 301, Aurora, IL 60506

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about the perch

Our mission is to provide space and skills for soul care so you can engage God, others, and yourself in meaningful ways. Designed to be a resting place, we offer an environment to experience rest, renewal, reflection, and rejuvenation. We specialize in serving church leaders.

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. We are led by our director, Amy Jackson, and we're located in the heart of Aurora, Illinois. We hope you'll join us soon for an event!

Have an idea for a retreat or class we should offer? Or, want to partner with us? Please contact us below.


upcoming events

October 19, 2019

Press the pause button on the frenzy and center your body, mind, and soul with a morning meditation and mindfulness retreat rooted in Christian spirituality. In this three-hour retreat that combines teaching, experiential learning, and practical tools, you will learn and experience the centering and transformative power of these two practices.

Ministry Leader Retreat
October 30, 2019

If you're in ministry, you know how important times of rest and refreshment are—and how difficult it is to make time for them! Let us help by providing a morning where all you have to do is show up. Join us for this retreat specifically for people in ministry. Come alone or invite your team.

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Brokenness Bowls Workshop
November 7, 2019

During this two-hour creative workshop, you'll be guided in a hands-on reflective experience that incorporates painting. This workshop will invite you to embrace the broken things in your life, asking God to put them back together so that they can become strengths rather than deficits. You'll engage this topic by painting, breaking, and mending a bowl.

Be the Change You Want to See Workshop
November 16, 2019

This two-hour workshop is designed for those who care deeply about creating a just, equitable, and inclusive world but feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. Led by Chi Chi Okwu, this workshop will leave you with practical steps to take to feel more confident talking about these tough topics.

Advent Calendar Workshop
November 19, 2019

Make the Advent season more meaningful with a customizable and reusable calendar that guides you through the 24 days leading up to Christmas.

During this two-hour creative workshop, we'll create an Advent calendar that you can use for years to come!

December 3, 2019

During this two-hour creative workshop, we'll create a peg doll nativity set that you can use for years to come. You'll be guided in reflections on each of the characters in the nativity scene as you create them from simple materials. We'll provide everything you need!

what we offer


Get away, breathe, and reflect. We provide spaces where you can rest a while, recharge, and then return to living your calling. We especially welcome church leaders.

Church Leader Events

We love people who serve the church and want to support you with unique events. Learn a new skill, connect with other leaders, and rest a while in the company of others who get it.

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 engage God, others, and yourself more deeply.


Use your gifts to bless others at an event from The Perch. If you're an artisan, speaker, spiritual director, or otherwise involved in soul care, we want to meet you! Contact us today.


Check out our blog and our store for our latest resources to help you engage God, others, and yourself in meaningful ways. We want to see you thrive as you live your calling.

Custom Events

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.


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"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.