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

 
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Unhurried: A 52-Week Meditative Bible Reading Guide

Slow down. Take a deep breath. What’s the hurry? Why wear yourself out? Just what are you after anyway? —Jeremiah 2:25

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.

Makes a great Christmas present for men and women!

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First Fridays:
Sale and Kid Craft
May 7

Stop by The Perch from 5-8 pm to shop our spring cleaning sale! Lots of cleaned out inventory is marked way down. You might even find a gift for Mother's Day! Plus, the kids can make a meaningful craft for mom while you shop.

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5 Minute Soul Care Workshop
May 13

If you've got 5 minutes in your day, I'll show you how to consistently engage soul care. During this 90-minute virtual workshop, we'll walk through creating a plan you can implement right away to get started with soul care and do it on a regular basis.

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Soul Care
Cohorts
Beginning in June

If you've ever wondered what a personalized soul care plan could look like for your life, you don't want to miss your chance to join one of our Soul Care Cohorts this summer. These 7-week groups will dive deep into soul care and help you create a personalized plan for your soul care.

what we offer

Retreats

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. See our upcoming events here or book The Perch for a Personal Retreat here.

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 at our quarterly Ministry Leader Retreats.

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. See all our events here.

Soul Care Sessions

Sometimes we need to process our soul care and spiritual development out loud—with someone else. Soul Care Sessions are one-on-one appointments with Amy Jackson, founder and director of The Perch. Learn more.

Resources

Check out our blog and our store as well as our guided meditations 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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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.