about the perch
The Perch helps exhausted people connect with God to 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. 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!
The Perch is an inviting, supportive, and healing haven for ALL on the faith journey. If you're LGBTQIA, know that you'll be fully welcomed and affirmed here.
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.
Every Tuesday at 5:45 & 7 pm
Move mindfully as you connect with your body in these inclusive yoga classes! You'll be invited to mindfully pay attention to your body, offer gratitude to yourself, and breathe deeply. Yoga at The Perch is great for beginners! No prior yoga experience necessary.
November 3, 10, & 17
Picking up a pen, marker, or brush, we can lose ourselves in the act of creating for the fun of it. Learn to self-soothe through simple art techniques that can actually be fun! Join me for one hour on Thursday nights in November to try out a simple art technique and see how it affects you mind, body, and soul.
Holiday Stress Relief Retreat
Mentally prepare for the holidays with this 90-minute retreat featuring restorative yoga, guided meditation, and more. You'll learn practical ideas for caring for yourself as you navigate the madness of the holidays and walk away feeling refreshed, relaxed, and supported. Take a break before the holidays hit. You won't regret it!
Enjoy a peaceful, hope-filled evening as we meditate on the Christmas story in new ways. We'll try out several Christian spiritual practices and connect deeply with God and one another. It's the perfect way to prepare for Christmas.
New Year Reset Retreat
Spend time reflecting on 2022, embracing lessons learned, and releasing the things that are no longer serving you. Then turn toward a new year of hope and possibility. You'll leave relaxed, refreshed, and with renewed vision for 2023. Let's make this the year we commit to caring for ourselves!
at The Perch
Various Dates Available
Get away to reflect, read, write, or pray in our peaceful retreat center. You'll have the place to yourself to enjoy the gorgeous view of the river from our giant 100-year-old windows. Curl up in our cozy chairs or stretch out on our yoga mats. Your choice of a half-day or full-day retreat!
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 Tuesday Night 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 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.
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.
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.