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.
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!
Holistic Spirituality Retreat
Our spiritual, mental, emotional, social, and physical well-being are all interconnected—even if we often treat them as completely separate aspects of our lives. The Holistic Spirituality Retreat will create space for us to explore holistic soul care practices that integrate all aspects of who we are so that we can live integrated, embodied, faithful lives.
Our March Soul Care Meetup theme is Lent and Easter. What does our second COVID Easter have to teach us? With Easter quickly approaching, we'll practice a meaningful soul care practice perfect for the season. Join us to discuss what this season is all about as well as our personal experiences with Lent and Easter.
Personal Retreat at The Perch
Need to get away? You can now choose a day to take a personal retreat at The Perch. Choose from 4 different themes, and we'll provide several practices you can do during your time at The Perch. The best part: you'll have peace and quiet. The space is yours!
what we offer
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.
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.
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.