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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.

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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.

Upcoming Events

upcoming events

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Restorative
Yoga Classes
Tuesdays 5:45 & 7:00 pm
Wednesdays 9:30 am

Just what we need this holiday season! Restorative yoga is designed to be extra restful and soothing to the nervous system. Enjoy a calming hour for yourself this month! You'll leave feeling cozy and calm.

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January Yoga
Classes
Multiple Days

In January, our normal weekly yoga classes will return, including both Gentle Yoga with Amy and Flow Yoga with Carisa! Register before the end of the year for the full January session, and you'll get a FREE January Planner to help you care for yourself in the new year.

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The Monday
Calm Down
Mondays until Christmas

Join Amy live on Instagram every Monday at 6:30 pm CT for a quick, soothing, and calming practice. If you're feeling heavy, stressed, or overwhelmed this holiday season, you'll love these mini breaks to breathe, center, and refill. Can't join us live? Sign up for my emails to get the replay every Tuesday!

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First Friday
at The Perch
December 1

Stop by the lobby of our building to shop our holiday items, meet our building neighbors, and get your hot cocoa sample for the Cocoa Crawl! It will be a great time!

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Light in the Dark
Art Workshop
December 7

During this hope-filled holiday art workshop, we'll be focused on creating our own light in a dark world. First, you'll make a custom-scented candle with help from Jenni Zielke of Illuminate Space. Then we'll break open the watercolors and create a night-time landscape painting together. You'll love how soothing these two creative activities are! Plus, you'll get to take them home when we're done. Grab a friend and join us!

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December
Book Chat
December 14

Join us for our monthly Book Chat! We'll gather for an hour on December 14 at The Perch to discuss this month's book pick: Inward by Yung Pueblo. This unique poetry book helps give us words for our experience as we heal, grow, and change. I'm struck by how eloquent these short poems are, and I think you're going to love it, too! Light refreshments will be served.

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Christmas
Meditation
December 21

Enjoy a peaceful, hope-filled evening as we meditate on the Christmas story in new ways. We'll try out a few Christian spiritual practices and connect deeply with God and one another, leaning into the fact that God is Emmanuel—always with us. It's the perfect way to prepare your heart and soul for Christmas.

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New Year
Reset Retreat
December 30 & January 6

As we head into a new year, it's a great time to reflect on the past year and reset for the new one ahead. Spend time reflecting on 2023, embracing lessons learned, and releasing the things that are no longer serving you. Then turn toward a new year of hope and possibility by getting clear on your intentions, learning about healthy ways you can care for yourself, and making practical, doable goals for your life. 

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Personal
Retreat
Various Dates Available

Enjoy quiet time away by yourself at The Perch! Enjoy our spacious room all to yourself with gorgeous views of the Fox River. You’ll instantly feel calmer as you walk through our door and find a comfortable seat. Get away for some peace and quiet to read, reflect, or pray.

Available for half and full day rentals.

What We Offer

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

Yoga

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.

Resources

The Perch offers a growing number of resources to help you rest, find peace, and experience transformation. Check out our store, our blog, as well as our podcast for our latest resources.

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 to plan a corporate yoga class, art experience, or mindfulness retreat.

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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.

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