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.

 
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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. 

upcoming events

 
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Soothing
Art Series
September 12, 19, & 26

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 Monday nights in September to try out a simple art technique and see how it affects you mind, body, and soul.

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Tuesday Night
Yoga
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.

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5th Anniversary Mindfulness Walk
October 1

This fall, The Perch turns 5! We're celebrating this milestone with a special event with fun activities for adults and kids alike. You'll walk around Downtown Aurora doing a variety of fun and mindful activities. Plus, you'll enjoy coffee and refreshments, and you'll get a bag of goodies (including coupons from other local businesses) just for registering!

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Small Business Retreat
October 6

Small business owner, you deserve a break! As we head into the holiday season, it's time to take a breath, decompress, and release stress. Join me for this special mini retreat just for small business owners and managers! We'll reflect, refresh, and move with hope into fourth quarter.

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Real Life Meditation Workshop
October 16

Let's make meditation work for you! It can feel daunting to get started with meditation and to actually carve out time in our busy lives. This workshop will give you everything you need to start with confidence and clarity.

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Personal Retreat
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

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.

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 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.

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 guided meditations 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.

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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.