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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Gathering for the Grieving
November 29

If you're grieving, sad, or feeing off, you're welcome here. Join us for a virtual gathering where we'll name our losses, pray, and find comfort in one another and in God. This FREE virtual event will take place over Zoom. Register for the log in information. We'll gather at 7 pm CST, and you can join us from anywhere.

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Ministry Leader Retreat
December 3

This season has been especially rough on pastors and ministry leaders. Join us for a morning of encouragement and refreshment just for you. We'll be focusing on the fact that you are called for this time to this place and these people. And we'll look for the ways we see God's light breaking through.

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Light Up the Holidays
December 4

As part of Aurora's First Fridays, we're hosting this FREE virtual gathering. We'll create these adorable paper holiday luminaries and chat about ways we can make the holidays meaningful in a strange year. Register to get the Zoom login information as well as the template and information about materials for the luminaries.


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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Pop-Up Shops

Check out our newest cards, tea towels, candles, necklaces, self-care planners, and other gifts.

Join us every Saturday

9 am - 12 pm

Special hours for Shop Small Saturday:

Saturday, November 28

9 am - 3 pm

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Calm in the Chaos At-Home Retreat
Available Now!

Discover what it looks like to be deeply rooted in God's love so you can experience good fruit no matter what life throws your way. Designed to be done at home, this retreat program includes teaching videos, hands-on activities, and instructions on doing this retreat in the timeframe you have.

Personal Retreat at The Perch
Available Now!

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


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. 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.

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.


Use your gifts to bless others at an event from The Perch. If you're an artisan, speaker, spiritual director, or otherwise involved in soul care, we want to meet you! Contact us today.


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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"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.

contact the perch

We'd love to hear from you! Let us know if you have any questions, and we'll get back to you right away.

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