June  2015




It doesn't take much
to hold the tiny weight
of a song sparrow,
any little twig will do,
or a sturdy weed in a field.

Why do I think my fledgling ideas
have to wait for a thick branch
or a secure landing place
before I set them down?

The wisp of a fleeting dream
can rest for a while
on a small extension in my soul.

If I never let these dreams land,
they will not gain strength
for the long flight into fullness.

All it takes is a little twig
to rest a great dream on.

Joyce Rupp & Barbara Loomis


"I listened to God's deep dream for me
and felt a longing to respond ..."
Mary Ward

Coming this Summer... 

Our 5-Day Silent Retreat
Wednesday July 8 - Sunday July 12, 2015

In an atmosphere of silence, take time to let yourself rest, reflect, and be restored. This retreat is offered in response 

to those who want a silent retreat experience 

that is shorter than 8 days.


A private room, linens and meals will be provided.
Evening reflection offered (optional).
... Only 2 spots left!


In The Company of Women...
Sunday August 2 - Sunday August 9, 2015

Relax with other women in the beauty of this sacred space. 

Come for 3-7 nights and bring a friend or meet new friends. Private or shared accommodations, linens and home-cooked meals. Swim, walk, read, work a puzzle, dream... Guided cosmic, labyrinth, and stations of light walks are offered.



Art as Prayer Retreat
Wednesday, September 16 -
Sunday, September 20, 2015

An opportunity to give expression to your soul through art. 
This retreat will be experiential, allowing you to listen to
and celebrate nature in all its diversity with a focus
on the interconnectedness of creation.

Facilitator: Arlene Ashack, IBVM
No art skills required. Private or shared accommodations,
linens and home-cooked meals.


For more details on any of these retreats and programs, 
or to view all of our full 2015 retreats and events,
visit www.lorettomaryholme.ca  or email booking@lorettomaryholme.ca
to book your spot!
At Maryholme...
Thanks to our volunteers!

We can't thank you enough! Although this little flower  
looks pretty and delicate... 

... garlic mustard is quite invasive in its urgency to establish
a home in our woods. You can see in the photo on the left, below, how full the area was in this part of the woods.
It was already knee-high by the end of May!

In the photo to the right you can see the result 
of the hard work by the 14 volunteers that responded
to our dramatic call - masses of garlic mustard were pulled
and piled, ready to be composted ... thanks again!

We are so blessed!  
We would like to acknowledge Jane Malloy, our booking
co-ordinator and gifted photographer, whose inspiration
to share the quiet beauty of Maryholme in the form of photographs blesses us all ...   What a treasure we have -
both in Jane - and in the library of photos that have captured
the best of each day here at Loretto Maryholme!

Mark your calendar...

Summer Solstice
Sunday June 21, 2015 from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Join us in celebrating the longest day of the sunlight
and welcome the season of fullness and growth.
Enjoy a Potluck Supper at 6:00 pm followed by a ritual
and the walking of the labyrinth at 7:30pm.
No registration required.

If you can't come to ours, please be sure to find a celebration
near you!

Open Garden Sundays at Maryholme
June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, 2015

Now the 2nd Sunday of each month until September,
from 4:00-6:00 pm.

Enjoy the peace and beauty of this sacred space as you walk
the property admiring the gardens and woods. Visit each month and see the seasonal changes. Access to grounds only.

No registration required.

Comments from our guests...

Many thanks to our wonderful visitors
who take the time to write in our guestbook
and send us notes...

"Our group had such a wonderful day.
We needed the peace & beauty 
of Maryholme."


"This is my fourth time here.
I find peace, solace, friendship, love.
I think back on this place when I am troubled
and see it as a refuge.
It brings me joy."


"Maryholme is our home away from home
for our group. We laugh, learn, rest & play
here together. Thank you for your tireless
efforts to maintain & increase
the beauty of this space."
International Concerns...

Why Eating Local Matters ...

As Canadians we import and eat a lot of produce

from California. We are encouraged to buy local produce

whenever possible,  thereby - supporting local farmers, 

reducing the consumption of our planet's fresh water 

used in food production, reducing carbon emissions 

by cutting down on shipping across vast distances, 

and supporting our health by reducing our ingestion 

of preservatives and chemicals.


View this colourful presentation


National Aboriginal Day
June 21
Join with us to celebrate the culture and heritage
of the First Nations, Metis and Inuit people of our country.

Events will be taking place in cities across Canada 

as calls persist for a national enquiry into the missing 

and murdered aboriginal women.





World Refugee Week
June 15 - 21
This week honours the contribution and resilience
of refugees.... the courage, strength and determination
of women, men & children who are forced to flee
their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict
and violence ... please remember them.


Read more here

Spiritual Nourishment...
"The most delightful surprise on earth
is to suddenly realize your own worth."
Maxwell Maltz
"We all belong in the heart of God...
That is where our heart has its home."
Judy Cannato
 "And now these three remain:
faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love."
1 Cor. 13:13
at Loretto Maryholme...
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Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre is a sacred space of peace
and beauty on Lake Simcoe for those seeking to restore energies needed for personal and communal transformation.

The Centre is available for use by individuals and groups whose activities reflect the Centre's mission. Facilitation of a workshop,
a day of reflection, or an opportunity for spiritual direction
can be arranged.

For accommodation arrangements, please email 
"Find your centre at our Centre"
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