July  2015


Summer is in full swing in all it's splendour here at Maryholme! Every day there is 
a new pop of colour in the gardens, 
a new song from our feathered friends, 
and a new gift from God 
for which to give thanks...

We are blessed to be able to enjoy the sunshine, the rain, and the lovely breezes
blowing in off the lake. We take joy
 in sharing glimpses of our day with you...


"Recognize and acknowledge the gifts 
of God,
and give thanks for them."
Mary Ward

Join us this Summer... 

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
to book your spot!
At Maryholme...

New Arrival   -  Bee Hives! 


For some years we have dreamt about

having honey bees here at Maryholme.

After all, our native plants will provide them

with much needed food. Plus, we want to do our part

to help preserve this wonderful species. 

So we have welcomed two small hive 'nucs'. 

These are nuclear colonies of 10-15,000 bees. 

The hope is that the colonies will grow during 

the season. A hive usually contains up to 60,000 bees. When it gets larger, the beekeeper Lawrence Iacono will split the hive.  Since we are starting out 

with a nucleus colony (a "nuc"), we won't count on significant honey in the first year, unless it is 

a particularly good year. Bees need time to build up their population and comb, and we will want 

to ensure they have adequate numbers of bees 

and food for the winter. The average Ontario 

honey yield is approximately 70-90 pounds 

per well-managed, mature hive.


If you are visiting our hives, you will find them east

of the wildflower meadow, facing the lake 

where they will get water to drink. Surrounding 

the hives is a solar powered electric fence to deter skunks and racoons! As for bee stings, the bees

are busy about getting pollen and do not usually sting (because they die when they use that hive protection). So unless you appear to be disturbing the hive, 

you are not likely to get a bee sting. If you stay 

to watch for a while, you will better understand 

"busy as bees"...

Mark your calendar... 

Open Garden Sundays
at Loretto Maryholme
August 9, September 13, 2015

Join us the 2nd Sunday of August and 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.

from our guests...

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

"Words cannot describe
the privilege of being here..."


"Thank you for sharing your 'serenity home'
... my heart is filled with gratitude & love!
My spirit is refreshed & renewed. 
Thank you."


"Such a delight to get a glimpse of heaven!!!
Thank you for sharing & caring 
for the Earth
and for  showing others the way!!!
Enjoying every moment here."
International Concerns...

World Day for International
July 17


We encourage you to take some time on this day 

to think of those affected by genocide and serious crimes of violence against women. 


Read more



World Day 
Against Trafficking in Persons
July 30

The first World Day against Trafficking in Persons 
is a call to action to end this crime and give hope 
to the victims, who often live unrecognized among us. To stop the traffickers, we must sever funding pipelines and seize assets. I urge all countries to ratify and fully implement the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocol on Trafficking in Persons."
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


Read more here

Spiritual Nourishment...

"Hope and fear cannot occupy 
the same space.
Invite one to stay."
Maya Angelou

"When God reigns supreme
in the consciousness of humankind...
... the tiniest blade of grass
speaks of God's beauty."
Frater Achad

 "Gratitude gentles us
and grants us peace."
Br. David Steindl-Rast

Summer 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 
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