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Spiritual exploration & lifelong learning in a diverse and welcoming community

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About Us

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For more than 50 years, Shadybrook has been opening minds and inspiring hearts. We serve the people of Northeastern Ohio by offering a safe forum for diverse ideas and dialogue. Through thought-provoking programs, we create opportunities for spiritual exploration and lifelong learning. Our inclusive, caring community fosters appreciation for the richness found in diversity.

Monthly Programs

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  At the heart of Shadybrook’s activities are the inspiring and thought-provoking programs that we offer March through December as a public service to the local community.   For further information, please click on any of the program titles  or contact our Director of Programs & Operations, Jennifer Jurcisek, at or 216-556-5683. .   […]

Ways To Give

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Your tax-deductible support is important to help fulfill Shadybrook’s mission. We are committed to making our services accessible to anyone seeking to enhance their life and realize their human potential, regardless of background or financial status. Our programs and scholarships are underwritten by the generous support of endowments and gifts. We ask you to put […]

Celebrating A Half Century Of Service

Shadybrook, formerly known as The Laymen’s Retreat Project, became a non-profit organization in 1955. Inspired by the programs offered at Wainwright House in Rye, New York, the founders chose a 17-room turn of the century mansion in Kirtland, Ohio to house their vision for an interdenominational retreat center. In October 1957, Shadybrook House, once the summer home of the Arthur D. Baldwin family, had its dedication. The Shadybrook experience began well before the front gate, with the drive along secluded, country roads rich with foliage. Its woodland setting at the edge of the Holden Arboretum’s nut tree collection, contained an outdoor amphitheater and swimming pool, and provided spectacular views of Lake Erie. Shadybrook House was a spacious facility with a large living room, dining room, chapel, and overnight accommodations. Its library housed several hundred volumes on psychology, healing, philosophy and religion. For the next 25 years, the organization offered workshops,... 

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Shamanic Journeying: An Experiential Step-By-Step Approach

Please join us in welcoming Elizabeth Meacham as she faciliatates a 3-part series of Shamanic Journeying! In this experiential workshop, participants will learn methods for shamanic journeying in a safe and supportive environment. We will explore a variety of journeying methods, as well as effective ways to prepare for shamanic journeying. Participants will have an opportunity to develop a personal method for journeying that works for them.  Our journeys will focus on meeting spiritual... 


HeartMath – Joining Heart, Mind and Technology

Stressed? Looking for a way to improve academic, business or sports performance? Want to supercharge your meditation practice? HeartMath can help!      Read More


WE ARE THANKFUL FOR YOU! – Membership Drive Begins

Become a Shadybrook Member Today and Receive a $10 Gift Certificate as our Thanks to you! Thanksgiving is a time people gather in unity in celebration of a common purpose, reconciling differences and finding strength and hope together. Families have added their customs to the Thanksgiving celebration preserving what they hold as most precious. For over 60 years, Shadybrook has been helping gather people in unity and have been opening minds and inspiring hearts, offering a safe forum for... 

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2nd Annual Chagrin River Water Blessing & Reflection

SHADYBROOK MEMBERS & FRIENDS SPECIAL EVENT 2nd Annual Chagrin River Water Blessing & Reflection Sunday, August 21st   2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Miriam’s River House 6105 Chagrin River Road, Bentleyville  Read More