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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. Programs have been held at the beautiful East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Kirtland, just 5 miles from I-90. Fully handicapped accessible and located just 15 miles east […]

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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Gong and Tibetan Singing Bowl Improvisation

Sunday, May 22nd @ 3:00 p.m. The Conscious Nest 20150 Lakeshore Blvd., Cleveland OH 44123 Reserve your ticket here! Suggested Donation: $10 (Student – $5)                                                                                                                                                                                                         Percussionist Paul Stranahan uses... 


Create YOUR own Energetic Sand Mandala With Alsie Clay

May 14th 10:30-1:30 The Nature Center of Shaker Lakes 2600 South Park Boulevard Shaker Heights, OH 44120 Reserve your ticket here Create your own sand mandala  the images are made by sprinkling brightly colored sand, to create panoramic paintings in minutes. It is a free flowing method. The sand is allowed to drop onto a white surface undisturbed. The images are then discovered and identified, through each participant’s interpretation of the art. As a participant you will create your... 


Spiritual Dowsing (Reading Auras)

Spiritual Dowsing (Reading Auras)  The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes 2600 South Park Blvd. Shaker Heights, OH April 30, 2016 12:30-1:00 Join us for a light lunch 1:00-4:00 Reading Auras Fee: $65 includes lunch, workshop and your own set of copper and brass Auric Rods with printed instructions- if you have your own Auric Rod the fee is $50 Gain a new awareness of the human energy field; develop skills using Auric Rods to read chakras, and communicate with guides (higher self). Reserve your... 


Contemplative Photography in Nature

SHADYBROOK PRESENTS Contemplative Photography in Nature with efy McDonnell Reserve your ticket here Experience being contemplative in Nature Deepen Your Joy Nurture Your Creativity Embrace Your Quietude Saturday, February 27, 2016 Freestyle photo shooting at 9:30 am- Meet in the pavillion Bring Your Camera, Sketchbook or Journal 10:15-12:45 THE NATURE CENTER at SHAKER LAKES 2600 South Park Boulevard, Shaker Heights, OH 44120 About the Presenter: efy is a fine arts contemplative...