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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. Most programs are 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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Journaling…The Art of Authenticity

SHADYBROOK PRESENTS “JOURNALING…THE ART OF AUTHENTICITY” THE NATURE CENTER at SHAKER LAKES 2600 South Park Boulevard, Shaker Heights, OH 44120 Three Saturday Sessions at 10 A.M.—11:30 A.M.            November 7, November 21, and December 5, 2015          Shirley Nelson, Facilitator REGISTRATION Cost: $15 Donation or Free Will Offering Please bring an 8-1/2 x 11 notebook (lined or unlined) and a pen to each workshop. RSVP here Journaling is a solitary spiritual... 


An Evening of Kirtan with Enchanted Hearts

7:30 Enchanted Hearts at East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church – Kirtland, OH Join us for a Potluck Dinner at 6:30. Doors open at 6:00 to set up for dinner. Drinks and Plates, Utensils and Napkins will be provided. (Please mark your dish with any ingredients that may be important for folks to know about.) Click Here to Reserve Your Seat Suggested Donation of $10 Advance Tickets   $15 at the door Open your heart. Still your mind. Based on devotional chanting known in northern... 


A Party of Change

JOIN SHADYBROOK FOR A PARTY OF CHANGE AT ACACIA RESERVATION   strategic plan When: Sat., June 6th Time: 8:30-4:30 Where: Acacia Reservation 26899 Cedar Rd, Lyndhurst, OH Shadybrook would like to invite you to participate in a day of conversation focused on the future of Shadybrook. We would love the gift of your time and perspective! Regardless of your relationship with Shadybrook, your input will help us shape our future.   Join us for a day of change! A complimentary breakfast... 


A Night with Kenny Werner

A Night with Kenny Werner Join us for a night of  Explorations, Reflections and Meditations With world renowned artist     Kenny Werner Friday, January 16th @ 7:30 West Shore Unitarian Universalist 20401 Hilliard Blvd. Rocky River, OH   Kenny  is a world-class pianist and composer. His prolific output of compositions, recordings and publications continue to impact audiences around the world. Kenny was recently awarded the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship Award for his seminal work, No...