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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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A Magical Night with Matt Savage

A Magical Night with Matt Savage: Pianist, composer and musical savant Shadybrook is proud to sponsor Matt Savage: pianist, composer, bandleader and musical savant Date: October 9th Time: 7:30 Location: West Shore Unitarian Universalist 20401 Hilliard Blvd.Rocky River, OH Suggested Donation of $20 A portion of the proceeds benefit: NAMI Greater Cleveland (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Reserve your seat at   Matt Savage – pianist, composer,... 


Shadybrook Spiritual Spa Day

Creative Transformation and Healing featuring music, art, movement, and other healing modalities October 3, 2015 10:00 a.m. – 4:30  p.m. East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church on Rt. 306 in Kirtland, Ohio Suggested Donation: $35 Space is limited. Click here to reserve your ticket. On this special day of relaxation and rejuvenation sample a variety of healing methods offered by experienced practitioners. 10:00-10:15 Opening Ceremony Lori Peterson – Director, Shadybrook Michael... 


Thomas Merton: Christian Identity and Zen Buddhism

This special program is sponsored by Shadybrook, Inc., celebrating 60 years of spiritual exploration and The Cleveland Chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society on the occasion of Thomas Merton’s Centenary. Thomas Merton: Christian Identity and Zen Buddhism Understanding of the Self It is our hope that by engaging Merton scholar, Bonnie Thurston, we can share deeply in the rich legacy of interfaith dialogue and contemplative prayer beqeathed us by the unique man, monk and mystic,... 

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Crystal Meditation

With Tammie Scheider July 29th, August 5th and August 12th Each workshop is from 7:00-8:30 Suggested Donation of $10 per session @ Serendipity Space – 2174 Lee Road- Cleveland Heights (metered parking behind Cedar-Lee Movie Theatre) Click Here to Reserve your Space- Limited Space Have you wondered what are the healing powers of crystals? Get in-depth look at crystals and how to use them in your daily life. Crystal Meditation Workshop #1 Personal Power – July 29th This workshop...