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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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,...