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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,... 

We Invite You To Join Us

Bobby Selvaggio and His Quartet

Bobby Selvaggio and His Quartet Saturday, February 28th 7:00 p.m. Cleveland Buddhist Temple 1573 E. 214th Street Euclid, Oh Suggested Donation: $10 Due to limited seating reserve your space at                                                                           Join Bobby & his Quartet, featuring Theron Brown (piano), Cory Todd (bass), and Zaire Darden... 


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... 


Jazz Concert – The Aesthetic of Not Knowing

Shadybrook, Inc. is proud to co-sponsor with Jijuyu-ji Zen Sangha of Cleveland and the Cleveland Buddhist Temple to bring Tony Malaby and Carmen Castaldi Performing The Art of Not Knowing- Jazz Concert Sunday, November 2nd 4:00 p.m. Cleveland Buddhist Temple 1573 E. 214th St.  Euclid, OH 44117 Suggested Donation: $15 Reserve your space on   Tony Malaby—In his two decades as an integral member of the thriving improvised music community of New York City, saxophonist... 

Inside the Grass Hut with Ben Connely

Shadybrook, Inc.  is proud to co-sponsor with Jijuyu-ji Zen Sangha of Cleveland and the Cleveland Buddhist Temple to bring  Inside the Grass Hut   Ben Connelly  Tuesday, September 30th 1573 E. 214th St.  Cleveland, OH 44117 7:00 p.m. Suggested Donation $10    Enter the mind and practice of Zen: apply the insights of one of Zen’s classic poems to your life—here and now.    Shitou Xiqian’s “Song of the Grass Roof Hermitage” is a remarkably accessible...