Taking full advantage of the breathtaking beauty surrounding Hockley Valley, The Ecology Retreat Centre provides the ideal setting for retreat groups up to 70 people year round with access to over 200 acres in a lovely rural forest setting. With open meadows, babbling brooks, forest trails and a wonderful, peaceful energy the unique facility is the perfect place to have your retreat or special function.
The Ecology Retreat Centre aims to attract people who are doing good things for other people, the environment or both.
The Centre was started by Frank Saul in the early ’90’s. Frank was a school principal in Toronto on a 1 year sabbatical studying at the Institute for Creation Spirituality in California when the dream of creating a retreat centre first came to him. He had already run the Centre as a summer camp and outdoor education centre (mainly serving the Toronto school board) for some 18 years. Fast forward to today, Stephan (Frank’s son) has been managing the Centre for close to 8 years.
Stephan grew up on the land as a boy and fell in love with every “nook and cranny” of this land. He, along with a dedicated staff, continue to evolve the Ecology Retreat Centre into a truly one-of-a-kind retreat centre. We aim to provide a centre that supports and enhances the experience of groups that host their retreats with us. Offering functionality but maintaining it’s rustic roots including cleanliness; a quiet night’s sleep; healthy meals and pristine environment.
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The Ecology Retreat Centre’s kitchen takes great care to provide you wholesome, nutritious meals. The Meeting space includes both the Meeting Hall as well as the recently renovated Creekside Room with gleaming wooden floors and large windows to let in the glorious natural sunlight. Both spaces have fireplaces and can be set up specifically to meet your group’s needs.
Accommodation includes 22 rustic and clean rooms with 3 to 4 beds per room and a charming Leader’s Cabin that can be rented separately.
This quiet, private retreat is only a 45 minutes north of Toronto Pearson International Airport.