A safe, caring, and healing community for people living with cancer.

Welcome toBrooksong.

Brooksong Retreat & Cancer Support Centre (formerly known as Abbey Retreat Centre) creates healing spaces and community for people affected by cancer. 

Located in Haliburton, Ontario on a beautiful property surrounded by forests and ponds, Brooksong provides a variety of in-person and online retreats and programs that offer rest and renewal, companionship, and an introduction to evidence-informed practices that tend body, mind, and soul in the midst of a cancer diagnosis. Time in nature, gentle and restorative yoga, massage, expressive practices, music, healthy and delicious food, and facilitated and informal group discussions are all important and meaningful parts of our cancer support experiences.

We also invite a key support person/caregiver to attend the 4-day cancer support retreats with their loved one. We believe that healing is enhanced for everyone when caregivers are also well-cared for.

"Brooksong is a place where people come together to support you in your time of fear and confusion; a place where you can let go without being judged and share laughter or a tear with people who care."
- Retreat Participant

Your Donations Make a Difference


Thank you to everyone who donates time, energy and money to sustain the work of Brooksong Retreat & Cancer Support Centre. We rely on the support of individual donors to make our cancer support programming possible. 

We ensure that the people who participate in our programs know that there are those, unknown to them, who are offering support and care during a difficult time.

No One Dances Alone - Fundraising Concert for Cancer Support

No One Dances Alone will be a fun night of music, community and dancing in support of a great cause – Abbey Retreat Centre’s cancer support programs!

Abbey Retreat Centre’s cancer support programs offer opportunities for rest, renewal, companionship, and an introduction to evidence-informed practices that tend the body, mind, and soul in the midst of a cancer diagnosis. Local residents are given priority spots in programs and people attend programs from all across the province.

Abbey Retreat Centre’s retreats have a long waitlist and have become known as soothing, healing and transformative experiences for both those facing cancer and their caregivers. All programs are offered at no cost to participants, recognizing that cancer is very expensive for individuals and families. “Adverse Conditions” and “Primates” will provide an evening of music and fun to get everyone up and moving (or dancing in your chair.)

Programs & Retreats

The Abbey Retreat Centre offers retreats and programs for people who are affected by cancer. This includes people at any stage of a cancer experience and also their key support person.

Although there are no fees associated with participating in one of our retreats or online gatherings, a significant amount of funding is required to host Abbey Retreat Centre’s unique and transformative cancer support programs.

We are grateful to past participants and community members financially support the work that we do through donations, volunteering and gifts-in-kind.

In-Person Retreats

Online Programming

A Warm Hug From the Highlands

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After 4 months of listening, creativity, small group conversations and A LOT OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT, the decision has been made. Within the next few months, Abbey Retreat Centre (ARC) will officially change our name to Brooksong Retreat and Cancer Support Centre.

Your donation is DOUBLED for the month December!

All donations up to a total $25,000 will be matched by a generous donor!