We are located in a quiet urban area of north Toronto, easily accessible to the Finch subway station and the Cummer 42 bus line, with ample parking for those who drive (though we encourage carpooling when possible).
We are adjacent to St. John's Rehab site of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and Guest House visitors are welcome to enjoy the 25 acres of parkland surrounding the hospital, as well as other nearby parks and quiet residential walking areas.
Most guest rooms are single, with shared baths, although we have a few twin and double rooms with ensuite baths. All linens are provided, and comfortable sitting rooms, library, and snack areas are available to both overnight and day guests. Most of the Guest House has wireless access.
Conversation and the use of cell phones are not permitted in guest rooms, to allow all guests the peace and silence they need for their own retreats. Designated common areas are available for quiet conversation, in addition to the courtyard and grounds. Meals are eaten in the Sisters’ refectory, and are usually silent.
Guests are encouraged to join the Sisters in the Chapel of St. John for Morning and Evening Prayer, Compline (Night Prayer), and the daily Eucharist. Both the Chapel of St. John and St. Margaret’s chapel in the Guest House are available for private prayer when not in use by a group.
All are welcome in this sacred space, offering gentle hospitality, comfortable accommodation, retreats and spiritual direction in an atmosphere of transformative stillness.
All our facilities are wheel-chair accessible and we make every effort to accommodate any special needs our guests may have. While the Sisterhood is an Anglican monastic community, we welcome women and men from all spiritual traditions and those with no religious affiliation.
Rest, Renew, Reflect
In an increasingly noisy and hectic world, St. John’s Convent Guest House is a quiet place apart, where people from all over Canada and beyond come to pray, meditate and find spiritual nurture. We can help you reconnect with your self, with others and with God in a variety of ways:
- informal personal retreats - see here »
- formal retreats with spiritual direction - see here »
- group retreats - see here »
- quiet days - see here » / Quiet Garden days here »
- spirituality workshops and parish NCD programs
- a labyrinth for walking meditation - see here »
- share in the Sisters’ daily chapel services - see here »
- tours of the convent and presentations on Anglican religious life
- reading and devotional materials
- safe overnight accommodation
- comfortable, well-equipped meeting rooms
- individualized sabbatical programs - see here »
Throughout the year, the Sisterhood offers a program of retreats and quiet days covering a variety of themes. As its name suggests, “Food for the Soul” is designed to feed the hungry spirit, while encouraging growth, healing and wholeness.
Retreats may last two or more days, beginning with Evening Prayer at 5:00 pm on the first day and ending with Holy Eucharist and a midday meal on the last day. We limit the number of participants for retreats, so interested persons should register early. A non-refundable deposit is required for all our retreats. (See registration for information about cost - here »).
Quiet Saturdays begin with refreshments at 9:30 am. The leader begins the day’s program at 10:00 am with an address. The rest of the morning is given to personal prayer and reflection. The group joins the Sisters in the chapel at noon for Eucharist, followed either by a silent meal in the refectory or a bag lunch with conversation in the meeting room. A second address is given at 1:30 pm, with more personal time after. The day ends with a closing session at 3:30 pm and departures at 4:00 pm. Upcoming Quiet Saturdays are listed here »
Contact the Guest House administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org ») for more information about hosting your group at St. John’s Convent and Guest House.