Residential Programs

Residential Programs

Southdown’s residential programs provide the highest level of care available for ordained clergy, vowed religious, and lay pastoral ministers.

The depth of our understanding of the unique challenges and issues encountered by our residents has been gained over the many years, since we first began in 1966. Our compassionate and highly qualified clinical team integrates this depth of understanding with our evidence-based, goal-oriented approach to ensure the best possible outcome for each individual resident.


Admission to our residential programs requires a referral from a diocesan personnel representative, or community leadership, a vocation or formation personnel representative, or their designate.

You can self-refer to our residential programs, with the support of one of the above representatives.

14-Week Residential Program with Continuing Care

Southdown’s 14-week residential treatment program is holistic, goal-oriented and is based on state of the art practice in the healing professions, research done in our own clinical setting, and the optimum length of stay for residential care.

Residents focus on treatment goals identified at assessment, work to address the identified issues, and plan with their diocese or congregation for a smooth transition to post-residence life (Continuing Care).

They are accompanied by our experienced and professionally trained clinical team which includes psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrist, registered nurses, spiritual directors, art psychotherapist, fitness instructor, registered massage therapist, and dietitian. This reflects our integrated model of healing, where there is an interconnection between the spiritual, emotional and physical aspects of well-being.

Continuing Care is an integral part of Southdown’s 14-week residential program. This follow-up program provides crucial support for 18 months to both the individual and diocesan or community leadership during the critical period following residential treatment. Southdown’s Continuing Care program is provided virtually through a secure, encrypted video conference platform.

Renewal Program


Southdown offers a three-week comprehensive Renewal Program, designed specifically for ordained members of the clergy and vowed religious seeking personal and spiritual renewal. The program focuses on renewing your body, mind, and spirit, with practical skills learned and tailor-made to take away for ongoing daily renewal and wellness.

The Renewal Program is a combination of presenatations and activities led by members of our clinical team, with time each day for rest, relfection, and prayer. There are also times for recreation, conversation, and social activities in a community setting.

The Renewal Program is available on the following dates:

–   September 8 – 28, 2024

–   November 3 – 23, 2024

Renewal Program Brochure 

Individualized Short-Term Residential Program

Southdown offers an individualized short-term residential program for eligible individuals who are seeking to restore, refresh, and build on gains made in prior treatment experiences.

Each resident is provided with the opportunity to engage in specific treatment modalities as part of a goal-oriented treatment plan, tailor-made to meet the needs of the individual.

Our Residential Program Setting

Southdown’s residential program setting provides a welcoming, safe, and comfortable environment conducive to healing and well-being of body, mind and spirit. In a setting of natural beauty on 37 private acres, you will find pastoral walking trails, a labyrinth, as well as other spaces designed for contemplative reflection.

Our modern, ecofriendly, award-winning facility is fully accessible and includes:

  • 22 private bedrooms, with ensuite
  • a chapel
  • meditation room
  • resident dining room, with chef-prepared meals
  • dedicated group rooms
  • laundry facilities
  • resident lounge, with fireplace
  • resident TV lounges
  • pottery and fitness rooms
  • access to swimming pool
  • outdoor patio with, lounge chairs, dining areas, fire table, and barbecue
  • outdoor recreation activities: basketball, horseshoes, croquette, badminton, snowshoeing, walking paths

We are conveniently located in Holland Landing, about one hour north of Toronto, Ontario. Easily accessible from local transportation hubs: Toronto International Airport, Billy Bishop Airport, Union Station and Go Train (rail).