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Jan 25, 2019
Creative Spirit Art Retreat
Jan 25, 2019

Take the time for yourself for self-nurturing and discovery with an artists’ retreat at Nanaimo’s peaceful Bethlehem Centre in the New Year in 2019. Our December retreat has been postponed until January, and the date is still tentative and we will confirm the date soon. Our week-long retreat invites you to bring your genre of art into spacious creative practice and spiritual reflection with creative community at Nanaimo’s beautiful Bethlehem Centre. Located at 2371 Arbot Rd. in the tranquil lakeside woodlands of Mt. Benson on Westwood Lake, Bethlehem Centre is the perfect setting for dedicated time with the visual arts, singing, movement, writing and song composition to deepen your creative practice and focus.
We will explore solitude as well as collaborative creative community, working with what author Elizabeth Gilbert calls, the “Big Magic.” Artist, spiritual director, and retreat leader Nan Goodship considers herself to be an ecological artist, a lover of community life and someone who brings a contemplative and playful interest to creative life. Recently graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in interdisciplinary arts, her research included creative process, a topic she is excited to share.
Ordained United Church Minister and spiritual director Murray Groom is a graduate, former staff member and one-time interim Director of the Pacific Jubilee Program in Spiritual Direction. He is a practiced spiritual director and regularly co-conducts extended silent retreats at Naramata Centre in the Okanagan Valley.
Our wonderful artists’ retreat starts with an irresistibly delicious dinner on December 3, 2018, and finishes with a tasty lunch on December 9, 2018. Wonderful meals are prepared by our Certified Chef de Cuisine, Margot Bodchon, and her team.
The Tuition – Resident plan includes tuition, and a private room with shared bath, and dinner on arrival day, three meals per day and breakfast and lunch on departure day. Tuition Fee: $1,450.
Tuition-Commuter includes tuition, dinner on arrival day, three meals per day and lunch on departure day. Tuition Fee: $1,200.
Join us for inspirational, powerfully productive creative play. Try something new and enjoy the opportunity to share your work with others while taking in the relaxing ambiance of the Centre’s lakeside woodlands. Bring a friend and enjoy a mountainside hike, walk majestic Westwood Lake, or meditate in the outdoor labyrinth. Visit the Bill Godden Finger Labyrinth Museum and the gift shop; an outlet of fair-trade Global Village. Check out our website for more of the latest exciting events happening on the calendar at Bethlehem Centre at For more information and to book and reserve online: Johanne at or call us at 250.754.3254 to learn more. We look forward to exploring and creating with you!
Date:Jan 25, 2019
Address:2371 Arbot Road Nanaimo
Location:Bethlehem Centre
Cost:$1200 – $1450
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