Job Posting Work-Stay Resident, Bethlehem Centre

Job Posting Work-Stay Resident, Bethlehem Centre

Are you looking for a change of pace? Wanting to contribute your skills and talents to a charitable organisation that offers a destination for people on their spiritual path? Consider this work-stay residency position as a part of the dynamic team at Bethlehem.

The Organization

Bethlehem Centre Society offers a sacred gathering place for groups and individuals. Offering programs that help people evolve in ways that expand consciousness and our connectedness to each other, our communities and our planet.

We value traditional welcoming hospitality with simple, ‘cottage at the lake’ style accommodations and nourishing food for retreaters who come to stay. Our green initiatives and on-going care and attention for the lakefront property are evident in our day to day work.

We take pride in being an inclusive employer that embraces and honours the uniqueness, inherent value of each human being.

The Position

Our work-stay residents are a bridge between staff and guests. While there is a rhythm to the day, no two days are the same and are often filled with a variety of tasks. We are looking for individuals who are adaptable, easy going and strong communicators with a real eye for what needs to be done. Able to work alone and with others. Responsibilities range from kitchen to yard and everything in between.

This live in position offers room and board in exchange for thirty hours of work 5 days per week. We ask for a minimum four month commitment.

The Location

Nestled in the shadows of Mt Benson, on beautiful Westwood Lake, Vancouver Island there are thirty-seven guest rooms and a variety of meeting rooms, including a lakefront chapel. The property sits on several acres of forest and hosts a labyrinth, meditation trails and reflective pond.

The trail around Westwood lake is ideal for walkers, runners and bikers, with two beaches for summer swimming, kayak, boats and paddle boards.

To learn more about the role email or send your resume and interest, telling us why you would be a great fit for the position.

Why retreat?

Why retreat?

They allow you to pull back, find inspiration, unplug, break unhealthy habits or routines, and delve deeper into self.

Retreat comes from the Latin verb “to pull back.” So, retreat, or a retreat, is a place where you pull back from the world.

During this time when we are unable to gather, consider a local individual retreat in nature on the sacred grounds of the Bethlehem Centre; your health and safety are of the utmost important to us, so we have a full safety plan in place and adhere to current public health orders.

Re-opening July 1, 2020

To our friends, supporters and partners;

We are pleased to announce that the Bethlehem Centre is planning to re-open on July 1, 2020. Keeping our guests, volunteers and staff safe is our top priority so we have implemented new social distancing, hygiene and cleaning protocols. We have reconfigured our bedrooms, dining areas, and meeting rooms to meet recommended guidelines. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Centre.

If you had a retreat booked and cancelled due to COVID – 19 we are happy to reschedule to another date in 2020, postpone until 2021, or refund any monies paid. With things just opening up we understand that some groups may not be quite ready to meet so if you have scheduled a retreat during July or August and would like to cancel or rebook a later date, we are happy to accommodate. Any deposits left with us for a future date won’t preclude you from requesting a refund at a later time if your needs change.

If you have any questions, please email me at

Don Evans, Interim Executive Director