A Place to Deepen Your Spiritual Life

Submitted by Kristin Penn

I am so grateful that I have been able to attend three meditation retreats at Bethlehem. It’s such a special refuge for so many people who are looking for a place to deepen their spiritual life. I hope that it is possible that the facility continue to support an ecumenical range of faiths and practices. Thank you for your efforts to see that this may happen.

a very unique and special place

Submitted by Karen Cain

 I spent 3 days in a silent retreat at Bethlehem Retreat Centre. This is a very unique and special place which already has everything there needs to be for a retreat.  I hope that it can be preserved for the use of all those that are interested in spiritual growth.


Bethlehem: Taste of Heaven

Gratefully, Sister Teresita Kambeitz, OSU, Saskatoon

Bethlehem Retreat Centre was a haven of peace for me during the few days I spent there in February, 2010.  Having come from many busy weeks in cold and snowy Saskatoon, it was blessing-filled and soul-nurturing experience to bask in its beautiful setting near the lake and forest.  In addition to appreciating the quiet time for prayer and contemplation, I appreciated the warm hospitality of the Benedictine Sisters.  For me, the Bethlehem Retreat Centre was a taste of heaven.

What a Grace to spend a Week Long Retreat with my Children and Grandchildren!

submitted by Joanne Mawhinney

My late husband, Lock Mawhinney and I have been going to retreats since the Center opened. We have attended all Faith and sharing retreats, in fact, 3 generations , my daughters and their children have attended these retreats. What a Grace to attend a week long retreat with your children and grandchildren! The kids will not miss it, even if we are too tired and say we might not go, they protest!

Two of my children have intellectual disabilities, they have always been with us, it is the high lite of their year. Great healing and community forming are fruits of this retreat. L’ Arche Comox Valley joins us on this retreat, all are welcome!

I personally have done many silent retreats at Bethlehem, Ignatian, Benedictine, Franciscan you name it , it has happened here. One of my favorite workshop retreat was iconographic, I learned to “pray” with icons while painting one…I have great joy in remembering my spiritual journey at Bethlehem…I will support the effort to save it and tell as many of my friends as possible to help.

Natural Paradise For Anyone Seeking Prayer and Reflection

Submitted by Daria McLean

I attended a week long contemplative retreat at Bethlehem Retreat Centre at the invitation of a friend in 2013. Since I live in Winnipeg and could fly directly into Nanaimo, it peaked my interest that it was being offered on an island ideal for walking, in a setting with rolling hills, white peaked mountains, a man-made lake and towering trees. The centre and surrounding area proved ideal for reflecting, reading, relaxing, walking, and provided me personal renewal. The experience allowed me to feel deeply serene and touched each of my senses as well as my mind, body and spirit. I truly recommend a retreat in this natural paradise for anyone seeking prayer and reflection.

An Oasis For My Soul

Submitted by Barbara Friesen

I have had the opportunity to have been a retreatant at Bethlehem Retreat Centre in the past and was looking forward to my next visit. The tranquil setting and wonderful walking paths , just out the door, are comparable to none. Coming from the hectic city of Calgary , the retreat centre served as an oasis for my soul. Last visit i brought a friend from Manitoba and have been actively seeking out friends from Calgary to accompany me next visit. I am hoping the centre will be available to us in the future.