Sat Feb 20, 2021 - Fri Feb 26, 2021
Come away to the peace and quiet of Bethlehem Centre, where you will be immersed in 5 days of intentional silence. In silence, we find the presence and tenor of our own souls. Gifted with spaciousness and contemplative awareness, in a community of like-minded seekers and supported by the able guidance of Nan Goodship and Murray Groom, you will have an opportunity to delve into a still center and there find affirmation, perspective and wholeness.
Arrive Saturday afternoon after 3:00 pm, and begin with introductions, orientation and dinner at 5:30 pm. Slip into silence at 7:00 pm Saturday. There will be daily morning practice, individual spiritual direction, breakfast, lunch and dinner and evening practice. Coming out of Silence on Thursday at 7:00 pm, with evaluation and check out Friday morning.
Morning practice: regularly includes 20 minutes of bodywork (qigong, 5 rhythms movement, light yoga), 20 minutes of chanting and Lectio Divina, 20 minutes of contemplation.
Individual spiritual direction: invites each participant into a 45-minute session of spiritual accompaniment with one of the program leaders.
Evening practice: includes such elements as housekeeping, chanting, a gratitude moment, Lectio Divina, audio Divina, questions for meditation and journaling, art practice, extended silence and blessing.
The Goals of this program
- to have participants experience an immersion in extended silence, which enables a refreshment of the soul through perspective and insight
- to provide participants with the support of a spiritual companion as they explore their experience of silence
- to teach and practise some techniques of spiritual practice, meditation and contemplation
- to introduce participants to the site and programs of Bethlehem Centre
Nan Goodship: Nan is a thorough west coaster and though she has lived for some time in five other countries, for most of her life she calls Vancouver Island home. She is interested in other cultures, the adaptations we make in our lives to find joy, understand our sufferings, and our own hearts and minds. Also, her daily connection to the natural world is a major source of inspiration and a spiritual home. A professional artist, spiritual director, retreat leader and former teacher, she’s been showing work for the last 20 years and doing spiritual direction for the last 10 years. These two areas of endeavour work together beautifully as one informs the other on an ongoing basis, providing me with ongoing questions, discoveries and projects.
As far as academic training goes she holds a BA in Japanese and Asian studies from UBC, Waldorf teacher training, certification from the Pacific Jubilee Program for spiritual direction, and a Masters in interdisciplinary arts from Goddard College. Nan also considers her time as an at-home mom a kind of life training par excellence. It is an unfettered delight to guide others in the spiritual and creative practices that have been so enriching.
Murray Groom: The Reverend Doctor Murray Groom is an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada. He has been educated as a mathematician (University of Manitoba, Winnipeg), a theologian (St. Andrew’s College, Saskatoon; St. Stephen’s College, Edmonton) and as a spiritual director/soul companion (The Pacific Jubilee Program in Spiritual Direction, Vancouver). His vocation in ministry evolved over 33 years in parish life and he continues to work as a spiritual director, retreat leader and church consultant. His current interests include singing, playing the piano, hiking, gardening and conversations with meaning. A husband and father, he lives in Shawnigan Lake and continues to adjust his culinary practice to reflect a more post-modern diet.