Retreats Canada West Conference 2019

Mon Jun 10, 2019 - Wed Jun 12, 2019
All Day

Retreats Canada West is an unstructured group of, mainly, Christian retreat centers in western Canada. Each year the group gets together to share stories, challenges and achievements and learn from each other. The conference is a great opportunity to reflect on the developments at your center, network and to take a little time for your own self development.


June 10-12, 2019

Bethlehem Centre 2371 Arbot Road, Nanaimo BC


Monday, June 10, 2019

3:00 Arrival, Check In and Networking (View Room)

4:45 Tour of Bethlehem Centre Facility

5:30 Dinner

7:00 Guest Speaker: Place and Presence Bishop Logan McMenamie, Anglican Diocese of BC (View Room)

8:30 Evening Retreat Time (unstructured)

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

7:00 Morning Meditation – contemplative practice with Sister Mary Anne and Lucia; Optional – Chapel

8:00 Breakfast

8:45 Session 1 – Values and Policies: What is Our Foundation? (Shepherd Hall)

10:00 Morning Snack

10:30 Session 2 – Programming and Transformation: What Are We Doing to Change the World? (Shepherd Hall)

11:45 Break until Lunch

12:00 Lunch

12:45 Session 3 – Holding Space: How do We Nourish Our Guests/Participants? (Shepherd Hall)

2:00 Afternoon Snack

2:30 Session 4 – People and Presence: How do we Nourish Our Staff/Volunteers? (Shepherd Hall)

3:45 Retreat Time (unstructured)

5:30 Dinner

7:00 Professional Development – Labyrinths and Leadership with Carol Matthews – Shepherd Hall

8:30 Evening Retreat Time (unstructured)

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

7:00 Morning Meditation (optional)

8:00 Breakfast and check out of room

9:15 Session 5 – Burning Questions: How do you…? (Shepherd Hall)

10:45 Morning Snack

11:15 Retreats Canada West Annual General Meeting (Shepherd Hall)

12:00 Lunch and Farewell

What to Bring: Your bathing suit and a beach towel if you would like to swim in the lake, June can be incredible here on Vancouver Island. Also, bring good footwear as there are lovely forest trails, and rain wear as we are in the rain forest; a travel mug for beverages in the meeting room; extra food if you have serious dietary concerns – we offer vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free if you have identified that on your registration form.


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