Soul Work: The Spirit of Creativity – with Nan Goodship and Murray Groom

Thu Mar 7, 2019 - Sun Mar 10, 2019
All Day

art, creativity, retreat, spring retreat

“In the beginning, God created …”.  So begins the great epic of the universe as described in Judeo-Christian writings. Creativity is woven into the very nature of God; human beings, ourselves being created in God’s image, share that quality. You are invited to join Nan Goodship and Murray Groom in an exploration of our creativity grounded in contemplative spiritual practice and art making, in company with others and in the comfort and quiet of Bethlehem Centre in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

In this safe environment, we will explore what the creative process looks like for each individual. As we seek to open our sense of how to live creatively, we will discern what inhibits us and what inspires us. Through silence and conversation, being and action, we will delve into our individual motivations toward creativity and lay the foundation for more openness toward the creative spirit in each of our lives. It is important to note that while we will be using art as a basic metaphor and medium to experience creativity, we will encourage an understanding of creativity that is active in every area of our lives.


  • to explore and expand our understanding of what creativity is
  • to understand what inhibits and motivates us around acting creatively
  • to discern what the creative process feels like for each individual
  • to experience the way in which attention and awareness are an integral part of the creative process.

Nan Goodship is a professional artist, spiritual director, and retreat leader. She considers herself an ecological artist, a lover of community life and someone who brings a contemplative and playful interest to a creative life. Recently graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary arts her research included creative process, something she is excited to share.




Murray Groom is an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada. He 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.


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