• Private Room (Single or Double Bed; Shared Washroom) – CAD $1,011.00
  • Commuter – CAD $706.00

Date & Time Details:
Starts July 2nd at 3:30pm
Completes July 5th at 1:30pm
Registration closes June 28th, 2024

Location: Bethlehem Centre

Address: 2371 Arbot Road, Nanaimo, BC, Canada

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Living at the Edge of the Inside: A place of simplicity and compassion in a polarized world

With Andrew Twiddy, Pearl Gervais, Holly Carnegie, Richard Sales and Joanne Sales

July 2 - 5, 2024

How do we find the courage to live on “the edge of the inside” of the circle? How do those experiences help us to stay grounded in compassion? On the journey to discover inner and outer freedom, many of us find that the true center isn’t really in the middle at all—it lies at the edges.

Franciscan writer Richard Rohr describes being at the “edge of the inside” as “a way of being in the world that is utterly free and grounded in the compassion of God.” 

“Francis of Assisi called people to live on the edge – of the Church, of economy, of patriarchy, of the ‘system’ – through universal solidarity and chosen simplicity,” Rohr writes in Way of the Prophet.

Join us as we learn to engage with and embody a spirituality that lies at the edge. 

  • Exceptional presenters
  • Dynamic and diverse teachings
  • Embodied contemplative practices
  • A spirituality that goes beyond borders 
  • Deepen your capacity for inner wisdom


Andrew Twiddy
Andrew Twiddy works as a facilitator, teacher, speaker, and musician, and is currently based in Portugal, where he is working in a volunteer capacity. Contemplative and mystical traditions in the West and in the Middle-East have influenced him since his youth, and set the tone for his leadership and versatile style in parish-based ministry as an Anglican priest in Central Vancouver Island for over 25 years.  Andrew is a convenor for the Companions of the Society of Saint Francis (SSF), and is a veteran supporter of the work of Franciscan luminary Richard Rohr, and in that connection, has worked to promote the…
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Pearl Gervais
Pearl Gervais is an educator, writer, and speaker, who facilitates retreats and workshops that help us embrace the potential and challenge of being fully human.   In her elucidation of the Enneagram typology of spirituality and human personality, Pearl co-operated as an associate in ministry for many years with the Bishop Remi De Roo, and is co-author of Biblical Characters and the Enneagram: Images of Transformation.  As a student of Scripture and of spirituality, Pearl has found lifelong inspiration in the work of the Second Vatican Council, and a call to action for lay and ordained ministry development and leadership, in helping…
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Holly Carnegie
Holly Carnegie (BScOT), brings her 30+ years of experience working in mental, emotional, physical and spiritual wellness, into her ongoing Labyrinth Work as a Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator. Holly provides support and guidance as you navigate this winding journey, putting one foot in front of the other.  You will have the opportunity to learn a bit about labyrinth history, reflect on values, meaning and purpose, and acknowledge “Walking at the Edge of the Inside”, as we look within. We will set personal, group and global intentions as we walk the mindfulness labyrinth path with a focus on hope, compassion, connection and welcoming…
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Richard Sales
Richard Sales has been a performing musician since the ’60s and a music producer since the early 80s, producing award-winning music for Universal Music (US and Canada), NPR, PBS, ESPN, Nike, The Grateful Dead, Lightning Rod Records, a multitude of holy teachers including Shree Maa, Bhagavad Das, Saadi, Shiva Rudra Bala Yogi. Richard was invited to perform at the first Woodstock. He has recorded Miles Davis and many other noted musicians at his recording studio, GlassWing Studios. Richard and Joanne are lifelong spiritual pilgrims, with in-person experience over many decades of both Western and Eastern mystical and religious traditions.
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Joanne Sales
Joanne Sales is a certified Dances of Universal Peace (DUP) dance leader and has been leading DUP gatherings on Vancouver Island almost every month since 2003, with her husband Richard providing live music as support. Joanne and Richard are also called upon to lead larger regional retreats in the Pacific Northwest. They are lifelong spiritual pilgrims, with in-person experience over many decades in both Western and Eastern mystical and religious traditions. Joanne is an award-winning columnist, and also the executive director of Broombusters Invasive Plant Society (www.broombusters.org), a successful non-profit environment group that she founded in 2006. Richard and Joanne…
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