• Standard Room (with a shared washrooms) – CAD $1,003.00
  • Commuter Option – CAD $718.00

Date & Time Details:
Program starts on September 12 at 3:00 PM
Dinner starts at 5:20 PM
Program ends on September 15 at 1:00 PM

Location: Bethlehem Centre

Address: 2371 Arbot Road, Nanaimo, BC, Canada

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Retreat into Silence

With Nan Goodship and Murray Groom

September 12 - 15, 2024

“From the deep well of Silence, joy is constantly bubbling up and flowing out.” Gunilla Norris.

“Silence is a country whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.” Thomas Merton

Come away to the natural peace of Bethlehem Centre, to be immersed in a rich pool of intentional silence. A Retreat into Silence is a gift to your deep self – to connect with your own sacred soul within a container of spaciousness, support, and community. This is an opportunity for those with little or no experience with Silence, who are curious to discover what such a time might bring. This is also an interlude for anyone who has a long weekend and an interest in taking intentional space to explore their inner life.

Our days will include an introduction to contemplative practice, morning and evening group sessions, one one-on-one conversation with a spiritual director, and extended periods of freedom to enjoy the beauty of Bethlehem Centre and surroundings. Leaving our screens, phones, and duties behind for a short time can bring discernment and rest for our continued living. Murray Groom and Nan Goodship are the compassionate and able retreat facilitators.


Nan Goodship
Nan is an artist, spiritual director, retreat leader, and thorough Vancouver Islander. She is interested in the adaptations and evolutions we make in our lives to find joy, understand suffering, and ponder our own hearts and minds. She considers herself a  contemplative and finds a daily connection to the natural world both a significant source of inspiration for art-making and a spiritual home. 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…
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Murray Groom
Murray Groom 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 Bethlehem and Naramata Centre in the Okanagan Valley.  
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