• LakeView Suite (Ensuite) – CAD $3,450.00
  • Lake View Rooms (Shared Washrooms) – CAD $2,100.00
  • Standard Room (with a shared washrooms) – CAD $1,700.00

Date & Time Details: Stay dates to choose from are between April 7 - 17, 2023

Location: Bethlehem Centre

Address: 2371 Arbot Road, Nanaimo, BC, Canada

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Solo Retreat April 2023

April 7 - 17, 2023

Solo Retreat

Stay dates to choose from are between April 7 – 17, 2023

Bethlehem Centre provides a safe, sacred place, with quiet spaces in nature to disconnect from the day-to-day.  It’s the perfect place to reconnect with self and sink into contemplation and spiritual practice.  On the shores of Westwood Lake at the foot of Mount Benson, it’s a destination for you to spend time away on a self-directed retreat.


  • Three Nourishing Meals a Day prepared by our Chef
  • Access to onsite Meditation Chapel, Reflective Pond, Beautiful Grounds, Labyrinth, and Forest
  • Access to Drop-in Classes (when available)
  • Westwood Lake and Trails
  • Peace and Quiet

Spiritual Mentors

If guidance on your spiritual path is desired, we have Spiritual Companions from various backgrounds available.

Envisioning Your Days

After arriving (between 3-4:00 pm), you can settle into your guesthouse before dinner is served at 5:30 pm. After this homemade meal, you might like to explore the grounds and facilities: the pond and little stream, the labyrinth, the quaint meditation chapel or areas overlooking the lake. Before retiring for the evening, you might like to have a look through the library (opening in summer in 2023), where you can relax with a book.

In the morning after breakfast at 8:00 am, you might enjoy a stroll around Westwood Lake where you’ll find bluffs with a spectacular view of the lake and Mt. Benson. Feel free to pick up a cup of coffee or tea before lunch. In the afternoon, you might like to schedule a meeting with a spiritual companion, with whom you can explore questions and insights that emerge during your retreat. Then you may like to do some journaling on your own to capture some of the insights from your conversation. After dinner, the gardens are a perfect place to read, watch the sun go down. There are also many meditative spots you might like to visit for your spiritual practices.

The morning is a beautiful time to walk the labyrinth, an ancient tool for walking meditation, and a symbol of your personal journey and spiritual renewal.

What people are saying…

“Every day I meditated in the chapel, walked the labyrinth, and for several days walked around Westwood Lake. I even swam in the lake the past two glorious days. I feel blessed! I’ve had four days in this loving atmosphere to go deeper and to reconnect with the divine energy and beauty within and all around.”

“This is a beautiful Centre – surrounded by magnificent creation – conducive to healing which is what I was seeking. I love the little chapel in the basement…it feels so safe and secure.”