Bethlehem Centre’s 2020 Winter Solstice Celebration on Dec. 21

From darkness to light, from fear to hope is a theme that is resonating for many of us through the challenging times we are facing.  To welcome back the light, Bethlehem Centre is hosting our 2020 Winter Solstice Celebration online on Dec. 21.

In years past, we’ve invited friends and neighbours to explore Bethlehem’s beautiful sacred space, while enjoying our in-person events.

Now, in the year of the pandemic, we are grateful that we can still gather together virtually.

Meditation, Music, Prayer, Drumming, Tibetan bowls and Storytelling

Online Auction Dec. 18-21
Mulled Cider Facebook live demo on Dec. 19th

Very Reverend
Gary Paterson

Sue Averill
Nanaimo Folk Singer

Prayer Song

Ben Bollich
Tibetan Singing Bowls

Rachel Dunstan Muller

Jay Sutton Brown
Guided Meditation

Online Auction

Friday Dec 18 @ 10am – Monday Dec 21 @ 9pm

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Our generous community has donated a wonderful selection of gifts for the heart, soul and mind.

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Winter Solstice Celebration Program

Monday December 21 | 7:00-8:30pm | Zoom

Support Bethlehem Centre in our fundraising efforts.

Tickets By Donation

Participants will receive an email confirmation with the Zoom link and further event details.

Right Reverend Gary Paterson
Program host

Sue Averill, Nanaimo Folk Singer
will share her gift of Solstice songs for us to sing along at home

Elder Greg (Quuiatsapulth) Charleson
offers First Nations drumming with a story

Ben Bollich with his Tibetan Singing Bowls
brings a meditative inner peace sound bath

Rachel Dunstan Muller, award winning storyteller and author
invites us to cozy up for a winter story

Jay Sutton Brown
leads us through a heart opening guided meditation, as we welcome the light of the Solstice as we collectively exhale 2020.

Mulled Cider Demo

Saturday December 19 | 7:00pm | Facebook Live
Joanne Cooper, Ayurveda Practitioner and Chef

Replenish your Spirit and nourish your body with our live mulled-cider demonstration. Learn how to make this warm & cozy traditional beverage for your family bubble this season.

Here is the recipe so you can pick up your ingredients to make your own at home during the live demo.

Hot Mulled Apple Cider Recipe

Makes 2 or 3 mugs

This mulled apple cider recipe is a winter favourite at my home. It’s great for gatherings of all types as the aroma can lift the spirits of even the heaviest winter energy. The alchemy of the spices together with the warmth of the apple cider is so delicious and the smell is so inviting, it helps soothe and restore one’s sense of peace with the world.

The most important ingredient is the apple cider. What you will need is fresh apple cider that contains no added sugar or spices, or you can also use fresh unfiltered apple juice. A cloudy cider is the best clue you’re buying the right thing, and if you can find raw organic cider in the refrigerator section, or local, unpasteurized apple cider, grab it!

For the mulling spices, it is best to make your own if you can, using fresh spices makes for a more flavourful and satisfying drink. Use whole spices if you have them, otherwise a combination of whole and/or powdered will work fine, I offer measurement options for both. Rather than running out to pick  up items you may not have on hand, why not try mix and matching from the following list to make your  own? Trust the wisdom of the spices as you co-create this beautiful beverage together.

1 litre fresh apple cider, or unfiltered apple juice
1 medium orange, peeled, then sliced

Green Cardamom – 3-4 pods (or 1/4 tsp powder)
Allspice – crushed 10 berries  (or 1/4-1/2 tsp powder)
Coriander – 18 seeds (or 1/4-1/2 tsp powder)
Cinnamon – 1 stick (or 1/8 -1/4 tsp powder)
Ginger – 1” fresh, sliced (or 1/8 -1/4 tsp powder)
Star Anise – 1 whole star (or 1/8 -1/4 tsp powder), or Fennel seed – (or 1/4 tsp)
Cloves – 4 – (or 1/8 -1/4 tsp powder)

Add the apple cider, orange slices and all spices to a heavy pot over medium heat. Bring to a boil, immediately reduce heat and allow to gently simmer for approximately 20 minutes until your house smells like a magical winter wonderland! Strain into mugs, add a twist of orange peel and serve hot. Enjoy!

Note: for a lower-sugar variation, add 1 cup of water to each 4 cups of apple cider, you’ll likely not notice the difference.


Zen Tree Yoga & Ayurveda Nanaimo, BC
Joanne Cooper – Ayurvedic Practitioner and Chef – Classes, Workshops, Yoga