Southern Vancouver Island Events

23 May -
28 Jun
2017
Spirituality Beyond Borders - Spring Mid-week Program St. Edmund’s Anglican Church, Parksville

Spirituality Beyond Borders invites you to explore key sections of the material from conference and the Center for Action and Contemplation “Trinity” webcast held April 3 to 9 at the Bethlehem Centre. This series will be held over six 3-hour sessions on either Tuesday mornings or Wednesday evenings – your choice! Exact dates are posted below.


EVENT DETAILS

Cost: FREE (or by donation)!

Dates:

  • Tuesdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm: May 23, 30; June 6, 13, 20, and 27
  • Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm: May 24, 31; June 7, 14, 21, and 28

For full program details and to register, please visit Spirituality Beyond Borders.

07 Jul -
09 Jul
2017
Conspire 2017 - Interactive Webcast St. Edmund’s Anglican Church, Parksville

Spirituality Beyond Borders invites you to join their community to view the Center for Action and Contemplation webcast featuring Angel Kyodo Williams, Richard Rohr, Mirabai Starr, and Ken Wilber who will answer the question “How do we approach evil in our world today?” by exploring our inherent unity and our belovedness. The attending group will also engage in contemplative practice to support their learning.


EVENT DETAILS

Cost: FREE!

For full program details and to register, please visit Spirituality Beyond Borders.

There will also be a retreat hosted by the Bethlehem Centre featuring this webcast July 23-25. Please see their website for more details as they become available.

23 Jul -
25 Jul
2017
Conspire 2017 - Interactive Webcast and Retreat Bethlehem Centre, Nanaimo BC

Spirituality Beyond Borders and Bethlehem Centre invite you to a retreat featuring a rebroadcast of the Center for Action and Contemplation’s webcast featuring Angel Kyodo Williams, Richard Rohr, Mirabai Starr, and Ken Wilber who will answer the question “How do we approach evil in our world today?” by exploring our inherent unity and our belovedness. The attending group will also engage in contemplative practice to support their learning.


EVENT DETAILS

Cost: $95 – $260 (residential is optional)

For full program details and to register, please visit the Bethlehem Centre.

27 Aug -
01 Sep
2017
Celtic Spirituality with Fr. Michael Fish Bethlehem Centre, Nanaimo BC

 

West Coast Ecumenical Retreats is pleased to invite you to a retreat with Fr. Michael Fish, OSB, CAM, held at the Bethlehem Centre. Together, you will explore the relevance of Christian Celtic spirituality in today’s world, specifically its respect for nature, awareness of everyday mystery, and cosmic harmony seen through the sacredness of the seasons. Rest in the liminal spaces of the imaginal world through myth, prayer, poetry, and plenty of opportunities for silence.

Fr. Michael’s retreat continues a long tradition of silent retreats with speakers from the New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, CA, most notably the late Fr. Bruno Barnhart.


EVENT DETAILS

Cost: $475 to $750 

For more information and to register, please visit Bethlehem Centre’s website.

26 Sep -
26 Sep
2017
The Feminine Face of the Divine: A Journey Across the Spiritual Traditions - an evening with Mirabai Starr

Join us for an evening of poetry and sacred prose by and in honor of women mystics from Judaism, Christianity, Sufism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism with inter-spiritual author and teacher Mirabai Starr, best known for her accessible an evocative translations of the Christian mystics. Experience the beauty of embodiment as we look through the eyes of the feminine and reclaim everything as sacred.

Want to get to know Mirabai better? Check out her website or read her books!


EVENT DETAILS:

Cost: by donation
Location: Victoria, BC – TBD

For enquiries or questions please contact admin@contemplative.org or phone 250-381-9650.

27 Sep -
01 Oct
2017
One Heart: Weaving a Tapestry of Inter-spiritual Community with Mirabai Starr Cowichan Lake Research Station, Mesachie Lake BC

We are pleased to host Mirabai Starr this fall, inter-spiritual author and teacher, best known for her accessible and evocative translations of the Christian mystics as well as her worldwide contemplative retreats.

Join us for an exploration of the interconnected wisdom at the heart of all religious and spiritual traditions. Follow the streams of mystical longing and social justice through readings from the ecstatic poetry of the mystics, investigating sacred texts of the world’s great religions, sitting in contemplative silence, chanting the names of God in an array of languages, and engaging in deep dialogue through conversation and writing. Discover the unifying teachings and experience the heart-opening practices that carry us beyond an intellectual understanding of humanity’s many spiritual paths to the place we are transformed by the love at their common core.

Want to get to know Mirabai better? Check out her website or read her books!


RETREAT DETAILS:

Cost: $925  CAD (private). A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space. A limited number of partial scholarships will be made available.
Suggested reading (all books by Mirabai and available on her website): 
– God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
– Saint Teresa of Avila: The Passionate Mystic
– Saint Francis of Assisi: Brother of Creation

Fees include overnight accommodations and buffet-style meals of vegetarian and some diet-restricted options, with two fish dishes during the week. All taxes included in fees. Opportunities to car-pool will be made available. Thanks to the generosity of our membership and supporting organisations, we will also have a limited number of scholarships available. 


PLEASE READ BEFORE REGISTERING: 

While this historic forestry camp facility offers simple, rustic charm in a lakeside, woodsy setting, it was specifically built for a team of men. There are no private washrooms in the sleeping quarters and only about 10 shared washrooms and showers; therefore, people may find they have to wait or be flexible in timing their use of these. Access to WiFi is limited, but there is cell phone reception (though we ask you to limit your use). As we have held successful and rich retreats on this site since 2014, we are confident that participants will reap many rewards at this location, especially if they come with the intention of bringing an open attitude, a sense of humour, and goodwill. Whatever challenges present themselves, Cynthia Bourgeault often reminds us these are precisely the conditions for experiencing the full benefit of a retreat. Visit their website for more information.

Although silence and meditation are components of this retreat, it is not in full silence. The schedule will include teaching sessions, time for group sharing, and question and answer sessions, as well as free unstructured time. Typically, silence will be practiced from the final sit in the evening through to the next morning session after breakfast. We may incorporate silence into more meals.

There are many travel routes to this destination, so we strongly encourage you to do your trip-planning research in advance of registering. Google Maps is a great place to start. Please note that BC’s Ministry of Transportation requires that appropriate winter tires be used on all vehicles traveling here during this time. We are offering to arrange ridesharing, though we cannot guarantee this option for anyone. For more information, please contact admin@contemplative.org.

Given all the above, we ask you to carefully consider if this event is suitable to you prior to registering. Registration will open for members in late June, and for the public in early July. Be sure to receive your invitation by email! Want to increase your chances of getting in? Consider becoming a member!

For enquiries or questions please contact admin@contemplative.org or phone 250-381-9650.

Please check back as this event calendar is updated regularly