Bethlehem Center Path




        • Participate on Zoom while session are being offered to the in person-group at Bethlehem Retreat Centre, Nanaimo BC Canada
        • All sessions will be recorded, and an unedited copy will be made available on a dedicated web-page to all registered ZOOM participants shortly after each session.
        • Registration Fee for the Zoom Retreat: $275 CA, payable with Credit Card or PayPal
        • Scroll down this page to fill out and submit your registration and to make payment

        Virtual Retreat Schedule

      • All noted times are for Pacific Time Zone

      • Sunday Evening Introductory Session 7-9pm
      • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 7:30am to 9:00pm various sessions with breaks throughout the day
      • Thursday from 7:30am to noon
      • You will be provided with a detailed schedule when you are registered
      • Retreat Description – ReLearning Trust

        To our usual psychological way of looking at things, trust must be earned; it is called forth in response to demonstrated trustworthiness. But there is another way of approaching trust, which has always been the way of the great saints and mystics. From this other angle of approach trust is not earned so much as bestowed—from a fathomless strength and freedom which lies latent in every human soul, flowing like a wellspring from the heart of God.

        Anchored in strength rather than gullibility, and impervious to manipulation, this trust is itself a transformative force, flowing into a broken world to bring courage, healing, and reconnection. This retreat will be a deep immersion into this other way of working with trust. With the mystics looking over our shoulders, we will explore not only the spirituality but the actual practices that allow our hearts to access this hidden wellspring and draw on it skillfully to begin to rebuild trust, not only within our own lives, but within our shattered world. Note that we will be approaching the task from contemplative and esoteric reference points rather than therapeutic ones, so it is recommended that you have an established meditation practice and a willingness to offer yourself on this pathway of conscious service to the whole.

        We will also explore contemplative embodiment practices, with a daily session facilitated by supporting guest teacher Heather Ruce.

        Our Retreat Leaders:

        Cynthia Bourgeault

        Cynthia Bourgeault is a modern day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally acclaimed retreat leader. She divides her time between solitude in her seaside hermitage in Maine and a demanding schedule traveling globally to spread the recovery of the Christian contemplative and Wisdom paths. She is principal teacher for The Contemplative Society and the founding director of an international network of Wisdom schools, uniting classic Christian mystical and monastic teaching with contemporary practices of mindfulness and embodied presence.


        Heather Ruce will be supporting our retreat experience through guiding us in a daily embodiment session. Heather is an experienced instructor and leader of the Gurdjief movements. She is a wisdom spiritual director with training in a neurophysiology based approach to understanding the nervous system. Heather loves working with individuals as well as facilitating groups and retreats focused on learning and practicing the Christian Wisdom Tradition. She lives in San Diego, CA with her husband Charlie.


        Retreat location:

        Bethlehem Centre is a quiet, spacious oasis, nestled in the shadows of Mt Benson, on beautiful Westwood Lake, Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Address: 2371 Arbot Road, Nanaimo, BC, Canada. The Zoom will be broadcast from Bethlehem Retreat Centre while the Retreat is in session.