SoulWork: The Spirit of Creativity – new for Pacific Jubilee

Nan's painting

Painting by Nan Goodship

SoulWork: The Spirit of Creativity

Bethlehem Retreat Centre, Nanaimo, BC
Thursday, April 5 – Sunday, April 8, 2018

“In the beginning, God created …”  So begins the great epic of the universe as described in Judeo-Christian writings. Creativity is woven into the very nature of God. As human beings, created in God’s image, we share that quality.  You are invited to join Nan Goodship and Murray Groom in an exploration of our creativity through contemplative spiritual practices and art making. You will be in the company of others in the quiet and comfort of  Bethlehem Centre in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

In this safe environment, we will explore what the creative process looks like for each individual. As we seek to open our sense of how to live creatively, we will discern what inhibits us and what inspires us.  Through silence and conversation, being and action, we will delve into our individual motivations toward creativity and lay the foundation for more openness toward the creative spirit in each of our lives.  It is important to note that while we will be using art as a basic metaphor and medium to experience creativity, we will encourage an understanding of how creativity is active in every area of our lives.

• to explore and expand our understanding of what creativity is
• to understand what inhibits and motivates us around acting creatively
• to discern what the creative process feels like for each individual
• to experience the way in which attention and awareness are an integral part of the creative process.

Early Bird Registration – Residential $545. Includes tuition, materials, accommodation and meals (3 nights).
Early Bird Registration – Commuter $365. Includes tuition, materials and meals (3 meals per day for 3 days starting with dinner on the first day).

Register at the Bethlehem Centre here

NanNan Goodship is a professional artist, retreat leader, and spiritual director trained in the Pacific Jubilee Program. She considers herself an ecological artist, a lover of community life, and someone who brings a contemplative and playful interest to creative life. Recently graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts, her research included creative process, something she is excited to share with others. Contact Nan here.


Murray photoMurray Groom is an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada. He 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 Pacific Jubilee silent retreats at Naramata Centre in the Okanagan Valley. Contact Murray here.


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