SoulWork events center on spiritual discernment, nurture, and deepening.  Open to all spiritual seekers, workshops include themes such as Enneagram of body soul and spirit, engagement with the mystics, and introduction to contemplative life and spiritual practices.

Scroll down to read about 3 upcoming events:

1.  SoulWork: The Spirit of Creativity
2.  Monoprinting as a Spiritual Practice
3.  Spiritual Eldering

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.


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.



18 07 16 Monoprinting as a Spiritual Practice - photoMonoprinting as a Spiritual Practice

July 16 – 20, 2018
Naramata Centre, Naramata, BC
Led by Julie Elliot

Forget about what’s happened …
Be alert, be present.
I’m about to do something brand-new.
It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?
– Isaiah 43:18-21 The Message Bible

Monoprinting falls somewhere between painting and printmaking. The beauty of this process is an inherent “brand-new something” in every moment. It’s a process that encourages letting go and letting be. In that way, it helps us let go of our need for control – allowing something new to emerge – and this is good practice for life. It’s the spiritual practice of being present to what is and working with that.

We’ll learn new techniques each day and many options will be offered so you can “burst out and see” your own unique creations. Be delighted as you discover the distinctive colours, textures, shapes, and lines that show up in your monoprints.

Class size is limited to 16 participants so you can expect support from me and from the community we’ll build over the week. Absolute beginners are welcome, as well as more experienced artists. Everyone will work at their own pace and depth.

When: Monday to Friday – 9:00 am to 12 noon each day

Where: Naramata Centre, Naramata, British Columbia

Who: This is an intergenerational course; ages 11 and up

Cost: $250 for 5 mornings of instruction + $40 for art supplies. All supplies are included.

Accommodations: Visit the Naramata Centre website here

Register: at the Naramata Centre website here

If you have questions or would like more information, email Julie Elliot at or phone 250-317-0896

Julie - croppedJulie Elliot is a printmaker, painter, spiritual director, and retreat/worship leader. She has taught art classes for over 30 years and is excited to offer this event at the beautiful Naramata Centre. Julie has a gift for putting participants at ease and inspiring them to enter into the process. Her leadership style is casual and approachable and that brings out great art in participants!


Spiritual Eldering

September 9 – 14, 2018
Naramata Centre, Naramata, BC
Led by Lois Huey-Heck, Jim Kalnin, Tim and Donna Scorer

More information coming soon!