March 02 - 04
04:00PM - 01:00PM
Bethlehem Retreat Centre

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In our stressful modern world, slowing down to take a break can be a challenge. Located in the beautiful lakeside woodlands of Bethlehem Centre at Mt. Benson in Nanaimo, BC on gorgeous Vancouver Island, Bethlehem Centre is offering a tranquil experience of ancient knowledge and secrets of renewal and rest.

Join us from Friday, March 2nd to Sunday, March 4th, 2018 at 2371 Arbot Rd. as we explore an ancient spiritual technique of staying healthy, balanced, and positive: Shabbat (Sabbath), the weekly day of rest. Shabbat is both practical and spiritual, part ancient labour legislation, part celebration of creation.

Shabbat will be led by Rabbi Laura Duhan-Kaplan and her husband Charles Kaplan, musician and psychologist. Duhan-Kaplan is the Vancouver School of Theology’s Director of inter-religious studies. Laura is a Rabbi, writer, researcher and an award-winning educator and religious leader. She has received many teaching awards, including the Carnegie Foundation’s prestigious U.S. Professor of the Year Award.

The Shabbat experience allows for a chance at spiritual reflection and provides the time for spending special worship devotion in meditation and sharing time with loved ones. Immerse yourself in the rhythm of the Jewish Shabbat experience for a 25-hour traditional exploration of rejuvenation. We will enjoy Shabbat rituals, explore themes of gratitude and wonder from Shabbat liturgy, study Biblical and Kabbalistic interpretations and discuss, sing, study and relax. This transformational, peaceful experience will allow you to take the needed time to honour yourself and the divine.

For more information email Johanne Nicholson at or telephone us at 250.754.3254. Reserve your weekend space online at our website

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