UUIN Winter Spiritual Retreat 2018

Centered on Spiritual Maturity

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Join the Unitarian Universalist Islands Network at the beautiful Bethlehem Centre in Nanaimo from February 9-11 for two days of rest, reflection and renewal. In a gorgeous, natural setting with walking path and labyrinths, our program, led by First Unitarian Church of Victoria’s Ministerial Intern, Christopher Wulff, will explore dimensions of developing spiritual maturity through personal reflection, small group dialogue, poetry and song.

Have you yearned to go deeper in your spiritual life, to follow that path of the free and responsible search for truth and meaning? Building on the work of Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons, 2015’s Religious Humanist of the Year, spiritual maturity is about those places of faith and practice where we find ourselves growing more able to encounter what is real instead of living in fantasy; to acknowledge and accept our own limitations; to know wonder, blessing and generosity; and, to offer radical, active and compassionate love for ourselves and others. Working through the twelve elements of spiritual maturity, we will find wisdom, comfort and challenge in other spiritual and religious traditions, as well as in our own intuition, experience and UU practices.


If you have a question about this retreat, please contact Christopher Wulff at chris@victoriaunitarian.ca


Early bird registration, before January 1st, $300. Regular price, before January 20th, $325.

About the Bethlehem Centre

The Bethlehem Centre is a residential centre for spiritual and educational programs. They encourage and support the expression of beliefs and values about humanity, spirituality, healing and peace. The Centre has thirty-seven guest rooms located in four settings at the Bethlehem Centre. Most rooms are single occupancy, but there are some multiple person rooms available as well (inquire early). There is also a chapel, library, and a garden labyrinth that hosts one of the few Peace Poles on Vancouver Island. Situated in a wooded acreage, the Centre looks out over Westwood Lake against the backdrop of Mt. Benson. There is a well-groomed path around the lake, swimming for those who like a really frigid morning dip, and trails up Mt. Benson for the more adventurous. The food is also excellent as nourishing the body/soul by sharing a meal is an essential part of any gathering at Bethlehem.

About Christopher

Christopher Wulff is the Ministerial Intern at the First Unitarian Church of Victoria, where he is completing the final six months of his internship. He was recently approved for preliminary fellowship by the Ministerial Fellowship Committee, and looks forward to continuing his work for the UUA in the coming years supporting congregational development and deepening spirituality for leaders.

Deeply engaged by questions of how personal practices are informed by our UU values, Christopher enjoys supporting people in their discernment and formation.

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