Spirituality Beyond Borders: Education for Transformation

April 3, 2017 - April 8, 2017
Offered by Bethlehem Centre
Nanaimo BC

Spirituality Beyond Borders: Education for Transformation

Mon Apr 3, 2017 – Sat Apr 8, 2017
3:00 pm
Spirituality Beyond BordersAre you interested in the topics of spiritual transformation and growth? Come and experience the dynamic and interactive educational opportunities we are putting together in Central Vancouver Island!This is your opportunity to go “beyond the borders” of your present life experience, spiritual tradition, or faith community, and meet with others who are doing the same!  Our combination of gathered community, engaging and diverse presenters, embodied spiritual practices, and contemplative space, create the space for life-changing experiences that can make a difference in your daily life and impact the wider community. As the world begins to close down borders and increases the language of isolationism, the invitation to transcend our limitations and recognize and experience a common language of the heart and spirit is all the more urgent. – Andrew, Pearl, and Remi.

PART ONE: THE CONFERENCE.  Monday April 3 – Thursday April 6, 2017

Arrive on Monday at 2 pm, settle in after the welcome, and have dinner at 5:30 pm.  For the next 2 days, participate in 2 morning sessions, lunch, and 2 afternoon sessions before dinner is served.  In the evenings at 7 p.m. for those 2 days, there will be one more session, open to the public by donation.  On Thursday, the closing session will take place in the morning, and we will conclude with lunch.  Facilitators include Andrew Twiddy, Pearl Gervais, Remi de Roo, Selinde Krayenhoff, Joanne and Richard Sales, Mark Desvaux, and Ron Klusmeier.


PART TWO: TRINITY, THE SOUL OF CREATION (Webcast Plus Program). Thursday April 6- Saturday April 8, 2017

An interactive retreat and live webcast-in-community, with all presentations and sessions of the Centre for Action and Contemplation (CAC) conference experienced in real time. Experience the teaching presence of outstanding authors and speakers like Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, and William Paul Young (author of “The Shack”).  Hosted by Andrew Twiddy, Heather Page, Pearl Gervais, and Remi De Roo.

“Cross the borders of your life, and join us in a new experience!” –Andrew Twiddy                                                                                                                        


Andrew Twiddy

Andrew Twiddy works as an Anglican priest, teacher, writer, speaker, wordsmith, and musician. The contemplative and mystical traditions of the West have influenced him since his youth, and have set the tone for his leadership and versatile style in parish-based ministry in Central Vancouver Island for over 20 years.  His degrees in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew led him into teaching and educational administration, and he loves animating biblical languages for seminary students and others. He is a veteran supporter of the work of Richard Rohr and the programming of the Center for Action and Contemplation, and has found their resources to be a vital tool for facilitating spiritual growth and transformation.

Pearl Gervais

Pearl is a teacher, writer, and speaker, based in Nanaimo, BC, who facilitates a variety of spiritual retreats and workshops.

She has expertise in the Enneagram typology of human personality and in Enneagram spirituality.  Pearl has has travelled widely and co-operated as an associate in ministry for many years with Bishop Remi De Roo. Together with Remi and Diane Tolomeo,  she is co-author of Biblical Characters And The Enneagram: Images of Transformation.  Pearl sees Vatican II as an inspiration for all humanity, and a call to action for lay and ordained ministry development and leadership, in helping us embrace our calling as individuals and communities.


Remi De Roo

Remi De Roo is one of the last surviving Roman Catholic bishops to have participated in all sessions of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965).

His 37-year episcopate in the Diocese of Victoria (1962-1999) has been followed by an active ministry of pilgrimage and lecturing, mainly on the topic of Vatican II, and of giving retreats and contemplating the signs of the times in the light of Sacred Scripture and the rich Tradition of the church. Together with Pearl Gervais and Diane Tolomeo,  he is co-author of Biblical Characters And The Enneagram: Images of Transformation.

Remi is passionate about the reforms of Vatican II, and how we might embody their insights now and into the future.




Parts One (Conference) and Two (Webcast Plus) may be done separately or combined.You may register online for the 5-day, 3-day, or 2-day package. Please note that there are early bird discounts, CAC Living School rates, and full-time student rates.  You may elect to stay overnight at Bethlehem Centre for your session, or arrange your own accommodation and pay a commuter fee instead. Some bursaries available – inquire further. Select your option carefully. Alternately, you may call Bethlehem Centre at 250.754.3254 to register.  Space is limited so register soon!

Staff at the Bethlehem Centre (bethlehemcentre.com, or 250-754-3254) and at St. Anne & St. Edmund (OneOpenCircle.org, or 250-248-3114) can assist people to make a donation, or donors can give directly online through a CanadaHelps account www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/the-anglican-parish-of-parksville-b-c/ , and earmark their donation “Spirituality Beyond Borders”.


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