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The Bethlehem Retreat Centre
2371 Arbot Rd | Nanaimo, BC, Canada




Bethlehem welcomes people from all walks of life – individuals walking a spiritual path founded in the tradition of their choice, church or other groups providing “time away” for their members, non-profit organizations in need of meeting space.

Treat yourself to a healing environment that provides time for quiet, reflection and rest, with or without the direction of a spiritual companion. Or consider the Bethlehem Retreat Centre and the beautiful surroundings as a gathering place for your group.


  • Thirty-five guest rooms are located in four settings at the Centre.
  • There is also a chapel, library, and a garden labyrinth that hosts one of the few Peace Poles on Vancouver Island.
  • Large and small conference rooms are available for group retreats or workshops.
    Shepherd Hall (25-30 people), View Room (30-35 people), Nazareth Lounge (9-10 people), Chapel (50-100 people), Tabor (8-10 people), Oak Room (25-30 people)

Environment: The Bethlehem Retreat Centre has many features that render it the ideal setting for you and/or your group to enjoy. Situated in a wooded acreage in Nanaimo, Bethlehem 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 morning dip, and trails up Mt. Benson for the more adventurous.

“Peace, beauty and tranquility abound here- both within and without.”
Anne Michaels, 2011 retreat guest

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Fresh Start | Health & Lifestyle Transformation Retreats
Campbell River, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Overview | Dates | Rates


Toll Free: 1-888-658-3324 | International: 1-250-923-6399

Program Overview
Fresh Start offers 2-21-Day Health Restoration Retreats on the oceanfront of beautiful Vancouver Island and is the best place for you to Relax, Prevent illness, and Restore your health.

The center offers all-inclusive programs focusing on advanced whole-body detoxification, weight loss, digestive health and rejuvenation; combined with daily health lectures, exercise classes, meditation, yoga, and emotional wellness workshops. Additional spa services, including massage, bowen therapy, acupuncture, colon hydrotherapy, and many others are also available.

Fresh Start is located at Ocean Resort, Vancouver Island’s Spiritual and Wellness Retreat Centre in Oyster Bay near Campbell River, 30 minutes North of Comox Int’l Airport and 90 minutes from Nanaimo.

We overlook the beauty of Desolation Sound and the Coastal Mountain range, and enjoy one of most unique spots on BC’s coast for wildlife, scenery, and raw natural beauty.

Delicious Organic Vegetarian Meals, Fresh Juices and Cleansing Drinks
Our programs include a rich and satisfying diet of organic live foods, with fresh organic vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts and sprouted grains, combined in appealing gourmet dishes. A variety of freshly squeezed organic juices and cleansing drinks, teas and purified water constitute an important part of our programs. The unique formulas and drinks are specially chosen for their cleansing properties with focus on the GI tract, liver and blood.

Our programs combine periods of eating, semi-fasting and juice fasting, for optimum results and a safe and comfortable process.

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Fresh Start Health & Wellness Restorative Retreats

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Ocean Resort
Vancouver Island’s Spiritual & Wellness Retreat Centre

4384 South Island Hwy, Campbell River
BC, V9H 1E8


Telephone: 1-877-561-3425
(250) 923-4281

Located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, just south of Campbell River, Ocean Resort offers an idyllic setting for a Spiritual Getaway where you will experience stillness and the serenity that this creates.
Witness our resident eagles soaring overhead and Vancouver Island's most spectacular sunrises and sunsets from our oceanfront chairs. Enjoying the moments as they arise at Ocean Resort is a rejuvenating experience.

You will discover a tranquil, supportive environment where you can choose your own path to inner peace, spiritual and personal growth.
Whether you prefer to simply sit on the beach with a good book, walk one of the many nearby walking trails or experience a daily meditation session, you are encouraged to slow down and simply "be" for the time you are with us.

Ocean Resort offers you a spiritual retreat, where you will:

  • Experience stillness and the inner peace this creates
  • Create the opportunity for spiritual and personal growth
  • Be supported in the meditation experience
  • Eat healthy, locally produced food
  • Enjoy a relaxing getaway
  • Rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit

The Stillness Centre
Our unique Stillness Centre, has a west coast feel with a touch of the orient to make it interesting. It is situated on the water front and offers views of Desolation Sound and the Coastal Mountains. The centre houses the sanctuary, the library, our dining room as well as our meeting facilities, the Infrared Saunas and the Fitness Facility.

More on the facilities

The newly renovated Ocean Resort, located just south of Campbell River, features 28 beautiful Standard Hotel Rooms and 1 spacious one-bedroom suite.
Each unit is tastefully appointed with custom furniture, a reading table, lounge chair, hypoallergenic duvets, wood flooring, mini-refrigerators and Purely Saltspring natural amenities. Many of our rooms also have flat-screen TVs and private balconies.

More on the accomodations

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Yasodhara Ashram
Box 9
Kootenay Bay, B.C. V0B 1X0  Canada
800-661-8711 or
(250) 227-9224


Resting on 120 acres of woodland where the mountains touch the waters of Kootenay Lake, Yasodhara Ashram is a vibrant spiritual community. People come here from all over the world to learn about yogic practices year round. Swami Radha founded the Ashram in 1963 and it continues to grow and thrive.

In the summer the Ashram hums with courses, celebrations, and teacher training programs. Any time of the year, the Ashram is a place to go within, grow, and be inspired by the beauty of our natural surroundings.

Swami Radha introduced a number of yogic practices, including Kundalini, Hatha, Karma and Mantra Yoga, and the Divine Light Invocation. These practices are the foundation of all the courses offered at the Ashram. Yoga has the potential to help us realize our innate wisdom. In a supportive community with trained instructors, you have the opportunity to try the different practices and experience the results.
Coming to the Ashram as a retreat guest is a peaceful and flexible way to experience life in this vibrant spiritual community. A retreat at the ashram provides the perfect setting to experience yoga as more than just the physical practice. Reinvigorate and go deeper with your own yoga practice or experience an authentic introduction to these ancient teachings. Your retreat experience is yours to create. We are open to retreat guests year-round and the length of your stay is up to you.


Throughout the year, Yasodhara Ashram offers courses and workshops in Swami Radha’s teachings. Celebrations and special events are also part of our offerings.

Click here to view the catalog of courses.


"A yoga paradise..."
Canada's Best Yoga Retreat:
Reader's Digest, June 2008

" The food is delicious, the air is fresh, and the residents are wise and patient."
Lisa Gregoire, Canadian
Geographic Travel magazine

"Forgiveness welled up... Acceptance brought peace to my heart."
Daphne Gordon The Toronto Star.

"...I'm grateful for the kindness and acceptance of the people who make up the Ashram community and the beautiful,beautiful setting. It's a place that nurtures the examination of one's inner and outer life."
M. M.
Vancouver, BC

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Emmanuella House of Prayer Winfield BC - Benedictine Rule
Fresh Start Health Retreat Centers Ltd Oyster Bay BC 888-658-3324 Health retreats
Marywood Cranbrook BC 250-426-8117 Catholic/Sisters of Congregation of Notre Dame
Naramata Centre Naramata BC 250-496-5751 United Church of Canada
Ocean Resort Campbell River BC 250-923-4281 Stillness
Quantum Leaps Lodge Golden BC 250-344-2114
Salt Spring Centre of Yoga Salt Spring Island BC 250-537-2326 Classical Ashtanga Yoga
Sanctuary Retreat Golden BC 250-344-4779
Silent Ground Surge Narrows BC 250-830-7212
Springbrooke Retreat Centre Langely BC 604-513-9001 Non-denominational, Course in Miracles
The Cenacle Retreat House Vancouver BC 604-266-1611 Catholic
The Prince of Peace Priory Chemainus BC 604-246-9578 Order of Agape and Reconciliation
Yasodhara Ashram Kootenay Bay BC 800-661-8711 spiritual community
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