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Retreat Spotlight

Alexandra Retreat & Events Centre

Bethlehem Centre

Honeymoon Bay Retreat

Pacific Life Bible College

Rock Ridge Canyon

The Firs

 

 

 

 

 

Alexandra Retreat & Events Centre

The Alexandra Retreat & Events Centre is part of the Alexandra Neighbourhood House. A non-profit organization, located in the heart of Crescent Beach that serves the Semiahmoo Peninsula and beyond.  Something else you wouldn’t expect…proceeds of your stay will build community by contributing directly to Alexandra Neighbourhood House programs, services, community events, and summer camps.

Whether you join us for a day or an overnight stay, for a family gathering or a workplace retreat, Alexandra Retreat & Events Centre in beautiful Crescent Beach is the right fit for you. Historic Camp A is diverse, rustic, and quirky. We are a versatile space for any retreat, event or meeting. Accessible multi-purpose and dining halls, peaceful activity and meeting rooms, an outdoor stage, a festive lounge, dorms, guest rooms, and cottages surround a large, open green space.

Beecher Place is another venue we operate in Crescent Beach. It is a perfect space for special events, weddings, receptions, seminars or meetings.  Located right on the beach, it provides an inspiring space for more intimate gatherings – a space decorated by stunning views of sand, sea and sky! Soak up the unobstructed panorama views from the picture windows and the elegant wrap-around balcony.

It’s our Centennial Celebration this year so check our website for events to follow. 100 years in the community is something special and worth celebrating. We hope you will join us!

Come on in and take a peek, we promise unexpected inspiration.

www.alexhouse.net

 

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Bethlehem Centre

Nestled amongst tall trees on Westwood Lake at the foot of Mount Benson on Vancouver Island, the Bethlehem Centre provides a peaceful and serene environment for exploring your spiritual path.

The Centre offers 37 “cottage-at-the-lake” style rooms, along with full meal service, that is conducive to nurturing creativity and spiritual path-making. Many charitable and faith-based organizations have successfully organized events at the Centre. The Centre’s mandate is to work with you and your group to make sure that your needs for development are met. There are two streams of programming: the first are programs that developed and offered at the Centre – outside proposals are welcomed for these programs, which are reviewed for inclusion by the program committee. The second type of programming is collaboration with groups that fit the Centre’s mandate or are registered charities.

The Centre offers:

Three meals per day included with your stay

5 meeting rooms (capacity 12-100)

Forest walking paths & Westwood Lake Trail

A library focused on spirituality and faith

Grounds that include a contained ecosystem pond, vegetable garden and outdoor labyrinth

Faith-based, leadership and community programs

Call the Centre to find out more about the programs and events, and how you can ensure a nurturing environment for your next gathering.

www.bethlehemcentre.com

 

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Honeymoon Bay Retreat

A Retreat is an intentional time away to experience an encounter with God. It can be a time to be in His Presence, where you can receive a life call, receive healing from the trials in this life, have more clarity, and a different perspective on issues affecting you. This time away is part of being a Disciple of Christ and walking in His footsteps, as He often would take time away from the crowds to spend time with the Father. Experience rest and relaxation, which is a part of living the Abundant Life. Take time to renew your faith and purpose in life. Group retreats can increase love and appreciation for one another and bring you closer together.

By Jenny Clarke

Honeymoon Bay Retreat,

a Ministry of Youth For Christ Canada

 

www.honeymoonbayretreat.com

 

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Pacific Life Bible College

Pacific Life Bible College offers affordable and complete conference facilities between May and the third week of August. For over 20 years churches, missions groups, and others have used our campus for great events.

Chapel (Seats 100+)

Features lecture chairs and built­in data projectors. The chapel and classroom foyer features leather couches and bistro­style seating areas.

Classrooms

Classroom sizes vary from 25 ­ to 100 people and all feature built­ in data projectors and audio.

Dining Room

Our cafeteria seats up to 100.

Accommodations (Beds for 76)

Our dorm­style accommodations are very affordable and comfortable. Every two rooms share a bathroom. Linens are available upon request.

Catering Services

Our Chef and kitchen crew eagerly await to create you affordable and delicious meals. We offer food services for groups of 30 and larger.

Onsite Amenities

Onsite there is a soccer field, sand volleyball court, recreational lounge (featuring a pool table, table tennis, fooseball, couches, and a television)

www.pacificlife.edu

 

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Rock Ridge Canyon

Be the first – to book your dates!

RockRidge Canyon has a new addition to the Young Life family.  This state-of-the-art building will be christened The Rock Theatre at the Grand Opening on June 3rd.   Set lakeside, The Rock Theatre will be a fantastic addition for group retreats:  high school bands and choirs will find the acoustics second to none; college retreats will find lectures a breeze, with the whisper quiet air conditioning; church groups will enjoy the worship experience; corporate groups will enjoy having their meetings in the lake view breakout rooms.  Book your retreat today!

RockRidge Canyon welcomes groups of 50 to 350 September through June at low all-inclusive rates.  Bring your family reunion to take over our 45 room Wolf Creek Lodge where you can have exclusive use – hotel style rooms, dining hall, meeting rooms, and river rock fireplaces.  Plan your church retreat, or school group, to stay in our lodge pole pine bunk rooms.  Everyone will love to get active as they explore our 1,500 acres near Princeton BC.  They can try the zip line or ropes course, hike the peak, swim the lake or the pool, wakeboard, kayak, or canoe.  Go to rockridgecanyon.com or call 250-870-9030.

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The Firs – Why church retreats?

Church retreats are a tradition that goes back to the origins of camping itself and the “Brush Arbor” movement early in the previous century. But why exactly are church retreats so effective? In a word, it is the lack of distractions. Retreats are so productive because a retreat provides the opportunity for a concentrated time focused on spiritual objectives and relationships in a setting removed from the distractions of everyday life.

A weekend retreat is worth months of Sundays and mid-week meetings because of the lack of gaps and distractions. Add to this the relationships built as you share the retreat experience with others over a concentrated time, and the effectiveness of the retreat is even more pronounced.

The concept of a retreat is not unlike that of a vacation. You set aside all the distractions of everyday life for a time away dedicated to a particular purpose, which often includes developing and deepening relationships with family and others. Add to this the pleasures of someone else doing the cooking, serving and clearing tables, taking care of the dishes and child care in some cases. It is almost like going out to eat five times in one weekend with a group of friends. There is ample opportunity to sit around the tables and have a nice chat. There are no pressing needs. You are away from it all.

Retreats work for all ages and for a variety of purposes. Adult retreats, especially women’s retreats, are great for building relationships and focusing on spiritual needs. That is why they are so effective for groups like Alpha. Youth groups also benefit especially because of the opportunities for leaders to build relationships with students during the course of a weekend, which is simply not possible two hours at a time with a week in between.

Church retreats are a great way to accomplish many of the objectives of church ministries through a period of time away focused on relationships and spiritual development, without the daily distractions of our busy lives.  – Kirck Potter, The Firs

Thefirs.org

 

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