Vancouver Island 2019

  • Vancouver Island 2019

Bethlehem Centre, Nanaimo, BC

August 29 - September 2, 2019

There's a feeling of great intimacy in the forms, shapes and images that we create in process painting. They strike at the heart, yet their meaning can remain obscure. The power of the painting cannot be captured by knowing. Its magic lies in the undefined.  ~ Stewart Cubley

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Facilitated by Annie Rousseau

Join Annie Rousseau for a weekend painting retreat at the beautiful Bethlehem Center in NanaimoBritish Columbia. Bethlehem Centre is centrally located on beautiful Vancouver Island and boasts a picturesque setting at the foot of Mount Benson on the beautiful shores of Westwood Lake. The wooded setting with gardens, a pond and labyrinth inspire deep tranquillity and personal reflection.

Our focus this weekend will be on creative process, with an emphasis on the journey rather than on the finished work of art. In a studio environment free of judgement and critique, we’ll invite you to paint without a plan and trust your spontaneous nature. The results are unexpected and intriguing — very often a wild vein of passion is awakened within you that will not go back to sleep long after the workshop has ended.

Tuition: $615 USD for US residents l  $415 USD for Canadian residents. Your tuition includes all art materials, daily facilitated painting sessions, group discussion circles in supportive community, video presentations about creativity and the practice of art as process. Tuition does not include accommodations and meals. See below for options and costs.

Workshop Schedule

You're welcome to arrive anytime after 3:00 pm on Thursday. 


Dinner: 5:30 pm

Opening Session: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Friday - Sunday:

Morning Sessions: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Afternoon Sessions: 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Evening Sessions: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Closing Session: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Leave after lunch

Accommodations & Meals

Make reservations for your meals and accommodations directly with Bethlehem Center by August 12th:

by email: (enter Painting Experience in the subject line of your email) 

by phone: 250-754-3254 (or 877-889-5017 toll free)

All prices below are shown in and will be paid in Canadian dollars. PLEASE NOTE that this is different from the tuition cost shown above, which is in USD and is paid in USD.

 Staying at Bethlehem Center: (bathrooms shared with two other rooms)

       Private Room & Meal Package: $150 CDN per day (includes three meals)

Shared Room & Meal Package: $120 CDN per day (includes three meals)

 Commuter Options: Book by August 12th:

Breakfast: $15.00 CDN per breakfast

Lunch: $22.50 CDN per lunch

Dinner: $27.50 CDN per dinner

Discounts & Scholarships

Canadian Resident Discount: Your tuition will be paid in USD. We offer a discount for Canadian residents to compensate for the difference between USD and CDN.

Continuing Participant Discount: If you’ve attended a Painting Experience workshop in the past, you’re a continuing participant.

US residents: Continuing participants will receive a $100 discount.

Canadian residents: Continuing participants will receive a $75 discount.

Partial tuition scholarships are available. Apply here

Work Exchange is available. Apply here

Continuing Education Credits

22 CE Credits are available for MFT, LCSW, LPCC, LEP and RN for a $25 fee. Learn more.

Cancellation Policy

You will receive a full refund minus a 25% handling fee if you cancel before August 1st, 2019. After that date, your payment is nonrefundable and nontransferable.


Bethlehem Center | 2371 Arbot Rd | Nanaimo | Vancouver island | BC | Canada | V9H 1E8 | 1-877-889-0517

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Bethlehem Center | 2371 Arbot Rd | Nanaimo | Vancouver island | BC | Canada | V9H 1E8 | 1-877-889-0517


Bethlehem Center is located in Nanaimo, easily reached from Vancouver and Victoria.


Bethlehem Centre is easy to find. Once you are on Highway 19, turn west on Jingle Pot Road at exit 18, turn left onto Westwood Road and then right onto Arbot Road. Keep left as the road curves right, and you will find Bethlehem Centre on the left hand side.

  • Traveling from Victoria will take approximately an hour and forty minutes
  • Traveling from Parksville will take approximately thirty minutes
  • Traveling from Vancouver, BC will take approximately 2 hours 40 min - includes 2 hour ferry ride via BC ferries
  • Traveling from the Comox Valley will take approximately an hour and thirty minutes


 A recently upgraded international airport is 16kms / 10 miles away. With direct flights from Vancouver, Calgary and Abbotsford, it is simple to arrive here quickly from anywhere in North America.

Nearby Airports

Nanaimo Airport YCD - 15 minutes to Bethlehem Center


West Jet

Air Canada

Island Express


The Ferry crossing from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to Departure Bay in Nanaimo is the most popular route to Nanaimo with departures every 2 hours. The crossing time is an hour and forty minutes. During peak sailings it is recommended to make reservations to ensure your spot on the boat. Once you have docked at Departure Bay, Bethlehem Centre is only a 15 minute drive, and is accessible by transit from the terminal.

Vancouver to Nanaimo on BC Ferries

West Vancouver to Nanaimo on BC Ferries 


Victoria Clipper

Washington State Ferries

Coho Ferries

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