Benedictine Retreat: Benedictine Life as Wholeness

June 11-13, 2010
The Rev. Dr. Martin Brokenleg

Retreat Schedule: Friday 6:30-8:30pm, Saturday 8:00am-8:00pm; Sunday 8:00am-1:00pm
Retreat Fees: $225 (meals included)
Location: Vancouver School of Theology, 6000 Iona Drive, Vancouver, BC V6T 1L4
Maximum participants: 20 (Register early to ensure available space)

For nearly 1400 years, more Christians have followed a Benedictine lifestyle than any other as a way to live out the Gospel. Throughout history, Benedictine life has a proven durability and popularity in many locations, cultures, and circumstances. As contemporary Christians seek an effective and satisfying life, the way of Saint Benedict, although old in years, is forever new and deep.

This retreat format class will didactically explore the balanced lifestyle set out in The Rule of Saint Benedict. The use of Benedictine “chapter meetings” will consider the tools of a Benedictine life. The retreat format of the weekend will allow participants to learn experientially the practices of a wholesome Christian life through a practice of prayer, work, lectio, balance, and community life.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Brokenleg is the Superior of the Anglican Benedictine Community of Saint Michael ( He has been a Benedictine Oblate of Blue Cloud Abbey ( for 25 years, holds a doctorate in psychology, and has been an Anglican priest for 37 years.

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Credit Information

The course can be taken as credit towards the Certificate in Theological Studies and for degree credit in VST’s Diploma, M.Div, and MATS degree programs. Register for Certificate credit below (an additional $75 admin fee will be charged). Registration for Degree credit must be completed through the Registrar’s Office only.


While commuters are welcome to participate in the retreat, the retreat is designed for live-in participation. Rooms in VST’s Somerville House have been reserved for the retreat at a special rate. These rooms are in shared quads (4 single rooms with a shared bathroom, kitchen, and living space). Cost is $50/night plus taxes. Please book your room directly by emailing VST Housing or by phone at 604-822-6398.

Course / Event: Benedictine Retreat – FULL
Cost: $225 – Basic Rate; $300 – Certificate Credit Rate

THE BENEDICTINE RETREAT IS FULL, and we have suspended registration for this program. If you would like to be put on a waiting list in the case of any cancellations, please contact the Administrative Coordinator of Programs.

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