Photo: Charmaine Pearce

April 2019  


Spring has arrived in full force in Naramata and overnight the grass is green, the daffodils are blooming and the trees are all budding. The Christian Holy Week and Jewish Passover have just been observed and we are grateful for the gifts of their teachings. At the same time, we are impacted by the hurt and loss in this world, whether it happens close to us or far away. May Naramata Centre continue to be a place where all people can find a welcoming community of love and respect for each other and this land.

Learning and Retreat at the Centre
April is busy with retreats and programs!
"When we complete the journey from the head to the heart we will find ourselves in the heart of everyone we meet." (Tomas Keating).

A pril has seen groups arriving at the Centre including an "Art & Authentic Movement Retreat " with Pacific Jubilee and a "Writer's Retreat" from Vancouver. We are also gearing up for the arrival this weekend of many children and young adults with both the Okanagan Children's Choir and Pacific Mountain Region's Young Adult retreat "Let Go & Let God." 

Spring is a beautiful time to be at the Centre where the bursting forth of nature can spark creativity in body, mind and soul!

Servant leadership  July 27 - August 3
Looking ahead to Summer Week 5 (July 27 - August 3), Dr. John Horsman, will offer an introductory week-long program on Servant Leadership. The program will enhance participant awareness of being profoundly relational, creative, holistic, and integrative, while allowing participants to practice and nurture their capacities for being present, holistic listening, and pathfinding foresight. 

Dr. Horsman recently retired as a Senior lecturer for the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (ORGL) program in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, in Spokane, Washington. He has published "Servant-leaders in training: Foundations of the Philosophy of Servant-leadership." E xplore the outline of Dr. Horsman's program here and register for his summer program  here.

Youth and Young Adults
Connect 2019 - Can you help?
This year the Centre is launching Connect 2019 - a new opportunity for people aged 17 - 35 years of age to come together in community, explore their faith, restore their balance, and have fun in a safe and inclusive environment.

We have had lots of interest in this program, but a number of people have said they cannot afford to attend. We are seeking your help. Could  you sponsor a young adult to attend Connect 2019? You can sponsor someone on your own or get together with your friends or congregation to raise funds. For more information please contact the Centre at 250-496-5751.

2019 Young Adult Summer Leaders Hired!
We are excited to announce that we have hired seven young adults for our Young Adult Summer Leadership Program. Youth and young adult leadership development is an integral part of  Naramata Centre's  mission in action. 

This program provides opportunities for young adults aged 18-30 to learn and grow in a paid, live-in work setting. Through direct training, mentorship, and supported opportunities to lead, Young Adult Summer Leaders will experience a range of functions and aspects of life at the Centre, while learning more about their own leadership skills and gifts.

                                                                                         Photo: Barb Green 

Contribute to the Centre
Seeking Program Leaders - Fall 2019, Spring 2020 
The Centre is now accepting Submissions of Interest from program leaders year-round. If you have a program idea you would like to pitch, you can do so by visiting  Become a Program Leader
on our website, where you will find all the details about being a Program Leader at the Centre.  

Currently, we are looking for program ideas for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. These Spring and Fall programs can be for a single day, a weekend or a full week.

Job Opportunities
We continue to assess the various staff roles we have been recruiting for and encourage you to check out our  Job Opportunities page  as we refine our needs.

Volunteer for Hearts and Hands & stay at the Centre at no cost!
Volunteers Extraordinaire!
Join us for our  Hearts and Hands event
May 10 - May 20 as we wake the Centre 
up for spring.  Enjoy the camaraderie of working for a common cause, meet some new friends, and give back to the Centre that has nurtured you! Rooms and campsites are provided to volunteers at no cost, but part of your volunteer service will include cleaning in and out of your accommodations.  For more information and to register, visit our website here .

Volunteer as a Campground Host this spring or fall
We are currently seeking Campground Hosts for Spring (May 1 - June 24) and Fall (August 17 - October 14) for a minimum of one-week periods. Campground hosts at Naramata Centre support the ongoing operations of the Centre by assisting staff and volunteers to create a safe, inclusive, welcoming environment for participants in the campground and throughout the Centre. 
For more information, email: or phone: 250-496-5751.

In the Community
"Revolution, Devolution, and Evolution"
This past winter, artist Dennis Evans took up residency in Columbia Hall to paint an impressive 40-foot project entitled "Revolution, Devolution and Evolution (A Visual Documentary of a Baby Boomer's Lament)". R ead more about this incredible artistic feat here and view a panoramic video of Dennis' work here.

Saturday, April 27: Yard Sale, Choir, Inspire Circus
This Saturday, April 27, is Naramata's annual Big Yard Sale from 
10 am - 2 pm. The Centre will have beds, bedding and more for sale as part of the yard sale - all sales are by donation so come by and find your treasure.

The Centre will be bustling with activity with the Okanagan Children's Choir performing at Columbia Hall while Inspire Circus' second "Circus and Acro Discovery" workshop is held on Columbia Lawn. 

                                       Naramata Children's Choir

The Centre was saddened by the recent death of three former leaders at the Centre, Jack Best (Fund Development), Nina Cummings (Programs) and Anne Logie (Housekeeping). 

No matter which area people work in, they all contribute to participants experiencing the richness of open hospitality and the warmth of safe, accepting, sacred community.  We are grateful to all who have given their talents to the mission and ministry of this place.

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