December 2018
Photo: Charmaine Pearce


As we all prepare for Christmas in our homes and in our hearts, we wish you a Christmas blessed with love, peace and joy as you gather with your family and friends. May your new year be filled with happiness, love and well-being. 

We hope that you will join us at Naramata Centre in 2019 for the familiar experience of our welcoming, inclusive community!

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift?
Give the gift of Naramata Centre this year! If you are looking for a non-material gift for someone special, give Naramata Centre gift certificates that your family or friends can redeem when they register for 2019 programs and accommodations. The certificates start at $50, and you can choose the value when you purchase them.
Buy your gift certificates on our website here, then click
Register Now. You can also order your certificates by calling
1-250-496-5751 or
Order your certificates today so we can email them in time for Christmas!

DRUM ROLL: Announcing 2019 Programs!
Our program team has been busy creating the calendars for our 2019 programs. We are very excited about our program selection for the coming year and we think you will be too!
Program Leader Yanti Rowland

Click here for our January - June, and Fall program calendar.
Click here for our Summer Program calendar.
Click here to read our comprehensive Program Information Booklet, which provides all the details for each program: age range, times, dates, program description and a biography of the program leaders.
Watch for program and accommodation registration in early February!  

Summer Interns - Job posting coming soon  

Photo: Keri Wehlander

Following our very successful intern program last summer, we are getting close to posting job opportunities for 2019 intern positions. Watch for this announcement in January!

Win/Win for one Naramata Centre member! 
N aramata Centre membership is important for several reasons: it demonstrates your support of the Centre, it keeps you informed about important business matters and the work of the Board of Directors, it allows you to vote at our AGM and it keeps you up-to-date.

As we did last year, we are holding a draw that one lucky member will win. The prize includes:
  • A three-night stay at Naramata Centre in the fall.
  • A wine tour with lunch for two-four people provided by Top Cat Tours. The recipient will choose where to tour in the South Okanagan area.
All current members are automatically entered into the draw. New memberships must be purchased by March 15, 2019 to qualify. A name will be drawn at our AGM in June and the lucky member notified. Will you be the lucky recipient?
If you have not already renewed or purchased your 2018-19 membership, do so today by clicking here, then clicking Register Now. 
Naramata Centre's 12 days of Christmas
Do you follow our Facebook page (The Naramata Centre)? If you do, you are likely enjoying our 12 Days of Christmas, which started December 12th. 
If not, join the fun here and tune in today for a pictorial walk through the next week! 

And a peacock 
without a pear tree! 
Photo: Judy Hutchinson
Last chance
To take advantage of deductions in the 2018 tax year, consider donating to Naramata Centre before the end of December. Your donation will help provide future opportunities for youth leadership as we enhance our intern program next summer. It also supports our unique summer experience of building the warm, welcoming, inclusive community we create each week.
If you would like to donate, you may do so with your credit card by:
  • Phone: 250-496-5751 or toll-free at 1-877-996-5751, or 
  • Online here.
Or you can mail a cheque to: Naramata Centre, PO Box 68, Naramata BC, V0H 1N0.
Tax receipts for online donations are issued immediately and receipts for donations by phone or mail are issued in February each year.

Thanks to all who have donated this month and throughout the year! All donations are gratefully received. 

Sacred Space one-day retreats
Keri Wehlander
Beginning in February, Sacred Space retreats will be held at the Centre one Saturday each month until June. Join Lois Huey-Heck, Natalie Maxson and Keri Wehlander for this beautiful experience that will include contemplative worship, spiritual practice, labyrinth walks, and individual sessions for spiritual direction/Holy Listening, healing, and more. 

Read more in  our program information booklet.

The Naramata Centre Board is grateful for the very successful year we have experienced in 2018, which would not have been possible without the efforts of our staff, our interns, our volunteers, our supporters and our participants. Each of you have contributed to building this success and we thank you for your continued participation and support!

In This Issue
Naramata Centre Ambassadors
Thanks to all who have offered to keep their congregations up to date on what is happening at the Centre. If you would like share Centre  news with your church, please email:

Support the ongoing work of the Naramata Centre Society! Donations are always appreciated, and donors will receive a tax receipt at the end of the year. 

Keep In Touch
Membership in the Naramata Centre Society is a way to show your support for the work of the Board, stay informed, and have voting privileges at the Society's annual meeting. Sign up today!
Stay informed about Naramata Centre
Check out our website for updates, photos and news.

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PO Box 68  Naramata, V0H 1N0