February 2019  


Building on our very successful 2018 summer, Naramata Centre is buzzing with activity as we prepare for our exciting 2019 season! If you haven't registered yet, read below about how to sign up for programs and accommodations. Read on for information about our job opportunities, retreats, upcoming events, and gratitude to our donors.

Program / Accommodation Registration
Registrations for 2019 opened on February 4 to a huge response! We had an overwhelming first day with over 273 people registering to stay or attend programs at the Centre. Some programs are already almost sold out, so if you have not started thinking about your summer experience at Naramata Centre, don't delay!
Read about our 
2019  Winter / Spring programs here
2019 Summer programs here.
2019 Fall programs here

If you are unsure about how to register, you will find the instructions here

Thank You, Tanya
At the beginning of February, Office Administrator Tanya Eckenswiller resigned. 

The Board of Directors and Centre staff thank Tanya for her hard work and her dedication over the last year, and wish her all the best in her future endeavours.

We hope you come back to visit soon, Tanya!

Job Opportunities
Naramata Centre has seen significant growth over the last three years and is currently recruiting several individuals to join our staff in important roles. The Centre is a place where people find inclusive, welcoming space to reconnect in mind, body and spirit .  

Administrative Coordinator
The Centre is looking for an experienced Administrative Coordinator to join our team. This full-time position is key to establishing a feeling of welcoming and accepting community when people telephone or arrive on site. 

For more information visit our website here.
The Centre is seeking an experienced Bookkeeper to join our team and expand our capacity to support recent growth. This position will likely average four days per week (full-time in the summer and part-time in the winter). 

For more information visit our website here .

Housekeeping Supervisor
The Centre is looking for an experienced Housekeeping Supervisor to join our team and expand our housekeeping capacity. This position will be full-time from May 1st to September 30th with reduced hours through the balance of the year.
For more information visit our website here.  

Applications for all three positions close February 24, 2019.

Upcoming Events
Sacred Space Retreats
Together with Naramata Centre, Lois Huey-Heck, Keri Wehlander, Natalie Maxson and Shar Hamilton are now offering monthly Sacred Space Retreats for people to come together, take a break from the busyness of their routines and create space for the Holy.    
Held one Saturday each month, Sacred Space participants will open and close the day in contemplative worship, be in times of silence and have the opportunity for individual and group activities such as Spiritual Direction / Holy Listening, art, healing sessions and more. There will be time for personal prayer, journaling, walking the labyrinth or just being still in our quiet village. In the spirit of community, participants will come together for a lunch (prepared by volunteers), where they can either remain in silence or join with others, as they wish.  
Registration is limited. For more information or to register, visit our website here .
S.O.U.L Camp
Are you, or is someone you know, aged 11 - 15 years? If so, S.O.U.L Camp is for you! Join us March 15- 18 for a weekend of faith, leadership and personal discovery where you will have the opportunity to dive into your creative side, challenge yourself, meet new friends and catch up with familiar faces - all in a safe and inclusive environment.

S.O.U.L Camp will be lead by Naramata Centre Program Manager, Charmaine Pearce, and former Youth Minister for Kamloops Okanagan Presbytery, Keri Wehlander. Rev. Ken Jones from Oliver & Osoyoos and Rev. Jenny Carter from Salmon Arm will also be here throughout the weekend providing their support and leadership. 

For more information and to register visit our website here.
Circus and Acro Discovery
Do you live i n the  Naramata area or nearby?  Come join us at the Centre each Saturday over five weeks from April 13 - May 11 for Circus and Acro Discovery. Circus and Acro Discovery is a play-based class which uses the setting of circus performance and acro movement to facilitate conscious growth, while fostering mental and physical health and well-being.
The program is open to all ages interested in exploring the role of play in overcoming barriers and achieving goals. Adults are encouraged to reconnect with their inner child, children are given seeds to support a foundation of personal success and families will deepen their bond through play. To find out more and to register, visit our  website here

Chris Grauer
The Centre is truly grateful to Chris Grauer for a $20,000 memorial donation (made in December) to honour the life and contributions of Marilyn and Dave Perry. 

The Perrys came to the Centre in 1985 and during their time here, they played many roles. Their most significant contribution was as Centre hosts to all who came here. Marilyn and Dave's gift of coming alongside people and providing hospitality and fellowship was felt by all who participated here,
Dave Perry
and many lasting friendships were made.

In addition, Dave played an active role with the Sal'i'shan Institute and other First Nations groups and had great energy for building relationships with our First Nations. 

Marilyn was dedicated to Christian Education in many forms, in particular writing the Whole People of God curriculum which was used nationwide.
She was also the first editor for Wood Lake Publishing.
Marilyn Perry

Former Centre Director, Mary Robertson who worked with  Marilyn and Dave said, "When they greeted anyone they had welcoming smiles and genuine interest in the conversation. The role of "host" was a great fit for the way they lived their life, their faith and their ministry of hospitality." 

Dr. Kathryn Hurlburt 
We are also grateful to have received notice of a gift from the estate of Dr. Kathryn Hurlburt. Dr. Hurlburt lived a life of service as an ordained minister at Southminster United Church in Lethbridge, Alberta, in addition to serving as a hospital chaplain. Her strong thirst for education moved her to earn her Doctor of Psychology, following which she began a faith-based clinical counselling practice in Calgary. As a symbol of the value she ascribed to education, she has asked that these funds become part of the Centre's bursary program to support people in being able to take programs at the Centre.  
We are very grateful for this gift and for the ability to help more people come to the Centre to experience being and learning in a safe, welcoming and inclusive community.

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