May 2019


Summer is fast approaching as the days get longer and warmer. We have been blessed with lots of activity at the Centre these last few weeks from Circus programs, family reunions, our Hearts and Hands volunteer week, and the Young Adult Summer Leaders starting to arrive.

Photo: Barb Gregg
Public Engagement & Future Planning
Naramata Centre is  working on a master plan to guide future development of the Centre and our lands. The Board of Directors hired the consulting team MODUS Planning, Design & Engagement, who will work with local architects Landform Architecture to develop the master site plan over the coming months. 

This plan will help guide the Centre's decisions for future use of our lands including those we are proposing to sell, highlight projects for improvement, explore potential shared community infrastructure, and recommend phasing of development.

MODUS is organizing a two-day intensive participatory planning and design workshop). The intent is to involve the Naramata community and key Centre  stakeholders in creating preliminary ideas for future use of Centre lands, that MODUS will illustrate with sketches and an initial concept plan.  
We invite you to attend our public engagement session June 27 to explore community-sourced ideas with us. The design team will take the input, combine it with their research, and present ideas at a public open house on June 29 from 10am to noon. Your participation in both sessions is welcome and appreciated.
These meetings coincide with our June 29 AGM in the hopes we can encourage our community to attend. It's an important time in the evolution of the Centre. Please plan to attend so you can be part of the conversation and provide your thoughts and ideas as we plan the future Centre site.
Later in the afternoon on June 29, please join us at a pot-luck dinner as we gather in community together and visit old friends and new.

More details for the Public Engagement Session are on our Facebook page.

Learning and Retreat at the Centre

In a time characterized by its fast pace, we human beings especially need times to set down our busyness, to step back from the fullness of daily life and retreat to times of grounding, centering and remembering ourselves. Contemplative retreats offer Sabbath rest which is profoundly restorative - for mind, body and spirit. The journey of the integrated human being is about moving beyond surviving toward thriving, and finding or making communities of mutual support and encouragement are vital.
This June, Lois Huey-Heck, with Natalie Maxson and Keri Wehlander, offers an invitation to come for this kind of restoration and inspiration via Nourishing Mind Body & Spirit: A Contemplative Retreat at Naramata Centre. 

Lois says "Together we'll create and experience a community of kindred souls in which we'll experience wisdom teachings, nurture body-mind connection, reverence our God-given bodies and practice listening to their wisdom, tap our creative souls, and deepen into connection with Divine Spirit. We'll be indoors and outdoors, in community and in solitude, we'll be creative and reflective, prayerful and active in turn. We'll take home life-sustaining practices."

The Spirit of Naramata Centre, the land and its people are ready. To register for this event, please click
here or phone 250-496-5751.

Thoughts on April Art Retreat - Jan Ritchie

"There's something about this place," was a comment repeated many times during our second annual spring retreat at the Centre. "After three full days of painting, sharing meals, going for long walks and hanging out together we feel restored and rejuvenated. The comfortable accommodation, the peaceful surroundings and the staff's welcoming hospitality will be bringing us back next year for sure."

~ Impressions, 10-member painting group, Kelowna, BC

Photo: Jan Ritchie
Youth and Young Adults
Over the next few months we'll be profiling each of our seven 2019 Young Adult Summer Leaders. We're excited to introduce you this month to the first three summer leaders.

Amy Combres just completed her first year at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and is working towards her Bachelors of Science in Nursing, with the end goal of becoming a Registered Nurse. She is looking forward to joining the Centre, having an active role in the local community, and leading programs throughout the summer.
Avery Barnett finished his first year of economics and political science at the University of British Columbia this April. Avery is a Naramata local and is looking forward to giving back to his community.
Kailyn Pritchard is a recent graduate from Quest University Canada where she studied mathematics and mathematics education. She is excited to be returning to the Centre as a staff member, after having enjoyed programming here for many summers as a child and youth participant!

Left to right: Kailyn Pritchard, Amy Combres, Avery Barnett
Photo: Charmaine Pearce
Contribute to the Centre
Job Opportunities: Administrative Coordinator

We encourage you to check out our  Job Opportunities page  as we refine our needs and update postings regularly.

Currently we a recruiting for an experienced Administrative Coordinator to join our team. This position is full time and year-round. Applications will be accepted through June 15, 2019. Please visit our website for more details.

Out In the Community
Inhabit Conference - Reflections on Being Faith Community Rooted in Place 
In May, Natalie Maxson, along with fifty United Church people throughout BC, attended Inhabit, a two-day gathering at the Seattle School of Theology & Psychology exploring ways of being faith community rooted in neighbourhood and place.
Jonathan Brooks (aka "Pastah J") from the Canaan Community Church, in Englewood south Chicago and author of "The Church Forsaken," shared this: "The more you live in your community, the more you practice presence. In the scriptures, people are named after their place: Jesus of ...Nazareth, Mary Magdalene (of Magdala). There is a generational love of place. Living in your place is important and can lead to transformation - it's not about the programs, the buildings, the strategic plans."
Rev. Shalom Agtarap from the United Methodist Church (USA) challenged us with what she believes are important questions at the heart of becoming rooted in your place and community:
"Don't ask, "What do you think?" ... Ask "What are you hearing?" And ask "Who do you love?".
Inspire Conference

Charmaine Pearce, our Manager of Programs and Community Experiences, had the opportunity at the beginning of May to attend the Inspire Conference at Shaughnessy Heights United Church in Vancouver - a great conference offering a chance to network with other youth leaders across BC and Alberta. 

It was a fun-filled, packed, two days, with workshops on engaging and empowering youth in social justice, do's and don'ts on Indigenous justice & right relationship work, worship, and personal identity and sexuality in our communities. Charmaine is looking forward to incorporating what she has learnt in her work with the Young Adult Summer Leaders.

Photo: Charmaine Pearce

We would like to say a big thank you to all who volunteered in our May Hearts and Hands retreat. The Centre looks amazing and is ready to host a busy summer ahead. 

We especially thank Janet McDonald and Ian Fraser who coordinated all of our wonderful volunteers, including:

Jim and Donna Simpson
Lori Clipperton and Tom Buckie
Mary Richardson and Ginette Larocque
Eileen McMorris
Jean MacLeod
Scott and Sandra Kerford
John Pritchard
Usha Maheshwari
Dee Hansen
Stuart Lantz
Lois Beischer
Mellissa Wallace

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