October 2019
Message from our Managing Director
Autumn is, without question, my favourite time of year. The air is crisp and clean, the landscape is a mosaic of beautiful colours and we celebrate the harvest by giving thanks and sharing our crops with family and friends. 

At Naramata Centre, we are thankful for the harvest bounty that we shared at a recent potluck dinner and for the gift of volunteers who participated in our Hearts and Hands program. 

"My husband and our 16-year-old son worked side-by-side during Hearts and Hands; they worked all weekend and had a great time. It was so good to see and for us to have the opportunity to help. I think it did as much for us as it did for the property at the Naramata Centre!"
Lisa, Hearts and Hands Volunteer

As our busy season is now over, we are also taking advantage of what it means to slow down and refocus our energy in preparation for another year. While we have retreats and partnership events happening over the autumn, my focus is shifting to shaping Naramata Centre 2020. 

Naramata Centre 2020 will include working on our land redevelopment, as outlined in last month’s newsletter, and also unfolding a vision which incorporates the lessons learned from summer 2019.  

We are working on a new community-life model that will address your suggestions for a voice in spontaneous activities, and more opportunities to create community and age-diverse youth and children's programming. It will also incorporate opportunities to increase our outreach at the local and provincial level.    Read More
Community Highlights
Naramata Roots Weekend
The Naramata Roots weekend was a great success which included youths from ages 9-16.

Mirella from the Mirella Project helped young participants create individual climate action plans to take home with them. They also learned how to write to their local MLA calling for climate action.

Inspire Circus provided games to encourage participants to push through some of their personal challenges. One participant in particular was hesitant about the stilt-walking but by the end, she really got the hang of it.

The weekend ended with a Thanksgiving potluck feast where Hearts and Hands volunteers, Naramata Roots participants, and friends and families gathered to share their experiences.
Trick or Treat at the Centre

The Centre will be open on Halloween to all the local trick or treaters from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Dressed in their favorite costumes staff will hand out candy to the little ghouls and goblins. All are welcome!

Best Dressed Pup Contest

Bring your pet in their best Halloween costume and you could win a prize!
First United Church Group Retreat

The First United Church group from Kelowna held their annual retreat here in October.

"After an absence of a few years, twenty-nine Women from First United Church headed back to Naramata for our annual Women's Retreat, October 18-20th. Many of the women who joined us have a strong pull to Naramata attending many of the programs and activities over the years. Our evaluation sheets were all very positive about our weekend in Naramata and many expressed their desire to return next fall."
Margaret Sichello
NaramataSlow Dinner
The 4th annual NaramataSlow Harvest Potluck Dinner took place at Columbia Hall on October 20th. Over 200 people showed up with their homemade dishes featuring locally harvested ingredients. What really made it special was the wonderful variety of items such as a taste and smell wine lab, apple varietal sampling, local apple cider, roasted pork provided by Bella Homestead, plus plenty of savory creations and tasty desserts.
Up and Coming
Spring Catalogue Launch Party

Join us on December 5th as Naramata Centre hosts a launch party to celebrate the release of our new Spring Catalogue and to preview our plans for Summer 2020.

Come and enjoy music, guest speakers, wine tasting and an opportunity for early-bird registration.

Hold the date and check your inbox for your invite.
Programs and Community Experiences Update

Last month we placed a call out for 2020 program leaders. We received many good responses but we are still looking for more leaders to join our team. Over the previous two summers we received feedback from participants on the types of programs they would like to see at the Centre, and we are listening.

This year we are looking for program leaders to run cycling retreats, self-care programs, and photography workshops just to name a few. If you have leadership skills and would like to run a program at Naramata Centre please apply here by November 17, 2019. Please share this information with others who may be interested.

For a complete list of program ideas, visit Become a Program Leader.

We are looking forward to releasing our new Spring Calendar on December 5, 2019 and our Summer Calendar in early 2020. 

 Charmaine Pearce
Program Manager
September Poll Results
In our September poll we surveyed to identify our participant demographics.

A full report on the data collected can be found using this link:

Thank you to the 32 respondents - your survey results inform our marketing and program decisions.
On November 23rd, 1948, the Naramata Christian Leadership Training School was dedicated and officially opened. We know it today as the Naramata Centre.
This November 23, 2019, we will celebrate our birthday with cake... all are welcome.

Drop in to Albert Hall between 2 pm and 4 pm to join the festivities!
Our People

Congratulations to our Program Manager Charmaine, who was recently elected as a new United Way GenNext board member.

What is GenNext?
On October 18th, the GenNext group held a 90's Trivia Night where they raised $2,000 for a youth initiative grant, which allows youth in the Okanagan to create positive social impact in their communities. This is just one example of how GenNext works to encourage, connect, and educate.
Greening our Space

We are very grateful to our friends at Dogwood Nursery for their generous donation of trees planted by the youth during the recent Naramata Roots retreat weekend. The Centre garden now has apple, nectarine and walnut trees and even a few black currant bushes added to the mix.

Autumn is the perfect season for families to spend quality time together. There are many inter-generational fall activities available where adults and children can connect with each other by sharing fun times, learning new skills, and building new memories. Here are some activities that everyone will Love:

  • Visit a Pumpkin Patch - Walk around a pumpkin patch and get each person to select the pumpkin that he or she loves the most. Use gourds, leaves, haystacks and other fall decorations to spruce up the inside and outside of your home for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

  • Make Jack-O-Lanterns - The thrill of transforming a pumpkin into a Jack-O-Lantern never gets old. Take it to the next level and turn it into a pumpkin carving contest. Or consider painting the pumpkins to avoid the carving part altogether.

  • Cooking with Pumpkin - Get online and look up recipes you can make with fresh pumpkins. You can find plenty of ideas for hearty soups, pastas, casseroles, breakfast dishes and more. Here are a few recipe ideas that everyone will love to make and eat:
Stay Involved!
A big thank you to our volunteers who donated their time and efforts during our fall Hearts and Hands event! We appreciate your travelling to join us, your efforts while you were here and the commitment you demonstrate to the Centre in this way.

Our Volunteers...
Beth, Carie, Deb, Dee, Ian, James, Janet,  Jean, John, Ken, Lisa, Lock, Maria, Mario, Richard, Robbie, Sandra, Sasha, Scott, Shirley, Susan and Val.
Weeding Chapel grounds
A fresh coat of stain on Columbia Hall
Leaves, leaves and more leaves
Stacking and storing
Tidying the Labyrinth
Playing in the dirt
We recognize that not everyone is able to make this time commitment
but would still like to be involved.
We ask you to consider a donation to this program.

Membership with Naramata Centre Society is a way to show your support and stay informed! Sign up.


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