2024 Summer

7
July

Ubuntu: I in You and You in Me: Practising God’s Compassion

“Ubuntu” is an African proverb: I am because we are; and because we are, I am.  This way of seeing human identity invites us to deepen our awareness of what it means to be created and to be human.  Ubuntu teaches us that we are different so that we can know our need of one... ...

7
July

Consider the Birds…and the Mushrooms…

Come for a week of observation, delight, and reflection on the created beauty and wonder of birds, fungi, and plant life in the Sorrento area. This course will combine field walks, identification and discovering the spiritual insight these creatures can teach us. We will also look at how scripture, science, and the Christian tradition can... ...

7
July

Nourish Couture – Wearable Art for Your Soul

Welcome to “Nourish Couture,” a creative workshop where fashion meets art, and your soul finds expression through wearable masterpieces. In this unique experience, Melissa Nasby, a Canadian fibre artist, will guide you through the art of crafting a headdress, through a journey of self-expression, and creative exploration that not only reflects your personal style but... ...

7
July
9:00 am - 12:00 am

Summer Worship and Music Leaders Week 1

Meet our wonderful Worship and Music Leaders for 2024. From July 7 through July 13, join The Rev. David Taylor and Maureen Hollins in worship and music each morning. Worship Leader biography: The Rev. David Taylor has grown in the Anglican tradition having a background in the Pentecostal church. He has degrees from Summit Pacific... ...

10
July
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre

Free Community Talk with The Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D.

Everyone Welcome! The Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D., was ordained a priest by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  Michael’s global PeaceBattle Institute works on diversity, spirituality, race, and reconciliation.  He is a contemplative with vast clergy and academic experience and is an expert in reconciliation, peace, and justice.  Download a poster: [.jpg] ...

14
July

Watercolour

A Little Watercolour nourishment for Mind, Body and Spirit! Venture into the blissful state of creative contemplation. Karin Huehold, a professional painter of 30 years, has paired her love of watercolour and mandalas for this fun week of amazing art lessons. Students will enjoy an inspiring experience of discovering boundless design possibilities “inside the circle”.  Freeform to geometrically inspired designs along with... ...

14
July

21st Century Pilgrims: Walking on Sacred Ground

5 Inspirational Day-Hikes in BC’s Shuswap region with Phil McIntyre-Paul “Walk as if your life depended on it . . . .” ~ Barbara Brown Taylor Now a 24-year tradition at Sorrento Centre! Five day-hikes — five little pilgrimages — draw wisdom from naturalists, poets, rascals, and saints as we consider our relationship within the... ...

14
July
9:00 am - 12:00 am

Summer Worship and Music Leaders Week 2

Meet our wonderful Worship and Music Leaders for 2024. From July 14 through July 20, join The Rev. David Taylor in worship and music each morning. Worship and Music Leader biography: The Rev. David Taylor has grown in the Anglican tradition having a background in the Pentecostal church. He has degrees from Summit Pacific Bible... ...

17
July
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre

Free Community Talk with Phil McIntyre-Paul

Everyone Welcome! Phil is a co-founder of the Shuswap Trail Alliance, a long-time leader of local hikes, and a former instructor with Thompson Rivers University’s Tourism Management faculty.  He is privileged to live, walk, and play within the Shuswap Lakes region of Secwépemcúĺecw. Download a poster: [.jpg] ...

21
July

Can the Past be Reconciled? Two Histories, Two Lands

On October 7, 2023 Hamas militants launched a devastating assault on Israel erupting into the most severe Palestinian-Israeli conflict seen in decades. Once again the world has been drawn into the aching question; will these people ever know a just and peaceful coexistence? Even as one considers that far away tragedy, Canada continues to awaken... ...

21
July

Creative Journaling: To Judge or Not to Judge

“I see everything outside of me through the lens of everything that is inside of me. Therefore, before I look at the world outside, I’d be wise to look at the lens inside.” Craig D. Lounsbrough Do any of us know a single person who is proud because they are judgmental? Yet we know of... ...

21
July

Celtic Wisdom in Changing Times

Join The Rev. Shawn Sanford Beck, independent and ecumenical priest with over twenty years of ministry experience in a variety of settings, author, and blogger from St. Andrew’s College in Saskatoon (Treaty 6 Territory), as he shares an ecological spirituality with roots in the ancient Celtic world.  The Rev. Shawn Sanford Beck was featured on... ...

21
July
9:00 am - 12:00 am

Summer Worship and Music Leaders Week 3

Meet our wonderful Worship and Music Leaders for 2024. From July 21 through July 27, join The Rev. Andrew Halladay and Kevin Zakresky in worship and music each morning. Worship Leader biography: The Rev. Andrew Halladay is the Vicar at St Andrew’s Anglican Church in Langley BC. He has a passion for liturgy, music, and... ...

24
July
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre

Free Community Talk with The Rev. Shawn Sanford Beck

Everyone Welcome! The Rev. Shawn Sanford Beck is a priest and author of Christian Animism and A Prairie Rune.  As a Spiritual Exploration Guide in St. Andrew’s College’s Lifelong Learning Pathway, Shawn is looking forward to meeting you in the sacred space of the Sorrento Centre. Download a poster: [.jpg] ...

28
July

Creative Journaling: Space for Silence

Join Kathie MacDuff, Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre’s very own Artist in Residence and come explore the topic of silence. Silence ends up being another controversial topic; a state some people avoid like the plague while others eagerly embrace it. Let’s see if we can find some even ground and try to understand what (consciously... ...

28
July

The Sacred Circle Part 2: Studies in the Medicine Wheel

The medicine wheel is a symbol of the universe and teaches us about reality and how all things are connected. It guides us through a wholistic understanding of our connectedness; for the gifts humanity has been given which are rooted in our ancient world cultures.  There is a resurgence and need for Medicine Wheel teachings... ...

28
July

The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer is at the heart of the Christian faith. Christians around the world pray it every day in thousands of languages. This prayer of Jesus is always on our lips. But how can we incorporate this prayer better into our lives? How can we live as if this is God’s central prayer for... ...

28
July
9:00 am - 12:00 am

Summer Worship and Music Leaders Week 4

Meet our wonderful Worship and Music Leaders for 2024. From July 28 through August 3, join The Rev. Canon Dr. Rob James, Shannon Kerr, and Tyson Kerr in worship and music each morning. Worship Leader biography: The Rev. Canon Dr. Rob James comes to VST from Wells Cathedral in Somerset, in the southwest of the... ...

31
July
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre

Free Community Talk with The Ven. Jordan Haynie Ware

Everyone Welcome! The Ven. Jordan Haynie Ware serves as Archdeacon for Social Justice and Community Connection for the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton, where she is also the rector.  She is the author of The Ultimate Quest: A Geek’s Guide to (the Episcopal) Church. Download a poster: [.jpg] ...

4
August

Life, the Universe, and Everything: Exploring the Christian Faith

Come ready to discuss your observations and questions in a safe environment where nothing is off-limits. The earth is 4.5 billion years old. Homo sapiens is 200,000 years old. And the Christian faith is only 2,000 of those years old, though its scriptures reach back to the beginning of all things. But the authors of... ...

4
August

Singing Through These Changing Times

This course is for anyone who participates in the music of the church, from the pew singer to music and worship leaders. Be prepared to go on a journey that explores how congregational singing can be exciting and more welcoming. We will look into what it means to have a music ministry mindset, understand why... ...

4
August

Gifts from Nature: Eco Printing on Paper and Silk

Leaves gathered at the Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre will be used to create prints on paper and on silk fabric. In this program we will explore how those beautiful prints can be used to create greeting cards or wee books as well as a scarf.  The leaves we select will transfer colour and texture... ...

4
August
9:00 am - 12:00 am

Summer Worship and Music Leaders Week 5

Meet our wonderful Worship and Music Leaders for 2024. From August 4 through August 10, join The Rev. Christine Conkin in worship and music each morning. Worship Leader biography: The Rev. Christine Conkin has served in ordained ministry since 2006 in both Calgary and Victoria. She completed a Master of Divinity at Vancouver School of... ...

7
August
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre

Free Community Talk with The Rev. Derwyn Costinak

Everyone Welcome! The Rev. Derwyn Costinak served as a Pentecostal pastor and is currently an Anglican priest which provides him with an eclectic background for leading courses.  He loves to add outdoor activities and racing simulations to his work as a priest and military chaplain. Download a poster: [.jpg] ...

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