Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre Programming

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... ...

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

The Dance of Truth; Family Storytelling

We gather together to connect.  In our interwoven online world – we sit still for long periods.  Our bodies are meant to move, to connect; face to face, eye to eye, and heart to heart.  Perhaps that is where we can find our true selves. A poet, dancer, and visual artist, Karen Gummo has been performing... ...

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... ...

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 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... ...

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... ...

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] ...

6
September

Forest Bathing Retreat

About Forest Bathing The experience of forest bathing, or forest therapy, is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, (literal translation to ‘Forest Bathing’), which started in the early 1980s. It is a practice of deep nature connection, of slowing down, being present to the moment and experiencing the natural world through one’s senses.... ...

6
October
Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre

Finding the Line

A workshop with Catherine Nicholls In art, a line is a fundamental mark or stroke that defines the shape, contour, or outline of a form and can convey motion, direction, or emotion.  In this workshop, we will explore all the ways we can make line in textile art. Lines in layers through transparent fibre, reactive... ...

15
November
Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre

2024 Contemplative Retreat:  Coming Home to Divine Light in Dark Times

Join us for a weekend of heart-centered contemplative practices. Together we will create a nurturing and transformative community.  Through guided meditation, chant, embodied prayer, Centering Prayer, labyrinth walking, lectio divina, and more, we will journey deeply into the Light of Christ. Come and be renewed to live in the Light amidst the challenges and dark... ...

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