Falling in love with Mother Nature

Now more than ever, it’s time to fall back in love with Mother Nature. We see it world-wide, we feel it in our own backyard… Mother Nature is calling to us to pay attention and to take care of her, to nurture her as we get to know her better. We also understand that humans have become profoundly alienated from Mother Nature, and that is one source of our current crises. 

The Swan

Did you too see it, drifting, all night, on the black river?
Did you see it in the morning, rising into the silvery air –
An armful of white blossoms,
A perfect commotion of silk and linen as it leaned
into the bondage of its wings; a snowbank, a bank of lilies,
Biting the air with its black beak?
Did you hear it, fluting and whistling
A shrill dark music – like the rain pelting the trees – like a waterfall
Knifing down the black ledges?
And did you see it, finally, just under the clouds –
A white cross Streaming across the sky, its feet
Like black leaves, its wings Like the stretching light of the river?
And did you feel it, in your heart, how it pertained to everything?
And have you too finally figured out what beauty is for?
And have you changed your life?

– Mary Oliver 

Land-based Programs

Join us on the land to deepen your living connection with nature.

Sorrento Centre is a values-driven social purpose retreat centre, striving for environmental and social sustainability by hosting events and engaging in activities that are good for people, good for our community and good for the natural world around us. We share, along with every other faith tradition, a commitment to express our love for our neighbours in practical and tangible ways – like food and shelter. Our gardens, our forests, our wetlands and farm, our orchards and even our solar panels provide valuable learning opportunities for students, the community and our guests.

Take a look at some of the activities, programs and initiatives focused on nurturing the love of nature in our hearts and in our community. 

Keeping Warm on Winter Days

The good and the bad, starting with the bad! The hot water heater in Spes Bona has died, which is ...
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Stay and Play … for free

This winter we want you to experience the magic of Sorrento Centre DO YOU WANT TO STAY FOR FREE? Simply ...
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Winter fun in the Shuswap

The Shuswap area of British Columbia becomes a veritable winter wonderland when the snow falls. Plenty of white fluffy fun, ...
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Let your feet wander…

... into adventure! For those that have had the opportunity to walk with Ken Gray or with Phil McIntyre-Paul, you ...
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Watch out for that bear!

Wild Safe BC and Shuswap Adventure Girl Most people come to the Shuswap for its beautiful nature. We are surrounded ...
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Water water every where!

and not a beach to be found! You may have heard on the news that there is an ongoing Flood ...
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Thank you, Dr. Mary Thomas!

Fondly known as "Mother Nature", and a healer A large group gathered at the Shuswap Museum on June 21st 2022, ...
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Knúcwentwecw: Dr Mary Thomas

A new exhibit dedicated to the woman known as Mother Nature Dr Mary Thomas was an Elder, honoured in the ...
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The beauty of spring

...unfolds through the lens of a camera Spring time at Sorrento Centre is always such a special time. Flowers begin ...
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Signposts: Walking the land

The Sorrento Centre launched our Signposts initiative with the Switzmalph Cultural Society earlier today - starting with a walk-about of ...
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Oh Mother Nature…

You do paint with a beautiful pallet! It's hard not to stop and admire the beauty of mother nature and ...
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Sorry about the weather

Playing havoc with our phones + internet This article was published on Jan. 5, 2022. Tried to get through to ...
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Biosphere Commitment Program

Sustainable Tourism System The Sorrento Centre expresses our commitment to social and environmental sustainability in many ways - from the ...
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This Giving Tuesday, support Sorrento Centre

For the love of Mother Nature This article was published on November 30, 2021, but we are always accepting donations ...
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Early days of latest climate crisis

Thanks to our generous donors! This article was published on Nov. 27, 2021. As we head into the final weekend ...
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You can help us help. Here’s how

November 19, 2021 Another disaster continues to unfold before us - on our television screens, through social media and firsthand ...
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You are welcome. You are safe. You are cared for.

In the aftermath of the intense early-winter storms (in Nov. 2021) that ravaged much of our province, we at Sorrento ...
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Global Sustainable Tourism

and Sorrento Centre Did you miss the panel last week? Here's your chance watch a recorded playback to learn from ...
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Green retreat with Hildegard of Bingen

With thanks to Archbishop Lynne McNaughton This article was published on October 24, 2021. Viriditas - a powerful word coined ...
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Lessons from the geese

We can all learn from Canada Geese Flock of migrating In fall of 2021, we saw Canada Geese heading south ...
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Evening sky… day sky

Beautiful skies above the Shuswap Beautiful - a common enough word to describe the uncommonly incredible skies over the Shuswap ...
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Beautiful flowers abound

Throughout our main campus and natural farm Update: This article was published on June 24, 2021 - our farm is ...
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Incredible beauty all around

We love the South Shuswap! The South Shuswap - in the central interior of British Columbia where the Sorrento Centre ...
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Internet restored, on-line registration back on-line!

Fixing up after devastating lightning strike This article was posted 4 August 2020. Good news: Internet service at the Sorrento ...
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No phones, no internet as lightning strikes!

Just as the holiday weekend begins This article was published on Aug. 2, 2020. A great big bolt of lightning ...
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Welcome Wild Church BC!

First of two weeks for summer of 2020 For current information regarding wild church please click here. This article was ...
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Our beautiful flowers

Across our main campus The Sorrento Centre's gardens blossom and bloom throughout the spring, summer and fall. The colours and ...
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Beautiful summer skies

Sunshine spills over the Sorrento Centre campus - and across the Shuswap. The days are warm, but not hot, and ...
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The many critters

Of the Sorrento Centre In 2019, Sorrento Centre welcomed close to 4,000 human critters - some coming for week-long events ...
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We don’t want plastic with our tomatoes

Reducing and eliminating single use plastic Update: This article was published on Aug. 21, 2019. Our farm is currently laying ...
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How a place can transform people

Lessons from Toynbee Hall In 1884, Church of England vicar Samuel Barnett and his wife Henrietta founded Toynbee Hall in ...
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