Programs, Retreats, and Events Leaders


Alanah Woodland

As a counselor/therapist I offer to walk beside you and help you to improve relationships, create more self-awareness, navigate life transitions, figure out how you want to parent, go thru grief,  or do some deep work in childhood or other trauma. We work together at your pace and comfort level offering gentleness as we invite curiosity and courage to look at the place or space you want to grow, understand or heal. I do counselling work with individuals, couples, families & I also work delivering creative expressive or land based embodied wellness workshops, for professionals, students, or other groups focused…

Ali Romanow

I’m a non-binary musical educator located in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island in Canada. Music has been part of my life since I was a child, it has taken me over the world as both a performer and an educator. It is how I connect with others and has been a constant companion supporting me through life’s ups and downs since I was a child. My main mission as a music educator is to help build diverse, supportive and safe musical communities for people all ages and levels of experience. We all deserve to play music together, regardless of your level…

Ashlee Watkins

Having grown up in a musical family in New South Wales, Australia, Ashlee Watkins is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. Her powerfully unadorned vocals exhibit a refreshing directness of expression reminiscent of Maybelle Carter, Molly O’Day, and Hazel Dickens. She has been awarded a number of blue ribbons from fiddlers’ conventions around the Southeast for her folk singing and old-time banjo and guitar playing. In 2021, her string band The Alum Ridge Boys & Ashlee won first place at the 85th Annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention in Galax, VA. In 2022, she completed a Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship with Floyd County master…

Barbara Callihoe

Barbara Callihoe is honored to share her knowledge and teachings in the Sacred Circle course. Barbara grew up in the Edmonton area and knew about her mother’s settler history. It wasn’t until her 30’s that she learned more about her father’s First Nation’s Cree history. She is very connected to both her ancestries through craft and traditional life skills which are now considered art forms. This is how she connected with her history: through her hands as well as gentle teachings from her grandmother. Barbara believes that we are all here on mother earth to learn, to share, and to…

Bernice Jensen

Bernice Jensen is a First Nations from the Okanagan Nation (Vernon, BC) and lives in T’kemlups te Secwepemc (Kamloops, BC) with her husband and family. She is the cultural educational coordinator of Kamloop’s Aboriginal Friendship Society and School District 73 where she educates on indigenous ways of knowing. She is also the owner of All My Relations Creations, where she creates authentic First Nations art projects such as ribbon skirts, ribbon shirts, moccasins, birch bark baskets, cedar bark baskets, pine needle baskets, leather pouches, dentalium necklaces & matching earrings, beaded lanyards, beaded bracelets, parfleche medallions, and beaded earrings. Bernice is…

Bill Coon

Bill Coon is a Canadian jazz and composer. He is a Juno nominated artist and the winner of the 2009 National Jazz Awards, ‘Guitarist of the Year’. He is known for performing artists such as Miles Black and Jodi Proznick, Lonnie Smith, Brad Turner,Peter Bernstein, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ian McDougall, P. J. Perry, Sheila Jordan, Phil Dwyer, Peter Washington, and Oliver Gannon. His compositions and arrangements have been commissioned by large ensembles such as the CBC Radio Orchestra, John Korsrud’s Hard Rubber Orchestra, and the Dal Richards Orchestra. He graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Jazz…

Carl Jones

Carl Jones is an American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He was born in Macon, Georgia, and lives in Hillsville, Virginia. He studied music near Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and was influenced by seeing Roy Orbison, Steve Goodman, and Mac McAnally record there. Carl is widely respected for his instrumental talents and original songs about the joys and tribulations of life in the south. His songs have been recorded by The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Kate Campbell, Rickie Simpkins w/Tony Rice, and others. Last Time On The Road was on the Grammy award winning album Unleashed by The Nashville Bluegrass Band. Carl played with…

Catherine Nicholls

Catherine Nicholls lives and works in Gibsons, B.C. and draws inspiration from the natural world, her travels, and the people she meets along the way. The history of people, their stories, legends, cultures and sense of place are the creative raw materials for her themed exhibitions worldwide. She works on paper and fabric with discharge, dyeing, drawing, painting, and printing. Textile pieces are densely stitched by hand or machine, often both. Visit ravensthread.com and on social media @ravensthread      

Dr. Richard LeSueur

Canon Dr. Richard LeSueur has served as an Anglican Priest in the Diocese of Jerusalem and in Western and Central Canada. In 1992 he moved with his young family to live and work in East Jerusalem during the first Intefada where he joined the teaching staff of St. George’s College. Over 35 years he has facilitated more than 50 programs of Christian Pilgrimage for clergy and laity through the biblical lands and has an intimate, first-hand experience in that land of hope and sorrows.

Eileen Kuchta

I have worked on chicken farm for 30 yrs. I love what I do and I hope to pass on the joy.

Ellie Hakanson

Ellie Hakanson is a fiddle player and vocalist with Missy Raines and Allegheny and Kristy Cox and Grasstime. She has been playing bluegrass since childhood and was nominated for several IBMA awards while touring with Jeff Scroggins and Colorado. In addition to touring and performing, Ellie teaches fiddle and voice at camps and private lessons.

Gail Anderson-Dargatz

GAIL ANDERSON-DARGATZ has been published worldwide in English and in many other languages in more than fifteen territories, and has successfully crossed over into several genres. Her most two most recent bestsellers, The Almost Wife, published in 2021, and The Almost Widow, released in 2023, are domestic thrillers, a departure from earlier literary works. Gail lives in the Shuswap in south-central British Columbia, the landscape found in so much of her writing, with her husband Mitch Krupp and their family. She is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, the Federation of BC Writers, and Crime Writers of Canada.

Guido Heistek

Guido Heistek holds a B.F.A. Music from Concordia University in Montreal and is a CANSTAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. He makes his home in Vancouver, BC.  Guido has performed in the US, Japan, Canada and Europe, and has worked as both an arranger and consultant for stage and film. Guido teaches private and small group lessons at his downtown studio: Yaletown Music . In 2011, Guido released Hear the Strum,  an instructional DVD which teaches ukulele students how to strum by ear and from the heart. In 2013 he released a CD, Guido Heistek – Solo Ukulele. In 2016, Guido released The Chord Melody Book…

Herni Lock

Henri Lock is a former Spiritual Care Provider at the University of Victoria Multifaith Centre and Executive Director of The Contemplative Society. He is a long-time teacher of Centering Prayer and Mindfulness Meditation in the Christian Wisdom tradition, and a minister with the United Church of Canada.

Indu Arora

Ayurveda and Yoga Teacher, mentor and author considers herself a student for lifetime. Her core philosophy is, ‘Yoga is work-in not work-out!”

Jason Wood

Jason Wood is the Youth and Families Minister at St. Laurence Anglican Church in Coquitlam, BC, where he has worked for 6 years. He graduated in 2023 with a Masters in Theological Studies from Vancouver School of Theology, and is now finishing a Certificate in Children, Youth, and Family Ministries. Before ministry in the Anglican church, he lived in intentional Christian community in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, worked as an urban farmer, and organized for climate justice with ecumenical Christian network Earthkeepers. He currently lives in Coquitlam with his wife and 3-year-old-daughter. As the musician The Forest Archive, Jason…

Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott is a Vancouver-born vocalist and jazz pianist specializing in jazz, blues and world music. Jennifer is considered one of the most important jazz artists working in Canada and the United States today. From sold-out concerts in San Francisco to exclusive local club performances, Jennifer’s performance experiences have been varied. Jennifer has appeared at Jazz Festivals all across Canada and in several of the United States. She has also appeared with such jazz luminaries as: Tommy Banks, Don Thompson, Kenny Wheeler, Skywalk, and Hugh Fraser, to name a few. Jennifer is pianist/vocalist for San Francisco-based Novo Tempo, a Brazilian/jazz…

Joanne Scofield

Joanne is a certified Forest Therapy Guide, through GIFT (Global Institute for Forest Therapy). Joanne grew up in a small town in northern B.C. where a forest of pine trees was an extension of her backyard and where she spent a lot of time playing and exploring. Without being aware at the time, this was the start of her experience of deep nature connection. Throughout her adult life, she has found connection and healing in the natural world and enjoys creating space to support others in their journey. Joanne also has an interest in labyrinths, meditation and exploring creativity to…

Joe Vinikow

A PSGW instructor since 1989, Joe Vinikow joined his first band at age 13, and has played rock, blues, bluegrass, swing, and jazz, in more or less that order ever since. A founder of the Guitar For Grownups program in his native Seattle, he has an MA in Music from the University of Washington, and has produced and contributed to a number films on traditional American music, in addition to several albums of original songs recorded in Nashville. And after a long hiatus, he is pleased to bring his Party Guitar class back to the original scene of the crime.

Josie Pearce

Josie Pearce is a visual artist specializing in work with pencil, pen and ink, pastel, oil and acrylic mediums. She is self-taught, has attended a vast number of art classes and workshops and continues to be creatively inspired by her family, many of whom are also successful artists and teachers. It was Calgary Nature and Wildlife artist David N. Kitler who encouraged her to creatively focus on painting animals and wildlife. Josie has embraced the natural world as her tutor, studying flora and fauna as far away as the swelter of an African safari to the nearby shade of her…

Julian Smedley

Julian Smedley started his music career as a choirboy in an English cathedral. As a violinist he performed regularly on BBC television and radio both as a soloist and an orchestral player. He co-founded the Bowles Brothers Band that recorded on Decca Records. Since moving to the West Coast of the U.S., he has performed with such artists as Art Lande, Ralph Towner, Gary Peacock and Gil Evans, and he was a member of the Bay Area’s Hot Club of San Francisco. Since his 2011 return to the Pacific Northwest, Julian has been performing with The Debutones, The Greg Ruby…

Karen Gummo

A poet, dancer, and visual artist, Karen Gummo has been performing as a storyteller for almost 40 years in schools, libraries, museums, churches, seniors’ lodges, and in the fields and forests. She has traveled across Canada and as far as Iceland to share her favourite invented and real family and historical sagas, along with myths, folklore, and legends. Her Scandinavian family background and love for flora and fauna are her anchors. She continues to explore the depths of that rich heritage through research, through dreaming, offering workshops and through performance. She is co-founder of Storytelling Alberta formerly known as TALES…

Karin Huehold

Karin has painted professionally for over 30 years. Her genuine love and appreciation of watercolour is evident in her art. Drawing impressions from many facets of life, provide Karin with a continual source of inspiration. From mountain to prairie landscapes, forests, flowers, food, friends, bits and pieces of nature and wherever the paint and brush lead her, Karin creates unique and beautiful works of art. Her work ranges from simple, expressive watercolours to elaborate designs using pen, ink and of course watercolour. Karin is a prolific teacher – having taught many self-designed courses to a multitude of students. She is…

Karin Plato

KARIN PLATO is an acclaimed Canadian Juno nominated Jazz vocalist and recording artist. She has performed throughout Canada and in the western USA for concert societies and at jazz festivals. She works as a composer, arranger, music educator, concert producer, and is the artistic director of the JOY OF JAZZ CONCERTS series in Vancouver BC. She has three times been nominated Canadian Jazz Vocalist of the Year at the National Jazz Awards and she is a West Coast Music Award nominee. Karin latest project includes writing new music as well as arranging songs from various genres: jazz, pop and country,…

Kathie MacDuff

Kathie MacDuff Kathie is an artist, graphic designer and journalist who captures her artistic passions within her signature program, Creative Journaling. For the past 27 years, she has been teaching creative journaling as well as courses in watercolour, mixed media and a wide assortment of paper arts including book binding. Kathie is the Expressive Arts Team Lead at Wellspring Alberta where she’s been a regular facilitator offering many and varied courses over the past fourteen years in person and on Zoom. Kathie was a forerunner instructor with the Tom Baker Cancer Center leading to the establishment of their Medicine in…

Kathy Kinsella

Kathy Kinsella is a textile artist who lives just down the lake from Sorrento Centre. Kathy’s seasonal obsession is using natural materials and dyes with local vegetation to create eco prints from those leaves. Many of the fabrics in her work are hand dyed or eco printed. She also creates unique greeting cards and small handmade books and journals using eco printed papers and ephemera. She delights in exploring a variety of surface treatments and using hand stitching and beading to create added texture and interest. Kathy’s recent fibre art can be viewed on Facebook at kk.fibre.art More samples in…

Kayla Hotte

Ardrossan, Alberta, based Kayla Hotte is certainly one of the fresher faces of bluegrass music. But don’t let her age and innocence appearance fool you𝄖she is a force to be reckoned with! Hotte is a graduate of Grant MacEwan University’s music program, as well as the IBMA’s Leadership Bluegrass program. She is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist playing guitar, mandolin, and fiddle. Hotte’s love of music was born at a young age and she’s been performing for almost as long as she’s been walking and talking. Her musical career began with playing in a family bluegrass band and, as soon…

Ken Gray

Born and raised in Victoria BC, music, ministry, photography and activism have all characterized the busy life of this recently retired Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Kamloops. An avid photographer, Ken recently retired as president of the Kamloops Photo Arts Club which he invigorated and inspired throughout the pandemic. Legally blind since birth, Ken’s presentation Blinded by the Light has been well received by many clubs and groups, including a collection of Canadian blind photographers. His ability to integrate the technical aspects of photography with majesty, mystery and mastery is acknowledged by many. He loves life, people, landscape, experience,…

Kerry Baisley

Kerry Baisley recently retired as Missioner for Indigenous Justice with the Diocese of New Westminster. Previous work includes Emergency Child Welfare, Social Work in the Yukon, Medical Social Work in Residential Care, Substitute Decision Making and Risk Management in Medical Settings. This work comes from a passion to work with and learn from those who at times have been marginalized from our dominant society. Hope for our future necessitates learning about our past and journeying together with our First Nations, Metis and Inuit kin.

Kevin Zakresky

Kevin Zakresky is a touring orchestral conductor who has recently directed the Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses, National Geographic Symphony, Heroes Symphony and Sonic the Hedgehog, four shows that have seen him conduct orchestras throughout North America, South America, and Europe. He is Music Director of the Pacific Spirit Choir and Maddalena’s Descant in Vancouver. Previously he was Music Director of the Prince George Symphony and conductor of the Pacifica Singers. Kevin received his doctorate in choral conducting from Yale University in 2012 and has been on the voice faculty of the VSO School of Music since 2013. He is…

Leslie Black

Leslie Black facilitates Heart Awakening transformational coaching and energy healing with groups and individuals. For over 20 years she was a Healing Pathway instructor and currently she leads group sessions in spiritual growth and energetic self-care, both in-person and on-line. Visit her website at https://heartawakening.ca.

Maureen Hollins

Maureen has been a church musician all of her life. She weaves together the worlds of piano performance, piano pedagogy, theology, and singing until they have become the same expression of the Holy. Maureen’s present work at St. Andrews, Langley has brought her back to Sorrento once again, a place where the roots of our understanding of God is freely expressed in the joy of community worship.

Me-Kon Hayes

Me-Kon Hayes, Vice President, with her husband Issa are parents of five children. I started my family as a single mother through adopting our oldest son who is of African Heritage. Our second son is aboriginal. As foster parents for thirteen years, we enjoyed the busyness of a full household. I have been involved in guest speaking at British Columbia’s Ministry for Children and Family Development adoption orientation sessions. I am President of the B.C. Black History Awareness Society and on the board of the African Heritage Association of Vancouver Island. Through my company Binkadi Human Services I provide support to…

Melissa Nasby

Canadian fibre artist, Melissa Nasby specializes in needle felted masks, headdresses, puppets and sculptures. Melissa’s passion is driven by the texture and versatility of wool and natural fibres. She is heavily influenced by fantasy and nature, creating one-of-a-kind pieces that have a unique sense of organic whimsy. Notable achievements: • 2014 Honourable Mention from The Jim Henson Company • 2015 Recipient of The Marie Manson Memorial Art Award • 2015 People’s Choice Award Winner -Shuswap Lake Festival of the Arts • 2015 Featured Artist & 2nd Place People’s Choice Award -Lake Country Artwalk Exhibitions: Salmon Arm Art Gallery- Life size…

Michael Baker

Mike Baker and his wife Kristina live in Salmon Arm and are the grateful parents to Genesis Baker, adopted from Florida. Mike works as the Chief Administrating Officer for the Village of Lytton and Kristina is a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in School District No. 83. We have been coming to Harambee Cultural Society since Genesis was 8 months old in 2016 and have been thankful for this community that has supported and educated us in ways that are too many to say. I am enjoying being able to give back to HCS by being a board…

Michael Creber

MICHAEL CREBER is a Grammy-nominated and Juno Award-winning artist who was dubbed “a cross between Floyd Cramer and Thelonius Monk” by one LA reviewer. As one of the West Coast’s most sought-after musicians, Michael pursues a wide-ranging career as a pianist, film composer, arranger and producer; embracing many genres of music such as jazz, Latin, R&B, rock, pop, musical theatre, country, folk and classical. He has performed as a featured guest with many symphony orchestras across North America and has recorded and toured internationally with k.d. lang (including performances on Saturday Night Live, the Grammy Awards, Arsenio Hall, Vicki Gabereau,…

Mike Rud

Mike Rud is a Juno award-winning jazz guitarist and songwriter. He is also a music instructor at Selkirk College in Nelson, BC. As an instrumentalist, Mike has played alongside some of the greatest jazz musicians of the era like Peter Bernstein, Kenny Wheeler, Herb Ellis and Joey DeFrancesco. As a songwriter and arranger, Mike won the 2014 Juno Award for his album Notes on Montreal, a critically acclaimed musical portrait of the city. It was inspired by the great literature set in Montreal (Michel Tremblay, Gabrielle Roy etc.) and sung by Sienna Dahlen. Mike’s subsequent 2015 solo release, Miniatures, delighted audiences across Canada, creating the effect of a small group with only his voice…

Norene Morrow

Norene Morrow has spent much of her life involved in the music of the church, including over thirty years as a music director in parishes from small congregations to cathedrals in Manitoba, Ontario, and BC. In 2001 she moved to the Okanagan with her family when her husband, the late Allan Reed, became the Dean at St. Michael and All Angels Cathedral in Kelowna. Over the years they worked together and separately giving many workshops related to music, liturgy, and congregational development. Norene has taught courses at Sorrento at least three times and wrote a regular column for the Diocese…

Phil Belanger

Phil has had a long and eventful journey as a musician. With the powerful pull of the Beatles, the British invasion, Motown, and a good deal of AM radio in the 1960’s – he felt no choice but to pick up the sticks and become a drummer. After a lot of gigs in legions, bars and clubs, he enrolled at UBC, studying classical music – both percussion and guitar. After that – it was on to jazz, Cuban, Brazilian and various world music traditions, while never losing sight of his musical roots.

Phil McIntyre-Paul

Phil is a co-founder and senior consultant with the Shuswap Trail Alliance, a former program associate with the Canadian Adventure and Education Centre, a former instructor with Thompson Rivers University’s Tourism Management faculty, and creator of “Living on a Paddle and a Prayer: Wilderness Journeys”. He is privileged to live, walk, paddle, and play within the Shuswap Lakes region of Secwépemcúĺecw with his partner Kathy.

Ray Piper

A native of Melbourne, Australia (born in 1950), Ray Piper has long had a love affair with Brazilian music. His first album was Ray Piper and Fantazea and already featured a selection of original Brazilian tunes. With this second release, Sabor do Rio, Ray solidifies his passion and affinity to Brazil. Ray started his musical journey in his native Australia, where he learned how to play the guitar at age 15. Then in the early 1970s, he moved to Los Angeles to study with Joe Pass. In 1975, he packed once again and this time settled in Vancouver, Canada. Half way across the…

Rebecca Kilgore

She regularly performs worldwide at jazz festivals, jazz parties, and on jazz cruises. She has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio’s ‘Fresh Air’ with Terry Gross, has appeared on ‘A Prairie Home Companion’, and with Michael Feinstein at Carnegie Hall. The Rebecca Kilgore Quartet (formerly known as BED) was a popular favorite on the jazz festival circuit: with Eddie Erickson (guitar/banjo/voice), Dan Barrett (trombone), and Joel Forbes (bass). She has performed with the Statesmen Of Jazz, dedicated to perpetuating the art of jazz for future generations. She is honored to have been inducted (in 2010) to the Oregon Music…

Rene Worst

Rene Worst, an internationally known and well respected bass player, has established himself as one of the most influential and leading jazz voices in North America for several decades.

Rev David Taylor

The Rev. David Taylor has grown in the Anglican tradition having a background in the Pentecostal church. He has degrees from Summit Pacific Bible College in Abbotsford, Regent College in Vancouver, and the Vancouver School of Theology. David’s passion is to reconnect people to the Scripture and the depth of the spiritual history of Christianity. David is both Spiritual and Religious. He delights in the personal spiritual journey of the heart and he works to ensure the marginalized are cared for. He is also a composer of worship music and liturgy.

Rev Dr. Rob James

Rob comes to VST from Wells Cathedral in Somerset, in the southwest of the UK, where he has been the Canon Chancellor since 2019. Before going to Wells, Rob was the Vicar of a three-parish benefice in the Diocese of Gloucester. He was ordained Deacon in 2005 and Priest in 2006. As well as his Church of England career he spent some time working for the UK government on security matters, whilst undertaking unpaid duties for the Church. Alongside his work for Church and State, he has usually been involved in teaching theology to undergraduates and to those training for…

Rev. Andrew Halladay

The Rev. Andrew Halladay is the Vicar at St Andrew’s Anglican Church in Langley BC. He has a passion for liturgy, music, and the Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre, especially for thinking of ways to get children and young people involved. Andrew is an amateur actor and singer and loves musical theatre.

Rev. Cameron Gutjahr

The Rev. Cameron Gutjahr has always had a love for the natural world. This led him to a degree in biology with a special focus on evolution and ecology at UBC, which in turn led him to his Master of Divinity at Huron College in London, Ontario. Though for many this may have seemed like a strange change of course, for Cameron, this was a natural continuation. For him, evolution, ecology, spirituality, and Christian theology intersect in exciting and delightful ways. Since 2019, Cameron has been the priest at St. John the Divine Anglican Church in Squamish, BC.

Rev. Derwyn Costinak

The Rev. Derwyn Costinak (he/him) is the Incumbent of the Church of the Good Shepherd in the Diocese of Calgary in the Anglican Church of Canada. Having served as a Pentecostal pastor for 16 years and as an Anglican priest for 10 years, he considers himself to be “ecclesiastically bilingual,” which provides him with an eclectic background for the content of this course. Married to Wanda for 31 years and with two grown children, he loves to add outdoor activities (hiking, cycling, kayaking) and racing simulations to his work as a priest and military chaplain.

Rev. Jessica Schaap

The Rev. Jessica Schaap has been an avid amateur birder for about 15 years. A conversion like experience to birdwatching occurred shortly after she began studying for her Masters of Divinity degree at the Vancouver School of Theology. Jessica has been an ordained Anglican priest in the Diocese of New Westminster for over 14 years. She was rector of St. Paul’s, Vancouver, and assistant priest at St. James’, Vancouver. Since 2018, she has been the Missioner for Christian Formation for the diocese. Her mandate includes the development and support of Christian formation for all ages. She lives in East Vancouver…

Rev. Michael Battle

The Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D. was ordained a priest by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 1993. Michael Battle’s clergy experience, in addition to his academic work, makes him an internationally sought after speaker, teacher, writer and spiritual leader. In 2010, Battle was given one of the highest Anglican Church distinctions as “Six Preacher,” by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. A distinction given to only a few who demonstrate great dedication to the church that goes back to 16th century England and Thomas Cranmer. Battle has published eleven books, including his latest: Desmond Tutu: A Spiritual Biography of South Africa’s…

Rev. Shawn Sanford Beck

The Rev. Shawn Sanford Beck is an independent and ecumenical priest with over twenty years of ministry experience in a variety of settings. He is the author of Christian Animism and A Prairie Rune, and blogs at https://ecosophian.wordpress.com/about/. As the Recruitment Ambassador for St. Andrew’s College, as well as a Spiritual Exploration Guide in the College’s Lifelong Learning Pathway (https://standrews.ca/lifelong-learning-pathway/) , Shawn is looking forward to meeting you in the sacred space of the Sorrento Centre.

Rhona Parsons

Join internationally recognized Yoga instructor and Fitness, Health, and Wellness expert Rhona Parsons for an inspiring weekend of learning how to bring the Art of B.A.L.A.N.C.E. into your life. Rhona’s journey of self-discovery began in 1997 when she attended her first yoga class. Since then, Rhona has devoted her career to helping others live their best lives through her teachings as both a teacher and student of yoga.Rhona’s ability to combine Yoga with insightful yoga philosophy brings forth amazing opportunities for growth and self-discovery within her classes. She has created the perfect balanced practices to help you find that elusive balance…

Robyn Cyr

Robyn Cyr has been involved in Economic Development and Tourism Development for the past 20 years. Robyn started her Economic Development career in Squamish working for Community Futures Howe Sound. Robyn has since taken her career throughout the province working for Community Futures, Regional Districts, and Indigenous communities in Squamish, Williams Lake, and the Shuswap region. Robyn started her own business in 2019, Brabyn Business Solutions, where she is now working with local communities and non-profit organizations on community and business development projects. Robyn also sits as a board director on the Shuswap Community Foundation, and the South Shuswap Chamber…

Ron Peters

  Ron Peters is a Seattle-based jazz guitarist whose melodic improvisation, sense for interplay, and intimate connection to the instrument was once underscored by Just Jazz Guitar Magazine as the mark of “unrestrained imagination.” An alumnus of Berklee College of Music, Ron also studied privately with guitar legends Joe Pass, Ted Greene, and Mick Goodrick. Ron cut his teeth in the studios and bandstands New York City and Los Angeles before settling in Seattle. In his decades-long career, Ron has performed with The Manhattan Transfer, Chevy Chase, The Don Ellis Orchestra, and Pearl Django, among others. A respected educator, Ron is a…

Ron Peters

Ron Peters is a Seattle-based jazz guitarist whose melodic improvisation, sense for interplay, and intimate connection to the instrument was once underscored by Just Jazz Guitar Magazine as the mark of “unrestrained imagination.” An alumnus of Berklee College of Music, Ron also studied privately with guitar legends Joe Pass, Ted Greene, and Mick Goodrick. Ron cut his teeth in the studios and bandstands New York City and Los Angeles before settling in Seattle. In his decades-long career, Ron has performed with The Manhattan Transfer, Chevy Chase, The Don Ellis Orchestra, and Pearl Django, among others. A respected educator, Ron is a regular…

Rosemary Campbell

Rosemary began studying music before she started school and has been playing and singing swing for more than 40 years. She is the Director of the Moveable Music School and the B C Swing Camp, and is on the board of directors of the Georgia Strait Guitar Workshop.

Steve Maddock

Over the past two decades, Steve Maddock has been steadily establishing himself as one of Canada’s most versatile vocal talents. Whether sharing a concert stage with a 65-piece symphony orchestra, performing with a 10-piece show band on a cruise ship, or fronting a jazz trio in a local club, he’s able to change gears effortlessly and present the music in a way that’s honest and fresh. He’s been a soloist with The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Vancouver Chamber Choir, The Pacific Baroque Orchestra and The Dal Richards Jazz Orchestra, as well as being a featured artist on CBC Radio (Hot Air, Tonic, The Homestretch,…

Tom Keenlyside

I was lucky. The idea that music was to be gradually embraced as a profession with which to make a living while working a day job just didn’t happen. It was immediate and, for me, electrifying. This is how it happened. Every morning during the week in 1964, when I was thirteen, I walked by my friend Tony’s house on the way to our first year in high school. We’d amble to school chatting about the usual…cars, girls, and the rest. One particular morning in late fall as I came up to his steps, the front door was open and…

Ven. Jordan Ware

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 of Good Shepherd Anglican Church. She is the author The Ultimate Quest: A Geek’s Guide to (the Episcopal) Church, and co-host of the Two Feminists series of podcasts – not only do they annotate the Bible, but also take inspiration from women in Christian history with Two Feminists Annotate the Beatified. Jordan is originally from Texas, as you’ll be able to tell by the many “y’alls” and “fixin’ tos” peppering her speech and her…