October is volunteer month at the Centre!

Bring your energy and join us in caring for this magical place. ✨

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From October 1st - 14th join Ian Fraser and Janet McDonald and be part of a community of volunteers caring for our Centre, while marking the change of seasons and having fun.

Sunday, October 13 we will celebrate Thanksgiving with a community potluck dinner. Rooms and campsites are provided to volunteers at no cost.

Register now.

Board Report September 2019

The Board of Naramata Centre Society met the weekend of September 6-8. As you are likely aware, the Centre must raise funds to repay our debt to the Pacific Mountain Region of the United Church. In addition, we need funds to renovate or replace many of our aging facilities on the Centre site. 

There are two key areas to report on following our September board meeting;

  1. Our plans going forward, based on the Master Site plan presented to us at the board meeting by Modus consultants.

  2. Our discussion of how we welcome and include everyone when they come to be part of our community at the Centre.

We had previously received the Master Site Plan from Rob Barrs at Modus with input from Chris Allen of Landform Architects.  We reviewed and discussed it in detail at the board meeting. Rob and Chris answered our questions and provided comments.  

A master site plan is designed to provide direction for changes to the site over the next 15-20 years.  There were six key themes that arose out of the Charrette held in June, and from our discussions with the design team at our September meeting.

Phase One 1-5 years

  1. Raise the necessary capital for the Centre through the sale of Centre non-core land. 

  2. Improve campgrounds and accommodations 

Phase Two 5- 10 years

  1. Revitalize and renovate Columbia and Alberta Halls

  2. Create new community space to replace the Gym in Columbia Hall

  3. Consider a new sewage treatment plant and development of the Centre as a demonstration of sustainable living

Phase Three 10-15 years

  1. Co-housing project on the land currently used for septic treatment

At this meeting we focused on phase one. 

We were excited when the design team suggested we consider affordable housing on smaller lots as a path to sell non-core Centre land and raise more capital than we would selling it as bare land. 

Currently all buildings in the Naramata Village are served by individual septic systems. This means required lot sizes are bigger than if there was a sewage system.  The Centre has two main septic fields. One of these has extra capacity, which could be used to service a limited number of smaller lots for affordable housing.

In our view this is a win for the Centre and for the village of Naramata. Currently affordable housing is in short supply in Naramata.  Due to the ability to service them with our existing septic system, these lots can be smaller and would have smaller homes built on them. This would make it possible for middle-income families to afford the homes built on those lots. 

Sounds great, right? Some of you are probably thinking about signing up. But there is a great deal of work to be done to make this plan a reality.  It is likely 18 months to two years before all the design work, rezoning and necessary approvals will be in place.  In fact, we will have to invest some funds before we see any returns on this project. 

The potential of this plan is, in our view, worth the time it will take.  We are immediately beginning the feasibility studies to ensure we can meet the legal and regulatory requirements.

The planning team also recommended that the Centre consider selling the three small lots on the beach, which are between the beach house, which the Centre once owned, and the public beach access right of way. This would leave approximately two thirds of the existing Centre beach for our continued use. If sold the beach lots would likely be used for one home. 

Many of you have told us not to sell the beach and we, too, are torn about this option.  We understand these feelings. The dilemma we have to grapple with is making sure we realize enough capital through land sales to ensure the Centre stays financially viable as we move through the next three years of site plan implementation. Our repayment of principal and interest to Pacific Mountain Region must begin in 2020. 

We have not yet made the decision to sell a portion of the beach.  That decision will come as we move through our due diligence and planning for the sale of land for affordable housing.

Campground improvements are not particularly costly compared to some of the other items in the master site plan but we have heard loud and clear from many of you that improvements are needed. In particular, the washrooms and showers need updating to modern standards. Our participants have said they want family-friendly, gender-neutral facilities.  We also would like to serve Southside campground and the campground behind East Court more effectively. Improving the washroom access will be one of our first priorities once funds from sale of land become available. 

Phase 2

We will provide further information about repair and renovations to Columbia and Alberta Hall in future Newsletters.

Welcoming Community

The Centre has for decades been a place where all are welcome and we have for some time now served both people of the United Church and others who take a different path to nurture their spirit.  How the Centre lives that out is challenging. This summer we have had differing feedback about our approach. Some have said Christian teachings and reference to Jesus Christ need to be more prominent. Others have commented they support a more broad-based approach, while still living out their Christian values. Many of our participants, who no longer attend church, grew up in United Church families. Still others come from different backgrounds but wish to be part of the community, which is created at the Centre.

As a board we reflect this difference in our religious and spiritual expression and are ourselves in dialogue about how, in today’s world, to live out welcoming everyone regardless of their beliefs, while respecting the Christian traditions that founded the Centre. All of our programs serve the Spirit in some way; a number of our programs are directly focused on spiritual expression or Christian celebration. 

We will keep you posted on our decisions about land sales and our approach to serving our community. Your thoughts are welcome - please email board@naramatacentresociety.org.


Doug Woollard

Chair, Naramata Centre Society

Celeriac & Apple Soup


2 lbs celeriac (peeled and quartered)

3 apples (large & diced)

1 onion (sliced)

5 cloves garlic

1 sprig rosemary (left whole)

500 ml cream

1 litre chicken stock

Sea salt & black pepper to taste


Coat celeriac and apple in olive oil, salt and pepper. Slow roast at 300 degrees for 1 hour.

Sauté sweat onion and garlic in olive oil until caramelized.

Add celeriac+apple to onion and add rosemary, sauté further for 10 min.

Add chicken stock and cream and cover.

Simmer 45 minutes, remove rosemary sprig, puree and pass through fine strainer, season to taste.


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Servant Leadership – The Magic of Naramata

Servant leadership was first coined in the 1970’s by Robert K. Greenleaf in “The Servant as Leader”. In his essay he writes “A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong. While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the “top of the pyramid,” servant leadership is different. The servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible”.

Over the course of the summer, I have observed strong to absent servant-leadership and I am beginning to understand that the Naramata magic happens at its best when servant-leadership exists – the power of “co-creating community” as one Board member said. 

However, in moving to a more developed staff model have we in fact lost sight of the importance of that type of leadership?

We experienced just over a 7% drop in our overall program participation this summer over last summer but only ~ a 3.4% decrease in the number of people on site. While we had more people on site this year not participating in programming, we did widen our circle of influence. 

Our trends are reflective of the changing climate and, given the feedback received from participants, the uncertainty which still exists as to the success of our future. This circles back to Servant Leadership. We have employees, members, participants and a Board of Directors. Each group has a different voice of leadership. Our members exercise leadership through their vote at the annual meeting. Each opportunity to vote is an opportunity to ask, are we putting the needs of our future community ahead of our own? Our Board of Directors sets the overall strategic direction for the Centre. I have seen them in action and their decisions are guided by our mission and that question. Our employees are new - we are dedicated to our success, invested in our mission and eager to ensure that our participants leave the Centre wanting to come back. We are finding our balance between guest hospitality and co-partnership experiences. At our Sunday night Welcome Circle we say “we have created the space and it is up to you to create the experience” – you as the weekly participants become the leaders. 

The success of participant leadership changed from week to week. During music week I observed this type of leadership more than any other week during the summer. Our music week participants co-created community within their group. Our staff provided support and guidance where needed. However together we are still searching for consistency in the magic which can be found in leading together. In other words finding space for the Naramata staff and participants to share the responsibility for creating the magic. 

During the month of August, I started “conversations with Susan” on Friday afternoons. I talked about our vision of community, our vision of being a Centre which leaves the definition of seeking spirituality to the seeker, and most importantly how living our mission of Inspiring individual and collective transformation in a safe, inclusive, sacred space can only happen when staff, participants, members and the Board of Directors are Servant Leaders. 

With the summer behind us, we are already beginning our plans for next summer, incorporating lessons learned, advice received and today’s successes. So, my call to action is to ask you to pro-actively participate right now. Read our newsletter, forward our newsletter and find a place that speaks to you - Hearts and Hands volunteer month, Fall programming, Naramata Roots, or simply show your ongoing support through feedback, membership and donations. Where can you lead?

Next month will feature our quarterly Board Report – so stay tuned!

A week of joy, peace and grace! A life of joy peace and grace!

The journey home

Oh to leave this place, this thin space, the sacredness of Naramata

My heart churns with bitter sweet departure and overflows with gratitude

Settling in at home, the rhythm of Naramata fades....

was it but a memory ....

of spirit alive ...

one now dancing behind a veil of work, routine, commerciality and partially asleep community ...

Moments of the Naramata joy peace and grace flicker in my heart and burst into prayers of deep gratitude...

Deep in my soul, even In Those mundane daily times or moments not easy or pleasant, that same sense of spiritual rightness of joy, peace and grace as experienced at Naramata embraces sustains and supports my soul

My heart overflows in gratitude - in deep deep gratitude for Naramata thin space that is so timeless....

that gratitude becomes prayerful action when I am able to return to Naramata for hearts and hands... to take care of the Center that has so cared for me ...

Days spent in a community of fellow caregivers cleaning, raking, pruning, thinning and preparing the space for those new and return summer visitors ... holding the prayer that they will be so graced at this thin space that they too will live in the Naramata joy peace and grace !

So be it

Lois Beischer

Naramata Centre recipient of United Way’s Social Enterprise Accelerator Fund

Today, United Way Southern Interior BC (SIBC), in partnership with Interior Savings Credit Union and the Community Foundations of the North and South Okanagan, announced the four recipients of their Social Enterprise Accelerator Program. Applicant charities submitted their proposals in the Spring and were invited to present their social enterprise at a Dragon’s Den style pitch night to an independent selection panel that scrutinized potential social impact, sustainability, ability to scale, and leadership. Naramata Centre was one of the four winners of the Social Enterprise Accelerator Fund.

The fund will enable Naramata Centre to work with Purppl who will team us with experienced “Entrepreneurs in Residence” to help us refine and scale our business model. Entrepreneurs in Residence are an increasingly beneficial resource in the Okanagan where a wealth of skilled professionals with diverse business and organizational backgrounds bring a balance of experience and coaching, while also helping to hold each social enterprise accountable to moving forward.

“The mentorship provided by Purppl will help Naramata Centre realize its full potential,” says Charmaine Pearce Manager of Programs and Community Experiences. “It will enable us to evolve our existing business model, increase mission driven opportunities while building a regionally-significant intergenerational education and wellness centre for the spiritual well-being of our wider community.”

To read the full press release from United Way please click here.


Sustainability at the Centre

This summer, seven Summer Leaders joined the Naramata Staff team, bringing with them a host of new ideas for how the centre can improve and build upon our current sustainability practices. The brainstorms were electric, with fingers flying furiously over laptop keyboard keys (paperless, wahoo!) to get everything noted down before it slipped away. This month, those exciting new ideas have begun to take shape around the centre and impact our participants experiences here in very real ways. 

We started with waste management, could we recycle more, and send less stuff to the landfill? Could we send less stuff off-site entirely? Inspired by a similar project at Quest University Canada, summer leader Kailyn Pritchard identified a few key areas where Naramata Centre could improve its waste management practices. 

Kailyn Pritchard - Young Adult Summer Leader

Kailyn Pritchard - Young Adult Summer Leader

For years, participants have been asking if we have somewhere to dispose of compost on site. On week 4 of this summer, that changed! Kailyn, along with volunteers and summer leader team, built the first compost bins the centre has ever had. These bins will be carefully and thoughtfully managed in order to ensure that they break down our scraps as quickly and scent-lessly as possible. It’s such as exciting time of progress here at the Centre!

If you have any questions about the Summer Leaders’ sustainability projects, please feel free to email them at ya.leaders@naramatacentresociety.org

Cherry Clafoutis

Cherry Clafoutis


If you are looking for a dessert that is super sweet, this is not it. But, if you are looking for something super easy to make in the middle of a busy summer full of visitors and beach time with an abundance of cherries, this is it.

What you need:

  • 9 - 10 inch shallow baking dish or pie plate

  • enough pitted cherries to cover the bottom of the dish (3-4 cups)

  • 3 eggs

  • 3/4 cups milk plus 1/2 cup whipping cream

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1 tablespoon amaretto, kirsch or vanilla extract

  • 2/3 cups flour (you can use almond flour to be gluten free)

  • whipped cream and icing sugar at serving time

What to do:

  1. Turn on oven set at 350 degrees

  2. Grease the baking dish

  3. Arrange cherries in the dish - (I like to turn them so you can't see the damage done by the pitter)

  4. Put milk and cream, eggs, flour, sugar and flavoring in the blender and process until mixed thoroughly.

  5. Pour over cherries.

  6. Bake 45-55 minutes or until light brown and puffy and a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. The clafoutis will sink while it is cooling.

  7. Before serving, while clafoutis is still warmish, sprinkle with icing sugar and whip some cream. You can serve it warm or cold. 

Interesting note:

This dish is a traditional French recipe which is made with un-pitted cherries. The belief is that the pits impart a desirable addition to the flavor that is lost without them. That would make this even easier to make. I f you feel like challenging your guests, go ahead and leave the pits in. I can't comment on the benefit of the pits since I haven't yet tried to that way. Perhaps, someday I will.

Peggy Evans

Design Charrette


MODUS - a firm specializing in planning, urban design and engagement - led us through a process where they gathered ideas through discussions, community feedback and a site tour on Thursday. MODUS then created a bold new vision for the property that will be achieved through reducing our footprint, repurposing outdoor space and renovating our remaining buildings. Board members are pleased and energized by this new vision!

Over 80 people joined the discussion on Saturday morning to hear MODUS' suggestions and sketches showing what the site might look like with these changes. If you are coming to the Centre this summer, drop into Alberta Hall to see the sketches and hear about the possibilities!

Many ideas and possibilities were presented with ideas ranging from affordable housing, to co-housing to ecological sanitary water treatment facilities. Each idea generated enthusiastic discussions and provided the opportunity to push the boundaries of our creative thinking. That in itself is one of the many purposes of a Charrette - to create ideas that could lead to feasible solutions.
Click to read more about some of the ideas in the June Board Update.

Learning and Retreat at the Centre

We human beings especially need times to set down our busyness, to step back from the fullness of daily life and retreat to times of grounding, centering and remembering ourselves. This June, Lois Huey-Heck, with Natalie Maxson and Keri Wehlander, offers an invitation to come for this kind of restoration and inspiration via Nourishing Mind Body & Spirit: A Contemplative Retreat at Naramata Centre. 

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(A Visual Documentary of A Baby Boomer’s Lament)

What happens when an artist needs a 40 foot wall to undertake a major project?  Well, Dennis Evans, a painter and potter living in Naramata, wondered just that.  After having an idea to create a mural with scenes capturing life changing events quintessential in shaping the 1960’s and beyond, Dennis needed a place to make several months of research become reality.  The only obstacle was that the work needed to be done on the biggest canvas he’d ever undertaken to paint. When finished, the mural would measure 40 feet long by five feet high.

Hearing about his dilemma, the Executive Director of the Naramata Centre offered a solution.  How about using the buffet room adjacent to the dining centre and kitchens? Details for occupying the space were negotiated, and work began in earnest on the first week of November 2018. Navigating the technical challenges with “DaVinci and Michelangelo-esk inventiveness”, the 40’ x 5’ canvas was erected on a temporary frame, and Dennis spent every day from November through early January painting his magnus opus.  

Many in the audience will recognize the iconic images of the decades and events that are represented in the piece, and Dennis hopes these images will trigger memories of your own.  The work is about the idealistic youth of the ‘60’s, their aspirations and hopes for the future and how these finished and unfinished revolutions have shaped our lives today and into the future.  Boomers turned thirty, got married, had kids, got a job, bought a house, filled it up with “stuff” (we started mass consumerism), went to war, were against war, polluted the world, are trying to clean up our mess, et cetera.  The painting, of course, has the artist’s own reflections and remembrances. Viewers will have others.

Framed by carefully executed architectural details which gradually deteriorate by the end of the piece, the columns are resurrected in the last panel with optimism and hope for the future.   Dennis challenges the viewer to think about the “revolution” that opened the ‘60’s and what Generation Z has inherited during the fifty years of the Boomer generation and the challenges they will face over their coming fifty years.

You can view a panoramic video of Dennis’s piece here.


Sacred Space Reflections

It was a cold, sunny Saturday in January when a few souls gathered in the chapel for a Sacred Space retreat day.  

The day began with contemplative worship to help ground ourselves and to begin to pause. Lois, Keri & Nan led us in song and story and explained how the day could be.  There was spaciousness in the day as we each had our own room so we could read and journal or rest if that was what we needed. Private Sessions could be booked for Holy Listening, Spiritual Direction and Healing Touch.  Allowing someone to be heard is a gift which I graciously received. As well, there was an art room set up for those who wanted that creative outlet. People could go at their leisure to eat a hearty soup lunch along with fruit, cheese and crackers.  

The afternoon found me walking the labyrinth and reading as the sun streamed in my room. The day closed back in the chapel as we gathered in the circle, reflected on the day and gave thanks for this gift of time of pause and reflection. – a retreatant

If you would like to attend a Sacred Space Day Retreat you can select your month and register here.


Now Hiring - Young Adult Summer Leaders

Want a chance to have fun while living and working in community?

Work in a collaborative, safe and inclusive environment on the shores of Lake Okanagan where we encourage you to be authentically yourself?

Hone your leadership skills and develop new ones?

If you are between the ages of 18 and 30, this could be the opportunity for you!

Youth and young adult leadership development is an integral part of Naramata Centre’s mission in action. Our Young Adult Summer Leadership Program provides opportunities for young adults aged 18-30 to learn and grow in a paid live-in work setting. Through direct training, mentorship, and supported opportunities to lead, Young Adult Summer Leaders will have a chance to experience a range of functions and aspects of life at the Centre, while learning more about their own leadership and gifts.

In addition to being supported by Centre management, Young Adult Summer Leaders will have access to spiritual, musical, youth development and community-building mentors throughout their time at the Centre.

Our Young Adult Summer Leaders will have the opportunity to rotate through all areas of Naramata Centre operations including programs, community life, office administration, grounds and maintenance, housekeeping and participant services.


Young Adult Summer Leaders will be compensated at a rate of $16/hour. In addition, you will be able to live in community in housing provided by the Centre.

There will be 6 - 8 NEW Young Adult Summer Leader positions available for 16 weeks from May through August 2019.


  • For a copy of the Young Adult Summer Leader Job Description, please email: apply@naramatacentresociety.org.

  • To apply please send your resume and cover letter indicating: any previous history you have with the Centre and your reason for seeking a Summer Leader position in 2019 to: apply@naramatacentresociety.org.

Applications close February 17, 2019


Reflections from a Campground Host

By Rob Hutchinson

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The best part is hearing people’s stories. Oh, there are many interesting moments in the week of a campground host, but the best is the openness of fellow campers, sharing their stories. 

This was our second year volunteering as hosts for my wife, Judy, and I: three weeks camping in Site 19, in the deep shade of the locust bean tree.  We have heard amazing stories from Fellow campers have told us amazing stories of babies born, epic journeys across our huge country, grief for those recently passed away, and those soon to leave us - all too soon.   We have enjoyed the spectator sport of watching trailers back into tiny, obstructed camping spaces, and marvelled at various types of camping units new, old, and lovingly renovated. 

We have been amazed at the fabulous meals that appear from campers’ imaginations and a few groceries, and we’ve shared our appreciation with fellow campers for keeping Creekside Commons so clean. 

Of course, there is the odd tense moment. Perhaps a misbehaving dog (or perhaps the owner), or a group who needed reminding that quiet time started some time ago, or a dispute over whose campsite is which, and where the boundaries might be.  But these moments are few and far between, and are greatly overshadowed by the warmth and friendliness of all our guests. 

Our hosting duties also left lots of time to take a morning program and/or to volunteer around the Centre, weeding and pruning.

We recommend the volunteer role of campground host to anyone who is friendly, outgoing, able to ensure that campers abide by the rules, and wants to support camping fun and community at Naramata Centre.

Our thanks to Centre staff Dennis Hixson, Tanya Eckenswiller, Charmaine Pearce, Mike McLary and the summer interns for their support and welcome to the Centre this summer.  We had a great time, and we hope to be back under the bean tree again next year! 

Naramata Centre's 70th Anniversary Celebration

Naramata Centres’ 70 year history was celebrated with much gratitude, Saturday, June 23rd. The day was replete with “Naramata magic” and activities designed to encourage reflection on the many ways the Centre has creatively nurtured us through the experience of community; deepening our faith and nudging us to make a difference in the world. We celebrated the journey we have travelled, and engaged in activities to optimistically focus our attention towards the future.

Since its official opening in November 1948, Naramata Centre has served people of all generations; those trusting, doubting, seeking and knowing. From its beginnings as a United Church Christian Leadership Centre for lay people, programming at the Centre has evolved to reflect the challenges of changing times. Naramata Centre continues to be an inclusive, safe, welcoming place to connect and deepen in mind, body and spirit, and this was evident throughout our day of celebration.

Linda Hatfield, Barb Hatfield, Jane Ritchie

The 70th Celebration: The 70th Anniversary Committee (Barb Hatfield, Linda Hatfield, Jane Ritchie and Jane Sanden) offered many activities to creatively engage us in reflecting on our past and focussing on the future. Typical of traditional Centre activities, we were provided lots of opportunities to visit with friends both old and new, and to sink into that warm feeling of community which is so much a part of the Naramata experience.

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Starting in the morning with a long line of participants stretching across Columbia lawn chronologically organized by the year they first came to Naramata Centre, we soon drew together into a large circle of community, seeking to learn more about each other’s experience at the Centre over the years.


Columbia Hall was the gathering place for many interactive activities, which included:

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  • ·      A Drive through the Decades: There were seven tables (1950s to 2010’s) covered in memorabilia from each decade. People enjoyed sharing stories, adding their own memorabilia/artifacts and, marking significant events and the place on the “road map” where they joined the journey through the 70 years.·     
  • Rooted in the Past- Reaching for the Future: A large apple tree painted by Jane Ritchie came to life covered with paper apples on which participants wrote ways they had grown or the gifts/nourishment they had received from the Centre over the years.
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Now Hiring Summer Student Interns

Want a chance to live and work in community? To further our mission of Inspiring individual and collective transformation in a safe, inclusive, sacred space? To hone your leadership skills and develop new ones?

Between the ages of 17 and 30? This could be the opportunity for you!

Youth and young adult Leadership development is an integral part of Naramata Centre's mission in action. Our internship program provides opportunities for people aged 17-30 to learn and grow in a paid work setting. Through direct training, mentorship, and supported opportunities to lead, interns will have a chance to experience a range of functions and get a glimpse into all many aspects of life at the Centre.

In addition to being supported by Centre management, interns will be paired with a mentor who will work with them throughout their time at the Centre.

Summary of Primary job functions:

Each intern will work with individual Centre managers for periods of time during their internship based on Centre needs and the interns personal learning goals.

Interns will support a variety of activities including but not limited to:

  • Assisting staff and volunteers to physically prepare the Centre for its busy summer season.

  • Providing assistance to the Program Manager in preparing for and supporting the delivery of paid programs with independent program leaders.

  • Assisting the Managing Director in developing and implementing marketing plans.

  • Providing assistance to the Site Operations Manager and Volunteer Host in keeping the land and buildings clean, safe and in good repair.

  • Providing assistance to the Office Administrator in managing the weekly welcome and registration of all participants.

  • Creating, in consultation with the Program Manager and participants, informal children and youth programs.

  • Helping the Program Manager organize local qualified youth to provide childcare services for individual children.

  • Actively working with staff and volunteers to build community at the Centre by participating and contributing to community life.

Ideal candidates will be:

  • Interested in learning about and supporting the variety of roles that encompass the overall management of a nonprofit retreat centre

  • Flexible and adaptable

  • Able to work independently

  • Willing to follow direction

  • Keen to work with volunteers

  • Able to maintain positive relationships with a variety of people including volunteers, Centre staff and the public

  • Able to demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills

  • Familiar with group dynamics and conflict resolution strategies

  • Express sound judgement and initiative

  • Willing and able to work long hours including evenings and weekends

  • Able to maintain confidentiality at all times

  • Able to complete work and respond to requests/queries in a timely manner

  • Willing to support other staff and contribute to a dynamic team

  • Able to use personal computer and phone for Centre related tasks

Skills or experience in some or all of the following areas would be an asset:

  • Building maintenance & repairs, and grounds keeping

  • Customer service or hospitality & housekeeping

  • Leading children or youth activities

  • Social media for marketing purposes

  • Demonstrated ability and experience in upholding Naramata Centre Society  values, which are: Collaboration, Diversity, Integrity, Resilience, Reverence

  • Knowledge of the Centre


Interns will be compensated at a rate of $16/hour. In addition, housing will be offered as a taxable benefit.

There 2 NEW Summer Student Internships available for an 8 week period starting June 25, 2018.


  • Please send your resume and cover letter to: apply@naramatacentresociety.org.

  • Indicate any previous history you have with the Centre and your reason for seeking an internship in 2018.

Deadline for Applications is May 23, 2018.

Summer 2018 - Programs for children and teens

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June 29-July 6:     Play      Ages 5-12

July 14-21 :             Play!    Ages 5-12
                                Knitting 101    Ages 8+

July 21-28:           Naramata Children’s Program   Ages 4-11

July 28-Aug 4:     Free the Artist in You    Ages 5 – 1
                              Be a Musical Star           Ages 6+

August 4-11:         Magic and Imagination  Ages 6-10

August 11-18:       Play!   Ages 5-12
                              Nature Bathing in Naramata            Ages 7-12

August 18-25:      Lift Every Voice, Children’s Choir    Grades 1-6

August 27-31       Kid Yoga   Ages 5-11


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July 14-21          Singing on Top of the World   Ages 11+ 
                           Monoprinting as a Spiritual Practice   Ages 12+
                           Knitting 101      Ages 8+

July  21-28        Solar Science and Robotics   Ages 12+

July 28-Aug 4  Be a Musical Star     Ages 6+
                           Play with Clay           Ages 11+
                           Nature Eco-Printing & Solar Dyes               Ages 12+
                           Planet Songs from the Heart of the World  Ages 16+

Aug 4-11           Qi Gong Tai Chi             Ages 12+
                          Learn to Play Ukelele   Ages 12+ 
                          Singing Song                Ages 14+

Aug 11-18          Beginning Watercolor   Ages 10+
                          Birds in the Morning, Bats in the Evening   Ages 10+
                          Recorder Revival - Learn the Recorder       Ages 12+

Aug 18-25        Inspired YogaFaith                     Ages 14+
                          Lift Every Voice! Youth Choir    Grades 7-12    


Jim and Jean at Naramata Centre, June 2017

Jim and Jean at Naramata Centre, June 2017

Jim and Jean Strathdee, long-time Naramata Centre music resource providers and program leaders, are touring Alberta and Saskatchewan this spring bring new songs and great old favorites. Join them and reminisce with songs familiar and well-loved, and learn their new music too. Check the list below and mark your calendars for when they are in your city or nearby venue. 

Come out and join Jim and Jean - you will be glad you did, whether you are hearing them for the first or thirty-first time! You can also pick up information about Naramata Centre 2018 Spring, Summer and Fall programs at their concerts.



Date:      April 7-8

Saturday, April 7 - Workshop - 1-4 p.m.

Sunday, April 8    - Worship 10:30 a.m. and Concert 7 p.m. 

Location: Northminster United Church, 3311 Centre Street North,  Calgary AB

Contact:  Nancy Nourse

Phone:   (403)277-0322 



Date:       Tuesday, April 10

Concert: 7:00 p.m.  

Location:  McKillop United Church,  2329 15 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB 

Contact: Lois  Kathleen Punton

Phone:    (403) 381-6764



Date:       April 11 and 12

Wednesday:  Choir Workshop 7:30 p.m.

Thursday:       Concert   7:30 p.m.

Location: Swift Current First United Church,  223 3 Ave NE, Swift Current, SK

Contact:  James McLauchlan

Phone:    (306) 773-9353



Date:  Saturday, Apr. 14

Workshop:  3 - 5 p.m.

Concert:    7:00 p.m. 

Location:  St. Paul’s United Church,  504 Peters Ave, Oxbow, SK

Contact: Anita Warriner 

Phone:    (306) 483-8289


Date:       Sunday, April 15  -  Worship       

Location: Alameda United Church, 13 5th St, Alameda, SK

Contact: Anita Warriner 

Phone:     (306) 483-8289


Date:        Tuesday and-Wednesday, April 17-18       

Tuesday – Choir rehearsal – 7 p.m.

Wednesday – Concert – 7 p.m.

Location:   McClure United Church,  4025 Taylor St E, Saskatoon, SK

Phone:      (306) 373-1753



Date:  April 19-20

Thursday choir rehearsal

Friday Concert   7:30 p.m.

Location: Sherwood Park United Church,  20 Fir Street, Sherwood Park, AB

Contact: Heather Rodgers


Date: April 22

Worship: 10:30 a.m.

Concert:    7 p.m.

Location:   Stettler United Church,  4820 - 51 Street, Settler AB

Contact: Jan Richardson 

Phone: (403) 742-3387