Fall 2017 Overview
Fall arrives with brilliant colours, bountiful harvest and rest. Seeking a quiet time of retreat, contemplation or volunteer service? Join other adults and elders in September and October for reflection, engagement and renewal. Note: Fall Accommodation bookings (September and October 2017) are for a minimum 3 nights consecutive stay, with the option to book additional consecutive night(s) to extend your stay. Please click here to visit our Accommodations page for more information on booking your time at Naramata Centre.
Art Journaling is a way to explore your creativity using words and images. Each day we will make a different mini art journal and explore a creative technique (collage, doodling, found poetry, etc.). Absolutely no previous experience or artistic ability is required. By the end of the week you will have a collection of art journals in a variety of styles and sizes. You’ll also have lots of ideas for how you can fill them to overflowing with your own creative ideas.
Science and Religion are often portrayed as opposites, but what if scientific discovery is the Mystery revealing its creative role in the Universe? People may experience a sense of Mystery, but don’t believe all standard religious dogma and doctrines. This program will use the science of Big History and a DVD entitled “Painting the Stars” to prompt discussion about what an evolutionary Christian spirituality might look like. Time for reflection will also be included. No answers will be provided, but there’ll be some good questions to live with. There will be presentations, videos, group discussions and time for reflection on the Naramata grounds.
Let’s ensure that the decades following the years of paid work and homemaking are a time of creativity, engagement, mentoring, and compassionate accompaniment. After all, that could be a third of our lives! Let’s build a culture in which aging people learn what it means to grow into eldership, a time of life in which experience and wisdom become a resource and gift for community. As a group of people 55 and older, we will spend time together listening, remembering, exploring, practicing, and creating as we become the kind of community that will make this kind of difference in our kind of world.
The Circle of Trust® approach is distinguished by principles and practices intended to create a process of shared exploration — in retreats, programs and other settings — where people can find safe space for greater awareness, to nurture personal and professional integrity and to summon the courage to act on hard-earned wisdom. In the hands of knowledgeable and skilled facilitators, this approach has the power to transform individuals, families, workplaces and communities.
A ‘hidden wholeness’ underlies our lives. Our lives can become fragmented and divided for countless reasons. We are at peace and experience deep joy when heart, mind, body and soul are aligned. This retreat will build a sense of trustworthy community, and participants will learn ways of being courageously present for others. We will use poems, songs and visuals to encounter our own inner wisdom.
Our time together will be structured and spacious. By intention, you will have ample opportunity for personal reflection and relaxation, time alone but in community, time interacting and engaging with others in the group. The practice of Clearness Committee will be included.
Combining the ancient techniques of African Shamanism and Qi Gong, you will cultivate, activate and BECOME the transformational energy of Unconditional Love! Together we will build bridges of understanding, compassion and honest communication between the primary energy centres (or Chakras) of your body. Each day will focus on a different energy centre, beginning with our Foundational energy and our survival centre (or Root Chakra/Red) - healing from the ground, up and the inside, out! Activities include various traditional shamanic cleansing ceremonies, deep meditations and daily Qi Gong sessions in order to access and shift all levels of your Being - physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual. Come, ride the rainbow and experience all that you long to be!
Join us as we prepare Naramata Centre for winter at our Hearts and Hands volunteer service event, October 14 to October 21. Come for one of the weekends, the week in between or the entire 8 days! Accommodations will be provided at no cost and cooking facilities will be available.