Introducing the Program Leaders and Facilitators for Naramata Centre 2017 Programs!

(alphabetical by last name)

 
 
Mari

Mari

Darlene Abraham and Mari Abraham
Rainbow Series Intensive, September 23-30

Mari is a professional educator, traditional Zulu shamanic practitioner (Sangoma) and intuitive. Darlene, also a professional educator, is a Healing Touch and Qi Gong practitioner. Together, they have over 18 years of experience in these fields.

 


Curtis Aguirre
Finding Spirituality in Pop Culture August 7-11

Curtis is a minister who grew up in Hollywood surrounded by movies and entertainment. Sci-fi and fantasy are still a source of inspiration for him. So many fandoms, so little time!

Curtis

Curtis


DianNe

DianNe

Dianne Baker
Singing to Wholeness: A Courage and Renewal Offering, July 16-21
Now I Become Myself: A Circle of Trust Retreat, September 18-21

Dianne is a counselling therapist by training, and a facilitator prepared and mentored through Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal. She is also a Certified Full Voice Coach, trained by Barbara McAfee. Dianne grew up attending Naramata summer programs and is a graduate of Winter Session in 1979. She currently resides in Manitoba, but has lived and served Ecumenical communities in Trinidad, and in Palestine and Israel.


Anna Louise Beaumont
The Sound of Being – Naramata May 26-28

Singer, songwriter, teacher and facilitator of Sound of Being retreats and The Authentic Voice workshops, Anna has been studying the voice and it’s powerful connection to life, harmony and vibration for twenty years. A health professional in Integrative Body Psychotherapy and voice teacher Anna combines the worlds of the voice, the Chakra energy system, psychology and spirituality to help you connect to your Sound of Being.

Anna

Anna


Sandra

Sandra

Sandra Bradshaw
Wake Up Your Body and Brain: Move Better, Feel Younger July 24-27

Sandra, Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner, Bones for Life® Teacher, author of the book Wake Up Your Body and Brain and former special education teacher has a thriving Feldenkrais practice in Kelowna, B.C. Sandra has many years of experience as a functional movement specialist and integrates her knowledge to explore and find solutions for her clients that are effective and long lasting. She has presented workshops on a variety of topics including the Feldenkrais Method®, yoga, movement and music.


Rob Black
Wake Up Your Body and Brain: Move Better, Feel Younger July 24-27

Rob is not a new face at Naramata Centre as he and family participated in the summer music week for about 15 years and offered the successful program, “Somatic Awakenings” workshop at Naramata in 2016. He welcomes this opportunity to offer a week long exploration of the Feldenkrais Method as part of the 2017 Naramata summer program.  Rob graduated from a 4 –year Feldenkrais training in 1991 and began his practice in Calgary while still working as a college counsellor. Within the Feldenkrais community he served in many capacities, including president of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America. Now that he is retired from counselling, he is enjoying spending more of his time-sharing the fascinating world of the Feldenkrais Method with his students. His passion for this alternative practice is infectious.

Rob

Rob


Margie

Margie

Margie Davidson
Quilting and singing with Margie and Linnea July 3-7

Margie is a sought-after leader in Fibre Arts at Naramata Centre and across Canada. Her fibre artwork is in the Royal Alberta Museum Collection and in the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Collection. Margie travels to teach quilting workshops across Canada and is a nationally certified quilt judge. In 2013 she received the Canadian Quilting Association’s Teacher of the Year Award.


Liz

Liz

Liz DiMarino
Lift Every Voice! Youth Choir August 20-25

Liz feels blessed to have music play such an important role in her life. Growing up in a musical family allowed her to find her passion for music and share it as a middle school teacher, choral conductor and workshop clinician. She directs Calgary's Westside Senior Children's Choir and enjoys laughing and singing along with her two young boys.


Peggy and Morgan

Peggy and Morgan

Peggy Evans and Morgan Evans-Galeski
Preserving out Food – Dealing with the Privilege and Responsibility of Abundance, July 31- Aug 4

Peggy and Morgan are a mother and son team who have spent many summers at Naramata Centre. Peggy is passionate about growing things and teaching. She has been preserving food since moving to a Naramata orchard in 1984 where she continues to farm and grow most of what she eats. During the school year she works as an Education Assistant. Morgan has been working with food since he first helped with the family canning at the age of two when he learned to pit cherries and peel peaches. He later worked in Naramata Centre kitchen and a restaurant. He now works as a paramedic in Courtenay, B.C.


Deb Firus
Healing Pathway Phase One, July 17-21

Deb started in Healing Pathway in 2000. She is a Phase 1 and 2 Instructor. Her home is in Saskatoon and she believes that life is about balance in all aspects of our lives. As we change ourselves we change the world. Through the Healing Pathway program we can create an environment of wholeness and spirituality that radiates in our congregations, communities, homes and the world.

DEB

DEB


Donna

Donna

Donna Friesen
Finding Soul Wisdom Through Art Making August 14-18

Donna holds a diploma in Expressive Art Therapy from Sophia University in California.  She is also currently engaged in expressive arts studies in Switzerland at the European Graduate School. She leads expressive arts group sessions at Hillhurst United Church in Calgary as part of the Contemplative Ministry. She has discovered immense experiential wisdom in the process of art making, movement and reflective writing and wishes to introduce the practice to others. Donna knows the joy of Naramata from her experience there with her two children when they were young.


Christopher Giffen
Sing a New Song: Build a New World August 7-11

Christopher is a long-time leader and participant around Naramata, he just completed his degree in Body Psychotherapy, and has studied and co-facilitated with Joanna Macy, he is a songwriter and leader, and brings all this to his group facilitation.

Christopher

Christopher


Linnea Good
Quilting and singing with Margie and Linnea, July 3-7
Singing on Top of the World, August 14-18

Linnea is an award-winning "Musical Animator" helping people and communities express their souls through music. She teaches music at Summerland Montessori School, instructs in piano and ukulele, and conducts the Summerland Children’s. She founded the Summerland Music Camp and regional “Choose Music” events, which widen the musical horizons of children in the Okanagan. Her CDs of original music of faith have been, over her 35-year performance career, award-winning and beloved. She and her family are returning for a third time to India in January 2018 to bring their music ministry to the Christian Medical College Hospital of South India and Morning Star Residential School.


Janet Groen
Planting Hope: Experiencing God in Creation, July 31 –Aug 4

Janet is a Professor of Adult Learning at the University of Calgary. Her research and teaching focuses on spirituality and transformative learning for adult learners in multiple contexts, including environmental education programs. Most recently she has been researching the important role that spiritual retreat centres can play in deepening our relationship with the natural world.  When she isn't busy with her work, she spends as much as she can reconnecting with nature.

Janet

Janet


Valda

Valda

Valda Harris
Intergenerational Watercolour and Silk Painting, Aug 7-11

A long time educator, Valda has worked as both an art teacher and artist in residence with children as young as kindergarten. Naramata has been the spiritual home of her family as they grew and she is delighted to return as a teacher this year!


Lois Huey-Heck
Finding Centre in a Busy World: The Contemplative Way, June 19-23

Lois is on the staff of the Pacific Jubilee Program, which trains Spiritual Directors, is a spiritual director, a leader of silent (and talking) retreats, a recent member of the program staff of Naramata Centre, an author and an artist. She experiences Contemplative Retreat as Sacred time and contemplative practices as being essential for maintaining hopeful action in the world.

Lois and Jim

Lois and Jim


Shirley

Shirley

Shirley Jackson
As the Spirit Moves, July 24-28

Shirley studied Ballet in Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, and at the Royal Winnipeg ballet school.  She danced professionally for 10 years, in Ottawa and Vancouver. She holds the Associate teaching Diploma in Imperial Classical Ballet (ISTD) and has taught Ballet, Pointe and Modern to ages 4 to Adult at the Coast Academy of Dance in Sechelt B.C. since 2004. The United Church has been part of Shirley's life since childhood. She is currently a member and Church School leader at St. John's United Sunshine Coast. She has attended Summer and other programs at Naramata since her teen years.


David Jonsson
Guitar 101, August 14-18

David is a Juno award-winning musician; a drummer who loves the guitar. He taught Guitar 101 last year at Naramata Centre and everyone had a great time. He can’t wait to tune up and do it again!

David

David


Shirley

Shirley

Shirley Jorgensen, B.Ed, M.Ed
Yoga for Refreshment, August 7-11 and August 20-25

As a summer resident above Naramata Village, Shirley was honoured to have taught Faith Yoga classes at the Centre last year. It was a particular joy to see families participating in our classes together. She'll never forget the heart-inflating image of a mother and her adult daughter holding hands while lying on their mats during a peaceful savasana. Shirley's current teaching and learning along with her Outreach High School students also continues to be her passion for 35 years. A lifelong love of doing has inspired Shirley to ride, run, sail and jump off mountains. Recently the need for being has compelled Shirley to complete her RYT 200 (Registered Yoga Teacher) and to explore the mystery of yoga as an expression of faith. Most all, Shirley wants her students to leave her classes feeling better and more refreshed than when they came.


Jim Kalnin
Spiritual Eldering, September 10-15

Jim and Lois have settled back into their sanctuary home in Oyama after a few years in residence at Naramata Centre. Their shared passion is visual art and the pursuit of beauty in all its diverse expressions. Jim pursues that in the garden as well as the studio, while Lois brings her artistry to the practice of spiritual accompaniment independently and as a member of the program team of the Pacific Jubilee Program in Spiritual Direction.

Lois and Jim

Lois and Jim


Brent

Brent

Brent Kisilevich
Wake Up Your Body and Brain: Move Better, Feel Younger, July 24-27

Brent is a Feldenkrais practitioner and the owner/operator of the Okanagan Feldenkrais Centre in downtown Vernon, BC. He assisted Rob Black in the first week long Feldenkrais program last year at Naramata Centre in 2016 and looks forward to coming back again to work with individuals and leading parts of the activities.


Leelou

Leelou

Laurianne Lafontaine (Leelou)
Morning Yoga Playdate, August 14-18

Leelou completed a bachelor degree in Education (2011) and a short program in Kid’s Literature (2012) at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, a Reiki certification (levels 1 & 2) with Reiki Samasati school in San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico (2013), and the Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher Training in Montreal (2013). She visited alternative schools in Québec, France and Belgium, travelled Morocco, Western Europe, North and Central America, connecting with local communities, learning about their language, culture and spirituality. In the past ten years, she worked with children from different cultures in various environments, such as schools, daycares, French Immersion programs, outdoor base camps, etc. Since she moved to the Okanagan in 2014, she shared Rainbow Yoga love and joy at Apex Mountain Resort daycare, Jumping Beans Play Café, Naramata Community Market, Naramata Playschool, and more. Find her on social medias @LeelouPoppins : Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest.


Rae-Marie Leggott
Kids Intro to Social Dance, July 17-21

Rae-Marie lives in Penticton, B.C. She learned to dance through a wish made with the Make-a-Wish Foundation when she was 17. Rae-Marie has a life long passion for music and dance, particularly ballroom and social dancing. Teaming up with Diane has brought the joy of Dance back into everyday life. She is excited to return to Naramata as the centre holds many fond memories of when her and her husband taught there at the beginning of their marriage.


Dawn Livera
Freestyle Family Weaving, July 17-21
Art Journaling, September 4-8

Dawn studied weaving for 10 years with a master weaver. She calls her weaving style “freestyle weaving”. It is based on the Japanese SAORI weaving philosophy. She explores themes of diversity, personal self-expression and community connectedness in her work. Dawn enjoys inspiring people to take creative risks and to make something that is completely unique in the world, which could never have been made by a machine.

Adrienne and Dawn

Adrienne and Dawn


Roswitha

Roswitha

Roswitha Masson
Slow Flow Yoga, July 3-7

Roswitha is has participated in programs at Naramata Centre during the past 20 years. Her yoga training includes classes with Marion (Mugs) McConnell at Naramata Centre, a teacher-training course with Wendy Goodie in Penticton and a teacher-training course with Yoga Alliance International in India. Roswitha enjoys yoga and practices alone and with friends whenever possible.


Natalie Maxson
Finding Centre in a Busy World: The Contemplative Way, June 19-23

Natalie (aka “Nan”) is passionate about social justice and contemplative practices. She works with the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) for the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Project and was a recent member of the program team at Naramata Centre.  Nan is a writer, Soul Collage Facilitator, novice gardener, accomplished felter, worship leader, lover of Persian food and French music.


Celia

Celia

Celia McBride
Being Enough: A Five-Day Retreat, August 14-18

Celia is a Pacific-Jubilee-trained spiritual director and multi-disciplinary artist who has been developing and leading healing workshops and retreats since 2008. In August 2016 she led “Your Faith Has Healed You” at the Naramata Centre. Celia is committed to yoga and contemplative practices, inter-spirituality and higher consciousness. She accompanies both groups and individuals of all faiths and practices as she follows her own healing path and lives the spiritual journey. Please visit celiamcbride.com to see more of Celia's work.


Robert McDonald
Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith, September 4-8

Robert spent his career as an aerospace engineer and manager in Ontario. After retirement, he has taught Elder College for 9 years, giving courses on Astronomy, Big History and now “Science, Religion, and an Evolving Faith”. Robert completed the two-year Pacific Jubilee Program in Spiritual Companionship in 2015. He is a member of Comox United Church and Presbytery, leads small groups and does occasional lay worship leadership. His spiritual path includes everything from summer courses at VST to explorations of First Nation spirituality. He reads widely on Jungian psychology and the spiritual journey.

Robert

Robert


JOsh

JOsh

Josh McHan
Sing a New Song: Build a New World, August 7-11

Josh is a professional musician and long-time musical leader at Naramata also. Music is his bread and butter, and his spiritual practice, and he brings a deep passion for the healing power of song.


Patricia Miller
Spiritually Infused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Soul Food for the Brain, Aug 7-11

Patricia has been practicing in the fields of Psychology and Social Work for 20 plus years.  She is dually registered as a Psychologist and Social Worker, while teaching at Mount Royal University in the areas of clinical practice. She runs a successful private practice at the Family Psychology Place, where she integrates psychotherapy practice strategies with CBT/Mindfulness/Spirituality. She also develops action-oriented community practices for groups of people that face barriers and struggle with chronic illnesses, mental health and other social factors.

Patricia

Patricia


Ginny Mulhall
Healing Pathway Communion of Saints Refresher, May 5-7, 201

After being involved with Healing Pathway for 20 years, Ginny finds herself beyond teaching, with a passion to continue the Healing Pathway work. She envisions offering enrichment, deepening, refreshment and renewal for Pathway groups everywhere. The thought of being able to do this at Naramata, the birthplace of the Pathway, feels so right.


Jessie Negropontes
Draw the Circle Wide, July 24-28

Jessie has been participating in, and leading, Naramata Centre programs since 1983. Born and raised in Calgary, she enjoys cooking, knitting, and spending time with friends and family. She is currently in the home stretch of a Bachelor of Education degree at the U of C.

Jessie

Jessie


Adrienne and Dawn

Adrienne and Dawn

Adrienne Neufeld
Freestyle Family Weaving, July 17-21

Adrienne is Dawn Livera’s teenage daughter. She is already an accomplished artist and weaver. She often assists Dawn in community weaving workshops.


Claudette Pelletier-Hannah
EFT for Weight Loss and Wellness, June 26-28

Claudette is a trained, professional coach with over 15 years experience coaching hundreds of clients on weight and wellness. Claudette’s non-diet approach to weight loss is focused on wellness - reducing stress and increasing joy for a balanced life. Claudette is a certified EFT Practitioner.

Claudette

Claudette


Anita

Anita

Anita Perlau
Lift Every Voice! Children’s Choir, August 20-25

Anita has worked with students of all ages, from preschoolers to seniors, in schools and in community choirs. Anita taught as an elementary music specialist for 11 years prior to joining the Conservatory at Mt. Royal University as Children’s Choir director in 1997 and an instructor of the Kodály musicianship program in 2000. In 2013, Anita completed the Master of Music Education at the University of Alberta from which she gained a deeper understanding of early childhood development and music education theories and practice. In her free time, Anita sings with the Savridi Singers and loves to run with her dog, Sam. Anita is delighted to be returning to Naramata Centre this summer!


Marilyn Perry
Clay Times, July 24-28
Play With Clay, July 31- Aug 4

Marilyn took her very first pottery course at Naramata Centre.  That experience and the affinity she felt for clay started a lifelong journey to learn and master the art and craft of clay. She currently works full time as a potter in Veneta, Oregon and appreciates opportunities to share her love of pottery.

Marilyn

Marilyn


Annette

Annette

Annette Reeves
Healthy Lifestyle Choices, May 24-26

Annette has been a fitness consultant since 1984 instructing classes, workshops, seminars, retreats and workplace health. She currently has a Pilates yoga studio in Vernon, BC and is a graduate of SFU school of Kinesiology with an applied Science certificate in Health and Fitness.


Ann Richardson
Sipping and Savouring @ Naramata, July 24-28

Ann has lived in Naramata since 1991 and enjoys walking, hiking, gardening and sipping Naramata wine while watching the sunset over the lake from her patio.


Yanti

Yanti

Yanti Rowland
Learn to Play Ukulele (in 5 days!), July 17-21
“Play!”, July 24-28 and August 7-11

For the past decade, Yanti has performed locally in many different sets and venues. From Jazz Standards at weddings or retirement homes to rock ballads for fundraisers either live or karaoke, Yanti has a diverse range of vocal talents.  Not only is Yanti involved with performances, she also passionately teaches voice, musical theatre and ukulele at venues such as Martin St. Art and Music Gallery, The Aidan Mayes School of Music and Even Dance in Penticton.  Wife to local RMT, Brent Rowland, and mother of 3 daughters, Yanti loves to sing accompanying herself with a ukulele at Markets in Naramata, Penticton and Summerland through the summer. This is her second year to teach ukulele at Naramata Centre and is back by popular demand.


Jane Sawyer
From the Inside Out, July 17-21

Jane has visited the Centre at Naramata as a summer participant when she was a child, Winter session as a teen, and most recently as a member of summer staff in the role of Musician in Residence. A former professional songwriter and performer, Jane is currently an elementary school teacher residing in North Vancouver.

Jane

Jane


Donna Simpson
Sipping and Savouring @ Naramata, July 24-28

Donna has holidayed in Naramata since the late 70’s and has called it home since 2012. Donna has been inspired by this area to spend much time gardening, cooking and enjoying the beauty of the Okanagan.


Bonnie and Galen Scorer
Art and Stories: Creatures of the Sky, Land and Sea, July 31- Aug 4

With a background in Digital Media and Education, Galen and Bonnie met at the Centre 20 years ago.  Now they have three children with whom they collaborate. You can check out their projects and what you can expect in spending time with them at make-it-your-own.com or on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/make_it_your_own_/?hl=en

Galen and Bonnie

Galen and Bonnie


Tim and Donna

Tim and Donna

Tim and Donna Scorer
Spiritual Eldering, September 10-15

Tim and Donna lived for 27 years in close relationship with the Centre where they learned and practiced the art of experiential education, facilitation, and mentoring. Now living on Bowen Island, Donna works closely with refugees and in community development. Tim offers spiritual accompaniment to individuals and faith communities that are living through times of deepening and transition.


Timothy Shantz
Lift Every Voice! Adult Choir, August 20-25

As Chorus Master for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Artistic Director of Spiritus Chamber Choir and Founding Director of Luminous Voices, Timothy Shantz continues to lead his singers to new levels of excellence. His choirs are recognized for their warmth and clarity of sound and have garnered critical praise, "Timothy Shantz led the choir with both energy and grace, drawing from the ensemble sounds that were refined, balanced, and filled with inner life." (June 2014, Kenneth DeLong, Calgary Herald). Timothy has a wealth of international experience, working as a conductor, collaborator, and tenor soloist. As conductor, Timothy is recognized for his work in early-music, contemporary works, as well as virtuoso unaccompanied choral music to large choral-orchestral masterpieces.

Timothy

Timothy


Diane Straker
Kids Intro to Social Dance, July 17-21

Diane lives in Penticton, B.C. She has been dancing since she was five years old.  She did five years of intensive dance training in Regina, Saskatchewan and has taught in schools, community colleges, for weddings and privately. Diane is passionate about making social dancing accessible and fun for all. Diane is excited to be a part of the Naramata Centre community.


Valerie Taylor
Introduction to Clean Eating, July 17 and 19

Valerie is a Certified Natural Health Practitioner, Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner and Certified Culinary Nutrition Expert. She is the chief practitioner at Wild Belly Wellness Company, a nutritional consultation practice located in the South Okanagan. Val is a 5th generation Naramatian and relishes the four seasons in this little corner of paradise with her husband and young children. For more information visit her website at www.wildbellywellness.com

Valerie

Valerie


Don

Don

Don Wade
Jazz Band, July 31-Aug 4

Don has been a pro sax player since he was 14 years old then going on to being a music, theatre and leadership teacher in public schools while continuing to play in a variety of music organizations. Upon retiring he started a light jazz group called Sax Among Friends, which is currently very pleasantly busy in the Southern Okanagan. In addition, Don plays with three other bands but his favourite musical involvement is still learning from other musicians and sharing that learning with other players.


Keri Wehlander
Finding Centre in a Busy World: The Contemplative Way, June 19-23

Keri is an author, hymn lyricist, spiritual director, Healing Touch practitioner and serves as the Youth Minister for Kamloops Okanagan Presbytery. Her first two books are well- utilized worship resources in congregations, church camps, retreat settings and by individuals desiring to deepen their prayer life. Four of her hymns are also included in the More Voices hymnal supplement. Keri is passionate about exploring ways that encounters with the Holy can deepen and Hold us.

Keri

Keri


SHARON

SHARON

Sharon Yetman
Healing Pathway Communion of Saints Refresher, May 5-7, 2017
Healing Pathway Phase One, July 17-21

Sharon has been a Healing Pathway Instructor for the past 12 years. She is passionate about the work and brings enthusiasm, joy and a deep spirituality to her teaching. Sharon is a participant and mentor in the Healing Hands ministry team at Highlands United Church in North Vancouver, BC. She has been attending Naramata Centre since 1979.