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21st Century Pilgrims: Walking on Holy Ground
5 Inspirational Day Hikes in BC’s Shuswap region
with Phil McIntyre-Paul

“Walk as if your life depended on it . . . .” ~ Barbara Brown Taylor

Now a 20-year tradition at Sorrento Centre! Five day hikes—five little pilgrimages—draw wisdom from naturalists, poets, rascals, and saints as we consider our relationship within the natural world and a viable place within God’s ecology. Each day’s hike explores a new location in the Shuswap and is framed along the trail in the simple form of contemplative prayer, reflection, and sharing that has come to mark the 21st Century Pilgrims series.

Difficulty/Prerequisites: Moderate. Good walking shoes are a must. Participants must be in good physical fitness, prepared to be outdoors for the full day, and able to walk with a small daypack for periods between 3 and 5 hours. Expect trails to include sections of sustained uphill hiking.  

Details: All walks are full day, off-site field trips. Daily trips depart from Sorrento Centre each morning at 9:45 am (with option for an earlier start on one of the days), and return to the Centre by 4:30 pm.  A shorter trip is planned for Wednesday to provide R&R time in the afternoon. Evenings are left open for rest and free time.  

Transportation to the trailhead each day will be organized by carpool. Participants are expected to provide their own personal gear. Contact Sorrento Centre for the recommended equipment list. (Participants with children should enquire about extended afternoon childcare options by calling the Sorrento Centre office.)  

Due to the nature of these programs, participation is dependent on completing a liability waiver. Program leaders reserve the right to change trip itinerary and destinations as a result of changing weather, water levels, snow pack, trail and road access, and other difficulties that may arise. Participation in these programs is subject to the discretion of the program leadership.  

 Phil McIntyre-Paul is the Executive Director of 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”.  His company, Luminous Experiential Event Designs, works to build healthy human connections within the wider natural environment. He lives, walks, paddles, and plays in Salmon Arm, BC with his partner Kathy and their two sons.   Course Fee: $335