Outdoor spirituality and activity: our best friend Phil McIntyre-Paul is back for his 21st year guiding us through the beautiful trails of the Shuswap while stimulating our minds and souls and our very first week of summer 2021 will also include year two of Wild Church BC!
More info + on-line registration coming soon: Come to the Sorrento Centre from Sunday to Friday - join in Phil's hiking course or choose Wild Church. Other events and activities will be offered during the week - as well as the opportunity to rest and enjoy the 24-acre main campus of the Sorrento Centre (including our lovely waterfront on the beautiful Shuswap) as well as our 8-acre natural farm.
Phil McIntyre-Paul: 21st century pilgrims - walking on sacred ground:
“Walk as if your life depended on it . . . .” ~ Barbara Brown Taylor
Now a 21-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.
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.
Wild Church Sorrento - with Rev. LeAnn Blackert, Lesly Comrie, Michele Walker
Wild Church is a sacred nature-based experience to awaken deep love for self, earth and all living beings for the survival and healing of the planet. It is a new expression of church where Mystery is experienced, not explained. Our programming and worship each day will follow the four directions. Our goal is for participants to experience the Wisdom of the Creator through creation using all senses, to learn to love the land and its occupants as neighbours, and to help change the perspective from “this land belongs to us” to “we belong with this land.” Starting in the mornings, each ninety minute meeting includes a time of centering, readings from a variety of authors, time for quiet reflection on the land, and concludes with a time of sharing our experiences with one another. We will offer two afternoon hiking adventures to enjoy the beauty and gift of the land as well. One of the outings will be accessible to all ability levels.
Rev LeAnn Blackert is in ministry with Wild Church plants in Kamloops, Sorrento and the Okanagan area. Originally ordained and serving in the United Church of Christ/USA, love and a call nudged LeAnn over the border and ultimately into ministry with the United Church in this area. She also serves as a member of the steering committee for the Wild Church Network, a coalition of Wild Churches across the US and Canada. She is a student of the Seminary of the Wild, and spends as much time as possible in the natural world seeking the Wild Christ.
Lesly Comrie has lived and worked in Kamloops for the past eighteen years. Her spiritual roots were first nurtured in the Anglican Church, later in the United Church and over time in the beautiful wild ecology of places lived and visited. Now retired, she leans into her longing for a deeper connection with the land, the wisdom held in the natural world and the community of others answering the call to Wild Mystery. She currently volunteers with Wild Church BC and is enrolled in Seminary of the Wild leading to a Certificate in Eco-Ministry in the spring of 2021.
Michele Walker grew up playing in the mountains of the West Kootenays and has come to love the valley, grasslands and blue skies of Kamloops. Michele’s faith life has been rooted in the Christian tradition in the Lutheran and United Churches. Her longing to connect her expression of faith with the natural world and the land she loves has led her to be part of Wild Church BC. She continues to deepen her connection to Mystery and the natural world through Seminary of the Wild and Wild Church communities.
** More info and on-line registration coming in January **