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5 for the price of 4

We are always eager to encourage
new families to share in the
“Sorrento Experience”.

Our popular “5 for the price of 4” program allows parishes to partner
with us. For every four families
or individuals from a parish
attending one of our programs,
a fifth family who is
new to Sorrento Centre
is eligible to receive a credit
of up to $600.

This credit is used towards program fees and cannot be combined with the newcomers’ discount (see below).

Call us or speak to your parish contact for more details. Parish registration is required by May 31, 2018

Details here »


During The Five Weeks of Summer
we have a special promotion
for newcomers. If you have
never been to Sorrento Centre before and you are registering for a course,
you automatically qualify for
a discount equivalent to the R&R fee
for that week: a value of $175 per adult.

If you are registering for R&R,
you qualify for a discount of $100.

(These discounts cannot
be combined with the
“5 for the price of 4”
parish savings program.)

Children's Day Camp 2013

Salmon Arm is the nearest weather station
to Sorrento
map Location Map here »
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About Sorrento
on YouTube!
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Sorrento on YouTube

Executive Director Michael Shapcott reflects on the “thin space” that is the Sorrento Centre…
Connect with Michael at
28 September 2018

Advent Retreat: Meeting Mary at the Sorrento Centre

Primate Fred Hiltz will lead the Sorrento Centre’s Advent Retreat from November 30 to December 2: Mary – Mother, Disciple and Apostle of the Lord. The Advent season is a time of waiting and preparing – looking forward to the birth of Jesus. Mary plays a major role in this season of hope and joy, and our Primate invites all of us to “meet Mary in such a way as to know what makes her heart sing and ache, long and yearn, leap and dance.”

You can find more information, and register on-line here.


Celebrating desserts (even gluten-free desserts!)

There are many special spaces on the main campus of the Sorrento Centre – apple and pear trees, forest groves, the beach, the Memorial Garden, Kekuli, the iconic Spes Bona… And then there’s the farm – with its fields and forest.

One place that is mostly out of public view is the Sorrento kitchen where a dedicated team, led by Karrie and including Boni and Hannah and Jesse and David, prepare tasty and nutritious meals morning, noon and night – often with produce from our own farm.

Sorrento Centre’s mission as a “holy place of transformation” means that the thousands of people who visit us annually work up a good appetite. That’s not just the people walking on the trails, but also those challenging themselves with theological inquiry, as well as quilt-makers and writers and wood-carvers and banjo-players.

In recent days, I snapped some pix of four of the desserts made in the Sorrento Centre kitchen – and all four are deliciously gluten-free, which appeals to people who are coeliac (like me).

Photo 1- peach cake with icing   Photo 2 - plum crumble Photo 3 - ice cream sandwich  Photo 4 - black forest cake with a cherry on top

The first of the four pictures is a peach cake with icing (and that’s Hannah in the background). Number two is a plum crumble, with plums freshly plucked from the tree just outside the back door of the kitchen. Number three is an ice cream sandwich. Picture number four is a black forest cake with a cherry on top. And, yes, that is Phoebe’s nose – my puppy snuck into the photo, but the good news is that I saved the cake (for me to eat, that is!).


What I’m watching: NZ PM Jacinda Ardern at the UN

Public discourse can be dreary – little more than appeals to self-interest at best, or to fear, racism and hatred at the worst. Sadly, the worst seems to be getting lots of airtime these days.

Take a moment to consider New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s speech to the United Nations. Instead of pandering to the lowest common denominator, the PM appeals to our highest aspirations:

“Perhaps then it is time to step back from the chaos and ask what we want. It is in that space that we'll find simplicity. The simplicity of peace, of prosperity, of fairness. If I could distil it down into one concept that we are pursuing in New Zealand it is simple and it is this.”


“In the face of isolationism, protectionism, racism - the simple concept of looking outwardly and beyond ourselves, of kindness and collectivism, might just be as good a starting point as any. So, let's start here with the institutions that have served us well in times of need, and will do so again.”

Can simple kindness, and restoring trust in international institutions such as the United Nations, help to counter the negative spiral of public discourse lately?

Theologian Rowan Williams (former Archbishop of Canterbury) has noted in speech that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, at the heart of the United Nations, has its roots in the moral values of Christians and other people of faith:

“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is unquestionably a landmark in the history of moral consciousness, one of the factors that has consistently given hope and purpose to political life throughout the globe since it first saw the light of day in 1948… it has been an energizing force in the witness of more than one community of faith in their struggle against arbitrary oppression and for the protection of the vulnerable.”

He calls for a reconnecting of human rights and faith, including:

“Christian convictions about human dignity and human relatedness, how we belong together… I believe that this reconnection can be done by trying to understand rights against a background not of individual claims, but of the question of what is involved in mutual recognition between human beings. I believe that rights are a crucial way of working out what it is for people to belong together in society.”

Think about this: instead of focusing on what divides us, think about how we belong together. Take those thoughts and turn them into practical and daily actions of kindness and fairness.

Remember the glorious challenge from Isaiah 58:1,9,12:

“Shout out, do not hold back!
If you remove the yoke from among you…
You shall be called the repairer of the breach,
The restorer of streets to live in.”

Imagine a world in which all of us, working together, can become restorers of streets to live in…


Stay tuned for weekly updates as Sorrento Centre heads into a glorious fall…

October at Sorrento: Sunlight and Shadows

Catherine NichollsSunlight and Shadows with Catherine Nicholls – Offering a wonderful chance to combine text and imagery, this workshop covers several of Catherine's favourite techniques for creating text on fabric - September 30 – October 5, 2018 - more about this here »

Marnie PetersonOctober at Sorrento: Associates' Thanksgiving Weekend
  • At the annual Thanksgiving Weekend as Associates work, rest and play together, we will explore ‘Prayer beyond Words’ -sometimes words aren’t enough and our prayers might also take other forms - more about this here »


Welcome October guests!

HOST YOUR EVENT AT SORRENTO CENTRE! Your guests will enjoy the beautiful relaxed setting in the heart of the Shuswap, friendly courteous welcoming staff, excellent accommodations, delicious meals (much of it sourced from our own organic farm), and competitive rates. Sorrento Centre is open year-round: book early to secure your group reservations in 2019! Welcome our guests in October 2018:

  • Sorrento Quilt Group
  • First Kelowna Ladies top
  • Clergy Retreat
  • Best Friends Quilters
  • Creative Memories
  • Absolutely Obsessed Quilting Retreat
  • Sagebrush QuiltersArchbishop Fred Hiltz
  • Group, community and private events hosted at Sorrento Centre are listed here »
November at Sorrento:
Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada here
to lead Advent retreat
  • Archbishop Fred Hiltz,Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, will lead the Advent Retreat: Mary – Mother, Disciple, and Apostle of the Lord at Sorrento Centre - more about this here »

Archbishop Hiltz will be facilitating the 2018 Advent retreat! See here »

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Mailchimp Keep in touch with announcements and updates from the Sorrento Centre with our occasional "MailChimp" emailers. Private - we do not share any information.
  • Most recent Sorrento Centre emailer (July 22, 2018) - view here » Photos from our first two weeks of Summer Programming - comments from guests - summer youth staff
  • Executive Director Appointed - the Board of Directors of Sorrento Centre has appointed The Reverend Michael Shapcott as the next Executive Director of the Centre. Michael has take up residence at the Centre, and began in August. - view here »
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  • Review the archive of recent mailings - here »

Farm-to-Table 2013
NOURISH YOURSELF! Sorrento's Farm to Table

Nourish yourself – connect with creation! Experience our faith-based farm!

Sorrento Centre Farm is now entering its 8th year of producing fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers for our guests and community.

Our farm is a deeply integrated element of life at Sorrento Centre. While spending time with your family and friends in Sorrento, you will have abundant opportunities to engage with creation on our farm.

Some of the opportunities include

  • Farm to Table: fresh farm produce served in the dining room
  • Creation Integration: Children and Youth Program farm activities
  • Share in the Abundance: seasonal produce available
  • Farm Tours: Everyone is invited to join us for a farm tour

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Diocese of Calgary approves major contribution to Sorrento Centre campaign

CALGARY/SORRENTO – The Diocese of Calgary has announced that it is contributing $750,000 to the “Next 50” Campaign for Sorrento Centre, the Anglican Retreat and Conference Centre located on Shuswap Lake in Sorrento, BC. Calgary is one of the nine Dioceses in Western Canada affiliated with Sorrento Centre....

Read full press release here »


We issue gift certificates in any amount, redeemable for courses and/or holiday packages. We can send the certificate to you, or directly to the recipient if you wish. In the past, parents and grandparents have registered their families or individuals and paid for it through gift certificates. It is as easy as picking up the phone.

Our office staff will be pleased to assist you. Call us toll-free 1-866-694-2409 or email:

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Quotes from recent guests

We’ve had lots of guests at the Centre over the past couple of weeks who appear to have enjoyed their stays. Here’s what some of them have had to say:

  • “Wonderful. The service and meals were top notch; we lacked for nothing. Staff at Sorrento Centre are friendly and helpful.”
  • “Thank you for all you do to make the guests feel welcome and comfortable. It was inspiring to be part of a group who are committed and serious about their faith and honest and open in sharing belief and friendship.”
  • “Program, food, hospitality, accommodation all great. … Very welcoming staff! Very lovely – peaceful. Thanks for a good experience! “Excellent facility for our needs. Beautiful surroundings and most friendly staff. Very happy with the abundance of fresh fruits and veggies.”
  • “The place is a little bit of heaven. Thanks to your wonderful friendly staff. You make us feel very welcome.”
  • “Thank you to all! I always enjoy my time here (this is the 5th). This is such a welcoming, mellow, spirit-filled place. There are always great people to meet, staff included.”top

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Sorrento Centre: Found on YouTube
  • John Bell leading "God Bless to Us our Bread" at Sorrento Centre - posted by Youthful Lutheran: here »
  • Cursillo Kitchen Crew Sorrento Centre 2010 "Never never never give up" - posted by Dan Hines - here »
  • BCAYM (Anglican Youth Movement) centennial announcement - here » - posted by BCAYM
  • Flyover and Bluegrass - here » posted by David Gonella
  • See Sorrento Centre's YouTube channel here »

Sights & Sounds from Sorrento Centre
VIDEO: Sorrento Summer Days

Take a peak at a typical week of Summer at Sorrento Centre from the experience of our children, youth and Summer Youth Staff: here » [opens on a new webpage] Filled with worship, music, games, and many activities for the whole family in a beautiful outdoor space. Bring your whole family and join us for Summer 2012.Special thanks to Linnea Good for the use of her song "Who Am I" (unknown origin) from the album Swimmin' Like a Bird. Visit Linnea's website here ». Dan Hines, Linnea Good and David Jonsson are leading the worship and music for Week 4 2013

Young Sojourners gather at Sorrento Centre May 5-11, 2013
Sorrento Centre welcomed almost 100 youth from Alberta and BC for
the Young Sojourners' Weekend: Finding God
- May 17-20, 2013: See here ».

Compare and Contrast! See how much of a bargain Sorrento Centre cabanas are compared to the similar walled camping tents erected by the national parks "oTent-ic" program. For a description of the Parks Canada facility, plus suggestions, rules, and accomodation, reservation and site entry fees see here » . For information on Sorrento's Cabanas, see here »

A Slideshow 2012 week 5 from Associate Ken Gray!

Sorrento Centre launches Pre-Authorized Debits for donations support
We are now able to accept donations by means of pre-authorized debit from your bank account or credit card. See here »
Pet policy
topWe are delighted to welcome you and your pet as our guests.... We appreciate that your pet is a member of your family, however we must also remember to keep the comfort and safety of other guests and our staff in mind. It is our top priority that your pet and all other guests enjoy their stay so please abide by the following guidelines - see here »

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