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Winter Youth Retreat 2014
Abiding Gifts

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 »
map Sorrento Centre Campus Map here »
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…

Executive Director Michael Shapcott“Be a gardener”: Taking up my trowel

“Be a gardener… Toil and sweat… Turn the earth upside down. And seek the deepness.” Those words from the 14th century mystic Julian of Norwich came to life in Caritas, one of the main buildings on the Sorrento Centre campus, on September 16. That was the day that Archbishop Melissa Skelton presided at a Celebration of New Ministry to mark the formal beginning of my work at the Sorrento Centre. Primate Fred Hiltz gave the homily.

During this special service, I was presented with a trowel as a symbol of the ministry of place: Sorrento Centre is on an exquisite 24-acre campus that includes orchards, forest groves, a beachfront on the Shushwap, fields, flowerbeds and many buildings. A short distance away is our 8-acre natural farm – a bountiful place for produce for our kitchen as well as for our neighbours.

A Bible was presented as a symbol of my calling to the Gospel and the Church, and a set of Sorrento Centre prayer flags (learning, healing and belonging) was presented as a symbol of my commitment to people and community.

I’ve been on site since early August, meeting with dozens of people, learning every nook and cranny of this special place, meeting neighbours in Salmon Arm and Kamloops, and bearing down on the range of duties as Executive Director – everything from budget to website to capital and operating plans.

Every morning I awake with joy, knowing that I am in a special and sacred place full of great beauty, walking in the footsteps of giants, working with special people and looking forward to the next five years, as Sorrento Centre moves towards its 60th anniversary.


Salute to the salmon: Welcome home!

Less than fifteen minutes from the Sorrento Centre is Adams River, which feeds into the Shuswap. Every year, the salmon run from the Pacific up through the Adams River – and every fourth year is a “dominant” year – an especially large run. In late September and into October, the salmon run begins to reach its peak: An amazing symbol of the cycle of life, and the bounty of this place.

This year, the Salute to the Salmon begins with a two-day symposium that brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders and community members. I’ll be attending to meet elders and elected leaders from the Secwepemc people, along with area residents, environmentalists and many others.

The Indigenous people on the coast and inland understood that the salmon were symbols of determination, renewal and prosperity. In some traditions, the salmon were considered to be ancestors who gave their bodies for food as a form of sacrifice in the cycle of life.

In Celtic mythology, salmon were considered a sacred fish, wise and knowledgeable, strong and transforming. The salmon followed a circular journey of life and inhabited two worlds – fresh water and sea water. Celtic Christians adopted the salmon as a symbol of Christ.

The salmon run is an annual reminder of the abundance of this world, and a symbol of the cycle of life. I am very excited to view the salmon run up close, and to share the experience with others.


What I’m reading: Malcolm Clemens Young on the environment

The Invisible Hand in the Wilderness is a 2014 book by Malcolm Clemens Young, who is Dean at Christ Church Cathedral in San Francisco. Young draws on economics, ecology and theology to argue that a starry-eyed romanticism about nature is not sufficient to overcome the powerful forces of economic markets. Economics is often portrayed as “value-free” and “neutral”, but it is riddled with assumptions and meanings – much of which are “invisible”. Young argues that theology and ecology have a lot to teach economics.

Theologian Harvey Cox has noted that the market, which claims to be value-free, actually carries a powerful array of symbols and beliefs. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby offers powerful observations on how to move from monetizing everything to making money serve grace.

Young adds to the growing theological literature on markets by arguing that inducing happy thoughts about the environment won’t, in itself, undercut the power of economic forces to dominate public policy discussions.


Phoebe labradoodleWelcome to Phoebe!

Phoebe is a three-month old labradoodle who has come to live with me in the Executive Director’s residence at the Sorrento Centre. A sweet and engaging black and white pup, Phoebe is sniffing her way around our campus – learning all sorts of new smells. At first, Phoebe was rather distressed by the loud honking of the flocks of Canada geese that gather on our beach. Lately, she has realized that the honking is mostly hot air. The geese will yield the beach to people and puppies – though not without a comment or two.


Did you know??? Another way to give to Sorrento Centre

The Sorrento Centre draws 70% of its revenues from earned income – meal fees and accommodation charges for the thousands of people who pass through our site annually. We’ve earned a surplus in the last couple of years, even as we have paid down some debt and started expensive work on capital repairs to our site.

There is, however, plenty more to be done – so we’ve created another way for donors to support our work. A quick click will take you to the Sorrento home page on Canada Helps. You can support our well-respect youth leadership programs, our diverse arts and cultural programming, as well as our Anglican and other faith-based work.

We’re re-imagining our campaigns to support the people and work of the Sorrento Centre. Stay tuned for a launch in the near future. Please consider a contribution today via Canada Helps.

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

September at Sorrento

Alisdair SmithCatherine NichollsFinding Joy; 5 Thrives for the Digital (r)Evolution:
A Weekend Retreat for Emerging Leaders
with Alisdair Smith – fresh insights and new thinking about leading and working with others - September 7-9, 2018 - more about this here »

Sunlight 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 »

Welcome September 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 September:

  • Provincial Synod
  • Absolutely Obsessed Quilting Retreat
  • RCH Nurses Reunion
  • Creative Ladies
  • Shuswap Carving and Arts School
  • Gail Anderson Dargatz Writing Retreat
  • Group, community and private events hosted at Sorrento Centre are listed here »
Marnie PetersonAssociates' Thanksgiving Weekend
  • At the annual Thanksgiving Weekend as Associates work, rest and play together, we will explore ‘Prayer beyond Words’ -Archbishop Fred Hiltz sometimes words aren’t enough and our prayers might also take other forms - more about this here »

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 »

Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada speaks of Sorrento Centre
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 »
  • Sign up to receive email news and updates - here »
  • 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.”

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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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