Retreat Spotlight – Spring 2019
You belong at Sorrento Centre!
Imagine this: A holy place of transformation for learning, healing and belonging – located in the beautiful South Shuswap in the Canadian Rockies, a few hours east of Vancouver.
Imagine this: A place of music and laughter, spiritual reflection, theological engagement, rest and relaxation – on a 24-acre campus that includes residential buildings, camp and RV sites, cabanas, fields, forests, orchards and an inviting waterfront.
Imagine this: A place that welcomes Christians and other people of faith, and invites everyone to a deeper relationship with each other, with the natural world and with God.
Imagine this: Five weeks of summer programming, specifically dedicated to nourishing body, soul and spirit – family-friendly, age-friendly, inter-generational with activities for children and youth, as well as adults.
Imagine this: Tasty and nourishing food served in our dining area, and outside in the warm sunshine, with lots of healthy and nutritious produce from our own eight-acre farm.
Imagine no more: Since 1963, the Sorrento Centre has been a gathering place for all. Anglican in tradition, ecumenical in programming, a warm welcome to everyone. Browse through our busy summer program and then register on-line at:
Escape to the extraordinary! Nestled lakeside in a breathtaking mountain valley, RockRidge Canyon is an exceptionally well-serviced facility, providing endless fun and a retreat from the busyness and stress of daily routines. Outdoor activities on this vast property inspire team building and massive smiles. Guests enjoy kayaks, paddle boards, mountain bikes, challenge course, hiking, lakeside walks and the swimming pool. There’s even a winter terrain park! When you’re here, don’t miss the famous, lake-crossing, dual zip-line.
Worship nights and events are a hit in the new 320 seat presentation theatre. Meals are prepared by RockRidge Canyon’s Red Seal chefs. Large groups dine in the 425 seat Pinnacle dining room with 180˚ canyon views. There’s also a coffee shop, snack shop, retail store, expansive games room and 20 meeting areas. After a day of fresh mountain air, you’ll sleep well. Accommodations include the 47 room luxury Wolfe Creek Lodge and three lakeview dorm lodges (300 beds). Leave that cramped sleeping bag at home; fresh bedding and towels are provided.
From September through June, RockRidge Canyon excels at hosting groups of 30-400 for retreats, reunions, meetings, conferences and camps. We’re about a 2.5 hrs scenic drive from the Fraser Valley, in Princeton BC.
Why Church Retreats?
Church retreats are a tradition that goes back to the origins of camping itself and the “Brush Arbor” movement early in the previous century. But why exactly are church retreats so effective? In a word, it is the lack of distractions. Retreats are so productive because a retreat provides the opportunity for a concentrated time, focused on spiritual objectives and relationships in a setting removed from the distractions of everyday life.
A weekend retreat is worth months of Sundays and mid-week meetings because of the lack of gaps and distractions. Add to this, the relationships built as you share the retreat experience with others over a concentrated time, and the effectiveness of the retreat is even more pronounced.
The concept of a retreat is not unlike that of a vacation. You set aside all the distractions of everyday life for a time away, dedicated to a particular purpose, which often includes developing and deepening relationships with family and others. Add to this, the pleasures of someone else doing the cooking, serving and clearing tables, taking care of the dishes and child care in some cases. It is almost like going out to eat five times in one weekend with a group of friends. There is ample opportunity to sit around the tables and have a nice chat. There are no pressing needs. You are away from it all.
Retreats work for all ages and for a variety of purposes. Adult retreats, especially women’s retreats, are great for building relationships and focusing on spiritual needs. That is why they are so effective for groups like Alpha. Youth groups also benefit especially because of the opportunities for leaders to build relationships with students during the course of a weekend, which is simply not possible two hours at a time with a week in between. Church retreats are a great way to accomplish many of the objectives of church ministries through a period of time away, focused on relationships and spiritual development, without the daily distractions of our busy lives.
With its natural beauty and high-quality hospitality service, Cedar Springs Christian Retreat Center stands apart as a refreshing, comfortable environment for Christian groups.
Located just 90 minutes from downtown Vancouver, in Sumas, Washington, the lush, quiet grounds and clean, well-appointed accommodations, make Cedar Springs an ideal place for churches and Christian organizations to hold conferences, trainings, meetings, planning retreats and other gatherings.
Set far from noise and distractions of the city, the grounds feature both natural and cultivated beauty. Eight acres of tended gardens, ponds and meandering pathways provide a stunning backdrop for conversation or time alone connecting with God. In addition, guests have access to five miles of maintained hiking trails through the surrounding cedar forest. The lodgings feature 62 relaxing motel-style rooms with either a king or queen-sized bed and a private washroom. Many of the rooms come with an additional daybed and trundle, allowing up to four guests per room. All linens are provided.
The Lakeside dining room provides an amazing view of the ponds, gardens, and forested hillside. Meals are served “family-style” with friendly serving staff bringing out dishes of delicious food to your table, inviting further conversation and connection. Cedar Springs uses unique recipes and fresh, high-quality ingredients, and is known by guests for its excellent food. The kitchen is able to accommodate gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan diets upon request.
The campus has four Lodges, each with its own meeting room that can accommodate groups from 15 to 200 people. Each meeting room is fully equipped with a projector, sound system, wifi, piano, and beverage service. Churches, mission agencies, denominational groups, parachurch organizations and Christian non-profits find Cedar Springs to be a place to receive new vision, build stronger teams, deepen community and become better equipped to serve.
Ravenstone Retreat is a true Canadian-style, three story, log home get away. It is Whistler-style luxury nestled in the forest in the beautiful Sunshine Valley, just past Hope, BC. Ravenstone sleeps ten people in rooms shared by two people each, has three shared bathrooms and three different spaces to hold your meetings. There is a large 24ft x12ft deck with a view of the mountains and trees where you can relax and enjoy healthy, delicious meals. Your host, Marion Baker was the manager and head cook at a forty-person retreat centre for thirteen years, so she knows how to make you feel welcome and especially how to tickle your taste buds with tempting food. In between meeting,s you can go for a walk in the community of log homes and maybe spot a deer or two in the woods. Call Marion today to book your stay.
The Alexandra Retreat & Events Centre is part of the Alexandra Neighbourhood House. A non-profit organization, located in the heart of Crescent Beach, it serves the Semiahmoo Peninsula and beyond. Something else you wouldn’t expect; proceeds of your stay will build community by contributing directly to Alexandra Neighbourhood House programs, services, community events, and summer camps.
Whether you join us for a day, or an overnight stay, or a family gathering or a workplace retreat, Alexandra Retreat & Events Centre in beautiful Crescent Beach is the right fit for you. Historic Camp A is diverse, rustic, and quirky. We are a versatile space for any retreat, event or meeting. Accessible multi-purpose rooms and dining halls, peaceful activity and meeting rooms, an outdoor stage, a festive lounge, dorms, guest rooms, and cottages surround a large, open green space.
Beecher Place is another venue we operate in Crescent Beach. It is a perfect space for special events, weddings, receptions, seminars or meetings. Located right on the beach, it provides an inspiring space for more intimate gatherings – a space decorated by stunning views of sand, sea and sky! Soak up the unobstructed panorama views from the picture windows and the elegant wrap-around balcony.
It’s our Centennial Celebration this year so check our website for events to follow. One hundred years in the community is something special and worth celebrating. We hope you will join us! Come on in and take a peek; we promise unexpected inspiration.
As I sit at my desk and write, snow is falling outside my window. The beautiful and dramatic change that a drop of water goes through is fascinating. So much of our world changes so fast. Not all of it is as beautiful as a snowflake (and even snowflakes can cause us anxiety).
Relationships are built, sometimes damaged, and built again. Trees grow, die, and are paved over to make room for industrial land zones. What many once thought to be the values of society are changing rapidly. How do we bear the transitions we face daily, weekly, annually in life? How does one respond to change – especially change that causes stress!
In the Christian community we believe that handling the difficulties of life’s relentless change is most effectively born in the arms of a loving Christ-centered family. Perhaps the greatest fallacy of our current age is the idea that we can conquer all of life’s troubles on our own.
And I think we’re paying for it in anxiety, confusion, lack of purpose and a dearth of understanding our personal and communal identity. At camp we find identity together in the beauty of a community that has been reconciled to Jesus – and in such a community anxiety is reduced, confusion is abated, purpose is found and identity is confirmed in Christ! What an answer in a world of change!
Pacific Life Bible College offers affordable and complete conference facilities between May and the third week of August. For over 20 years, churches, missions groups, and others have used our campus for great events.
Chapel (Seats 100+): Features lecture chairs and built-in data projectors. The chapel and classroom foyer features leather couches and bistro-style seating areas.
Classrooms: Classroom sizes vary from 25 to 100 people and all feature built-in data projectors and audio.
Dining Room: Our cafeteria seats up to 100.
Accommodations: Beds for 76. Our dormstyle accommodations are very affordable and comfortable. Every two rooms share a bathroom. Linens are available upon request.
Catering Services: Our chef and kitchen crew eagerly await the opportunity to create affordable and delicious meals for you. We offer food services for groups of 30 and larger.
Onsite Amenities: soccer field, sand volleyball court, recreational lounge – featuring a pool table, table tennis, fooseball, couches, and a television.