Crafting your Heart Story: New Year

About This Event

Program fee: $110 per retreat or $200 for remaining series

Ages: 16+

Time:  9:00 am - 3:00 pm PT


This offering is part of a series of daylong retreats which offer an opportunity to step back from the rush of our day to day lives, slow down, reflect, and recharge. In each retreat, we will take time to explore and express our own “heart story”—that is, the stories that emerge from those deep places of body, mind, heart, and spirit. We will draw on a range of accessible creative practices (written and visual journaling, collage, drama, poetry, and prose), and use these to give voice to our heart stories to share with each other. You do not need to think of yourself as “creative” to participate in and enjoy these retreats!

We will practice deep listening—to ourselves, to each other, and to that which is greater in our lives. Participants will leave this workshop with experiences of several accessible arts-based approaches to storytelling, experiences of community story-sharing and listening, and with the beginnings of an artistic rendering of their own heart story. These retreats are geared to people with no creative experience, lots of experience, and everyone in between! Retreats can be taken singly or as a series; if taken as a series, there is scope to develop a longer term arts-based project to continue from month-to-month.

These retreats are facilitated responsively to the needs of the participants. A typical retreat day

will include:

Sharing of contemplative practices in community

Exploration of arts based approaches to spiritual exploration

Time for deep listening and sharing of stories in community

The option to enjoy your lunch (or afternoon tea) break with others in online community

Opportunities to pause, reflect, and recharge for your day-to-day life

The opportunity to share your artistic rendering or work in progress with the other retreat participants

Crafting Your Heart Story: New Year

For some of us, the new year is a time of new beginnings. For some of us, it’s a time to reflect on what has passed. What joys, griefs, celebrations, or mournings, are you bringing to this liminal season of the year? How might this set-aside time help you to name and to mark that which needs to be honored? Join us for a day of community, artistic explorations, deep listening, and sharing the stories of our hearts.


Crafting Your Heart Story: Springtime (March 20, 2021)

The days are lengthening and signs of new life are emerging. What is emerging in your life as Spring approaches? What new places of growth need tending and care? How might a gentle pause nourish your spirit during this season of awakening and emergence?  Join us for a day of community, artistic explorations, deep listening, and sharing the stories of our hearts.


Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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  • Lori Stewart   August 08, 2020

      Basking in Words: Poetry for a Summer Morning

    Basking indeed! This course was a week of soul satisfying poetry reading and enriching conversation skillfully facilitated by Tim Scorer. I laughed, cried, learned, and was moved by the power of words from a diversity of poets and participants. I felt connected to Naramata Centre throughout the week and to my creative centre. I didn't want the course to end. So grateful!

  • Kirsty Boisvert   June 17, 2020

      Camping trip

    We had a lovely time and enjoyed the facility and creek

  • Ronald Moncrief   July 17, 2018

      Family Reunion 2018.

    Our family from far and wide, had a reunion the second week of July 2018 at the Naramata Centre at Naramata BC with some of us camping and the rest of us in the motel style accommodations. We all had a great experience and a good time in an ideal setting! The staff and the accommodations were great! We plan to go back again.

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