The Queer Family Weekend Retreat

August 25, 2022 at 12:00am

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Naramata Centre Society

Fees & Admission:
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Date: August 25-28, 2022

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Enjoy 3 summer nights in the glorious Okanagan Valley, in queer Christian community with friends and families of all ages and life stages!

This engaging, welcoming retreat is for those who consider themselves as part of the Queer Family! Gathering at Naramata Centre, we will connect with one another, with Creator, with the Land and with ourselves. We will celebrate this time as community with values of belonging, justice and love. We will rest, sing, run wild, play, create and share – just as we are, beautifully and wonderfully made by God.
Anyone you consider family is invited to join us – birth, chosen, found, immediate, extended, church, or otherwise. All expressions of faith are welcome, even as we draw on the Christian practices of prayer, story, and times of worship. From birth to elder years, this retreat is for all ages and stages and is led by experienced facilitators from the queer and ally community.

$195 for People 18+, Kiddos and Youth are Free

The $195 retreat fee includes the retreat’s 2 food truck community dinners (Thursday and Saturday), and all retreat offerings over the 4 days we are gathered. Accommodation is not included. Meals, other than our food truck community dinners, are self-catered.

Extend your stay?

If you’re interested in arriving to Naramata Centre early or kicking around after the Queer Family retreat end, add extra days to your retreat stay on the registration page. Nightly rates apply to extended stays.

What to expect?

Please know that even with all the amazing things planned and offered at the Queer Family retreat, open-ended, self-directed time of rest, play, reflection, exploring is always yours to chose, whenever you or the family needs.


Enjoy these added programs to your retreat. Registration is required, with no additional fees.
  • Elephant Island Winery Tour with WildChurch leader, LeAnne Blackert
  • Sacred Writing with Ray McGuiness
  • Yoga Chapel with Niki Karmali
  • Connecting with Self and Nature through Clay with Nancy Shadlock

*schedule for programs to be announced. If you are interested in attending any of the programs, please pre-register. More information will be sent and updated as we near the retreat date.


Register for the Kiddos Clubhouse and Youth Clubhouse when registering for the retreat. The Adult Clubhouse is drop-in. There are no additional fees for Clubhouse programs.
  • Morning Clubhouse time for Kiddos 5-11 (leadership to be announced)
  • Early Evening Clubhouse time for Youth 12-17 with Tressa Brotsky and Raindon Amann-Blake
  • Later Evening Clubhouse for Adults 18+ with retreat organizers (no-cost childminding from Naramata Centre Summer Staff will be available for those who need it, to empower you to attend Adult Clubhouse)

Day-of Intergenerational Activities! 

You can sign up for these activities on the day-of. Led by retreat organizers, these are activities for people of all ages and to foster cross-generational connections. There are no additional fees for Day-of Activities.
  • Hike to the Waterfalls
  • Soul Spa
  • Drop-in Art Making
  • … and more to come!

Community Gatherings

We have so many plans emerging for our time in Community. There are no additional fees for Community Gatherings. Here’s what’s lined up so far!
  • Thursday Food Truck Dinner! When you arrive on Thursday, you’ll get a pre-paid voucher for dinner – you can arrive and settle in without the worry of setting up your camp kitchen or wrestling the cottage stove while hungry! Dietary needs will be tended to.
  • Saturday Food Truck Dinner & Queer Family Dance!
  • WildChurch Sunday morning!
  • … with many more to come!

Ready to join us? YAY!