Overview of the Event

The primary purpose of this weekend is to be a retreat: we want to give you the chance to take a breath in amongst the beauty of Sorrento Centre in the winter.

We’ll also be taking time to gather as a community for inspiring worship, some great games and meals together. You’ll hear from wonderful speakers, including our theme speaker (see below for more information on our theme for the weekend).

A Wizard’s Retreat is being organized by the Diocesan Youth Movement in the Diocese of New Westminster with the support of the British Columbia and Yukon Anglican Youth Movement, and alongside Sorrento Centre.




Harry Potter has been one of the best selling books of our time. This simple yet complex story has touched the hearts of many over the past decades because of its portrayal of love, friendship and loyalty in contrast to injustice, prejudice and racism. Underlying the story of Harry Potter are threads of the Gospel woven together into a tapestry of a magical world not so different from our own.

This program will explore the Harry Potter series to theologically reflect on various characters in the books and foster a deeper discussion on issues of racism/prejudice and social justice. We will explore Hogwarts Houses, Muggles, Witches and Wizards and Squibs, House Elves and of course Grindelwald and Voldemort. From there, we take headline news, the Bible and Harry Potter to see how we can develop our theological imagination and spiritual activism.

Please feel free to bring your favourite Harry Potter book and a Bible (and a costume if you want!). We will be ‘sorted’ into houses for our smaller group discussion.


Date and times: The BC family day long weekend: February 10th (evening) to February 13th (late afternoon) 2017.

Open to: Teens aged 13-19 and Young Adults aged 20-25. Parish youth leaders and  others involved in youth ministry in parishes are also invited; to be involved in the running of the event and to forge connections with peers.

Transport: The Diocese of New Westminster is providing bus transport for registrants leaving from the Lower Mainland, and that is included in your registration fee. Registrants from elsewhere in the province will need to arrange their own transportation to Sorrento Centre. Registrants from Vancouver Island will be able to join the bus at Tsawassen ferry terminal at no extra cost, but are responsible for arranging their ferry transportation. Please indicate on your registration form whether you will be on the bus and which stop you will be joining us. If you have any questions about transportation, please contact Caitlin Beck.

Cost: $150 per participant; which includes accommodation and all meals. Payments can be made online with a credit card, or by cheque to Sorrento Centre. Payment in full must be received before the event. There is money available for bursaries from a number of sources. The Diocese of New Westminster’s bursary process is available on our website here, if you have any questions or are from outside of the Diocese of New Westminster please contact Caitlin Beck.

Cheques should be made payable to Sorrento Centre with Winter Retreat on the memo line and should be sent to: Melissa Green, Sorrento Centre, PO Box 99, Sorrento, BC, V0E 2W0

Questions: Get in touch with Caitlin Beck at the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster, or Melissa Green at Sorrento Centre!