Historical Roots

30 Years of Jubilee

We begin with the words of co-founder and first director, Don Grayston, “The Pacific Jubilee Program was conceived in a conversation with Episcopal priest Jack Gorsuch and myself at my cousin Mary’s lunch table in Seattle in 1986. It was born in 1988, when the first residency took place at the Vancouver School of Theology. Originally an 18-month program, it became a two-year program in the late 1990s. In 2006, its relationship with VST came to an end (as did VST’s relationship with other co-sponsored programs), and the little boat PJP set out on the open seas. In 2010, it found safe harbour at Naramata Centre, largely through the work of Lois Huey-Heck; and in 2011 she succeeded me as director working with senior program director Dawn Kilarski.”  Always visionary, Don was instrumental in the beginning of the Ontario program, the affiliation of the pre-existing Atlantic program, and the forming of the Prairie program.  It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Don Grayston (1939-2017).  Read Lois Huey-Heck’s tribute to him here.

With the closure of Naramata Centre in 2015, the little boat PJP set out again, this time finding harbour at the Rivendell Retreat Centre on Bowen Island.  Rivendell has become the home of our SoulGuiding  program while other events and retreats – under our SoulCare and SoulWork streams – are held all over British Columbia.

Since 1988,  Jubilee Programs have offered formation and training to women and men in many different professions and occupations and to laypersons and practitioners of many kinds of ministry.

We characterize all our programs as contemplative, evocative, spacious, embodied, integrative, experiential and transformative –  programs that encourages us both to pray and to play!