Naramata Centre prepares to build on last year's success

Naramata Centre spokesperson Barb Green says the retreat will be ready to open their doors again this year on May 15, 2017.
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PENTICTON - The Naramata Centre is open for summer registration for its programs and accommodations as the institution continues to build on last year’s success.

Naramata Centre Board spokesperson Barb Green says the centre had 1,100 people return to take part in centre activities after the centre faced an uncertain future in 2015 following its closure after a labour dispute.

“We’re building on that momentum and looking forward to welcoming people back,” she says.

“We’re hoping people from the local area will join us this year as well,” she says, noting the centre has always attracted people from Alberta and other parts of B.C.

This year’s programs include four categories: music and the arts, spiritual nurturing, and health and well-being.

“We’ve got a good variety in each of those categories, and something that’s even more unique is we cater to all ages. We have programs for children, youth, adults and intergenerational groups,” she says.

The centre now has a campground with camping options available, in addition to cabins with cooking facilities and rooms with a common area.

“There are various options, best described on our website,” Green says.

The centre opens May 15, with a open volunteer event known as “Hearts and Hands” scheduled for May 5-13. Green says the event is well-attended, and necessary now that the centre has moved to a volunteer model.

“We don’t have the staff we used to have, so we invite people to come and help us wake the centre up in the spring, then put it to bed in the fall,” she says.

“We foster a sense of safe, inclusive community, and that’s what attracts a lot of people. Others find it a peaceful and healing place, or they come to connect with others,” Green says.

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