Summer Week 5: July 28 – August 4

  • Naramata Centre Naramata Centre
  • 3375 3rd St Naramata, BC V0H 1N0
  • Jul 28 - Aug 4, 2018 (8 days)
  • Staying Offsite - CAD $10.00 Cottage Court (1 Bedroom) - CAD $884.99 Cottage Court (2 Bedroom) - CAD $1,130.01 East Court (1 Bedroom) - CAD $884.99 East Court (2 Bedroom) - CAD $1,130.01 Orchard Court (Single Room) - CAD…

About us

Join us for the last week of July for a mid-summer week of visual, performance and movement arts for all ages. For 70 years, Naramata Centre has welcomed people to our 23 acres of land on the shores of Lake Okanagan. Open to people of all ages, Naramata Centre is an inclusive, welcoming place to connect and deepen in mind, body and spirit.  Enjoy a program or retreat. Walk our labyrinth and visit our Chapel. Do yoga or play on our beach. Jump into the lake. Snooze or read in the shade under our canopy of trees. Sink into community and laugh or sing. Join others in Sacred Pause or meditate. Whether you are coming for the first or the 50th time, we look forward to your arrival – you are welcome here!

Free the Artist in You – Abstract Acrylic Painting (Jenny Long)

Ages 5-11
Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – noon
$125 + $100 materials fee

Jenny’s week-long at art camp will explore and strengthen what kids do best as artists – express freely!  Students will be introduced to the tools and techniques that Jenny uses in her own professional practice in acrylic painting.  From the importance of color mixing as a foundational skill, to using a variety of tools and applications of paint to create interesting visual elements, Jenny will go through abstract expressionist explorations – including tonal builds with palette knives, delicate washes, and painting with unsuspecting tools such as kitchen utensils. Examples of other supplies used in this course are acrylic gel, modeling paste, pumice gel, palette knives, scrapers, cheese cloth, charcoal, and even paint-filled water guns!  Every session children will develop paintings, intermixed with creative-based games and exercises to enhance their artistic voice.  A variety of individual as well as collaborative pieces will be produced that the children can bring home as memories of their growth in this course in acrylic painting.

Be a Musical Star! A Musical in a Week (Daphne & Tony Matthews)

Ages 6+
Sunday, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon
Occasional small group rehearsals 4:30-6:00 p.m
Final performance Friday evening.
$245, or $750 family rate (up to 6 family members)

Have you ever had a secret desire to be in a musical or do you love singing, performing and theatre? Join us for the “Musical in a Week” experience by being part of the production of “The Happy Prince”, a wonderful musical based on the story by Oscar Wilde. We will combine teaching, singing, acting and dance with lots of fun and laughter to bring out and release the creativity within you. For those whose think singing is not for them, there are also non-singing roles, plus opportunities for set design, costuming and stage-management, so there is something for the whole family, aged six and up. The week will end with a performance of the show.

Play with Clay (Marilyn Perry)

Ages 11+
Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. – noon.
$200 + $70 materials fee

Clay responds to our every touch. Its, malleability along with the many possibilities this contains to create texture and shape, is one of the many joys of playing with clay. This week’s program, for beginner to intermediate, will allow participants to learn the pottery process from moist clay to finished pottery creation. In a fun and relaxed week, you will have the opportunity to explore, experiment and create colourful pottery.

Traces of Nature: Eco-Printing and Solar Dyes (Jessie Negropontes)

Ages 12+
Monday-Friday, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
$175 + $30 materials fee

Collaborate with Creation and explore Eco-printing, an amazing combination of art, science and mystery! Steam tightly wrapped bundles of cloth/paper, then unwrap to reveal beautiful (and often surprising) printed shapes and colours, permanently printed onto the material. We will also experiment with solar dyeing – using the power of the sun and common kitchen ingredients to dye fabric samples in a range of subtle, natural shades. Each participant with create a book of sample fabric swatches, several pieces of eco-printed fabric/paper, a silk scarf, and more!

Planet Songs: Songs from the Heart of the World (Jim & Jean Strathdee)

Ages 16+
Monday-Friday, 9:00-11:45 a.m.

As Naramata Centre celebrates it’s 70th year, Jim is participating in his 50th year of music leadership at the Centre. Here, on this gift of common ground, Jean and Jim invite you to lend your voices, your hearts, to the singing of our shared journey: of past and future. Through singing, honest conversation, and spirited worship we will listen to the voices of wonder, beauty, suffering and love that come from our natural, personal, and social-political worlds. Together we will celebrate our journey of being communities of justice, joy, and hope for future generations.

Slow Flow Yoga (Roswitha Masson)

Monday – Friday, 9:00-10:30 a.m.

In ancient India, Yoga had the purpose of improving physical health, calming the mind and fostering spiritual growth. These are also the goals of the Gentle Flow Yoga program. Beginner-friendly Yoga exercises and postures are selected to suit the individual needs of the participants. Props and modifications ensure that everyone can join in. Breathing exercises, relaxation techniques and inspirational readings are included in the classes.

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