Outdoor & Recreation Facilities
Sorrento Centre's beach on Shuswap Lake is a private swim area
open daily from 8:00 am – 9:00 pm.
An NLS qualified lifeguard is on duty 1 pm – 4:30 pm Monday to Friday.
The beach area features a volley ball court and change room.
Guests of the Centre who are registered on courses have unlimited free access to the beach.
St Francis Chapel
Music and worship have always played a special part in the life of Sorrento Centre. Every weekday morning in the summer begins with a brief service at St. Francis Chapel (8:45am – 9:30pm)
Music is always an important component. Each week we have music directors who plan the music for the services, and they are always on the lookout for anyone with musical gifts to share
Likewise, the day ends with an evening prayer service, utilizing a number of popular styles from Taizé prayers to Holden services. Again, of course, music is an integral feature.
KEKULI at Sorrento Centre is a unique outdoor covered amphitheatre, with stage and fire circle.
- Sorrento Centre’s Kekuli is a large outdoor covered open space where you will enjoy classes and workshops, theatre arts presentations, concerts, spontaneous performing arts, free public lectures, evening events – dances and parties, even! For announcement updates, see here »
- A quiggly hole, also known simply as a quiggly or kekuli, is the remains of an underground house built by the First Nations people of the Interior of British Columbia and the Columbia Plateau in the U.S. The word quiggly comes from kickwillie or keekwulee, the Chinook Jargon word for “beneath” or “under”.
Sorrento Centre Labyrinth
- The brick paver labyrinth at Sorrento was installed in 1999. There has been a continued growing interest across the world in the labyrinth - its history, the meanings, personal experience as a practice for spiritual insight, and its expression in variety of forms.
- Labyrinths have appeared in many cultures since ancient times and in Christian spirituality since the fourth century. We welcome you to our labyrinths as a walking meditation, a spiritual practice or simply an opportunity to calm the mind and enjoy peace, quiet and reflection.
- A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. The Labyrinth represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools
Some online resources:
- About the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral / some images
- Labyrinthos website
- Guidelines for "the walk" - from (Episcopal / Anglican) San Francisco Grace Cathedral
- The Labyrinth Society
- Large collection of labyrinth links (disclaimer: corporate site of labyrinth manufacturer)
Sorrento Centre Gardens
- Beautiful gardens throughout Sorrento's historic orchard property
- There are beach trails and the Newsome Creek walking path on the property.