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The Gathering Music Festival

written by natures_harmony on August 5th, 2014 Comments Off

THE GATHERING – a music festival and potluck camp out for friends in the heart of nature. 

Come and join us for a festive weekend of camping, great musical performances, a chance to re-connect with old friends and meet new friends and an opportunity to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. 

*** Update*** We have decided to change the venue a little to bring it in line with our original intentions. When we started planning with our great friend and musician, Peirson Ross, all we wanted was an intimate gathering with friends, and friends of friends, where we could enjoy incredible music in a great environment and have an opportunity to hang out with old and new friends….like the old times!

Somewhere we steered off course a little and the production was starting to get stressful. We recognized this and felt it was an opportunity to bring this venue back in line with our original intentions.

The good news is that by scaling back on the production end and focusing on the intimacy of the event – we don’t need to recover any costs! The Gathering, including camping, will be free for everyone to attend – we will just have a donation box to support the musicians.

It will be up close and personal with Peirson Ross, along with other great musicians, and I can’t imagine seeing him in any better environment.

The venue itself will maintain the same general format:

Friday, August 22nd – grounds open at 2:00 pm.  Informal open bonfire jam session starts at 8:00 pm. 

Saturday, August 23rd – potluck dinner at 6:00 pm followed by our intimate concert series. Catherine & Dan will kick off the night at 7:00 pm, followed by Rodger Dodger, Son Down and this years headliner, The Peirson Ross Band with special guest appearances. 

After midnight, The Gathering will wind down with an acoustic bonfire series, including three unplugged acoustic performances. 

Daytime Activities – there will be something for everyone to enjoy. You can relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery with good company or get out on the trails for a hike, take a dip in the beautiful Bangs Bay off the Ottawa River, enjoy a paddle on the Bay or have fun playing a variety of outdoor games (horseshoes, volleyball, badminton, bocce ball, Frisbee cups, etc.).

Please join us on Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/336107523221375/

Please email us at rest@naturesharmony.ca to to let us know that you are coming.  There are no tickets sales – but, we would like to get an idea of the number of people attending.

We look forward to seeing you at The Gathering 2014!

Please respect the countryside. No glass or bottles on site. 

 

 

Family Day Promotion

written by natures_harmony on February 10th, 2014 Comments Off

Special Family Day Promotion!

Come out and enjoy a great day of winter activities with the whole family.  There is something for everyone to enjoy from tube tobogganing, sliding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or kicksledding.  The bonfire will be going all weekend and the sauna will be available as a warming hut throughout the day.

The following rates will apply for the entire family day weekend:

  • Adult (over 18) – $8.00
  • Children (2 to 18) – $5.00
  • Children (under 2) – free
  • Family Maximum – $20.00 (instead of $30.00)
  • Toonie equipment rentals (cross-country skis, snowshoes, kicksleds)
  • Free hot chocolate and marshmallows for roasting around the fire
  • Campfire lunch available all weekend – hot dogs $1.50 each, vegetable/noodle soup with bun – $5.00 adult & $3.00 (Under 8)

 

Come out and have some fun!

Winter Soul Retreat

written by natures_harmony on November 13th, 2013 Comments Off

This new year you have the opportunity to be a part of a wonderful group of women, retreating with the intention of reconnecting and reviving spirits. It is an overnight retreat scheduled for January 25, 2014.  For more information or to register, please contact Kelly Sarlo at kelly@kellysarlo.com or 705-845-9066.

Winter Soul Retreat


Run Off-the-Grid Promotion!

written by natures_harmony on July 12th, 2013 Comments Off

All registrations made by July 31, 2013 will be entered to win the following prize giveaways:

i) A pair of passes to Treetop Trekking (zip lining) – winner can choose any 1 of the 4 Ontario locations, or

ii) One of two free race registrations to the ‘Into the White’snowshoe race at Nature’s Harmony on February 8, 2014.

Chances of winning increase the earlier you register. All previous registrations will automatically qualify.

Preparations are well underway this year. We kicked off the season with the first ‘Beat the Bugs’ training run on June 29, 2013. There was some wind and a bit of rain, but the bugs were still out in full force and kept the runners from stopping for too long. The course is officially open, well marked and ready for training. There is no charge to train on the trails for race registrants; however, we do ask that you bring a non-perishable food donation for the Mattawa Food Bank.

New this year, the Run Off-the-Grid has been accepted as part of the Ontario Ultra Series, (OUS) which is a demanding 12 trail race point series throughout Ontario.

For more information, please check out the Run Off-the-Grid event pages or stay up to date on recent developments and connect with other race participants on the Run Off-the-Grid Facebook group page.

run-off-the-grid-2013

 

Snowshoe Fun Run/Walk

written by Natures Harmony on January 24th, 2013 Comments Off

Come be a part of the 1st annual ‘Into the White’ snowshoe fun run. It will be a great day of hiking or running on groomed snowshoe trails, while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Laurentian Mountains.

Our motto is: “If you can walk – you can snowshoe!”

The 5 km snowshoe trail is designed for all ages and abilities. Whether you have personal goals and challenges you want to meet or exceed or you just want to get out with the family and enjoy the winter, the 5km loop will be fun for all. For those looking for a bit more of a challenge, you can register for the 12km snowshoe run/walk and really enjoy the varied scenery and terrain.

To ensure that you end this race with a big smile on your face – the finish line will be at the end of the tube run. All participants will take off their snowshoes, climb the launch pad and zoom down the tube hill to cross the finish line.

Check out our event page for more details.

Into The White

2012 Sustainable Tourism Award

written by natures_harmony on January 23rd, 2013 Comments Off

Nature’s Harmony was selected as one of three finalists in the Sustainable Tourism category of the Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence. We attended the Awards Dinner and Gala in London, ON on October 24, 2012. Although we were not the first place winner that evening, we felt incredibly honored and privileged to be recognized amongst so many players in the tourism industry, some of which are of the highest caliber. It was very educational and a great boost of confidence after only launching our business less than 5 years ago. We will continue to pursue our sustainability initiatives in hopes to return to this award ceremony at some point in the future. We would also link to thank the Mattawa Bonfield Economic Development Corporation for such an honorable nomination.

2012 Tourism Award

Run Off-the-Grid – early registration!

written by natures_harmony on July 18th, 2012 Comments Off

Run Off-the-Grid 2012 Poster
 Register for the Run Off-the-Grid by July 31st, 2012 and be entered to win one of three free race registrations to the first annual ‘Into the White’ 5K/12K/25K snowshoe race at Nature’s Harmony on February 2, 2013. 

Preparations are well underway for the 2012 Run Off-the-Grid on September 29th.  New this year, the Run Off-the-Grid is a member of the 2012 Trail Runner Trophy Series, which is a points-based series of 138 trail races across North America. We have also introduced a new 37K loop option to help participants that would like to train for the 50K. The race team has been working hard cutting, painting and posting all new Run Off-the-Grid signs on permanent posts along the course.  The course is open and ready for training and there have already been people training on the trails.  We are also in the process of creating a ‘Mattawa Endurance Series’, which will include all 4 endurance events in Mattawa – ‘Lost in the Rocks and Trees’ mountain bike race, North Bay to Mattawa canoe race, ‘Run Off-the-Grid’ trail run and ‘In to the White’ snowshoe race.  We are hoping to have details on this new series before this year’s Run Off-the-Grid. 

For more information, please check out the Run Off-the-Grid event pages or stay up to date on recent developments and connect with other race participants on the Run Off-the-Grid Facebook group page.

Nature’s Harmony ‘Eco-Certified’.

written by natures_harmony on May 14th, 2012 Comments Off
Eco-Certification Badge

Nature’s Harmony is one of the first accommodation providers in Ontario to obtain an eco-certification accreditation.  Nature’s Harmony has successfully completed Sustainable Travel International’s bronze level certification under the Sustainable Tourism Eco-Certification Program (“STEP”), which is an internationally recognized standard.  The bronze level certification is the first level in the process, which involved detailed documentation of Nature’s Harmony’s sustainability policies and procedures with review and approval by a 2nd party. 

Winter fun just waiting to unleash!

written by Natures Harmony on December 7th, 2011 Comments Off

The forest is white with a pure blanket of snow…  The Ski trails are just waiting to be groomed… The Snowshoe trails just needs to be marked… New guided “wild off-trail” snowshoeing is available… The Tube ramp has been improved and tested… the Pond has a new dam and is bigger and better – ice is forming…  The Sauna, oh the Sauna, has been completely renovated…

Winter is just waiting to unleash…

Run Off-the-Grid – new 37K loop!

written by Natures Harmony on August 17th, 2011 Comments Off
Please help spread the word
Last year our participants asked for a shorter loop and we introduced the 12K.  This year, many of our 25K participants expressed an interest in training for the 50K, but ‘wished’ there was something in between to help them get there.  You asked for it and we have listened!  We are introducing a 37K course for the 2012 Run Off-the-Grid.  This course will offer a stepping stone for those participants that want to a little longer distance or want to work towards the 50K legacy.  Registration will be open within the next couple of weeks.  Stay tuned.

Again this year, we will continue to focus on growth and the development of new sponsorships, which share our concerns and respect for the environment. 

If you are planning to register, please register early as registration numbers will drive more registration numbers. Early registration also helps us to plan for the event and approach sponsors.

If anyone is interested in volunteering or sponsoring the Run Off-the-Grid, please contact us directly.  All support is greatly appreciated!

For more information, please check out the Run Off-the-Grid event pages or stay up to date on recent developments and connect with other race participants on the Run Off-the-Grid Facebook group page.