The Gathering Music Festival

written by natures_harmony on July 17th, 2015 Comments Off

THE GATHERING…of friends, and friends of friends, in the heart of nature. 

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

When:  August 21-22 weekend

Tickets festival only – $35 weekend

Camping:  $12/night, RV: $15/night

 Weekend Schedule:

Friday, August 21st:  Open MIC bonfire series to showcase a variety of ‘up and coming’ local artists.  Grounds open at 2:00 pm and bonfire series will commence at 7:00 pm.  Interested bands should contact Nature’s Harmony to reserve a spot.   A collection box will be available to help support the Friday night artists.

Saturday, August 22nd:

  • 4:00 pm – cups tournament (for the frisbee players!)
  • 6:00 pm – potluck dinner
  • 7:00 pm – Concert Series – Anni Sume will kick off the night, followed by Dopamine Machine, Brad Filatre, Night School and our returning headliner, the Peirson Ross Band
  • 12:00 pm – After Midnight Series – DJ Son Down’s Mojo Funk Bookie

Daytime Activities  - there is  something for everyone to enjoy.  Relax in a hammock, enjoy the beautiful scenery with good company or get out on the trails for a hike, bike, or take a dip or paddle in the beautiful Bangs Bay off the Ottawa River.

Tickets will be available for purchase through  We will make a post when the tickets sales are open (expected to be ready by July 17-18 weekend).

We look forward to seeing you at The Gathering 2015!

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

Sacred Women’s Retreat

written by natures_harmony on July 17th, 2015 Comments Off


Ruby Yoga and Mary Stokes Music are hosting an autumn Women’s Retreat at Nature’s Harmony Ecolodge.

When:  September 26-27th (one night stay)

Cost:  $250 (taxes are included)

What you’ll get…

  • 1 night accommodation
  • 1 vegetarian homemade dinner (3 courses)
  • An introduction to ‘healing  with sound’ – this includes but is not limited to….chanting and singing, drumming, and the use of musical instruments as a form of healing, as well as, participating in sacred circles.
  • 2 yoga classes (no experience required)
  • Nature and meditations
  • TIME AWAY from your hectic life to relax and reflect in nature.

This is a first come, first serve basis.  If you’re interested, please contact for more information or to reserve your spot!

Please join us on Facebook at ‘Sacred Women’s Retreat


Peirson Ross – Wild One’s Tour

written by natures_harmony on June 5th, 2015 Comments Off

Peirson Ross will be back on stage at Nature’s Harmony Ecolodge as part of his ‘Wild One’s Canoe Tour’. The intimate show will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2

015. Limited tickets available. Tickets – $25 per person. Camping – $12 per person. Other accommodation options also available. 

Songwriter and artist Peirson Ross is bringing music from his new album, Wild One’s, to locales across Ontario and Quebec by canoe. Join

ed by adventurer and filmmaker Frank Wolf, Peirson will embark on a wholly unique five-week, 900-kilometre album release tour from Georgian Bay to Montreal in which he paddles by day and performs by night. 

The tour will celebrate the release of Peirson’s latest album Wild Ones and pay homage to the very essence of Canada – the wilderness. Like modern day Voyageurs

, Peirson and Frank will travel the same water veins as the First Nations did when they populated the lands 10,000 years ago.

Peirson refers to the Wild Ones as a homesick project that prompted him to reconnect with his roots. Written in his New York apartment. Peirson plays each of the 20+ instruments himself and also designed and created the beautiful artwork. Each tile on the cover holds a paper-cut image of one of sixteen endangered species of Canada, and along with the songs, he intends for them to “represent the ten provinces, three territories and three oceans that reside within these fragile habitats.” Peirson’s aim was to marry “art, music, and nature in an album dedicated to wildlife and to those living the wild life.”

Frank Wolf is a Canadian filmmaker, adventurer, writer and environmentalist. He is known for films documenting wilderness expeditions around the world, with a focus on the Canadian North. His expeditions include being the first to canoe across Canada in one season and cycling 2,000 km in winter on the Yukon River from Dawson to Nome. His films include The Hand of Franklin, Kitturiaq, On the Line, Mammalian, and Borealis, all of which broadcast on CBC’s documentary channel in Canada. In 2012 he was named one of Canada’s Top Ten Adventurers by Explore Magazine, and in 2015 he was named One of Canada’s Top 100 Explorers by Canadian Geographic Magazine.>


To buy and listen to the WILD ONES the album, click here:

Family Day Promotion 2015

written by natures_harmony on February 11th, 2015 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 soup – $2.50, chili – $3.50

 Come out and have some fun!

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:

Please email us at 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. 



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 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.



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.