Rhythm for your Soul

written by natures_harmony on September 6th, 2017 Comments Off

 Bridging the Gap Wellness is hosting an autumn retreat.  A dance practice for the soul!  

“When you discover the power and the energy that resides within you, it is like coming home.  Chakradance is a form of nourishments for your true self, for your soul.  Chakradance will free the energy in your body and open you to a deeper experience of life.”  Natalie Southgate

When:  October 13-15, 2017

Register on-line at:  form.jotform.ca/72181363644254

For more information, contact:  info@bridgingthegapwellness.ca

 Please click on the (2) links below for a full description and retreat outline.

 Fall Retreat 1 - Information

 Fall Retreat 2 - Outline


2017 Event Update

written by natures_harmony on February 17th, 2017 Comments Off

Run Off-the-Grid, Into the White & Gathering music festival

We apologize for the ‘silence’ with respect to our events. We’ve been taking some time off to recharge our batteries. In the last 10 years, Tzach and I have accomplished a lot together – we started Nature’s Harmony Ecolodge, we launched three events (ROTG, ITW and a music festival) and we had three children during this time. In the beginning, we had all the energy in the world, which enabled us to be creative and focused and to work long hours and weeks on end with no breaks. The process itself was incredibly rewarding – to watch our dream become a reality, to see the events grow, to meet so many incredible people – and this fueled us to keep pushing forward. However, over time, that same energy started to fade and led us into a state of burn out. Unfortunately, we hadn’t focused enough energy on creating a healthy and balanced lifestyle for ourselves and family. Thankfully, we realized the signs early enough to take a pause, which is the reason we have taken some time off these events. We have invested a lot of energy into the success of these events and we want to make sure that they continue for many years to come. However, we have realized that it is too much work for just the two of us to run these events on our own. We are looking to build a team of interested individuals to help organize and run these events. If anyone is interested in being a part of the ROTG, ITW or Gathering event teams, please send us a message.

Where do we stand for the 2017 events?

Into the White – we have decided to go ahead with the snowshoe race this year, but at a somewhat reduced capacity. The event will be similar to prior years – however, the fees for this year will be by donation only. The event will be on the same course (5K and 12.5K), it will finish at the bottom of the tube run and a light lunch will be served over the bonfire. However, there will be no formal advance registration, limited marketing, no prize table and only one start time. But, it will be just as much fun as any previous year. The date is set for Saturday, February 4th. 

Run Off-the-Grid – the ROTG will be back on the calender for 2017.  However, we will not be part of the Ontario Ultra Series for 2017. Our goal is to be back up and running at full scale for 2018 and to return to the Ontario Ultra Series at that time. The date is set for Saturday, September 30th.  We will be updating our website and opening the online registrations shortly. To stay current on event postings, please join our Facebook event page:https://www.facebook.com/groups/runoffthegrid/

Gathering music festival – we are working on building an event team for the Gathering and hope to return in 2018.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Jen & Tzach

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 Ticketscene.ca.  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, 2016 (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 Amanda@rubyyoga.ca 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:http://peirson.bandcamp.com/album/wild-ones

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:  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. 



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.



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