Working Together Is In Our Nature
Nature Connections is a "regenerative enterprise", which means we collaborate before competing. We believe in working together with other people and organizations to make the greatest impact.
After all, it's in our human nature!
We are extremely grateful to all of the people and organizations we work with, and we'd like to give them all a shout out for all of the awesome work they do! If you contact any of our partners through our website, please let them know you heard of them through us. And if you'd like to find ways we can work together for the benefit of people and the planet, please contact us!
Our friend and mentor Chad Clifford runs Wilderness Rhythms, a fantastic bushcraft, tracking, survival, and nature lore operation out at Blueberry Mountain in the breathtakingly beautiful Lanark highlands, 75 minutes West of Ottawa. We've had the pleasure of attending several of Chad's walks and survival skills courses, and we can't recommend these enough! We love working in partnership with Chad by bringing some of this forgotten knowledge to the city and organizing trips to visit Chad out at cliffLAND in Lanark.
Alister and Brittany both studied with Bonita Ford, Sébastien Bacharach, and Douglas Barnes through Permaculture Eastern Ontario. We obtained our Permaculture Design Course (PDC) certificates in 2011 and have had the pleasure of taking several other courses with them since. Permaculture Eastern Ontario (PEO) functions as a “social enterprise”; they aim to benefit the community by sharing their surplus to take care of people and the Earth. PEO is a business founded and based on permaculture ethics and principles. Their purpose is to: provide permaculture education and build local permaculture teaching capacity; create collaborative relationships to help increase interest and opportunities for permaculture in Eastern Ontario; and, be a living social model of permaculture principles and permaculture design in action. We are delighted to be a community partner of PEO. We encourage you to visit their website for more information: http://eonpermaculture.ca/
This year, Radical Homestead will be joining us as special guests for some pollinator fun! Ron and Corrie have their own hives in the Ottawa area and we very much trust in the quality of their honey. Their honey is not certified organic, but they more-than-follow organic practices. If you like our workshops and products, we encourage you to check out their website and like their page for even more variety.
We're looking forward to continuing opportunities to work together with this awesome Ottawa-based business dedicated to helping you become more resilient.
The Stillwater Stables Education Centre is more than the location of our programs. It is a place we've come to feel at home. Bethany and the Stillwater crew are simply amazing human beings. It's just a bonus that they do horses too.
Are you interested in riding? Do you have a child who is interested in riding? Maybe you’re not sure, maybe you’re a little nervous. The folks at Stillwater Stables understand that so they welcome you to drop by, visit the rabbits, play with their cats and dogs, and of course, meet their horses. You can go and watch a lesson, walk around, brush a pony.
At Stillwater Stables, they have more than just riding lessons for kids and adults. They also have great programs for summer camps, birthday parties and PD days. Check out their website or give Bethany a call to find out more!
Earth Path is a non-profit organization based in the Ottawa region, dedicated to fostering meaningful relationships between people and the natural world.
Since 2013 Earth Path have offered programs for people of all ages, including nature school programs for children, field walks for adults, and workshops for teachers, aiming to support the growth of healthy, whole communities. Participants in their nature school programs and summer camps spend fun-filled days outside learning from the land and building community through activities such as tracking animals, eating wild edibles, building shelters, wild-crafting, journaling, and free play.
Les Arterres seeks to create deep-rooted connections between people and places, promoting core values such as personal and environmental responsibility, individual and collective creativity, and cultural respect and interrelation. They do so by providing a space to explore and learn about nature through Coyote Mentoring (developed by Jon Young at the 8 Shields Institute), core routines of nature connection, and creative projects/processes. Les Arterres offers nature immersion programs for families, adults, and children, including summer camps and a forest preschool in Wakefield, QC.
The Wild Garden
Amber from The Wild Garden is our go-to girl for everything wild-foods related! We feel blessed to partner regularly with Amber for our camps and our programs because she's also a very good friend!
The Wild Garden is your doorway to local, organic and sustainably harvested wild foods and herbs of the Ottawa bioregion. Sign up for Amber's Monthly Herbal Box program and have nutritious and healing goodies delivered right to your door. Or join one of many exciting, educational walks and workshops on offer all year long! When you support The Wild Garden, you are receiving exceptional quality wild foods and herb products. You are also contributing to increased biodiversity, improved soil health and greater ecosystem balance at the bioregional level. As a supporter, you are not simply a consumer, you are a fellow steward of the land, in relationship with the natural world.
The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health is a community health centre in Vanier, Ottawa, and provides a wide range of medical and social services, and community programs for Ottawa’s nearly 40,000 Aboriginal people. Alister and Brittany began working with and volunteering at the Wabano Centre in 2010, offering Nature Connections workshops and activities on gardening, fire starting, shelter building, wild edible plants, animal tracking, and other wilderness skills. We share the vision of "a world in which all First Nation, Inuit and Métis people have achieved full and equitable access to the conditions of health", particularly with regard to food, education, and environmental and social justice.
Some of you may know her as Ottawa Gardener.
Some of you may have read her blog, The Veggie Patch Re-Imagined.
But did you know Telsing is also the owner of the beautiful, edible, useful plant nursery Aster Lane Edibles? As many of you know, Telsing has a passion for edibles with a twist.
At Aster Lane Edibles, she grows plants that: are undemanding, long lasting perennials or self seeding if shorter lived; are useful additions to a kitchen garden as tea, herb, or vegetable; enrich the garden by acting as beneficial companions and increasing biodiversity; and are a joy to the senses! We proudly buy many of our plants from Telsing, and look forward to finding new and exciting ways to collaborate in the future.