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The Carp Ridge Learning Centre is the perfect venue for a variety of workshops, conferences, retreats, discussion groups, creative activities, children, youth and adult programs, drumming, meditation and yoga classes, etc.

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Located 20 min. from Kanata and 30 min. from downtown Ottawa, the Learning Centre provides a tranquil country setting close to the metropolitan area. The centre is a large, one-room cedar clad building surrounded by woodlands and walking trails.

 
Features:

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Comfortably accommodates up to 30 people
  • Large windows provide natural light
  • Wood stove
  • 2 washrooms
  • Small kitchen.

Costs: $200 per full day, $125 per half day

Reserve for your event today: board@carpridgelearningcentre.ca

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On Sunday, January 26 a group of volunteers put on a second free dinner and talk at the Carp Memorial Hall to promote local and organic food; support the West Carleton food bank; share ideas for healthy living; and build community.

Nina-Navjit Kaur from Yoga and Tea and husband Kanwal Surai came with their children to enjoy the vegetarian part of the meal.

Nina-Navjit Kaur from Yoga and Tea and husband Kanwal Surai came with their children to enjoy the vegetarian part of the meal.

The menu included two types of chili, one with ground elk, thanks to a donation from the Elk Ranch on Old Carp Rd and Sylvia McGee for making it and a vegetarian one made by Sandy Rawson; fresh veggies including fennel to aid digestion; devilled eggs generously donated by Shawn from Double K Farm on Carp Rd; gluten-free cornbread that was too crunchy and hard on the teeth (sorry folks); gluten-free cookies and sticky pumpkin loaf lovingly made without sugar by volunteer Kate McGlade; simple stewed fruit that was delicious without extra sweetening; various herbal teas with natural sweeteners; and pure water from Nelson Water.

arp holistic health practitioner Jim Dowling donating the food sensitivity test he won during the raffle to Chuck Burnham.

Carp holistic health practitioner Jim Dowling donating the food sensitivity test he won during the raffle to Chuck Burnham.

Guests were treated to new condiments with unfamiliar tastes as well as health benefits such as nutritional yeast for extra B vitamins, coconut oil to boost the metabolism and wild-crafted seaweed to support the thyroid gland.

Chelsey Corrigan N.D. returned as our speaker, focussing on “Warding off Winter Weight Gain”.  Even those people who were experienced on the subject were inspired by the information and the grace with which it was presented.  Of particular interest was the fact that increasing protein intake to 30% from the typical 15% allows one to cut daily calorie intake by 440, enough to lose almost a pound a week without hunger.  Many more tips were shared and summarized on a handout which will be on our webpage when it is ready.

10 year old Charlotte Ross with the centrepiece she won through the raffle.  Centrepiece donated by Denise Burnham from the Hive in Carp.

10 year old Charlotte Ross with the centrepiece she won through the raffle. Centrepiece donated by Denise Burnham from the Hive in Carp.

The children seemed to have a blast, doing art, making us a suggestion box and generally having a good time.  It was lovely to see how helpful they were.

We raffled off a Biotron food sensitivity test from the Carp Ridge Natural Health Clinic worth $125, won by Jim Dowling, who promptly donated his prize to friend Chuck Burnham.  Denise Burnham, who runs the Hive in Carp graciously created a gorgeous flower arrangement with roses in a birch bark container that was raffled off and won by 10 year old Charlotte Ross.  Note: Denise is offering one of her spaces, The Gathering Room, at the Hive for rent by donation for people who would like to offer classes or services by donation.  Check www.thehiveincarp.com for details over the coming weeks.

Denise Burnham from the Hive in Carp.

Denise Burnham from the Hive in Carp.

After dinner, people enthusiastically stayed to help clean up (thanks especially to Doug, Tanya and Jessica) so that we turned the lights off in less than an hour after we finished dinner.  In all thirty-one people were fed and we raised $305.95 and many boxes of food for the food bank, including six flats of potatoes and onions from Acorn Creek—thank you Andy!

A nice surprise happened when key volunteer Doug McKinlay contacted a woman to buy some china to use instead of paper plates.  When she heard what was being done, she donated the three whole sets!  We appreciate your big heart Mrs Francine Montpetit.

Our next dinner will be Sunday, February 23 from 4:30 to 6pm at the Carp Memorial Hall.  People can RSVP and/or volunteer at 613-839-2224 or carpdinnerRSVP@gmail.com.  We look forward to seeing you!  Students are welcome to gain community hours by helping before and after the dinner—and get a tasty meal in the process. Finally, we will soon have a webpage to store all the recipes, talk handouts and the food guidelines we use in choosing the dishes.

3 Workshops at the Learning Centre

Sandy RawsonSat Feb 22:
* 9:00-10:30  Discovering the Gift Within
* 11:00-12:30     Tapping through Obstacles
* 1:30-3:00    Exercising the Power of Choice

Fee:  $20 each and you can register for any or  all.
Presenter: Sandy Rawson, Life Coach

   A great Valentine’s gift idea!

Information & RSVP at 613-769-0086
(space is limited)

Carp Ridge Learning CentreCarp Ridge Learning Centre
2386 Thomas Dolan Parkway
Ottawa (Carp), Ontario, K0A 1L0

By Freya Struthers, Director of the Carp Ridge Learning Centre

(Note: photos are from the CWY web album)

We’re extremely pleased to announce our partnership with Canada World Youth this fall.

From October to December, Kagiso from Ottawa and Zippy from Kenya will be volunteering in our Forest Preschool & Homeschoolers Wilderness Program on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Canada World Youth (CWY) is a world leader in the development of international educational programs for youth aged 15 to 25. The organization works with countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe.

Since 1971, the CWY program has made it possible for more than 33,000 young people from 67 countries to have safe and meaningful international experiences, learn about other cultures, build their skills in volunteer placements, and contribute to the well-being of their own communities.

Below are two short bios which Zippy & Kagiso have written:

Zippy tells us:
‘I am Zippy from Kimende, Kenya. I’m 23 years old and ready to work at Carp Ridge. I love kids and have been working with kids at home in my church. I also love singing and dancing. I was happy to be given this chance to work here and use my abilities and skills to gain more experiences.’

Kagiso tells us:
‘I’m the youngest participant in CWY. I was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. My favorite things are sports and music and I am very willing to be outside. I have been to many different countries and have seen new things. I was also a past Katimavik participant.’

If you have any questions regarding our partnership with CWY and our volunteers, please do not hesitate to call or email Freya (programs@ecowellness.com or 613-839-1179). You can also find more information on their website at www.canadaworldyouth.org.

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