Hello! Welcome to Carp Ridge Learning Centre
Situated at the edge of a 190 acre forest, the Learning Centre is part of the Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre in Eastern Ontario. This secluded and eco-friendly facility hosts a number of educational programs for children, youth and adults.
We are also home to Canada's first wilderness Forest Preschool & Kindergarten.
The building has easy access to scenic walking trails of the South March Highlands, an outdoor eating area, and is next door to the Carp Ridge Natural Health Clinic and communal kitchen.
The Centre can be rented by groups and individuals for a variety of functions. It is a venue for all ages whose main focus is in promoting wellness concepts, alternative education, and skills for living in harmony with the environment.
A large, one-room space is wheelchair accessible and accommodates 25-30 people seated comfortably, or exercise/retreat classes up to 12 people. Lighting is balanced between sunny windows and full-spectrum bulbs. There are two washrooms with composting toilets, a small kitchen, large blackboard, and a audio-visual accessories available to course moderators.
The tranquil country setting offers quick access to the Ottawa metro area, located only 20 minutes from Kanata or Stittsville and 35 minutes from downtown Ottawa. Just outside of Carp village, it is also near Hwy 417, a major traffic artery from the Ottawa area and north through Arnprior.
The mission of The Carp Ridge Learning Centre is to teach, model and facilitate healing and sustainability, with emphasis on our local community. The Learning Centre is a place of many opportunities and a hopeful vision for the future based on these core values:
The Centre's History
The Learning Centre was formerly the Carp Ridge Community School, which operated privately from the fall of 1998 until summer of 2001. At that time it was temporarily closed due to the illness and subsequent passing of one of its founding members, Michael Willow. Originally designated as 'the schoolhouse' -- generously donated by John Sweetnam -- it now serves another educational purpose as general workshop and learning space.
The Learning Centre was founded by Katherine Willow, ND, a fourth generation naturopath. It exists as part of her passion for helping others to discover the benefits of living naturally and sustainably in a supportive community.