Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre offers an opportunity for you to clarify and work on your health challenges in a supportive, natural environment. We are experienced with conditions such as chronic fatigue, severe allergies, arthritis, cancer, stress, and depression. People may also come for health optimization to maximize energy, prevent disease and age gracefully.
Healing Stays provide holistic assessments and programs with an integrated team of natural health practitioners. We use a combination of naturopathic medicine, German New Medicine, emotional healing, massage, energy healing and mindfulness as perspectives to understand your situation and offer realistic individualized suggestions.
We are in a beautiful, forested environment 30 minutes northwest of Ottawa, Canada’s capital. Before you return home, we will do our best to find practitioners in your area who can support your ongoing healing journey.
by Dr. Katherine Willow, N.D.
If you are considering a Healing Stay at Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre, here are a few things you need to know to make sure your expectations are met so you leave deeply satisfied with your experience—which makes us happy too!
Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre is a natural environment where you can rejuvenate, learn foundational health principles, undertake emotional healing, and cultivate spiritual connection while staying at our organic bed and breakfast. We offer holistic assessments and treatments with a team of dedicated natural health practitioners. When you return home, you will have an individualized program for rebuilding and maintaining your vitality.
At the same time, we do not have a resort environment. Therefore, to the best of my ability, I have written the following description to attract people who will feel comfortable here and so have the best chance of a successful stay.
*Alternatively, you have the option of staying at a nearby local accommodation and commuting to the clinic for your assessments and treatments.
Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre, or CREWC, is a family-owned healing centre on 190 acres of wilderness near Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. We do our best to use environmentally friendly technology, including composting toilets in the learning centre, solar panels, straw bale construction for some cabins, recycling entire buildings and using materials with minimal toxicity. We would not qualify as a place for people with severe environmental sensitivities. However, we have had good results in helping people heal this condition if they are willing to go through some initial discomfort.
The Bed and Breakfast, with its organic beds, cotton sheets and healthy meals, is in my home where I live with an assistant and a friendly cat. Although the cat is kept in the family area, there is the possibility of contact, so if you have an extreme allergy to animal dander, this may not be the place for you (yet). We do offer strategies to overcome such allergies if you are interested. If you love animals, the cat is available as a therapy pet…smile.
Guests are often integrated into our everyday lives, so it’s not like a hotel. I am convinced that this natural mingling and sharing is helpful for healing, but I also realize that some people may desire/require more privacy and separation. This is totally fine and you can choose to eat and spend time alone or stay nearby.
Important for many, the bathrooms are not ensuite. We have three bedrooms with double occupancy and three bathrooms nearby, with two that are wheelchair accessible, including an accessible shower and tub. Robes are available on request.
The bed and breakfast is wheelchair accessible from the parking lot to the bedrooms, bathrooms and dining area. Travelling in a wheelchair from the BnB to the clinic and back would require assistance for most people. Although our trails are not yet accessible (one of our long-term goals), one can wheel onto the front lawn and enjoy nature in the good weather.
The Wi-Fi is free and turned off at night when everyone is done with it. Occasionally it is unreliable due to being in the country. There is a small business nook where you can connect to the internet by cable if you choose.
Meals are organic, local, if possible, healthy and delicious, with ingredients ranging from vegan to organic animal products, usually from area farmers that we know well. We do our best to serve according to guests’ conditions and constitutions (Ayurvedic and blood types) and enjoy sharing our recipes. Weather permitting, we can gather local plants for morning tea or sumac lemonade, an excellent opportunity to practice barefoot dew walking!
We have an infrared sauna downstairs in the family area—which means possibly encountering our cat. The sauna is not wheelchair accessible.
Laundry for bedding and towels is typically done weekly. We use scent-free natural cleaning products. Personal laundry can be done at an extra cost.
Weather can be an issue in Canada. We have hot, humid summers and cold, dry winters—although these days, weather can be surprising due to climate change. In the summer, between May and September, we have some degree of mosquitoes and black flies despite our regular use of garlic spray. You can purchase natural insect repellants or borrow our bug netted shirts and hats for taking walks on the trails in that season. All the buildings are air-conditioned. In winter, it is not unusual to have storms that delay all transportation for a day or two, with occasional power outages. We have a generator at the BnB for such incidents.
The Carp Ridge Natural Health Clinic is a comfortable five-minute walk from the BnB. Here you will receive your assessments and treatments. If walking is difficult, guests can be driven to the clinic, or practitioners can see them in the therapy room at the BnB. We are team players, and if you need a referral to an off-site practitioner, we are pleased to do so and will collaborate with their recommendations.
On this note, we have a small staff, so if you need extra help moving around, getting dressed, or in the bathroom, please bring a friend or family member (they come for free). Alternatively, there are local companies that provide personal care workers
In a similar vein, we are out in the country, not within easy walking distance of amenities such as stores, restaurants, and recreation. Evenings may be uncomfortable for you if you are not used to this kind of quiet. If you are considering an extended stay, please be realistic about what you need and what you can handle. Having your own vehicle can solve this as there are all kinds of opportunities for fun in the surrounding towns and the city of Ottawa. We have a long list and can give you recommendations. If there are more guests at the time, you can collaborate in recreational activities, of which we have several. There are many nature-based possibilities on the property, and we lend out snowshoes, lawn games and other items that help you get outside. Children have access to our natural playground in the woods.
Speaking of children, they are heartily welcome here; they just need an extra caregiver for the times you are in appointments. Friendly pets are welcome as well, as long as there is not a previous booking for someone who has dander allergies—we’ll keep them separate!
Notes on transportation: we are an easy 45-minute drive from Ottawa International Airport or 30 minutes from the nearest train station. If you don’t want to rent a car, we can sometimes send a staff person to pick you up for an extra cost if you arrive during staff hours. If you choose to live off-site for your stay, you will do best to rent a car, although in some cases we can drive you to and from the centre if it’s arranged ahead.
If, after reading this, you are interested in being a Healing Stay guest, proceed to the next step: Give us a call and we can discuss what you would like in a healing stay.