Why Nature Matters
Our Vision and Mission
Robert L. Bowles Nature Centre supports and fosters individuals
on their journey of sustaining a conscious relationship with nature.
We provide a natural sustainable venue for naturalists, instructors
and health & wellness practitioners to explore, create, learn and heal.
The Robert L. Bowles Nature Centre sits upon a 100-acre parcel of land, consisting of forest, meadows, orchards, a pond, wetlands, and a small, organic 9 hole golf course. We host year-round seminars and workshops with a focus on educational programs relating to nature, along with health and wellness classes. Hiking, walking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing are just some of the fun activities offered during the workshops.
We want to excite and inspire you to become stewards of the land and create an intimate relationship
with nature. We’re hoping you leave our centre with new knowledge and a feeling of re-connection.
Each season will offer you, the outdoor enthusiast, an experience from mammal tracking on snowshoes in the winter to exploring the wetlands and learning about their importance to observing and recording butterflies and dragonflies in the summer. We will be offering programs and workshops on all aspects of the nature world like geography, all five vertebrate groups (mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds), insects and other invertebrates such as spiders, vascular and non-vascular plants including lichens, mosses, liverworts, herbs, shrubs and trees. There will also be several workshops on mushrooms and the great role of fungi in natural ecosystems.
Bush breathing, a meditative activity, similar to a therapy called Forest Bathing, will also be available. This activity can be done individually or in small groups. Taking a slow walk in nature and allowing your senses to awaken offers a host of benefits from breathing in the fresh air, receiving Vitamin D when the sun is shining, to helping reduce symptoms of stress. After a session you come away feeling calm, relaxed and balanced. For more information, we invite you to watch this video.
We will continue our classes for complementary healing modalities. Reiki certification classes are available along with, Therapeutic Touch and Sound Therapy training. One-on-one session work will be available utilizing the modalities mentioned above along with Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Polarity Therapy. Mindfulness yoga classes will also be offered as an adjunct to our programs.
Robert L. Bowles Nature Centre is where
you can relax in nature, spend quality time
with your family and engage in outdoor,
The acreage is located in the Township of Ramara,
where the land transitions from the Canadian
Shield to the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence lowlands.
The Robert L. Bowles Nature Centre is approximately
20 minutes east of Orillia, Ontario, Canada.
What to Expect
Calendar of Events
Ready to recharge & get up close and personal with nature? Join us for these events!
Saturday, October 9th: Giving Thanks for a Rainbow of Colour
Sunday, October 10th: Open Mic Jam Session 6:00 pm. - 9:00 pm.
Sunday, October 17th: Open Mic Jam Session 6:00 pm. - 9:00 pm.
Sunday, October 24th: Open Mic Jam Session 6:00 pm. - 9:00 pm.
Saturday, November 6th: Therapeutic Touch Level 1 (Certification Class)
“Bowles Nature Centre is a rather special place. The peace and tranquility, which is so tangible on this land, provide such fertile ground for some amazing healing work to take place.”
— Kerstin Kramer (www.KitchenerHealer.com)