About Our Workshops


Harrison Lewis Centre workshops are small and intimate (generally fewer than 15 participants) providing excellent opportunities for personal, hands-on instruction. Learn from the best–folks who have spent years gaining knowledge and honing their skills, including the ability to share their knowledge with others.

Learn well in an immersive natural environment, and sleep soundly to the pulse of waves washing on the shore in one of the most beautiful wilderness landscapes Nova Scotia has to offer.

Our workshops aim to fulfill our mission to advance environmental awareness and promote an appreciation of Nova Scotia’s heritage, natural history, and rural living. Our goal is for participants to come away from their experience with confidence in newly acquired skills, inspiration to put them to work, and eager to return!

Most workshops take place in and around the Harrison Lewis Centre. While programs may vary, weekend workshops often begin with an orientation on Friday evening. This is followed by a full day of instruction Saturday (with interruptions for meals and nutrition breaks). Self-directed practice may take up Saturday evening – or enjoy a walk on the beach or swim in the ocean or a nearby lake. On Sunday, instruction resumes after breakfast, followed by more learning, usually wrapping up around noon! We also host a number of workshops and retreats hosted by outside organizations, which may follow a different schedule.

All meals and snacks are included in workshop fees and are served in the Centre’s dining room in the main building. We call it “the cookhouse,” and there you will find a fully operational kitchen and, on cool mornings, a welcoming fire in our airtight wood stove.

Bathrooms and laundry facilities are found in the main building, which is wheelchair accessible. Hot showers are located in an adjacent building. Downstairs we have a field laboratory equipped with micro- and dissecting scopes, a plant dryer, and other materials and equipment useful for instruction and research.

For overnight accommodations we provide a bunk bed in one of five rustic cabins. Some participants may prefer to pitch a tent. All taking part are encouraged to stay on-site for the full experience. A small discount is offered to participants choosing to sleep elsewhere.

The priority of the Harrison Lewis Centre staff and board is to provide high quality, yet affordable workshops. A limited bursary may be available for some workshops. Details available on request.