Helping folks get outside and settle into nature's pace.
The Pathless Path
Ann-Ooo-Pie-Ahh (like papaya)
Anupaya is a Sanskrit word that means 'The Pathless Path'. It's this notion that our lives aren’t perfect. They are complex and challenging and gorgeous. Your path isn't supposed to be smooth and straight. It's meant to be wild and tangled. You'll stumble and take wrong turns. You'll get lost and a little banged up. There will be challenges and beauty and wonder along the way. And when we embrace this truth, when we allow ourselves to stumble and make mistakes, when we choose to honour our journey and celebrate it instead of critique it, life opens up. This philosophy is a simple reminder for us at Anupaya to celebrate the stumbling, to embrace all the twists and turns and to adamantly, wholeheartedly, show up for our lives.
Anupaya Cabin Co. is an immersive wilderness retreat, designed to help you escape the chaos and the clutter, the daily hustle and the endless to-do lists, and allow you to experience the rest and respite that nature has to offer. Come here to unwind, to exhale, to connect to the landscape that surrounds you, and to settle into nature’s pace.
We believe in the immense healing power of nature to help counterbalance the constant stimulation and hyper-connectivity we all experience in our day-to-day lives, reminding us that we are not just in nature, but a part of it.
Anupaya Cabin Co. is a Certified Natural Land Habitat and Certified Sustainable Tourism Organization that sits on 12 acres of beautiful forest, field and shoreline. Nestled between the majestic Upper Ottawa River and the Eastern border of Algonquin Provincial Park, Anupaya boasts a truly remarkable 1200ft white sand beach and incomparable views of the water and Laurentian Hills across the river.
At Anupaya Cabin Co, we prioritize environmental protection and land stewardship. Our land sits along the shores of the Ottawa River - one of the most important and historically significant waterways in Ontario and as such, we strive at all times to honour and respect this highly diverse and sensitive shoreline ecosystem by following best practices as stewards of this magnificent stretch of shoreline.
We respectfully acknowledge the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Anishinabewaki and Omamiwininiwag People, whose land we live and work on.
Our permaculture farm is dedicated to regenerative agriculture, growing food in harmony with Nature, and creating a place of peace and tranquillity for those who visit. We are committed to not only improving the health and vitality of our land but our community and the environment in which we inhabit.
Guests are welcome and encouraged to explore our grounds, sample our gardens and visit our beloved Nigerian Dwarf goats and our beloved Barred Rock chickens.
We rely on permaculture methods such as composting, mulching, rainwater collection, drip irrigation and no-till farming practices. Our goal is to continue learning and growing every year – improving soil fertility, food security, and creating an edible food forest for generations to come.
The ethos of Anupaya’s homestead.
Tending to the land in ways that support and improve the local ecosystem is a commitment we’ve made so that this place can continue to thrive long after we’ve gone.
Certified Living Wage Employer
All people deserve to make a living wage in our country and we are committed to creating a healthy, happy and sustainable company culture at Anupaya. We are so proud to be a Certified Living Wage employer and to offer the respect and appreciation our staff so deeply deserves.
Anupaya Cabin Co strives to be a place of diversity, inclusivity and acceptance. Our resort is a safe and peaceful space, celebrating and honouring ALL human beings – regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation.
Anupaya is an equal-opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive, accessible and equitable work environment for all employees.
One Pound Promise
We believe that for-profit companies have an immense capacity to help heal our planet and we started this company because we wanted to be part of that. We want to get amongst it, not just talk about how much we care. We fight for what we love and we love our wild spaces. They change us, they shape us, they bring us home to ourselves.
Through our 'One Pound Promise' initiative, we've promised to remove one pound of waste for every product sold from our shared wild spaces by hosting and funding community cleanups across the country and around the globe. So far, we've cleaned up over 70,000 lbs of waste.
One Percent For the Planet
We’re PROUD 1% For the Planet Members and you can be assured that every time you support Anupaya, we invest 1% of all sales into non-profit organizations working hard to make the world a more resilient and sustainable place. Our areas of focus are plastic pollution, clean waterways and environmental stewardship initiatives. Our partner for 2023 is Ottawa Riverkeeper, a charitable organization dedicated to protecting, promoting and improving the ecological health and future of the Ottawa River watershed.
Sustainably Powered Website
The internet industry consumes enormous amounts of energy. Data centers worldwide all pull energy from whatever power grid they rely on, and most energy in our power grids are produced by carbon-polluting sources. Therefore, we have chosen to use GreenGeeks website hosting, which has been recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency since 2009 as a Green Power Partner.
Our website hosting account will have a positive energy footprint on the environment as our host GreenGeeks will replace, with wind power credits, 3 times the amount of energy our website will use. GreenGeeks also works with One Tree Planted to plant trees across the globe. For every hosting account that they provision on their platform, they plant one tree.
Sustainable Tourism Pledge
Anupaya Cabin Co. has signed the Sustainable Tourism 2030 Pledge, to demonstrate our commitment to improving our sustainability score between now and 2030.
After an extensive business audit with GreenStep, receiving a report that recognizes where we are doing well and highlights opportunities for improvement, we have achieved the Silver Certification for Sustainable Tourism and now have an action plan for continued success on our sustainability journey. We are reassessed every two years to maintain certification and momentum.
The UN World Tourism Organization defines sustainable tourism as “tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities.”
Each year, we commit to measuring and improving our sustainability performance in the following ways:
Support local entrepreneurs and our community as a whole by developing a sustainable purchasing policy.
Engage with local and provincial Indigenous tourism organizations to gain a better understanding and to amplify Indigenous voices in our community.
Partner with cultural and natural heritage organizations to promote the uniquely rich and layered heritage of the Ottawa Valley.
Update and build cabins that are more accessible and meet the needs of all visitors.
Invest in ways our staff and guests can choose more climate-friendly transportation options (electric vehicle charging stations, developing hiking trails, bicycle rentals).
Continue to measure our energy consumption and identify ways to improve our energy efficiency, lower costs, and reduce our carbon footprint.
"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience."
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
We started Anupaya because we believe that for-profit companies have an immense capacity to help heal our planet and we’re committed to using our time, our voices and our business as powerful tools for change.
We believe that access to nature is absolutely essential when fostering a sense of responsibility and stewardship for our shared wild spaces - we protect the things that we love - and our Charitable Giving Program is designed to help make these landscapes as inclusive and accessible as possible.
We are committed to working annually with Non-Profit Organizations, working towards these shared goals, through our In-Kind and Volunteer Initiatives.
We offer scholarships at a 50% reduction on mid-week retreats for charitable organizations working with inner-city youth. Ideally, these organizations have aligned values around nature, wellness and accessibility. This in-kind commitment includes overnight accommodations, access to our lodge, canoes, paddleboards and all safety equipment. Inquires accepted via email to: email@example.com.
Volunteer Cleanup Program through our One Pound Promise
Through our 'One Pound Promise' initiative, we commit to taking care of our shared wild spaces by removing a pound of waste for every product sold, hosting and funding community cleanups every Spring and Summer. So far, we've cleaned up over 60,000 lbs of waste and we’re just getting started. If you know of a public wild space in need of some TLC, would like support on your own community cleanup or would like to sponsor or aid in our seasonal cleanups, please be in touch via email.
Meet Your Hosts
We’re Shan and Pete, co-founders of Anupaya. We’re a pair of light-hearted, down-to-earth nature lovers, deeply in awe of mother nature and we feel privileged and blessed each and every day to spend much of our time outdoors - playing, foraging, learning and growing in these magnificent shared wild spaces of ours.
We started Anupaya because we wanted to create a brand with a higher purpose. We believe that business has the potential to create lasting, positive change in the world and we wanted to create an offering that doesn't just chase the bottom(less) line. Instead, we’ve chosen to align our business and our vision - to the best of our abilities - with the higher goal of working towards protecting and preserving our wild spaces while offering damn fine goods to you, our cherished friends and supporters.
Welcome to the Pathless Path. We’re so glad you're here.
Join us. We think you’ll like it here.
Anupaya Cabin Co.
1696 Moore’s Road
Deep River, Ont
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