My name is Billy Brown and I have an insatiable hunger for knowledge and wisdom. I satisfy this hunger through self-education and travel, always remaining ready to challenge my long-held beliefs.
Growing up in Orillia, Ontario, Canada, the gateway to the world famous Muskoka Cottage Country, I developed my strong connection to the natural world and its beautiful ecological systems. As a child, I spent summers in Lake Couchiching diving for crayfish, and exploring the beautiful 30,000 islands of Georgian Bay on boat trips with my parents. Animal behaviour and biodiversity fascinated me, leading me to study Zoology at the University of Guelph.
In my final year, after completing a 4th year research project, my educational path turned away from animals when I experienced the science-money connection firsthand. I witnessed how stressed my professor was when it came time to ask for more research grant money in order to continue funding the research he was passionate about. “This is not what real science is about,” I thought. During this time, my father, who had defeated lung cancer 7 years earlier (costing him his lung) was diagnosed again with lung cancer and passed away during my final year of study.
I completed my Bachelor of Science, but his struggle with cancer inspired me to learn more about natural health, leading me to study at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Toronto and become an R.H.N. (Registered Holistic Nutritionist).
I spent two years working in the Toronto natural foods industry at places like Noah’s Natural Foods, The Big Carrot and Fresh City Farms. These experiences taught me lots, but I craved ADVENTURE. I travelled across the planet to Australia, where I lived in a van, wore no shoes and lived a simple life working on permaculture farms and picking fruit. My vision for a holistic world grew stronger. I returned home after a short stop-off in Nepal, where I trekked through the Annapurna region of the Himalayas and experienced Hatha yoga in its birthplace.
I am now based out of Orillia, where I run workshops, give presentations and of course provide nutrition consultation services. Some days you can find me at Ontario’s largest health food store, National Nutrition. Others, I’m getting my feet covered in some rich, loamy soil as I install a garden for a lucky client. This year, I am fully committed to demonstrating the AMAZING POWER of natural systems to the residents of Orillia.
It’s all about the alimentation, education and cultivation. So please, join me, and let’s EAT LEARN GROW!