As of Sept 2020:
Karma has just moved in Sept 2020. We also have Elia and Luke here. They were past work exchangers who became longer term residents.
We have Neslihan, an artist from Turkey.
Vishal has been here since Jan 2019. He is into carpentry, creating community, dance and spiritual devotional practise.
Sarah (currently away until sometime in Oct 2020) who is from Canada is moving here starting Sept 23 2018. She originally wrote us:
“I have been searching for a family-like community living situation in Toronto for some time now. I aspire to live amongst people who are diverse yet like minded in the way they view the world, environment and food and the Lotus Feast Community House appears to encompass all of that and more.
I love living simply. A slower paced life where genuine connection is prioritized; connection with others, connection with nature and connections with oneself. A life filled with love, positive energy, joy, understanding, respect and cooperation. I am fortunate to currently have my life filled with family, nature, many forms of movement, bicycling, trips to the Saturday morning market and experimentation with hummus recipes and beet kavas.
I just returned home (London Ontario) from seven months of travel. For the most part, the trip was unplanned however an underlying theme seemed to reveal itself. From Norway to Denmark, Southeast Asia and New Zealand a ‘naturalist’ way of life, for lack of a better term, was consistent throughout. In Norway I connected with nature and slept out under the stars. In Denmark I was introduced to and experienced community living for the first time, a arrangement which I resonated with immensely. In Southeast Asia my life was forever changed through the my experience at an immersive Thai Massage course in the Lahu village. The was space, time and energy devoted to spirituality within the framework of a loving and supportive environment. Finally, in New Zealand I learned, worked and lived on lifestyle blocks and organic farms with people who not only believe in wholesome earth-conscious food and lifestyle choices but who act accordingly. I experienced outdoor showers, the wonder of composting toilets and the joy of worm farms!
I started my journey as a passionate vegetarian and now follow a mostly vegan diet. I’m not a big fan of titles but I am a fan of conscious food choices. I have retuned home even more passionate about food – how it is grown, permaculture, soil biology, animal welfare – and determined to one day own land and grow food and live sustainably.
I will be starting a 13 month Massage Therapy program in Toronto in September.”
“About 26 years ago, I was able to buy this house with the help of my father. From the beginning, the house had a vision of environmental awareness, spiritual connection and exploring alternative ways of living. I did a world trip through Asia 30 years ago. I had a life-changing experience at a Buddhist meditation retreat in Thailand. After a silent 10-day retreat I stayed longer and read a book about Gandhi. The combination gave me a strong desire to do service. Also during my trip I did a two week yoga retreat in India. Upon returning to Montreal to finish an architecture degree, I started an animal rights group at McGill called META. After returning to Toronto, I was a core volunteer for Toronto Vegetarian Association for many years and am still very involved. I pretty much follow a vegan diet for many reasons, including not wanting to participate in animal suffering, maximizing wilderness (less meat, more trees), and health. I like to do fix-up projects around the house, and participate in events put on by Meditation Toronto, a group that does soulful chanting to guitar music.”
She is a work-exchanger from India who will be staying with us for at least 18 months. She started here in Oct 2017 and loves cooking and offering yoga classes. “I love how Eco conscious and healthy your community home is and this would be a great match.
I would love to contribute to the Veggie challenge and cook meals for everyone! Cooking vegetarian / vegan food is my interest and if we live together be ready to be surprised with new recipes ! ”
One person who wishes to be anonymous online
She has lived here since May 2012
“I have been practicing different forms of Yoga and meditation in the past 24 year and I have been vegetarian in the past 24 years. I don’t drink at all, I don’t smoke. I don’t watch TV. I read a lot of books.
I am very ecological oriented, I’ve grown up in eastern Europe and many times we couldn’t buy new things so we had to learn to be creative 🙂 I don’t like plastic at all, all my food containers are glass or stainless steel, and I use for grocery the reusable shopping bags made by canvas or synthetic fibers. I like to buy (even in the winter) from farmers’ markets and organic as much as possible.“
Steven (occasional visitor now)
He joined the house originally in July 2011 and moved out June 2016 but came back in 2017. He is leaving again for several months starting Oct 2018. “I’m interested in technology and how it can be applied to make organizations more efficient. I’m also interested in environmental issues – sustainable and low-energy housing, transportation, food consumption, community gardens, and general sustainable and lightweight lifestyles. I’m becoming more interested in sourcing food and other things locally. I am also interested in other global issues around inequality and would like to work on things that improve the situation for people in communities, especially in developing countries.”
Nazeer, Olivia, Rael and Melanie, Angie and Peter, Andrea, Tonia, John, Jeannie, Silk, Soleil, Alina, Kat (and Marco), Sam, Mary, Steven, Carola, Alicia, Sambam, Khadeja, Bridie, Ashley, Chad, Emilio, Erika, Yana, Suzanne, Jophiel, Nelson, Lorraine, Ana, Maria, Lina, Doruk, Basil, Natalie, Alora, Mojo, Joe, Mike, Miriam, Diana, Meaghan, Derrick, Chantal. See our past residents page.
The house is an intergenerational mix of people aged 20s to early 50s.
Interested in living here?
Update Nov 2017: There may be some spaces currently. Plus we do maintain a couple of rooms for work-exchange.
For longterm, we often allow a current work-exchanger to stay longer. We used to post notices on Craigslist in the month prior to an opening becoming available, but you may also request to be on our waiting list. Shared houses often have spaces opening up every several months.
An ideal candidate is someone who is inspired by the recent vision. But also important is being keen to live in close community with others, and get along well with the current mix of residents. New people stay for a month or two or three, then after that the current longterm people decide to whether to make them permanent or not.
Please email us a bit about yourself. See our Contact Us page. For more about the individual rooms see Pictures. Note: Comments submitted to this website about wanting to live here are read by us, but not posted, unless requested.
Sorry, no cats. Some of us have allergies.
A new vision for the house started May 2012. But as always it is changing and evolving.
Note: For the house vision we had prior to this one, see our archive page.