The House

front of houseHouse residents. We also have a couple of rooms set aside for short term work-exchange visitors. Currently Angie from Mexico and Pete from Australia, plus another.

As of Nov 2017, listed in alphabetical order:

Adonia 

Adonia has lived here since May 2012

“I have been practicing different forms of Yoga and meditation in the past 22 year and I have been vegetarian in the past 22 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.“

Andrea

He started as a work-exchanger in May 2017 from Italy, but has stayed on. From his profile on HelpX: “I’m Andrea, a 36 years old guy from Bergamo , an agricultural town in North Italy. I’m the second of four brothers. … I have work experiences such as gardening, agriculture, construction, house maintenance and hostelry. I’m a resourceful guy who wants and likes to work helping people how he can.
… in the last one and half years I have worked as a volunteer for the diocese of Homa Bay in Kenya. I work in many missions, (not only catholic missions) in particular, in Githurai, a slum area in the suburbs of Nairobi. Here, I supervised the construction of a new nursery school, by organizing the logistical planning, establishing relationship with builders, plumbers, electricians and other professionals. In this period I also show my talent in kitchen, as PC technician…
After the animals (the dogs in particular) my passions are the photography, web design and Ferrari cars. I’m not a photographer, but recently I reach to 14k followers in my Instagram account (@safariyamaisha) and I’m creating a photo travel site. That is becoming a very important hobby for me.

Lena

She has been doing partial work-exchange here offering yoga classes. She has been here since Aug 2017 but is leaving soon. “I love to cook vegan and vegetarian dishes. I also recently completed my 200 hours yoga teacher training and second level reiki. I was born in the states, grew up in Israel and moved to Canada when I was 17.”

Nazeer

He has lived here since June 2016. He works as a bike courier and is into film making, meditation and dance.

Steve

“About 25 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.”

Steven

He joined the house originally in July 2011 and moved out June 2016 but came back in 2017.  “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.”

Sabina

She has been here for 3 months, but has to go back home mid Nov. ” I’m 25 years old, I have a mixed background but grew up in London and have been living in a few different cities. For the past 3 years I have been living in Paris, doing a PhD in the environmental sciences. I am coming to  Toronto as part of my programn to work with Environment Canada. I live outside paris in a similar co-living house. We are 7 (although often it can be more), ranging from 21-65 years old. We cook, garden, clean, and have fun together. I really enjoy living in this sort of environment and so this is why I am trying to find something similar in Toronto! I would say I am pretty easygoing, I’ve lived in house shares since the age of 18 and rarely have problems with anyone. I love nature, cycling (I bike everywhere), camping, anything outdoorsy, late night discussions around a bonfire, growing veg, swimming..the list goes on!
I’m vegetarian, pretty much chemical-free (make my own soaps, creams etc), do yoga and I only have odd socks.”

Swetha

She is a work-exchanger from India who will be staying with us for at least 6 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 ! ”

Tonia

She is staying in our Airbnb Cabin for the winter. She wants to experience community living with us. She is a personal organizer who has done some great work here in the past helping us get super organized. She is into dance and rock climbing as well.

Past residents:

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.  ‎

 

 

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