Sophia Creek Community Camphill and Friends in Barrie . Welcome to our neighbourhood in the busy downtown core of Barrie, a few blocks from Lake Simcoe. Community Life. One roof built of relationships arches over our many homes. 87 Toronto Street. Janus House
One roof built of relationships
arches over our many homes
Rino and Evan have lived in Camphill for over 25 years and in Janus House for 11 years. They contribute their many talents in craft, music and laughter to Sophia Creek. They are currently life sharing with each other, and excited about renovations to Janus that would give them an apartment allowing some quiet retreat from all the activites that happen in Janus.
A pioneer of Nottawasaga, Dorothy came to live in Barrie 10 years ago, and brings her gifts of art, sewing, cooking, and gardening to the neighbourhood . Here she is with McTavish , her beloved Westie.
David and Gabriella have recently moved to Dorothy’s house . Both are coworkers in Nottawasaga, and commute there daily until they have living space there. We love having them around.
At Natura Medical Arts Centre Dr. Werner Fabian works with a therapists whose approach to healing is based on their study of the insights of Rudolf Steiner. The Centre also hosts the Huronia Branch of the Anthroposophical Society, Class Lessons and various social, cultural and educational functions.
The coach house has a little studio apartment that is available for CCO coworkers, family and guests.
Terri and Richard have lived in Sophia Creek since the beginnings. Richard works in the village woodwork shop, and Terri works in town. They have shared the apartment at Cornerstone for four years. Terri is now looking for her own apartment.
The main floor of Cornerstone is used for administration and community space. Here are Emily, Brenda and Mike Coxon , outside the office.
Rita Costanzi, harpist.
Rita Constanzi, Harp Barrie,
Symphony in the Barn
Spanish Dance Company
Donald Hall, Artist
John and Carrie Schuchardt
Claudette Le Blanc
Luis de Moura Castro
Dr. Christopher Houghton Budd
And many more!Novalis Project Contributors
Around the corner from Diane and Chuck, Marina and Elizabeth live at 18 Henry Street. They enjoy the quiet street within walking distance of all Sophia Creek neighbours and studio activities. Marina loves to draw, and had a drawing from her art classes at the Gallery on exhibit at the City Hall. Elizabeth is a retired teacher, with Waldorf training. She works in the weaving studio in the mornings.
A little ways up the hill live Ruth and Ute. They are in walking distance to the Toronto Street neighbourhood and very close to Sunnidale Park and Arboretum where we all like to go for walks. Ute works in the weavery, with the puppetry, and in therapeutic activities
Ruth is our neighbourhood granny.
Sylvie Roberge, lives at 15 Parkside, around the corner from Chuck and Diane and Elizabeth and Marina.
Sometimes Sylvie is in Janus with Rino and Evan and at other times she is doing therapeutic speech work in Sophia Creek and in Nottawasaga.
We take care of ourselves with the help of:
New residential spaces are needed in 2008, for people who want to join us here. The owner is interested to sell and this property, renovated, would give people supported by Camphill, and other friends, two accessible apartments, and two other apartment spaces. This would be an ideal collaborative project between Camphill and friends wanting homes in the neighbourhood.
Camphill Communities Ontario owns Janus house, and rents two of its studio spaces from neighbours. The rest is owned by individuals or initiatives, coworkers, friends, family, and companions, who are personally invested in being here, and want to contribute in their way to the whole. This diversity adds content and context to all of our lives.Ownership