“Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in, places to pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”
– John Muir
2014 Update: Please note that Cottage Farm is not going forward at this time. Thank you to everyone who supported the project.
Cottage Farm is a proposed healing community for people with mental illness. Our hope is to develop it on the beautiful Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. Working in nature, and living in a safe, caring environment can help people recover and gain independence in ways traditional settings don’t.
Farming therapeutic communities have existed in the United States and Europe for more than 100 years and the benefits of recovery in nature have been well documented. (“Care Farming in the UK” – Hine, Peacock and Pretty Int. J. Therapeutic Communities, 29, 3, Autumn, 2008)
Cottage Farm, by offering a place of belonging and support, will help break the cycle of mental illness, isolation, homelessness and addiction, particularly among young people.
Please explore the site to learn more. We invite you to join us in making this vision a reality.
Cottage Farm gratefully acknowledges CooperRiis for allowing us to use photographic images from their program on this web site.