Field Trip : Health Hut

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We are launching a new series here on the blog called Field Trip, where we step outside our studio and visit some of our favourite spots in the city. First up is Health Hut, owned by holistic nutritionist Tara Miller.  She started Health Hut in a tiny outdoor space in Muskoka one summer, offering chemical free lifestyle products to cottagers before expanding to a larger storefront in Toronto.  The shop is a beautiful, light filled room with the perfect curation of wellness and beauty products. (and a cute shop doggo too!) 

This was our first visit, and we basically wanted to buy everything. Local brands like Province Apothecary, Lovefresh and Woodlot are displayed on simple wooden tables and white shelves, along with cult favourites like Tata Harper and RMS Beauty. In the back of the store you'll find natural remedies, cleaning products, a fridge stocked with healthy beverages - all your self care essentials are here!

 There are also workshops and events held regularly, an upcoming one to check out is Monday Meditation with The Quiet Co. It was such a great visit, and we can't wait to go back!

786 College St.

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Toronto Workshop Spaces

If there is a craft or skill you want to learn, chances are there's a place to do just that here in Toronto. Below is our ever growing list of spaces offering workshops in the city. Enjoy!

Beginnings

It is hard to know where to begin this story. I will spend some time in the coming months putting to words the process of arriving at the decision to buy 25 acres of vacant land and live off-grid, because there is one thing I can promise you, it was a real process. One that took many years filled with lots of self doubt and fear but also of tremendous discovery, connection and support. It is a story of baby steps, of making incremental improvements and constantly challenging myself to learn new things.

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The dream is to build on the community that we are creating here in the city with Assembly. To transform the property into a playground of permaculture gardens, hardwood forest trails, and integrated food forests which we will use to create alternative off-grid experiences, host a series of homesteading and traditional craft-based workshops and provide artist residencies for those that are interested in exploring the intersection of art, farming and rural life.

The property had nothing when I bought it, no services (electricity, water) and not even an entrance.

 See my car tucked away on the left. There were load restrictions on the roads so the heavy machinery required to build the driveway had to wait til later in Spring. I couldn’t wait to start living here, so I would shimmy my car up the ditch and off road it into the property.

See my car tucked away on the left. There were load restrictions on the roads so the heavy machinery required to build the driveway had to wait til later in Spring. I couldn’t wait to start living here, so I would shimmy my car up the ditch and off road it into the property.

The climb up the steep learning curve started with the need to put in a driveway. Who to use, what permits are required, how much was this going to cost and where on earth should I put it? With each and every thing that has been done to the land, there have been so many factors to consider, research to be done and things to learn. Did I mention that I have absolutely no previous experience with any of this? I am saying all of this because navigating the new is always associated with elevated anxiety for me but my advice to you is don’t use that as an excuse, just do it, find your dreams, follow them, stumble along the way and then just make sure to laugh your ass off as it all plays out.

For now, here are some pics of the initial steps and structures that have been built. There is so much more I will share about this journey and I am so excited for when I get to see your beautiful faces up on the land.