The Fourth Way

Last updated: July 6, 2013 (2 years ago)

Listing created on: May 17, 2005

The Fourth Way

(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 1980
  • Start Living Together: 1980
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Laura Thompson
  • Phone: 905-593-1204
  • Address:
    Mail Only:
    3179 Barwell Rd
    Toronto, Ontario, M6G 3R5

Mission Statement:

Communal Living & Self Healing

Community Description:

The Fourth Way: The Way of the Householder is a Toronto-based community.

Exploring conscious communal living with an emphasis on self-healing, we occupy several homes in the Toronto downtown core as well as in the nearby Owen Sound area. We’re currently in the process of expanding our facilities. Living together presents us with frequent opportunities to explore what comes up in relation to others and to deepen our connections with others and ourselves. We have regular communal meals and facilitated circles once a week. Many of our members also attend a weekly men’s group or mixed group facilitated and held by the Toronto Institute of Self Healing. The group gatherings are great fun, three hours long and held once a week. There are also many opportunities throughout the year to participate in weekend or weeklong intensives that are held in a beautiful, raw, natural environment, 2.5 hours north of Toronto. This is a wonderful way to explore and understand our true human nature.
If you are longing for deeper relationships and friendships with others and would like to explore living in our community, contact us.

Our intention is to explore consciousness, to grow our inter-dependence and connectivity with others, and, ultimately, co-create a better world.



  • Current Number of Residences: 7
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members


  • Adult Members: 18
  • Child Members: 2
  • Non-member Residents: 30
  • Percent Women: 31-40%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Contact us prior to visiting.
  • Open to new Members: Yes


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Additional Comments: Share of Co-Housing Expenses

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%


  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling, Up to each individual

Additional Comments

There’s is also a growing rural community

Community Affiliations

114 Beverley House

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge