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Driving Directions:

From Toronto: Hwy 400 North to Hwy 89 exit. West on Hwy 89 to Cookstown. 10 km more on Hwy 89 to Simcoe County Road #10. Turn north on #10 at lights to Baxter. Exactly 4 km past Baxter corner to green Camphill sign. Turn right onto gravel road. Proceed 1/2 km to Camphill property. Follow signs for Novalis Hall.

From Barrie: Hwy 90 West (Dunlop Street) through the Village of Angus to Simcoe county road #10 south toward Alliston. Exactly 4 km to green Camphill Road sign. Turn left to stop sign, left again to Camphill property. Follow signs for Novalis Hall.



The world must become more Romantic… to make romantic is nothing but a qualitative raising to a higher power. - Novalis

Arts inspiring social renewal is the defining purpose of the Novalis Project. Established in 2003 by members of Camphill Communities and Sophia Creek Centre for the Arts, Medicine and Cultural life, it is dedicated to the performance, practice and appreciation of the arts. Its centre of activities is Novalis Hall, an architectural and acoustic gem set in Nottawasaga Village, Angus, Ontario, where adults with developmental disabilities work and reside in intentional community.

The term Novalis signifies a clearing of ground for new things. It was the name assumed by a poet- philosopher- scientist, who was born in Germany in 1772 and lived for only 29 years. His consciousness was highly evolved and the ideals embedded in his writings seem pertinent to our twenty first century. By observing the movement of his own inner life of thought, feeling and will, he gained a deep understanding of human nature and could wholeheartedly relate to every aspect of life. This seeking into the heart of things, filled him with purpose and joy. His use of the word romantic implies the recognition of what is good, beautiful and true in every situation, outer appearance to the contrary notwithstanding. It calls for the awakening of imaginative capacities that still slumber in human souls. The boundaries of our imagination are the boundaries of our respective worlds.

Novalis Project workshops are designed to awaken imagination through artistic exercises and meditative perception. Performing artists who will grace our stage are imbued with a reverence for the meaning, form and poetry inherent in music. As we collectively attend to the gifts presenters bring, in the intimate setting of Novalis Hall, may we become more ourselves, more aware of our innate creativity, enhanced in our capacity to romanticize our world.

Treasa O’Driscoll

Treasa O'Driscol  

Treasa has released her new book titled
"Celtic Woman, a memoir
of life's poetic journey"

and is now available in bookstores
across the country.

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The Novalis Project is sponsored by The Ita Wegman Foundation
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