Baba Yaga Place – Toronto

Inspired by the French initiative called Baba Yaga House, Baba Yaga Place is a made in Canada housing model for seniors, with a particular focus on senior women. Similar to the French project, our community pillars are:

Governance: A self-managed model where key decisions are made by the residents themselves;

Interdependence : Respect for each other’s personal autonomy and privacy, while supporting each other;

Feminism: Commitment to equality, equity, and social justice, with a focus on the empowerment of women;

Community engagement: Involvement with the political, social, and cultural life of the broader community; and    

Environmental responsibility: Commitment to environmental sustainability and environmental justice.

Please Click here for information about the Baba Yaga Place Community:


Visitors to our site will find  —

*translations from the work of the original French Baba Yagas:

* the two CBC radio programs about the Baba Yagas: and *The Baba Yaga Place, Toronto Vision and Mission


Inquiries can be made by clicking the Contact Us tab on our website, or by sending an email to


16 Responses to Baba Yaga Place – Toronto

  1. Cornelia Laven says:

    I am very sorry that your Baba Yaga meet-up, an alternative approach to the limited and often expensive senior housing in Toronto, is no longer operative. I am interested in sharing a building or house with seniors. I am a Dutch Canadian who spend time in Berlin, Germany recently and Paris, France in the past. Please let me know if you know if this topic is still being discussed.

  2. Hello Corrie & Sherri (and others),

    I am a recent University of Toronto, Master of Social Work in Gerontology graduate who is dedicated to developing Seniors Cohousing (Affordable Co-Care and Intentional Community). I previously lived in Kitchener-Waterloo where I was part of a working group ASHI (Affordable Seniors Housing Initiative). I have since moved to Toronto. I had the pleasure of meeting with Annabelle Sabloff, the above mentioned representative/contact of the Yaga Baba chapter in Toronto, ON in the Fall 2014. From what I understand, at that time, the chapter was not presently pursuing or close to owning physical space.

    As I have just finished my graduate studies I will be seeking full-time employment but will continue to focus on Seniors Cohousing on the side.

    Margaret Critchlow Rodman (key individual in the develpoments of both this website and the Canadian Senior Cohousing Society) has an excellent presentation: on Harbourside Cohousing. This is a Seniors Focused, Co-Caring and Intentional Community development in Sooke, BC.

    My email address is If folks are interested in meeting together in Toronto, ON to discuss possibilities, swap ideas and share existing models, I am more than happy to coordinate this. I have a few names of individuals who are interested already. All suggestions are welcome.

    If you are interested, please shoot me an email with your present residential location so I can arrange an appropriate meeting spot. Summer is a busy time for many; considering this we can aim to meet in later September, 2015. Hope everyone enjoys the summer!



  3. Stewart McIntosh says:

    Hi Rebekah,

    I hope your search for full-time employment has been successful.

    I am in a similar situation where I am already in dialogue with several people about affordable housing options, so we don’t want to wait until September to join this conversation, if that can work for folks.

    My email address is

    Kind regards,

  4. Lucy Bewley says:

    I am a 78 year old retired nurse R.N. living in a rural community. I am very interested in obtaining information about co-housing. I have been doing a little survey among my friends and they all appear to be interested. I would like more info about the logistics of starting a Baba Yaga House.

  5. gabriella says:

    Hi, I’m an Italian teacher, I’m sixty and I’m interested in sharing a house with other people. My email address is

  6. joan scott says:

    How are you getting on with the project? In St John’s nl a group is beginning something similar. J

  7. Hi Joan
    I am actually in Toronto and joined Sooke Harbour mailing list yearning for a similar project in Toronto. How are Toronto Baba Yagas doing? Are there any community meetings yet? I know Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg through my OISE teaching and suspect there will be other feminist women whom I know and who may know me…
    I am excited at the possibilities and challenges of seniors’ co-housing. It is what I want.

  8. Kate says:

    Is there anything like this, feminist/senior co-housing going on in the US, and could you connect me with information if so. Thanks much.

    • Shelia says:

      Kate – there are a few senior cohousing places already established. One is forming in Flower Mound, Texas. If you look at the (I think) website you can search for contact information.

      For me personally, it is not affordable, so I’m exploring other options of possible micro units with common areas or something like Ross Chapin’s Microhouse House.

  9. The contact info posted here for the Toronto Baba Yaga project is no longer correct. The initiative is alive and well and can be found at
    Come visit us there and contact us through the site!

  10. AM Bourgeois says:

    I am an active retired 69 yr old single female looking to relocate to an affordable Toronto based cohousing community. I am a retired counsellor , visual artist and art therapist, non smoker and would prefer to live in a shared community .

  11. ludmilla sejko says:

    a good idea would be a trailer court for seniors. anything like that anywhere?

    how about a listing of persons willing to travel with caravans?

  12. Linda says:

    I’m a senior who loves the idea of communal living. I’m looking for all age community as I think young and old can learn from each other. We have definetly lost this ability to cohabitate
    Please contact me with any info or meet ups at

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