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Considering visiting (and perhaps moving to) Canada / Looking for different perspectives from Canadian citizens
Posted December 30th, 2012 - 9:11 pm by from Cheshire, United States (Permalink)
Hello Canadian Couchsurfers,

I am thinking about making a visit to Canada this coming Spring during my Spring Break. There are a few reasons why I want to visit, vacation time is my number one, but the more that I learn about Canada, the more I have begun to consider it for full time or part time residence.

I'm really curious on hearing some Canadian citizens' perspectives here as internet research can only take a person so far in understanding. It would also be nice to 'meet' a few like-minded people before I come for a visit.

Here is a bit about me: I started an independent farm-based school for children ages 3 to 18 here in Connecticut. I wonder if I would be able to open a similar school somewhere in Canada, where organic land is more readily available. Our school is Waldorf inspired, basically a Steiner school with a few differences, mainly the emphasis on critical thinking skills as well as self-sufficiency skills.

I am pretty set on the organic lifestyle, which affects everything from my educational philosophies to my religious beliefs, and practical lifestyle as well. I garden in my backyard, eat only organic foods (and local when I can get it). I also rely mostly on raw foods, super foods, etc. I know this is growing in popularity in Canada (as it is in America), particularly thanks to raw foodists who live in Canada, such as David Wolfe, etc. It seems to me that this lifestyle is much easier in Canada- with more like-minded people and availability to ingredients. I have a few friends who travel to Canada for various raw foods, organic farming, permaculture conferences, which seem to spring up more rapidly in Canada than in America.

I also practice Messianic Judaism, which, according to my rabbi's family, is a bit more widespread in Canada than here in the U.S.

Finally, I would like to begin studying Chinese Medicine and Raw Nutrition, and am wondering what type of school programs are available (whether online or brick and mortar).

This is a lot of information, maybe just a few of you will have some thoughts to share. Perhaps it sounds a little wild and presumptuous for me to assume that living either full or part time in Canada would help me to feel more settled in life- but I have to ask. The global Couchsurfing community has always been my starting point when I have had big questions about new locations. Thank you in advance for taking the time to read and respond.

Warmly,
Kimberly


Posted December 30th, 2012 - 9:27 pm from Bridgewater, Canada
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Posted December 30th, 2012 - 9:32 pm by from Bridgewater, Canada (Permalink)
one more thing, Im pretty sure chinese medicine and raw nutrition courses/certifications can be found in any major city and online.

Posted January 3rd, 2013 - 2:34 am by from Cheshire, United States (Permalink)
Dear Danielle,

Thank you a million times for your response! I will definitely look forward to talking with you more. Right now we are getting back into our Winter Term after the break, but I can't stop thinking about the possibility of coming to Canada. Thank you again. As it gets closer to Spring Break, I will contact you again!

Warmly,
Kimberly