“a place that is designed for people with disabilities but also invites the broader community to share and connect through common, innovative and creative experiences.”
Light of the Prairies began the development of an Intentional Community in 2015. It is the first of its kind in the province, created to bridge the relational gap between those that experience intellectual disability and those that don’t. It is located just south of Saskatoon at 5310 Clarence Ave S, and is fondly referred to as Walter Lane.
At this property individuals have come together to live, work and play while breaking down barriers and building inclusion.
The community hosts an operational farm, two group homes, rental suits, and a community garden. From the months of May through September the community hosts a summer program intentional in its purpose to help people connect while enjoying all that the property has to offer. These connections are formed by placing an emphasis on intentionally coordinated and planned activities as well as encouraging those experiencing disability to welcome and host others.
To further expand this community and its impact Light of the Prairies is constructing the first ever Sensory Forest and Community Centre. As the initiative is the first of it’s kind in the world, a new name that reflected the uniqueness of the endeavor was needed. Entoto means all-encompassing, complete and all-together. It involves a program of intentional connection but its main focus is creating intellectually accessible space that is inspiring and functional for the development of relationships.
“I think it has been a great experience for everyone out here …the Serenity Atmosphere is what I call it, its just so peaceful and calming for everyone”