Vision & Values

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Our Vision

Hart House is a living laboratory of social, artistic, cultural and recreational experiences where all voices, rhythms and traditions converge. As the vibrant home for the education of mind, body and spirit envisioned by its founders, Hart House encourages and supports activities that provide spaces for awakening the capacity for self-knowledge and self-expression.

U of T’s Co-curricular College

Hart House stands as a proud champion of education outside the lecture hall, and is a gathering place for all. For more than 90 years we have been showing that something magical happens when you bring students, faculty, staff, and alumni together, beyond the classroom walls, in an atmosphere of common fellowship.

Hart House’s primary mission is educational. The great spiritual teacher and philosopher JidduKrishnamurti once said, “To understand life is to understand ourselves and that is both the beginning and the end of education.”

This is a place where we negotiate our identity. Where we discover what calls us and what holds us back. Where we take risks, confront barriers, deal with disappointments, handle irritants, learn what pushes our buttons, discover patience and find our voice. It doesn’t matter whether it’s an elected position on one of our many Clubs and Committees; at the bridge table or on the archery range; in the Debates room or in the pool; in a conversation in the Arbor room or at a lecture in the Great Hall; or at the Hart House Farm in the Caledon Hills. All of these spaces are fertile ground for further understanding ourselves.

Learn more about the History of Hart House.