How it works

World Visioning Space - How it is Operated and Used

Contemplating.....or looking out through the artist’s restful stained glass © Harman Scott

The living spiritual life of the ‘World Visioning Space’ is guided by a forum of spiritual leaders and distinguished scholars of all creeds and traditions. They advise the directors of the Not-For-Profit charitable organisation that is governed by charter dedicated to the project, and raise funds for it. The charter and directors ensure that the ethos and aims of the ‘World Visioning Space’ are followed in perpetuity, and in a flexible way.  The organisation appoints and directs the executive management and staff, who develop the programmes to be carried out.

The day-to-day operations are managed by executive staff appointed by the directors.

Progammes at ‘World Visioning Space’, by organisations already based in Ontario, focus on interfaith, human rights, equality and social justice issues worldwide.

Individual religious and spiritual groups already have places to meet. However, they are encouraged to have occasional special meetings and ceremonies here.

‘World Visioning Space’ is open to everyone, all day, every day of the year, free of charge. During the day, people are in quiet contemplation in the sanctuary or gardens. People visit as often as they wish. 

The healing gardens is a public amenity, managed by the Not-For-Profit organisation.  Volunteers of all ages, with professional help, maintain and develop the gardens, to reflect all cultures.

In the evening it is a meeting hall for over 300 people.

Evening organised public seminars in the sanctuary request a donation, perhaps around CAN$20.

Ariel view of World Visioning Space in the Healing Gardens © Harman Scott

Technical design and operation of the sanctuary are considered. The building accommodates the extremes of Toronto’s weather. It has a lobbied entrance and underfloor heating supplied by heat pumps. Two attendants are required on duty inside at any one time. A simple administration and public welfare facility is close by. A nearby commercial office suite is the administration base for the foundation’s work.

The local, out-of-town and foreign visitors who arrive to experience this space build to around 100,000 per year, plus those attending organised events. Toronto’s hospitality industry is an element of this.

Wedding ceremonies take place here.

Occasional commerical hiring for compatible evening events generates useful income.