Ingrid Cryns, Founder

Founding Director of soma earth , Ingrid Cryns, BES, B Arch, OAA, CBT,  created soma earth to focus on sustainability and natural building, connecting the health of the body and environment to architecture in our everyday lives.  soma earth also works collaboratively with a number of non-profit and social enterprises.

Ingrid has a great passion to create work that is in alignment for what is best for the Earth, as well as for several generations of human beings on the Earth.  She is deeply committed to teaching others what are the better sustainable and healthy choices.

Ingrid  brings versatility and a wide range of experience to her work as an Architect.  Graduating in 1981 with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and in 1984 with an Honours Bachelor of Architecture, Ingrid also has trained in Straw Clay, Earth Plaster and Timber Framing with Paula Baker Laporte & Robert Laporte of .



Ingrid has over 20 years of experience as a Project Architect, designer, creating permit drawings, as well as running and managing a variety of complex projects from custom houses, renovations, additions and multi-residential housing to large (up to $12ML) community centres, museums, performing arts centres and commercial projects.  Ingrid has a unique specialty in healthy, sustainable natural building systems including building with straw bale.  She is the Vice President of the Ontario Natural Building Coalition (since 2009) and a Director at Large of the Green Connections Network.

Her work as an Architect and designer has been published in various magazines in Canada and the USA.  Ingrid has been a guest critic in the OCAD (Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto) Design Studio, guest lecturer at the Sheridan College Interior Design Program (Oakville) and the Fleming College Sustainable Design Program (Haliburton). Ingrid is available to give presentations, talks, workshops at conferences, events or learning institutions.  Please contact her at for more detailed information about what she can offer for you.

Also  Certified Bioenergetic Therapist (CBT) and highly sensitive, intuitive empath, Ingrid can also read and sense body, building & earth energies.  Ingrid has a private clinical practice that she began in 1995 as a life coach, body-oriented psychotherapist and energy worker.  Her work as a somatic relational psychotherapist can be found at  She has a great skill working with group dynamics as well as a well developed understanding of the body/mind/spirit connection.  She currently lives in Udora, Ontario, north east of the Greater Toronto Area.  She has two daughters in their 20’s and lives with her sustainable partner, Brad Ruelens, a cat and 3 chickens!  They are currently learning how to homestead self-sufficiently surrounded by loving trees, meadows and rivers.



BES (Bachelor of Environmental Studies), B Arch – Honours (Bachelor of Architecture), University of Waterloo
Member of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA); Registered Architect, Certificate of Practice
Vice-President & Board Member of the Ontario Natural Building Coalition
Director-at-Large of the Green Connections Network
Building Biology Practitioner Training (BBP), ENBB101-An Introduction to Building Biology for Builders and Designers (April 2009)

CV available upon request