Forming Formed: 1990 Established: 1990
This page last updated:11/27/2012
Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia,
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O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE is a sustainable learning community and demonstration site committed to a path of resiliency, compassionate action, and healthy interdependence where we are learning a new way to live with one another that honors the earth, personal and community development, inclusiveness, balance, and prosperity.
O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE hosts the onsite ecological education school called TOPIA, The Sustainable Learning Community Institute (check the website for ongoing summer residential programs and short workshops). We offer training in green/natural building, Permaculture design certification, sustainable food production, eco-psychology, and council- and community-building. We host a wide variety of events and conferences with like-minded groups. All this on a beautiful, community-owned, (non-certified) organic, farm-based setting. We are intercultural, interfaith, and intergenerational.
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Former/Other Names: O.U.R. HOUSE
This page last updated:11/27/2012
(please request a visit or tour prior two weeks prior to visiting)
Visitor Process: Please email or phone in advance to arrange visit, and see O.U.R. website for upcoming tour dates. We have an eco-guesthouse, a dorm yurt, and camping, plus onsite outdoor food services (only in the summer). Please propose dates and type of stay you are requesting, and someone will email to confirm your visit.
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
No Answer Provided
Members(adults and children):
(fluctuating population of students and interns)
By a group of elders or other leaders
(decisions and planning is also participatory.)
(Also have a board of directors for OUR Non-Profit)
Leadership Core Group:
(Development Team and Board of Directors)
Labor and Money
Land and Buildings
25 acres (10.1 hectares)
Land Owned By:
(working on development of new legal structure -national research project)
Percentage of Food Grown:
Share Community Meals:
Nearly all meals
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(During the programs season, our cooking staff will do their best to support individual choices, but your understanding is appreciated as the logistics can be challenging with big groups.)
Common Spiritual Practices:
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
Ecumenical (includes "all religions")
(The village honours the protocols of local First Nations people who's traditional territory the village is on.)
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