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Dedicating the Green Burial Scattering Grounds

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Today marked the dedication of The Commemorative Legacy Project and the Green Burial Scattering Grounds at O.U.R. Ecovillage, the first of its kind in Canada. Since the creation of O.U.R. Ecovillage the idea of a sustainable end-of-life option has been part of the discussion at O.U.R. and over the past 5 months the Project has been slowly becoming a reality through the careful attention of Erika Schade who came on board in December as the Green Burial Project Assistant.

The partnership of green scattering grounds and land conservation co-created by the Green Burial Council of Canada, The Land Conservancy of BC and O.U.R. Ecovillage is a model that will be used by the Green Burial Council of Canada to certify similar projects across Canada in the future. The culmination of these past months of work came together at 1 pm yesterday as we gathered together in the Healing Sanctuary Transition room for the lighting of the Eternal Candle.

Brandy lights the eternal flame for the Green Burial Dedication

Brandy lead the ceremony as we stood together in the big room; a room intended not only for meditation, healing and sacred circle, but for the transition of souls between the worlds.

Don Morris & Bill Turner at the Green Burial Dedication

We were joined by Don Morris, a representative for the Green Burial Council of Canada and Bill Turner, the Executive Director of The Land Conservancy of BC,

Brandy Gallagher, Bill Blount & Erika Schade at the Green Burial Dedication

Bill Blount at the Green Burial Dedication

and O.U.R. guest of honour, Bill Blount, the former owner of the land, a huge supporter and financier of O.U.R and the first contributor to the Commemorative Legacy Project at O.U.R.

Green Burial Dedication Procession to Vision Hill

Green Burial Dedication on Vision Hill

Many other close friends and long time community members joined together on Vision Hill (or Mt. Crumpet as Bill’s children called it) to honour the sacred space of life and death and everything that this land serves to nourish. For more photos, take a look at our Flickr Photostream.

Photos: contributed by Erica Breau from Rainbreau Photography

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