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The Mortgage Lands!


AT LONG, LONG LAST….. REPORT FROM THE FIELD TO FORK! — From EDUCATION AND OUTREACH and FARM MANAGER. If I have heard one statement repeated the most around OUR ECOVILLAGE – it might be “we are almost there!”.  i can only tell you that it feels almost surreal to have ARRIVED!!  At least at the most sought after milestone of …

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Natural Building Update with Elke Cole


After 3 months of holding the focus on the Eco Nest, we have shifted to the Turtle house. It’s a change as the two buildings are very different in Character and also in tasks. Two large piles of fresh “bob-cob” sitting in front of the house and a handful of builders working to the sound of music, bringing up its …

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Hello from OUR new General Manager


Two months have now passed since the departure of Rick Juliasson to the mystical cloud forests of Costa Rica, where he is, no doubt, at this very moment bungy jumping over the warm waterfalls near Monteverde Friends School. Though his big shoes still remain, I’ve been gradually learning the ropes on OUR systems, culture and programming and partaking of the …

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OUR Builders Report February 2014

Wow, the holidays have come and gone and the soft opening of the Eatery was a success, hosting OUR annual Advent Festival! Heading into 2014 we’re pinning down the details and the schedule for the upcoming building season. Our friend Pat Hennebery (Cobworks & a Cob father) is in Mexico until early April instructing a cobbing workshop in the sun. …

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Gentle Earth Joins O.U.R. Ecovillage

Have you heard the exciting news?! Local, “eco” company Gentle Earth Products Ltd. has officially made its move to O.U.R. Eco Village, in Shawnigan Lake, where it is manufacturing and distributing over 100 all-natural cleaning and skin care products, made right here, by local artisans, in beautiful British Columbia; O.U.R. is a proud endorser of these “bright green” products. Over …

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Executive Director’s Report – February 2014

And another year begins….. After taking the last two weeks of December and all of January as ‘the village is closed’ time – February has OUR team all off and running with renewed energy and opportunity!  Huge decisions were made last November and many changes are on the horizon for 2014 and the activities at OUR ECOVILLAGE. After looking at …

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OUR In the News

Cob construction makes a comeback By Megan Cole, The Canadian Press November 30, 2013 A volunteer walks by the healing centre at O.U.R. Ecovillage in Shawnigan Lake, B.C. Living in a cob house isn’t something homeowners do to blend with the neighborhood and Patrick Hennebery knows this firsthand. He lived in a cob house on Mayne Island, one of the …

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Artists Retreat in 2014

IN COLOUR. NEVER SEEN BEFORE AT OUR Ecovillage Intuitive Art Retreat – expose your inner artist Even if we are not aware of it, each one of us longs to create, to manifest what is unique inside of us, to give it form. Freedom is necessary for pure creation to take place.   The pressures and demands of an expected result …

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Executive Director’s Report December 2013

Here we are at OUR last Newsletter of the year for 2013!  At this point I am stranded in Victoria having just finished the wind up of the Living the New Economy Conference and sitting tight before getting home to do last touches for the soft opening of OUR Zero Mile Meal Eatery with the amazing Advent and Local Foods …

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OUR Welcomes Scott Kelly and Gentle Earth

A big welcome from everyone at OUR is in order to Scott Kelly, who moved on site just a few weeks ago. It was quite the parking challenge as his portable home was nestled in to a great space beside OUR Healing Sanctuary, but it’s been smooth sailing ever since. We’re so happy to have Scott on site, as well …

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