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Protection happens… campaign update

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I’m pretty sure many of you are wondering how the fund-raising has been moving. So, here it is: We are nearly 2 thirds of the way there! $250,000 of the $400,000 required by March 2012 has been pledged by a group of investors in the ethical investment mortgage being created with Concentra Financial. about 40 people so far have contributed …

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Community Comings and Goings

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In the past few years, OUR has been host to thousands of visitors. Some stay for only a short time, some choose to stay longer and experience the fullness of community living at the ecovillage. We are delighted to welcome a few new faces this spring/summer and sad to see some of our dear friends move on in their lives. …

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Ethical investment mortgage on Shaw TV

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Shaw TV visited OUR Ecovillage last week to help inform people about the fundraising and ethical investment mortgage opportunities to Protect OUR Ecovillage.   Here are links to two other Shaw pieces focusing on OUR Ecovillage: Green Burial, and OUR Permaculture action

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I feel encouraged… groundswell growing

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Hello to all OUR Friends….. I feel encouraged.  Since launching the Protect OUR Ecovillage campaign, folks from all over have shared the deep personal connections they feel in their relationship with OUR ECOVILLAGE, and how it is quite unimaginable that it could ever just disappear.  We are determined to not have this happen and are working with a small team….day and night, 7 …

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Movie Monday – Awakening the Village Heart and Mind

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In 2006, Peak Moment filmed “Creating the impossible – OUR Ecovillage“. Since then, this has been watched 9,500 times on their Youtube Channel alone. I know I am only one of many, many people whose connection to values and ideals embodied at OUR was supported by this short video. Now, Peak Moment has published another thought provoking interview with Brandy …

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Give your mother a pond this Christmas

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Speaking personally, the mind-numbing side-effects of Christmas as a consumer product leave me increasingly disconnected and uninterested in participating in the whole thing. However… there’s more to it. Uh oh… having said that, how can I tell you about this great Xmas gift opportunity without adding to the sensory Xmas overload that you might be experiencing? Well – how can …

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Thierry reflects on OUR 2011 GMO Symposium

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Thierry Vrain of Innisfree Farm has graciously allowed us to post this piece he wrote after attending O.U.R. 2011 Insight Into GMOs Symposium. We really wanted to share this because Thierry is an extremely qualified local resource on the subject of food security. I recently went for a GMO symposium at the OUR Ecovillage in Shawnigan Lake. This Ecovillage is …

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Volunteer viewpoint – by Maarten

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Last Tuesday I said my last round of goodbyes at the ecovillage for the year, hopped on my heavily loaded bicycle and slowly carted away in the crisp December air. Thinking back to my time at the village it’s hard to believe I stayed so long, considering when I showed up in July my plan was to visit for a …

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From Brandy – founder, placemaker & Executive Director of O.U.R.

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Today is an auspicious day and this is the final write of my newsletter submission for OUR November 2011 Newsletter. After the last week of deep concern I have worked on a best way to word this report/announcement in order to reach out to O.U.R. Ecovillage’s wider community. Today will mark the day where I am officially asking others to …

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Exec-Team: From Autumn to Winter

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Well – it’s definitely the fall and what that means for O.U.R. Exec team is that we have moved into the lean time of the year when we tighten our belts and (with very few exceptions) move into volunteer mode for the winter. We also have to juggle the seasonal shift as those who have been contributing on a more …

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