Welcome to OUR Ecovillage!

OUR Ecovillage – is located on an extraordinary 25 acres near Shawnigan Lake. OUR Ecovillage began operations in 1999 with a vision to create a model “Sustainable Living Demonstration Site and Education Centre” rooted in social, ecological, and economic well being. As a multi- stakeholder organizational structure there are a number of organizations, industry partners, government/regulatory authorities, researchers and local to global community members participating in OUR Learning Community. With K-12 School Groups, 13 Universities/Colleges, corporate sponsors, and a wide variety of interdisciplinary educators – all walks of life are considered for training of how to live and learn into OUR collective future. Tours, Farm-stays, class trips (including longer term stays), celebrations, eco-conferencing — with accommodation services and break out rooms, industry and professional development, Green Burial, and much more.

OUR Featured Courses and Events

Ecovillage & Ecological Living Design Certificate

June 28 – August 3

At OUR EDE, we will teach you how to design communities and ecovillages as “living community centres” and as adaptation models for climate change and social justice in a new global paradigm.

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Permaculture Design Certificate & EAT

June 28-July 14

Join author Starhawk in this two week PDC course and Earth Activist Training. Learn how to heal soil and cleanse water, how to design human systems that mimic natural systems using a minimum of energy and resources, and how to create real abundance.

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2020 Permaculture Teacher Training

March 14-March 21

In this dynamic and interactive course, you will learn significant teaching techniques to communicate and apply Permaculture principles and strategies to a wide variety of audiences and educational settings.

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Design Your Natural Home

November 16-17

Designing your home is one of the most challenging and important steps you’ll ever take. With this course you’ll immerse yourself into OUR inspiring setting for 2 information packed days.

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What Our Community Says

Read what people are saying about their experience at OUR Ecovillage

The courses at OUR Ecovillage are a life changing experience for everyone who attends. I mean it. The comprehensive thinkers, designers, and builders on team have a serious specialty or two to share with you. They will take care of you.

Mark Lakeman
Permaculture Teacher

OUR is a fantastic place because when you’re here permaculture is all around you: you’re living it and seeing it in the gardens & natural buildings. Many people come into permaculture with a dream of founding a community or an ecovillage and here – they’ve actually done it.

Teacher and activist

OUR is committed to modelling & sharing the future we all need. Whether you stay for an hour or a decade, a piece of the village goes with you – and a piece of your heart stays there. Deepest bows to all who work to evolve this important community space.

Jason Guille
CEO @ Stream of consciousness

Register for a course or a workshop today.


Observe the land in all its seasons and deepen your understanding of how it interacts with the wider environment around it through the practice of permaculture.

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OUR learning center is host to groups who wish to learn in an immersive environment about how they may live in harmony with the earth in a sustainable way.



OUR volunteers contribute to the village and learn community through building relationships with each other and the land. They are an active part of a rich ecovillage lifestyle.



At OUR workshops, retreats, &  ceremonies we connect to healing we each have within through traditional wisdom, scientific knowledge, and the power of nature.








Latest News

Keep up to date with the latest village happenings by reading some of the blog posts from OUR Community

Sustainable Living, Sustainable Learning Update

By Neil Bateman – Multimedia Co-ordinator, SL Squared May has been a busy month for the Sustainable Living, Sustainable Learning (SL Squared) team, with a variety of experiences both on[…]

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June 7, 2019 0

What it means to live in a Living Laboratory for sustainability?

Ecovillages are considered local solutions for the global future challenges. The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) defines an ecovillage as an intentional or traditional community using local participatory processes to holistically[…]

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June 7, 2019 0

OUR Garden Update

There is excitement in the Farm and Garden with the season well underway. The seedlings nurtured and cared for this spring are now being planted into the earth. With a[…]

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June 6, 2019 0