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.
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.
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.
Design Your Natural Home
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.
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.
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.
CEO @ Stream of consciousness
Keep up to date with the latest village happenings by reading some of the blog posts from OUR Community
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[…]Read more