Westcoast (+ North America) Communities Conference: ReSTORYing Our Cultural Commons

Westcoast (+ North America) Communities Conference: Restorying Our Cultural Commons
September 13th to 15th @ OUR Ecovillage
Friday 2pm to Sunday 5pm​

This conference is an intentional experience of community. Whether you live in an intentional community / ecovillage / co-housing and are interested in joining or starting one, are a networker or organizer, or are new to intentional communities, this conference will have something for you. Come learn about the intentional communities of the western US, gain skills and understanding for living in and developing intentional communities, and find mutual support and camaraderie with others involved with intentional community.

Come celebrate the diverse types of community that exist, expand the potential of increased inclusiveness, and explore Intentional Communities and Ecovillages and Co-Housing as a model for impacting wider social change.

Something is emerging. What has been learned from Communities in the past and what will the Communities of the Future look like?

Join us for an intergenerational inquiry at the 5th annual West Coast Communities Conference. A blend of workshops and interactive social activities, we will go deep into the topics that matter most to our communities while also making time for joyous connections, ceremony, music, and celebration.

Inspired by the Communities Conference that takes place at Twin Oaks in Virginia each year, and organized with sponsorship from the Fellowship for Intentional Communities (FIC) and Federation of Egalitarian Communities (FEC), this event promises to be a brilliant convergence of those who see the vital role community has to play in the trying times we live in. Anyone with interest or experience in worker cooperatives, rural communes, artist collectives, or any other kind of communitarian enterprise is invited to participate.

As a 5th Annual Gathering…..things just started to heat up. This year has not only the West Coast of North America coming together – but also representation from all across Canada!!  This conference is an intentional experience of community. Whether you live in an intentional community/co-housing/ecovillage, are interested in joining or starting one, are a networker or organizer, or are new to intentional communities, this conference will have something for you. Come learn about the intentional communities of the western US & all of Canada, gain skills and understanding for living in and developing intentional communities, and find mutual support and camaraderie with others involved with intentional community. Come celebrate the diverse types of community that exist, expand the potential of increased inclusiveness, and explore Intentional Community as a model for impacting wider social change.

*Sliding Scale Registration Options and Scholarships available

 

This years theme is Restorying Our Cultural Commons

It is clearly the time of human history where the need to come together in whole new ways has become paramount. By learning from the deep wisdom ways of old and leaning into the collective knowledge and technologies of the future – we are at an epoch.

In all of the ways which we as a species have been creating “intentional” community – life has become rich with mutual resourcing, collaboration, and an incredible history within a Movement that has long been brought together in North America in particular by the ‘Fellowship for Intentional Community” and the Global Ecovillage Network / GEN North America Alliance. This gathering is an extension of all that has been… and yet will be a reach forward into an unknown future – and the connection of the wise of beautiful folks who have been helping to shine light on the possibilities of what is ahead will be here in plenty!  With representatives from Urban and Rural, Canada and the US, diverse ways of seeing/being in the world… we will spend 2.5 days immersed in cooperative culture building and celebrating the deep dive of connections new and long standing. This is the year to steep yourself in the ways of being in the wider world ways of ‘Intentional Community’! 

Presenters to include...

Presenter Topic
Silvia Di Blasio Deep adaptation
Collin Van Uchelen Ph D. The Heart of Belonging Workshop: Creating a Sense of Community Where It Matters
Cate Buck Community As Metaphor – Enlarging Your Life
Kirsten Rohde and Bruce Perler Community Transformation: Governance and Succession in Intentional Community
Charles Eisenstein The meaning of life
David Harris The Happy Heart Community Empowerment Experience
Lilla Oakes Khalsa Healing with Expressive Arts
Florian Becquereau Creating Durable Communities
Chris Timms Community as a catalyst for Self Actualization
River Soulshine and Miku Lenentine Cultivating Fertile Social Soil for Community Conversation with the “TLLR TOOL”!
Diana L Christian + Lois Helping Your Community Thrive

We Will Explore Topics Around

  • Intentional Communities as Living Laboratories for Social Transformation.
  • Conversation and Innovation around Privilege, Access, and Inclusion within Intentional Living Movements
  • Envisioning communities as vehicles for cultivating collective liberation in larger society.
  • Important Social, Cultural, Spiritual, and Deep Ecological “Technologies” for communities of the now and years ahead Now Accepting Applications for Programming

Registration

Full Weekend Registration – On-Site

Includes All Meals and Camping

Friday September 13 2:00pm – September 15 5:00pm

Cost: $275 CAD plus taxes

Bring 2 people for $475 CAD plus taxex

Full Weekend Registration – Off-Site

Includes All Meals 

Friday September 13 2:00pm – September 15 5:00pm

Regular $245 CAD plus taxes

Single Day Options

Friday, September 13 Only

Off-Site

Includes Dinner

Friday September 13 2:00pm-10:30pm

Includes Dinner, Opening Ceremony & presenter 

Cost: $43 CAD plus taxes

Saturday September 14 Only – Off-Site

Includes Dinner

June 15 9:00am-10:30pm

Includes Lunch and Dinner, Presentations

Cost: $145 CAD plus taxes

Saturday September 14 Night Only – Off-Site

Includes Dinner

June 15 6:00pm-10:30pm

Includes Dinner, Presentations

Cost: $58 CAD plus taxes

Sunday September 15 Only – Off-Site

Includes Lunch and Dinner

June 16 9:00am-4:00pm

Includes Lunch, Dinner, Panel Discussions, Closing Circle

Cost: $98 CAD plus taxes

 

Sponsors

About OUR Ecovillage

OUR land offers plenty of space to camp, dorms, private rooms, and interesting suites. There are diverse natural buildings to see and we have spaces for gatherings of different flavors: a large Yurt (great for circles and dancing), a large Community Classroom (for presentations), the Healing Sanctuary (for quiet conversation and meditation), many various natural buildings, the 150 person Zero Mile Eatery, and the Chillage (casual covered outdoor space). There are multiple types of indoor and outdoor showers, composting toilets. For some quiet time you can walk the labyrinth, sit by the pond or take a walk in the woods. You will likely see chickens, ducks, sheep, cows, deer, and much more. You may find a large straw-bale house halfway built and different coloured glass within the unfinished walls.

OUR courses are unique from almost all others as you are stepping into OUR ECOVILLAGE – a 25 acre “Sustainable Living Demonstration Site and Education Centre” and one of the most built out permaculture projects in North America.

For 19 years Our Ecovillage has been working towards “Lawful Permaculture”; having every innovative design and building project that we have created also be fully zoned, permitted & approved by regulatory officials.

Through partnering with all 3 levels of government, business & corporate sponsors, academia, and the grassroots of the wider community and it’s organizations; at OUR we bring together a range of professionals, permaculture teachers, regulatory folks, and technical stakeholders ready to train others in the next stages of how permaculture projects can become fully legal – like OURS!

A Call for Presenters

Many thanks - we will get back to you within 2 weeks!