OUR History & Development

Located on an extraordinary 25 acres near Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE began operations in 1999 with a vision to create a model demonstration sustainable village community rooted in social, ecological, and economic well being. O.U.R. Ecovillage is the host site for O.U.R Community Association, a registered nonprofit society dedicated to the promotion of…. read more

About OUR Organization Structure

OUR Organization & Governance

O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE is created by a wide community of people who participate in O.U.R ECOVILLAGE in a number of ways, including the following organizational structures: O.U.R Community Association, a BC registered non-profit society is the non-profit arm of O.U.R Ecovillage and leases part of OUR ECOVILLAGE. It consists of a Board of Directors who are responsible for all non-profit activities of O.U.R Ecovillage including … read more.

People at OUR Ecovillage

People at O.U.R. Ecovillage

There are so many more people making O.U.R. what it is than could ever be profiled on this page. Here are some of the people (in alphabetical order by last name) you might see on site, including staff, residents and co-op board members.

Projects & Research at OUR

Projects & Research at O.U.R. Ecovillage

We are an educational demonstration site, first and foremost, which means that we are always looking for new ways to improve on our current methods of building, gardening, implementing permaculture and building community. Past research projects include the rezoning project, OUR Commemorative Conservation Scattering Grounds and … read more

O.U.R. Photo Gallery

O.U.R. Photo Gallery

We have hundreds and hundreds of photos archived from all of the various courses, activities and projects that have happened on the land. This page holds the most recent year and if you feel like taking a walk down memory lane, the whole shabang can be found at… read more

Virtual Tour of O.U.R. Ecovillage

Virtual Tour of O.U.R. Ecovillage

There are many incredible natural building and natural spaces on O.U.R. Ecovillage. To get a taste of what we do here and what it might be like to come and visit, check out these slideshows that give you a glimpse of what ecovillage life is like, without even stepping foot out of your home.… read more

Businesses Related to O.U.R.

Related Businesses

Part of creating sustainable community includes relating to eachother, business to business, person to person. This page features some of the businesses that we are related to, either through people onsite or through different projects we have worked on. The community spreads far and wide, and is represented by the various sustainable businesses from Vancouver Island and across the pond.

Frequently Asked Questions about O.U.R. Ecovillage

Frequently Asked Questions

This is a great place to find out anything you need to know about ecovillages, governance, values, living onsite, natural building, green burial, organic food production and permaculture. If you have a question that we haven’t answered, please send us a comment at the bottom of the page… read more