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OUR Ecovillage Handbook

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EDUCATION UPDATE – Gracelynn

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Gaia Education 1st Training of Trainers (TOT) programme in Canada is coming to OUR Ecovillage in 2018! OUR partnership with Gaia Education is extending to the next level! After offering Ecovillage Design Education Certificate (EDE) for 2 years, we have been invited to be the organizer and venue for the first Training of Trainers (TOT) programme in North America. International …

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SUSTAINABLE WELLNESS UPDATE: Wellness Team

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We are so excited to bring functional and integrative medicine to the South Cowichan! With a team of doctors, nurse practitioners, and deep connection body workers….OUR Healing Sanctuary is open once again! Starting this November, OUR Healing Sanctuary is the new clinic of Marigold Functional medicine (Cowichan Valley location), with Functional Medicine Dr. Danièle Behn-Smith (MD, IFMCP) and Functional Medicine …

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OUR COOPERATIVE REPORT – Brandy Gallagher

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What a year! Here we are as a village, and perhaps as a planet….facing some of the greatest challenges we have ever faced perhaps. So much the work of OUR Ecovillage has focused on creating structure, legal/regulatory processes and frameworks and as always….the human beings  are the ones which can never be accounted for or designed/planned for. The variety of individuals …

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NATURAL BUILDING AND ECOLOGICAL DESIGN AT OUR – Elke Cole

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Here’s a question we are asked a lot around natural homes: ‘how much maintenance does it take?’ OR ‘How long does it last?’ While there are no simple answers to questions like that, we are currently revisiting OUR earliest buildings for some re-finishing. The Sanctuary was our first construction project- started in 2003. Since then it has been used to …

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Travel – Community – Connection By Ana

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For many people travelling is about discovery. Discovering, learning and enjoying… all of them should be in anybody’s travelling experiences. However, there is one that is number one for me: Connection. Connection is what made me a nomad for more than 3 years. Everything for me is about connection. Life in general, not only travelling. Hello everyone, my name is …

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June 2017 Newsletter

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Update from OUR ECOVILLAGE Cooperative by Board Chair Brandy Gallagher More than ever we are excited at the shifts and changes that this season has brought us!  As we round the Summer Solstice we celebrate and honour all of those who bring their incredible love and support to OUR Ecovillage Coop in order to keep our spirits buoyed and OUR hearts …

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Look Who’s At OUR – And Honor The Shifts And Goodbye’s Newsletter

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Well, reports about the arrival of spring have been greatly exaggerated. Cold weather and lots of rain continued to dominate the weather scene this month. But this hasn’t dampened the spirits of the OUR Ecovillagers and volunteers who have been leaning into spring with planting, greenhouse repairs, waste water treatment and deck construction and new program development. Read on for …

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Big Changes As The New Season Unfolds…March 2017 Newsletter

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After an unusually long, cold and snowy winter, spring has finally arrived! We are very fortunate that our fruit trees, berry bushes and all site infrastructure more than stood up to the test of such a trial! Incredible gratitude and thanks to OUR winter team and their loving care. Unfortunately, the weather conditions were such that we’ve lost our two hives…But …

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Big News from 2016 and Exciting Events in 2017!

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IT FINALLY HAPPENED THIS YEAR…..always knew it would: CHAIR OF OUR ECOVILLAGE COOP BOARD  IT FINALLY HAPPENED THIS YEAR….and we always knew it would!  2016 is closing and we are counting OUR blessings not the least of which has been rolling over OUR Ecovillage Cooperative as the title holder as the amazing ownership model (land and projects) of OUR ECOVILLAGE.  …

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Athena Steen

Weekend Plaster Course

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As part of the fourth module in our Natural Building Extravaganza, we will be offering a weekend package for those wishing to learn natural plasters and finishing from two experts in the field, Athena Steen and Cindy Walker. About Earthen Plasters bring a special feel to a home. And while natural plasters are available ‘in a bag’ you may want …

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