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Mentoring the founders – honoring a teacher.

In life some of the greatest milestones are created by meeting heroes. In the natural building movement we have the known North American grandfathers/fathers/mothers in our movement… but we do not always hear the story of what they are up to when they step forward in their evolution from ‘founders’ to ‘mentors’ of the new…
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April 3, 2012 0

Natural Plaster – not just a pretty face

By Ayla In support of Earth Day and “greening your home”, I thought it would be interesting to share some knowledge I have acquired during my time at O.U.R Ecovillage. Clay plasters and paints in the home can be applied over a number of different surfaces including drywall and painted walls. Clay finishes are gentle…
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March 29, 2012 0

Get busy this summer

Every year a number of people take on key roles at OUR Ecovillage helping the kitchen feed thousands of people, the builders educate hundreds and continue developing the infrastructure to support the programs, and the community and the administration to help run the site and host the thousands of visitors every year. Here are a…
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March 29, 2012 0

Fresh Eyes, Open Heart and Mind – My First Days at O.U.R.

by Dana Jaunzemis When one hears the word “ecovillage” it can cause quite a stir of curiosity, controversy and a whack-load of prejudices. Some of the inquiries can be positive and alternatively, some negative. Even before being part of an ecovillage, I knew that some of the prejudices leaned towards thoughts of hippies with pipe…
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March 20, 2012 0

Campaign update – Where’d the winter go?!

by Brandy Gallagher What happened !? The winter months have been a blur of learning and connections. With an incredible outpouring of support, questions, ideas and new possibilities, a generous grouping of individuals have stepped up to support the continued existence of OUR ECOVILLAGE as a 25 acre Sustainable Living Demonstration Site and Education Center…
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March 20, 2012 0

Rocking 2012 programs!

Yes – there has been a lot of talk about the challenges faced by OUR to finance and ensure the continuation of this special place. AND – it is a testimony to the desire for learning and change out there that this year sees us offering what might be the best line-up of programs, ever…
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March 1, 2012 0

Six years old – making a difference!

We were recently blessed to recieve the following email: “My grandson Tavion attended one of your summer camps 2011 and loved it. When I was checking my emails around christmas I came across your email asking for help to keep O.U.R. Ecovillage alive. I read the email to Tavion and this was his response. “You…
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February 28, 2012 0

Forging ahead with Ethical Investment

OUR launches the new “Ethical Investment Mortgage” – Syndicated Mortgage and seeks new investors: We invite you to participate in a new collaborative “Ethical Investment Mortgage” administered through Concentra Trust. Individuals or organizations can direct their resources into this low risk investment and even redirect their current (or newly purchased) RRSP’s into a “syndicated mortgage.”…
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February 28, 2012 0

Meet “OUR Sustainers”

Make monthly or annual donations towards the operating budget of OUR Ecovillage and become one of “O.U.R. Sustainers” In addition to the ethical investors syndicated mortgage, we are launching a monthly donor drive to provide sustainable, long-term operational support for O.U.R. This aspect of the Protect O.U.R. Ecovillage Forever Campaign has been created in order…
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February 20, 2012 0

Sustainable business magic

OUR Ecovillage Partners with Gentle Earth Products to Protect OUR Ecovillage while Promoting Earth-Friendly Products Gentle Earth Products of Victoria has recently proposed supporting OUR Ecovillage by creating an on-line, Gentle Earth product purchasing option with 50% of the profits coming back to the Protect OUR Ecovillage campaign. “By purchasing from this website you are…
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February 15, 2012 0