OUR Upcoming Courses

Courses and Events

Sustaining OUR Lives: Ecovillage & Ecological Living Design Certificate
EDE at OUR Ecovillage
July 18-August 8, 2019

18 Days of Comprehensive Training, this is an exclusive course to OUR Ecovillage!

O.U.R. Ecovillage’s Ecovillage and Ecological Design” (EDE) joins with the Global Ecovillage Network to also teach the “Training of Trainers” and “Sustainable Development Goals” as part of the United Nations priorities for sustainability. Join us to deepen our community frameworks to create healthier systems which foster models of resilience and regeneration for processes/people/places for living into a shared collective future! If you are OUR Ecovillage PDC alumni or have taken PDC with Starhawk,

you are welcome to join ONLY the 2nd part of the EDE from July 18-August 3.

Westcoast (+ North America) Communities Conference:
Restorying Our Cultural Commons
September 13-15, 2019

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. 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.

Nhemamusasa North 2019
August 13-17, 2019

We welcome you to join us at Nhemamusasa North 2019, a very special opportunity to gather together in community and immerse yourself in the music and culture of Zimbabwe.

"It was the highlight of my summer. I loved the 'feel' of the event: camping out, eating communally, having workshops under the trees, talking with the fabulous Zimbabwean musicians about their lives. Great!" -D. P.

A poem for the planet, Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper’s film Metamorphosis takes the pulse of our earth and bears witness to a moment of profound change: the loss of one world, and the birth of another. Metamorphosis captures the true scale of the global environmental crisis. Forest fires consume communities, species vanish, and entire ecosystems collapse. Economic growth, tied to increased speed of resource extraction, has created a machine with the capacity to destroy all life. But this crisis is also an opportunity for transformation. Through a tidal flow of stunning images, Metamorphosis carves a path from the present to the future, and offers a bold new vision for humanity and the world.

The weekend program includes sensory exercises and meditation to heighten awareness and deepen your experience. Guided writing exercises are facilitated in the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method.

Facilitated by Deepam Wadds, Author & Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) certified facilitator

Join OUR Partner in Kenya for 3-6 weeks! With a focus on resilient community based food systems and ecologically appropriate built environments for sustainable living.

Two day intensive to prepare yourself to design your natural home. Information and exercises for homeowners and builders

Empower yourself to advocate for change through whole systems teaching and design. In this dynamic and interactive course, you will learn significant teaching techniques to communicate and apply Permaculture (Pc) principles and strategies to a wide variety of audiences and educational settings

Gaia Education certified facilitators and trainers will be equipped with the skills and methodologies to facilitate transformative learning environments and host multi-stakeholder conversations that enable collaborative action. 

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Training is a two-day course which can be taken as a stand-alone training and is an introduction of the Training of Trainers. This interactive course invites participants to discuss the implementation of the SDGs at the global and local levels.