Design your natural home

Ready to start your
natural home design?

Join Elke Cole for a 2-day intensive course to help you understand options, make choices, and start sketching! 

November 16 and 17, 2019
Daily from 9am – 4pm – with 1 hr lunch-break 

Cost: $220 plus applicable taxes

Early registration price until August 31 – $160 plus taxes.
Bring a partner for $400 plus taxes for two.

Designing your home is one of the most challenging and important steps you’ll ever take. With this course you’ll immerse yourself into OUR inspiring setting for 2 information packed days. This course will give you confidence to start your process.

What you will learn

  • how to choose a good site
  • natural building techniques and their appropriate use
  • passive solar planning tools
  • foundation to roof options
  • how to start drawing
  • building permits and codes
  • tips and tricks for saving space and money

Elke Cole

is a Natural House Designer, builder and educator. At O.U.R. Ecovillage on Vancouver Island, Canada,  she coordinates the natural building activities and  programs . Elke has her consultation and design business Houses That Love You Back.

Elke’s work takes her around the globe with projects in Africa, India, and Costa Rica. Her designs are based in Permaculture and value relationships between owners, builders and the natural environment presented at the site. Working with groups on design and leading workshops on building projects has earned Elke a solid reputation in the Natural Building field.

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What makes OUR Ecovillage so special?

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!

Tuition & Snacks:
Regular individual: $220

Bring a friend: $400 for two

Meals and accommodation upgrades available upon checkout.

All prices are subject to taxes.

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Call us during our business hours, Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm PST at 1-250-743-3067