Executive Director’s Report (August 2014)
“Roll out those lazy hazy crazy days of summer…” We dreamed about a quiet summer here at OUR Ecovillage. Early morning harvests, refreshing afternoons at the lake, weekend surfing jaunts to Tofino. But, for better or worse, Quiet just isn’t something we do that well around here.
While we deliberately have less people on site than previous years, here’s just a taste of what we’re working on to keep this place alive and serving:
• Free Fridays (Aug. 8, 15, 22, 29)–Hands-on learning projects set up for different ‘tasters’ of ecological design of food/building/human systems with a new focus each week. Plus a delicious zero-mile buffet lunch (sorry, we can’t do that part for free…)
• Epic Adventure Kids Camp (Aug. 18–22)–Foam swords, movement, circus arts, games, faerie tale fun and more 0 what better way to spend the late hot days of summer?
• Intentional Leadership party (Aug. 24)–As part of a 3-day event, members of the public are invited to a Sunday night feast and show as a fundraiser for OUR. Come in the afternoon to co-create a performance, enjoy a great meal, then enjoy and/or participate in the evening entertainment.
• Cob 101 Workshop (Aug.29–Sept.1)--A rare opportunity to learn from “The CobFather”, Pat Hennebery.
• Tours (Aug.9, 30)–we still enjoy offering tours roughly every second Saturday.
That’s just some of the action. We’re also hosting 2 weddings and 2 student groups, participating in community fairs in Cobble Hill and Shawnigan Lake, re-opening our farmers market stand, and satisfying our CSA customers, harvesting and canning farm produce like nobody’s business, finishing up building projects while the sun shines, and planning several fall events (Stone Soup, Youth Convergence, Chef Survivor, gardening course, Harvest Fest…).
So while it may seem quieter than usual, and while we do make it to the lake once in a while, we’re mostly quietly scurrying about making amazing educational and community events a reality. And if we truly are pulling of such an array of events for such a diversity of people while still catching some rays and relaxing into summer, then we just may be modelling the type of Sustainable Living we’ve been teaching all these years.