How we teach and learn

One of our philosophy’s central tenants as an educational facility is that we are all teachers, and we are all learners.

Through their immersive learning environment experiences, we aim to allow students to become teachers themselves, solidifying newly-gained knowledge while simultaneously sharing skills with newer students. All of OUR team members are mindful of the wealth that is OUR students. A circular transfer of knowledge allows for the uptake of new skills, increased retention, and healthier work done by the community, through community, and for the community.

Students in our extended programs and internships are welcomed to discuss and share experiences within past educational settings. OUR students come from various educational backgrounds and bring a spectrum of beliefs and tactics for best learning practices. Through sharing both what those ideas and experiences are from the get-go, students and teachers alike can recognize how best to tailor each day for optimum growth and learning.

To learn more about OUR educational philosophy, permaculture, and the work we do at the Village, watch the short video below.

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Land acknowledgment

OUR ECOVILLAGE is situated on unceded Indigenous lands. The Coast Salish Peoples are the guardians of these lands and waters where we live, work, pray, and play. Quw’utsun (Cowichan) is a historical place of gathering and Na’tsa’ maht Shqwaluwun/”one-heart one-mind” for many Indigenous peoples.

OUR ECOVILLAGE is committed to regenerate land and all ecosystems while acknowledging and respecting Indigenous knowledge that ensures thriving for all beings; we call this Permaculture.

OUR ECOVILLAGE is dedicated to continuously educating ourselves and our communities about the history and peoples of OUR bio-region, to assist in decolonization and re-villaging as a path towards peacemaking, from local to global.