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Natural Building Update: Seasonal shift

By Elke Cole What do you do when the snow piles up and mud is too cold to work with?Shop cleanup!OUR shop has long been a central piece for the building team. Some years ago it was named “the Taj” because it had been renovated to a beautiful building with customized doors, work surfaces and…
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March 26, 2019 0

Why Could Joining a CSA Food Box Program Be Your Family’s Best Climate Action?

By Gracelynn Lau The social media world was taken by surprise when the 16-year-old Greta Thunberg inspired hundreds of thousands of students in more than 130 cities to take part in the Global Climate Strike earlier this month. They question adults for spending 30 years talking about climate change and selling positive ideas to solve…
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March 26, 2019 0

Why we adore OUR Ecovillage CSA Lifestyle program

By CSA Member Shirley Astleford Even though it is for a short time, visiting OUR farm is a highlight of each week. Our children come with me to pick up most weeks because they want to. On the way up the mountain, which is a short 8 minute drive from home, We chat about last weeks…
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March 26, 2019 0

Villager Profile of the Month – Neil Bateman

“Hi, my name is…” Obvious pop-culture reference out of the way; hello, I am Neil Bateman. This February I signed-on at OUR Ecovillage to take part in the year-long “Sustainable Living, Sustainable Learning” (SL2) education project as the Multimedia Program Assistant. Until January of this year, I had no idea what “permaculture” was, what an…
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March 26, 2019 0

Spiritual Consumerism VS Relational Spiritualism

By Dawn Dancing Otter, Liaigh Sídhe of the Village It is not your fault you feel empty when everything slows down, when the house is empty, when something changes, when someone dies. It is not your fault that our biggest ’solution’ to emptiness at this time in history is to consume. It’s wine o’clock. Time to…
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March 26, 2019 0

5 Reasons Why To Involve Children In Permaculture!

By Shawn Levine Okay, I’ll admit it; when my 6-year-old asks “why” for the 1000th time in a day, I get frustrated. However, a child’s curiosity is never a bad thing, I admire his efforts as he attempts to understand our reasons for why we do what we do. I am part of a program…
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March 26, 2019 0

WHO GOT MARRIED THIS YEAR??

This is the first Newsletter of 2019, and we are super excited!  There is so much to tell, and already we are almost 2 months into the new year. With a well-deserved break we took (somewhat enforced) over the holidays/year-end, we managed to survive the storms quite well despite the losses of power, losses of…
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February 27, 2019 0

My Stay At OUR Ecovillage

By Jessica Slattery I planned a personal wellness retreat at O.U.R. Ecovillage as the beginning of a first physical move back to my beloved homeland. Arriving at the village began a process of unravelling the last twelve years abroad, living in six different countries, giving birth to and parenting two incredible boys, and going on…
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February 25, 2019 0

Eco-Action Update

By Justin Browne With this year’s heavy snowfall in the Shawnigan Lake area, we are experiencing a delay in completion of the wiring and piping infrastructure that will allow us to close of the trenches that currently remain open in the “Closing the Loop” housing cluster. However, the electrical cable has been measured and cut…
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February 25, 2019 0

What Is It…To Marry the Land?

By Dawn Dancing Otter To devote one’s life to relationship with Place, in the promise of constant shift of creation, and the emergence of being in the Creaturehood. To recognize that we walk not upon  Mother Earth, but with Lover Earth. To acknowledge the maturity and growth required to move from being a child of…
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February 25, 2019 0