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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

Reimagine Public School System: “Villaging” Classrooms And Beyond!

By Gracelynn Lau Over the last decades, O.U.R. Ecovillage has been the experiential learning “Living Laboratory” for people of all ages, cultures and professional backgrounds to regenerate their village hearts and minds. It is because we believe that only by remembering how to “live village” – to be in right relationship with ourselves, each other…
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February 25, 2019 0

March – Natural Building Workshops and Opportunities for 2019

By Elke Cole As I write this, I am imagining our upcoming summer with mud on our hands and friends gathering for the upcoming Natural Building Colloquium… which is a little strange considering the fact that when I look out the window I see 2 feet of snow. These weather events bring us to the…
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February 21, 2019 0

November – Experiences in the Gift Economy

By Laura Matsue There was definitely some discomfort at our Charles Eisenstein event last month as we left a donation box for both OUR Ecovillage and Eisenstein. People walked out feeling “uncomfortable” for not donating and most people didn’t understand why they would donate to the village when they came to see Charles Eisenstein (not…
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November 14, 2018 0