Tag: 2011

NATURAL BUILDING AND ECOLOGICAL DESIGN AT OUR – Elke Cole

Here’s a question we are asked a lot around natural homes: ‘how much maintenance does it take?’ OR ‘How long does it last?’ While there are no simple answers to questions like that, we are currently revisiting OUR earliest buildings for some re-finishing. The Sanctuary was our first construction project- started in 2003. Since then…
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November 23, 2017 0

Get busy this summer

Every year a number of people take on key roles at OUR Ecovillage helping the kitchen feed thousands of people, the builders educate hundreds and continue developing the infrastructure to support the programs, and the community and the administration to help run the site and host the thousands of visitors every year. Here are a…
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March 29, 2012 0

Rocking 2012 programs!

Yes – there has been a lot of talk about the challenges faced by OUR to finance and ensure the continuation of this special place. AND – it is a testimony to the desire for learning and change out there that this year sees us offering what might be the best line-up of programs, ever…
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March 1, 2012 0

Six years old – making a difference!

We were recently blessed to recieve the following email: “My grandson Tavion attended one of your summer camps 2011 and loved it. When I was checking my emails around christmas I came across your email asking for help to keep O.U.R. Ecovillage alive. I read the email to Tavion and this was his response. “You…
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February 28, 2012 0

Thierry reflects on OUR 2011 GMO Symposium

Thierry Vrain of Innisfree Farm has graciously allowed us to post this piece he wrote after attending O.U.R. 2011 Insight Into GMOs Symposium. We really wanted to share this because Thierry is an extremely qualified local resource on the subject of food security. I recently went for a GMO symposium at the OUR Ecovillage in…
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December 11, 2011 0

From Brandy – founder, placemaker & Executive Director of O.U.R.

Today is an auspicious day and this is the final write of my newsletter submission for OUR November 2011 Newsletter. After the last week of deep concern I have worked on a best way to word this report/announcement in order to reach out to O.U.R. Ecovillage’s wider community. Today will mark the day where I…
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November 12, 2011 0

A tribute: 2011 Food Production Interns

Every year, loads of people move through the Ecovillage. Some stay a day, some a week, some 6 months and some decide to stay. The 2011 Gardeners stayed anywhere between 3 and 6 months (One is still here. Heya Kirk!) and left an indelible mark on the village: Delicious fresh produce, canning yet to be…
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November 10, 2011 0

Goddesses Arising

Goddesses Arising – A Call to Co-create in these Turning Times. A one-day eco-spiritual retreat at OUR.  Saturday, October 15, 2011 with ecovillage resident Joy Emmanuel and artist and visionary, Ann-Rosemary Conway.  The retreat will offer a blend of reflective exercise, meditation, time in nature and more as we listen deeply for how the goddesses…
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September 8, 2011 0

A Food Secure Community

This post from on of our Sustainable Food Production Skillbuilder interns, Keith “Kirk” Schlesinger who has taken on food security on the village in a major way. (My nomination for “Villager of the Month” … hehe… imagine we actually had that.) As the time of the 2011 “Insight into GMOs” Symposium on 17-18 September fast…
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September 7, 2011 0

Van Island Permaculture Movie Night: One Man, One Cow, One Planet

Van Isle Permaculture will be hosting One Man, One Cow, One Planet here at OUR ECOVILLAGE September 7th, 2011 at 7:30pm.  It will be $2 to attend, with $1 going to OUR ECOVILLAGE and the other going to Van Isle Permaculture. The movie One Man, One Cow, One Planet exposes globalization and the mantra of…
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September 4, 2011 0