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OUR Natural Building

Interested in taking a course in Natural Building? Visit OUR Events page to see our current offerings. What is Natural Building? Natural Building is building structures using materials such as cob, straw bale, natural plasters and timber frame; materials that occur naturally with as little processing as possible. It is the integration of natural resources…
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January 22, 2018 0


Gaia Education 1st Training of Trainers (TOT) programme in Canada is coming to OUR Ecovillage in 2018! OUR partnership with Gaia Education is extending to the next level! After offering Ecovillage Design Education Certificate (EDE) for 2 years, we have been invited to be the organizer and venue for the first Training of Trainers (TOT)…
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November 23, 2017 0

Look Who’s At OUR – And Honor The Shifts And Goodbye’s Newsletter

Well, reports about the arrival of spring have been greatly exaggerated. Cold weather and lots of rain continued to dominate the weather scene this month. But this hasn’t dampened the spirits of the OUR Ecovillagers and volunteers who have been leaning into spring with planting, greenhouse repairs, waste water treatment and deck construction and new…
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April 26, 2017 0

Big Changes As The New Season Unfolds…March 2017 Newsletter

After an unusually long, cold and snowy winter, spring has finally arrived! We are very fortunate that our fruit trees, berry bushes and all site infrastructure more than stood up to the test of such a trial! Incredible gratitude and thanks to OUR winter team and their loving care. Unfortunately, the weather conditions were such that…
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March 24, 2017 0

Big News from 2016 and Exciting Events in 2017!

IT FINALLY HAPPENED THIS YEAR…..always knew it would: CHAIR OF OUR ECOVILLAGE COOP BOARD  IT FINALLY HAPPENED THIS YEAR….and we always knew it would!  2016 is closing and we are counting OUR blessings not the least of which has been rolling over OUR Ecovillage Cooperative as the title holder as the amazing ownership model (land…
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January 14, 2017 0

Weekend Plaster Course

As part of the fourth module in our Natural Building Extravaganza, we will be offering a weekend package for those wishing to learn natural plasters and finishing from two experts in the field, Athena Steen and Cindy Walker. About Earthen Plasters bring a special feel to a home. And while natural plasters are available ‘in…
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July 4, 2016 0

Summer 2015 Events at a Glance

Are you looking for reasons to visit OUR Ecovillage this summer? We have many many interesting learning and fun reasons for you to take the short 35minute drive from Victoria or an hour from Nanaimo area. May 20–24th Women in Wood Learn to build using wood. Learn the necessary skills to safely and productively use…
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May 18, 2015 0

A Message from Brandy (October 2014)

How did it become Fall? I never expected to find myself ‘falling’ at this point…and after the last 10 months will never still expect to ‘fall’.  I am wanting to connect with so many folks–to find a way to fully express my “ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE”!   After all this time of finding ways of being…
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October 10, 2014 0


Fall is here and we have been getting things buttoned down for the winter: collecting firewood, closing down the showers, and cleaning and putting all the tools and equipment away until next year. Another big milestone comes to fruition as we put the crowning touches on OUR Zero Mile Meal Eatery with new doors (salvaged…
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October 10, 2014 0

A natural building internship in Cameroon with Elke Cole

By Elke Cole Can you imagine yourself in Cameroon? The way life works for me, opportunities knock via linkedIn, facebook or other connections, and I follow my gut feeling when it’s time to decide. In June 2013 I received such an invitation from Joshua Konkankoh of Better World Cameroon. Until that point Cameroon was barely…
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September 4, 2014 0