Founded in 1999, OUR Ecovillage is an education centre and demonstration project for sustainable culture on Vancouver Island, BC. Owned by OUR Ecovillage Cooperative, the village incorporates a not-for profit that runs educational programming, a protected park and a small housing cluster that showcases natural building and low impact building techniques. It also includes a working farm and hospitality services and it is all woven into an integrated permaculture model that strives to research and demonstrate practical solutions to the challenge of living in harmony with the earth and each other.
The number of people who have been touched by this initiative is staggering. Every year, thousands of people from all over the world go there to visit, volunteer, take a tour or otherwise participate in one of the many educational programs in permaculture, natural building, community living, wellness, and much more.
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OUR Ecovillage has also successfully been working since its inception to address issues in zoning, ownership and financing and to create precedent-setting models that facilitate the creation of similar initiatives that serve the broader community.
A look at the website ourecovillage.org or a search on youtube will show some of the breadth of its impact.