Last updated: November 27, 2013 (2 years ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999


(Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, Canada)

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 1990
  • Start Living Together: 1990
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE
  • Phone: 250-743-3067
  • Address:
    Box 530
    Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, V0R 2W0
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Please email or phone in advance to arrange visit, and see O.U.R. website for upcoming tour dates. We have an eco-guesthouse, a dorm yurt, and camping, plus onsite outdoor food services (only in the summer). Please propose dates and type of stay you are requesting, and someone will email to confirm your visit.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

sustainable learning community

Community Description:

O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE is a sustainable learning community and demonstration site committed to a path of resiliency, compassionate action, and healthy interdependence where we are learning a new way to live with one another that honors the earth, personal and community development, inclusiveness, balance, and prosperity.

O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE hosts the onsite ecological education school called TOPIA, The Sustainable Learning Community Institute (check the website for ongoing summer residential programs and short workshops). We offer training in green/natural building, Permaculture design certification, sustainable food production, eco-psychology, and council- and community-building. We host a wide variety of events and conferences with like-minded groups. All this on a beautiful, community-owned, (non-certified) organic, farm-based setting. We are intercultural, interfaith, and intergenerational.


  • Adult Members: 11
  • Child Members: 3
  • Non-member Residents: 60
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: interfaith

    The village honours the protocols of local First Nations people who’s traditional territory the village is on.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (includes “all religions”)
  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Type: Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization, Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property.)
  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Also have a board of directors for OUR Non-Profit

    Development Team and Board of Directors

    decisions and planning is also participatory.

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 25 acres
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Current Number of Residences: 3
  • Additional Comments: working on development of new legal structure -national research project

Labor and Money

    • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
    • Required Labor Contribution: 0



  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.


  • Additional comments: During the programs season, our cooking staff will do their best to support individual choices, but your understanding is appreciated as the logistics can be challenging with big groups.


Additional Comments

O.U.R HOUSE relocated rurally to O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE 1999

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Cohousing Info

  • Building site status: Forming
  • Shared common building: No
We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge