Shawnigan Lake, Canada

  • Last updated: March 8, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

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.

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 1990
  • Start Living Together: 1990
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address: http://www.ourecovillage.org/
  • Contact Name: O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE
  • Phone: 250-743-3067
  • Mailing Address:
    Box 530
    Shawnigan Lake, V0R 2W0
  • Location


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Location: Rural


  • Area: 25 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 3
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Additional Comments:

    working on development of new legal structure -national research project


  • Adult Members: 11
  • Child Members: 3
  • Non-member Residents: 60
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    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.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments:


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


  • 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.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0

Sustainability Practices


  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet 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.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (includes “all religions”)

Additional Comments

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

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