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Our Newsletter Spring 2010

Our Newsletter Spring 2010

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The Spring edition of OUR Ecovillage's newsletter. Grab a pot of tea, a seat in the sun and catch up with what OUR community has been up to and what we're looking forward to.
The Spring edition of OUR Ecovillage's newsletter. Grab a pot of tea, a seat in the sun and catch up with what OUR community has been up to and what we're looking forward to.

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A Word from Brandy:
This year has continued old and spawned new work that has created fundamental change at O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE.Beyond anyone’s wildest dreams so much has been nurtured - incredible accounts of how much folks appreciate OURwork, feel transformed by their experience here, and/or are interested in creating community more deeply because of OUR connection.Last year over 7700 people participated on site with OUR ECOVILLAGE in some way. We are the premierePermaculture/Sustainable Village Demonstration Site and Education Centre of its kind in Canada. We supported 7different Directed Studies projects and had contracts for 14 courses with Vancouver Island University, the University of Victoria, and Royal Roads University all teaching with OUR being done both onsite at OUR ECOVILLAGE and at their campus. We also have a partner agreement with Gaia College and we are now teaching ‘The Organic Master Gardener”here onsite with them.We completed one JCP (Job Creation Project) in the spring of 2009 which had a wonderful impact here by creating all thesite and event planning, and media/marketing tools that we have been able to put into play throughout the year. We havesite rental contracts, booking calendars, new systems, a whole new website, we won a life long membership with a anemail marketing company, Emma, and now have all OUR updates, newsletters, and course details going out this way.We also started another JCP for 2009/10 which has had a huge “ eco-landscaping” impact onsite (more on page 4).We raised over $325,000 in grants/training monies/foundation support. Much of this has come from Skills Training wherewe are able to hire people who have been on Employment Insurance previously. This meant that last fall we actually hadevery person onsite working here under a program (other than CM who traveled to his school and Bill who had justretired). This is an incredible shift to see this many people onsite and not have them commuting all over to get to work.This past summer there were 36 full time residents on site and the winter heralded in 21 people! With the advent of somany of us as winter residents OUR team moved forward to build a beautiful temporary kitchen in TAJII (OUR 2
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shop)All of this would never have been dreamt into manifestation without the incredible loving connection of all of you and the100’s and 100’s of volunteers who came through here again last year. OUR work is a living testimonial to what is possiblein a world of challenge with a somewhat uncertain future. All the efforts become so very worthwhile when it is shared inthe healing connection of community and relationship. May the beginning of this new season bring a spark of newpossibility, a new found energy to work magic, and a peace that is healing for all. And may OUR ECOVILLAGE manifestitself on a whole new level…..bringing each of us all of the joy we so richly deserve.
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Brandy Gallagher is co-founder and the Executive Director of O.U.R. Ecovillage
 
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Hearthkeeper Reflection
by Elke Cole:
Into The Village
 
We are all villagers. Most of us have forgotten what that means and all that’s left is a yearning for something. What ismy tribe? Where do I belong? What is my purpose?This search brings many people to O.U.R. Ecovillage. Here we have at least expressed the intention to be a ‘village’.We practice by working together, sharing meals, sitting in circle. There are seasonal rituals and celebrations, andpeople bring their way of being to the table.This year we can feel that there is a clan of those who have been here and live here with long-term intention. We holdspace for all the new faces that join for our programs and events. Living here is not just a choice- I believe we arecalled to be here together.What about you? Are you listening to your call? Is it time to take action?All our internships have a “core curriculum” of skills in personal leadership: communication, setting goals, resolvingchallenges, visioning. These skills enable us to build the safe environment for you to learn the specific working skillsyou’ve come for. They build the village connection among us for a short period of time and you may find yourself connected to that “tribe” for a long time after you leave.Last years intern group created their motto as: I surrender to my learning. Let’s acknowledge here that we are alllearning. And we are all teaching. Hands-on learning has the wonderful power of landing information in the body. Our hands are touching the earth while our minds expand.What are you waiting for?
 
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Evolving Landscapes and the Job Creation Program:
OUR 2009 Natural Building Skillbuilder Internship had a full team and worked on the O.U.R. Artist’s residence and studioand the long awaited first home in OUR Eco-Housing cluster….
Freya’s House.
The Artist studio is finished except for finaltrim. The craftsmanship will live on for 100’s of years.OUR 2009Sustainable Food Production Skillbuilder Internship terraced off a whole new area for Food Production as wellas managing and cultivating OUR extensive gardens and greenhouses:A new Job Creation Project started on October 19th with10 participants/staff. Many of these folks have moved onsite andso we are full on in relationship together with many of us learning and growing through the deeper connection of living andworking together in community life. Javan began his O.U.R. community experience as one of the Natural BuildingSkillbuilder Interns last June and was joined on site by his partner Tangle Caron in October.

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