[permaculture] O.U.R. Ecovillage: 2007 Programs & Positions

Tyrone LaFay earthcaredesign at peacemail.com
Tue Feb 20 19:10:54 EST 2007


For more information about the programs and/or teaching assistant positions, please visit www.ourecovillage.org or email: info at ourecovillage.org

Permacordually,

Tyrone LaFay
Permaculture Design Program Coordinator
O.U.R. Eco-village
Box 530
Shawnigan Lake, BC
V0R 2W0  Canada
250-743-3067
earthcaredesign at peacemail.com
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PROGRAMS OFFERED

June 1ST- June 15TH, 2007
PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATION 
O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE, British Columbia, CANADA

The Permaculture Design Course is an internationally recognized 15-day intensive course combining theory with practical hands on learning.   Participants will learn Permaculture design principles & techniques.  The course includes lectures, discussions, hands-on, slide shows, field trips and design projects.  We will examine the underlying assumptions of the current culture of consumerism and economic globalization, and encourage exploration of ways to contribute to the emergence of a culture of sustainability, compassion and equity.  The Permaculture Design Certificate course covers a broad range of subjects to provide a holistic overview of Permaculture systems and sustainable living. Large team of teachers  from local bio-regional and international teaching circles with a focus of urban to rural Permaculture design.  This is a special program hosted at OUR ECOVILLAGE a 25 acre model demonstration sustainable village and is offered as an introduction to OUR regular Skillbuilder programs (1/2 tuition if registered in regular Skillbuilder Program).  For further details visit www.ourecovillage.org under “Programs”

June 18TH – August 24TH, 2007
O.U.R. PERMACULTURE DESIGN SKILLBUILDER; Sustainable Food Production and Ecological Landscaping
O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE, British Columbia, CANADA

O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE’s Permaculture Design Skillbuilder offers a unique opportunity that will build skills and competence throughout the growing season. This is a three- to four-month, fully residential program where a balance of practical hands-on learning and theoretical class time will be achieved. This program is valuable for individuals who wish to follow a path in organic food production or ecological landscape design.  Participants will be involved in running the organic food production systems for the onsite and local community. A wide array of organic-based ideas and techniques will be explored and practiced such as no-till, bio-dynamic, bio- and french-intensive and permaculture.  The program allows participants the opportunity to build skills more commonly found in an apprenticeship.  Each participant will develop their own experimental garden projects and explore opportunities to further advance their knowledge in specific areas of interest through self-directed, personalized learning goals.  We have created a program that offers a supportive environment for self-motivated and self-directed students of sustainable living.  Students can hone their interests by living and learning in an eco-village-type community setting.  While living in this setting, a structured daily rhythm operates within weekly themes.  This offers participants a unique blend of formatted instruction balanced with open time to focus on individual or group directed projects.  For further information tour www.ourecovillage.org under ‘programs’.

 
June 18th-August 24th, 2007
O.U.R. NATURAL BUILDING SKILLBUILDER
O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE, British Columbia, CANADA
O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE 25 acre model/demonstration sustainable village is home to TOPIA:  The Sustainable Learning Community Institute.  OUR 2007 summer Natural Building Skillbuilder is changing somewhat and is specializing this year in working with a moderate to high level of experience natural building learner/participant.  Historically OUR work has focused on developing relationships with engineers and regulatory authorities in order to demonstrate/legitimize the natural building movement further (in Canada but also further afield).  This years program will combine both hands on work on 1)  the second phase of constructing OUR “Community Art Studio”, 2) a small focus on the “Chillage” and “The Climate Change Demonstration Building”, 3) and design and layout work with OUR nine home eco-housing cluster.  The practical work is interspersed with a technical/theory focus that builds on a participant’s knowledge from introductory natural building programs that they might have taken.  This course is mostly suited to upcoming home-owner builders, and those folks who imagine themselves working on construction contracting projects in the future.  Preference is given to those applicants who have already completed their introductory level of natural building construction and/or demonstrate an avid desire to learn a professional level of building.  Program includes presentation, personal study, guest speakers, guest teachers and field trips.  Please tour www.ourecovillage.org under “Programs” for futher information and application.

POSITIONS AVAILABLE (At O.U.R. Ecovillage, British Columbia, CANADA)

May 15th – Sept 15th, 2007
TEACHING ASSISTANT – for the NATURAL BUILDING SKILLBUILDER 
Teaching Assistant position available for a 10-week training program in Natural Building.  This course is geared more towards participants who have a background already in natural building and/or conventional building and therefore not offered as an introductory training.  Focus will include working with ‘regulatory authority’ aspects; building codes, engineer partnerships and blending somewhat with convention building methodologies (within the ethics of the natural building movement).  This would be an ideal position for an individual (maybe with family) who might wish to work with a team of very high level teachers (Elke Cole – Designer Architect, a new team member who is coming into Canada with a solid background in design, testing, building to code experience, and is by background an accredited teacher, plus local and international guest teachers throughout).   This position would provide an excellent learning community experience for someone who wishes to ramp up their building knowledge/experience, develop further skills in group facilitation and/or team teaching, and works well in a community oriented project focus as set in an ‘ecovillage’ environment.  The Art Studio project being completed is a special building focused on becoming a “Legacy Project” for the wider community (recognized by Provincial Government).   Offer is for dates:  June 1st-  August 31st, 2007 and compensation includes inclusion in all special programming through OUR ECOVILLAGE (all summer curriculum, special workshops, guest instructors in all programs, and Permaculture Design Certification (value of $1400CAN if desired), all site costs/food costs/full time cook, and some field trips.  For further information please contact info at ourecovillage.org or visit   www.ourecovillage.org

May 15th – Sept 15th, 2007
TEACHING ASSISTANT – for the PERMACULTURE DESIGN SKILLBUILDER; SUSTAINABLE FOOD PRODUCTION AND ECOLOGICAL LANDSCAPING

Teaching Assistant position available for a 10-week training program in Sustainable Food Production and Ecological Landscaping.  This course is geared towards individuals who might wish to choose a personal or professional track in design, production, installation and/or management of organic projects.  The Teaching Assistant role will be suitable for an individual (maybe with a family) who comes with a foundation knowledge of organics and food production, is in excellent health, has good organizational skills, and is able to work well both within a community and in a team setting.  With the support of program coordinators and teachers, this person will be responsible for the ongoing day-to-day planting out, watering schedule, maintenance, etc.. of the food gardens, and will work with the staff/participant group 2-3 days/week on the garden projects.  This position would provide an excellent learning community experience for someone who wishes to ramp up their sustainable food production knowledge/experience, develop further skills in group facilitation and/or team teaching, and works well in a community oriented project focus as set in an ‘ecovillage’ environment.  The offer is for dates:  May 15th-  September 15th, 2007 and compensation includes inclusion in all special programming through OUR ECOVILLAGE (all summer curriculum, special workshops, guest instructors in all programs, and Permaculture Design Certification (value of $1400CAN if desired), all site costs/food costs/full time cook, and some field trips.  For further information please contact info at ourecovillage.org or visit   www.ourecovillage.org







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