17 Days In Community: A Manifestation of Love

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17 Days In Community: A Manifestation of Love

O.U.R. Ecovillage is a sustainable educational center and a presentation ground situated in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Their activities are rooted in Permaculture standards and give educational opportunities for natural architecture, sustainable food production and leadership. Situated on an amazing 25 acres near Shawnigan Lake, Ecovillage began working in 1999 with a dream to create an exemplar sustainable village community based on social, ecological, and economic well being.

The land movement is having its time once again. A few hundred thousand elderly ex-hippies or maybe enduring hippies who net rural back in the 1970's have now been joined by a younger generation, many of whom have abandoned the cities in the past few years as economic conditions have worsened. Some were forced out because of debt, others because of insecure jobs. They used the downturn to re-appraise their values, they're sick of traffic, pollution, and consumer driven society; they've lost all trust in bankers and politics, and are looking for a better way.

They throw themselves into this because they want to do something out of their comfort zone and because they've never really built anything before. It is a strong desire to get more nestled into the Earth and to live with as little as waste as possible, as little involvement with the monetary system as possible, and being able to have a place where they can trade their time, focus and energy for knowledge.

Ecovillage is leading a group of 17 people in a 4 months program where they're building a 550 square foot sustainable house from the ground up, and this is a group of people who want to learn to build their own home, some of them want to become natural builders as a profession and some of them want to become teachers to teach others how to run workshops.

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44 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Peter Zoska

    It's difficult for me to view this as a manifestation of love when the early minutes of this documentary are spent ripping up the body of a previously sentient animal.
    Ethically and ecologically a vegan lifestyle would be closer to a manifestation of love.

  2. Rick Kiriakidis

    Well this is great if you want to live in a hippie commune, how about coming back to reality that 99% of us don't want to poop in a recycling toilet to later use as a fertilizer. There's some interesting concepts of nature and man and living with just basic needs, but far from the daily reality of most people. Pretty much boring stuff, if I went there and had to listen to another guy playing some sort of aboriginal horn I'd leave pretty quickly.

  3. bringmeredwine

    I was really interested in seeing how these guys recycled their stuff and built sustainable housing.
    Instead what I saw most of the time, was flower children and their touchy-feely social interactions, then I was hearing the subjects' philosophies of love and acceptance, (and there are seemingly no boundaries). Blah blah blah. They had finally found a place where they belonged.
    All that spontaneous embracing, cavorting or cartwheeling through meadows or during social gatherings, was a little creepy. (but that's just me!) If these people are happy though, all the power to them.
    It was disturbing to watch the deer being butchered amongst all those chemicals in that filthy storage shack. Then the hunks of meat were placed in the freezer unwrapped. Just seemed unsanitary to my delicate sensibilities.
    I gather from your comment that you probably didn't enjoy that guy rapping about fungi?

  4. Rick Kiriakidis

    I just kept thinking, is this a cover to learn how to grow weed?

  5. dineaudio

    I'd rather live like Grizzly Adams with my wife and surrounded by animals than with a bunch of huggers. I hate hugging. Also, I'm a musician and if I had to listen to that "music" whole day I'd kill someone. Well, as they said "we're all diverse". Deer butchering enraged me since I'm a vegan and I can't tolerate killing animals, not for food, not for anything. So I'd pretty much kill someone there. Makes me pretty sure this kind of community is not my cup of tea. :) But I surely like the idea, if done my way, because the society we live in is very sick, quite stressful and alienated, not really healthy to live in.

  6. bringmeredwine

    I kept suspecting some of them were a little high:D
    Even in my Mom's seniors residence, her neighbors have happily started setting their pot plants outside, to absorb the Spring sunshine.
    Good 'ole BC !

  7. bringmeredwine

    I know! All that hugging looked really annoying!
    And I'll bet it was a regular Peyton Place, too.

  8. Bozman419

    You may have missed at 19:00 he explains the animal was found on the side of the road and was "ripped up" in an attempt to not waste it's usable materials. He also said a prayer of thank you to what ever it is that gave that gift to them. I find vegans are often blinded by there passion. Don't hate us because our body's require the nutrients provided by other animals. Some of us respect animals and what they do for us.

  9. Bozman419

    I enjoy seeing movements like this because they show that there is a different way for people to live, and often motivate people to correct the mistakes our society is making. As long as there are people proving that we (humans) aren't all vane and self destructive, I will always have hope for our future generations. "Waste=food" is a good doc to show we can change our modern world to match the efforts of these people. Oh yeah, and if hugging makes you feel good then do it up. Better that then bing drinking.

  10. Bozman419

    The deer was found on the side of the road, possible hit by a car. Defiantly not hunted.

  11. dineaudio

    Thanks! Did they say that? It seems like I missed it.

  12. Guest

    I've got nothing against other people hugging. But I'm a bit allergic to it. :)

  13. a_no_n

    lol the comments from Vegans are making me laugh...nutters.

  14. sharpstuff

    Well said, Bozman419...and why can't potatoes have a soul?

  15. bringmeredwine

    Thanks. I got the impression that Brandy wasn't very happy with the types of interns her village was attracting.
    I couldn't understand at all what the other guy was talking about!
    Anyway, found lots of other vids there too about eco living and they were very helpful:)

  16. bringmeredwine

    I do it only to those I really care about but it has to be the right time and place. I'm very reserved otherwise!

  17. Ninjascholar

    Wow. I'm amazed at the number of comments hating on hugging of all things. I get that we live in an alienated and repressed society and most of us cant even look a stranger in the eye but hating either giving or recieving hugs is not something to be proud of but rather a sign of deeper seated issues in yourself. Human touch is a primal need that is tragically denied to or restricted for many people. A hug can brighten someones day and the right hug can change someones life. Keep hugging it out :)

  18. Whereforetherefore.com

    There are no nutrients in animals that you cannot intake via plants or the environment! Ensuring sufficient B12 intake is a modern problem for some vegans and more and more omnivores. Since most people still eat animals that eat dirt, more vegans will experience deficiencies, since they do not, but that is a modern due.

    The vitamineral is made by bacteria in conjunction with cobalt.

    Prior to modern sanitation practises B12 would have been readily available in wild water, and the dirt which we would have ingested, in extension of our fruit and vegtable intake.

    D vitamin is actually a hormone, and it is by far preferable to rely on the sun for adequate intake.

    There is absolutely no excuse for enslaving, incarcerating, raping, drive by shooting ("hunting") torturing, killing animals. And deep down, we all know it. And as pythagoras and other luminaries remarked long ago; we reap as we sow.

    May peace be with you, always.

  19. CapnCanard

    Kind of disappointing. How about some more in depth information on the Permacultural techniques and practices? How about some stuff on aquaponics, hydroponics, composting, or bio-symbiotic processes of agriculture? This film is really average... And I suspect that there might be a little too much inhaling of the herb. And homemade art. Yawn. For Holy Hand Grenades, GeeBuzz! The relationship stuff is not all horrible, but the premise is a bit too far afield from permaculture...

  20. jukker

    you do realize that plants are living organisms as well, they just move more slowly than animals, so if you consoder it wrong to eat animals because they are living creatures, then why would be okay to eat plants?

  21. Whereforetherefore.com

    A: the plants feel suffering and die when you eat them argument to justify animal flesh eating

    Arguing that a lettuce plant feels pain as a cow, pig or a dog would; defies all common-sense and intuition. In scientific terms plants do not have a central nervous system. Plant may react to stimuli; feeling pain and the reaction to stimuli are however two very different capacities. Yet death is a natural part of the life cycle, suffering is the real evil.
    Slaughter a lettuce plant and a Labrador, slowly and gradually; and note the varying sensations during both experiences, the smells, the tastes, the sounds, the images and colors, what do you notice? How do you feel after each action? Most people would notice an extreme emotional difference between the two undertakings. What does our inborn aesthetic sense reveal about our intrinsic, aesthetic inclinations?
    If we are to be honest, this discussion is patently absurd; the difference between harvesting a plant and butchering an animal (note the difference between the words “harvest” and “butcher” to start); a difference so blatantly obvious every child would know the profound dissimilarity; reacting with extreme dread and displeasure at the sight and sound of slaughter, without prior acclimatization to violence, torture and murder. Such an extremely naïve, credulous argument, in defense of one’s animal eating habits, is surely, mostly proposed by people swayed by a vested interest in continuing their lifelong habit of flesh eating; adopting any available stance apart from facing the consequences of their actions.
    Furthermore, raping animals to make them lactate, stealing their babies to increase profit, killing for profit, imprisoning other beings, killing animals when they longer provide milk, destroying the rainforest in order to produce more grain or grass to raise more animals to kill in order satisfy our insatiable lust, are all disgraceful, and completely unsustainable practices; on an emotional, physical and spiritual level. And remember: what we to animals we will do to ourselves, we reap as we sow.
    We do not live in a universe which rewards rape, violence, slavery, butchery, and sexual perversity with wellbeing, vibrancy and vitality. Humanity will do well to forego its lust for animal products.
    Some think there is such a thing as human slaughter, hence a so-called ethical omnivorism movement has emerged out of the dungeons of humanity’s conscience.
    Please define humane slaughter, what is your definition of humane? Humane rape? Ethical raping; ethical stealing of the lives and purposes of others? Humane incarceration of the innocent. Humane murder. Something which is blatantly evil cannot be deemed to be ethical, when such concepts are conjoined we bare an oxymoron.
    The herding culture was and is a patriarchal, domination based system. It may have been excusable sometime in the past; enabling the survival of our species, even then one may argue, as Gandhi did, whether survival is more important than none-violence, nowadays it is evidently a sad, horrid, absolutely unnecessary situation, to which we needlessly subject ourselves and our children and innocent animals and our beautiful planet.
    In all suffering there may be degrees: certain Nazis, for example, wanted to treat Jews, homosexuals and Roma's less violently, and if they had been in charge perhaps less suffering would have befallen the lot of the victims; be that as it may; the actions and mindset of a Nazi system would still be absolutely, morally and ethically unacceptable.
    Every child knows the difference between an apple and a cow; a chicken and a strawberry, our senses reveal the truth. Always remember we can be conditioned to do anything, even murder. Again: Ask yourself how children would intrinsically react to wails of suffering, gore, blood, anguish, fear and fright, without conditioning; the vast majority of humans would never, ever kill or rape another animal (milk production). Truth be told: there is death in all food but our senses will set us free; guide us unto a path of least violence and suffering.
    If one is truly sensitive to the plight of plants one ought to become a vegan immediately; minimizing the suffering to which one is part (since far less plants need to be sacrificed if one consumes plants; instead of ingesting animals that have consumed tons of plants beforehand), if not an outright fruitarian (enjoy solely beans, fruits, nuts, and other seed bearing plants; Most fruit bearing plants want their seeds to be spread far and wide; wherefore their fruits are delicious to animals, in other words, they want their fruits to be eaten, understand the difference).
    Violence begets violence. Human tribes and communities hunted innocent, free roaming animals; likewise they hunted innocent members of other human communities. Violence begets violence. Pythagoras and many other luminaries understood this principle long ago. We reap as we sow.

  22. Whereforetherefore.com

    Arguing that a lettuce plant feels pain as a cow, pig or a dog would; defies all common-sense and intuition. In scientific terms plants do not have a central nervous system. Plant may react to stimuli, however feeling pain and the reaction to stimuli are two very different capacities. But truth be told there is death in all food.

    Slaughter a lettuce plant and a Labrador, slowly and gradually; and note the varying sensations during both experiences, the smells, the tastes, the sounds, the images and colors, what do you notice? How do you feel after each action? Most people would notice an extreme emotional difference between the two experiences. What does our inborn aesthetic sense reveal about our intrinsic mental-aesthetic inclinations?

    If we are to be honest, this discussion is patently absurd; the difference between harvesting a plant and butchering an animal (note the difference between the words “harvest” and “butcher” to start), a difference so blatantly obvious every child would know the profound dissimilarity; likely reacting with extreme dread and displeasure at the sight and sound of slaughter, if they had not been acclimatized to violence, torture and murder, beforehand. Such an extremely naïve, credulous argument, is surely, mostly proposed by people swayed by a vested interest in furthering their lifelong habit of flesh intake; adopting any available stance to mask underlying guilt.

    Some think there is such a thing as human slaughter:

    Define humane slaughter, what is your definition of humane? Humane rape? Ethical rape? Humane incarceration of the innocent. Humane murder.
    The herding culture was and is a patriarchal, domination based system. It may have been excusable sometime in the past; enabling the survival of our species, even then one can argue, as Gandhi did, whether survival is more important than none-violence, nowadays it is evidently a sad, horrid, absolutely unnecessary situation.

    In all suffering there may be degrees: some nazis, for example, wanted to treat the Jews, humosexsuals and Roma's less violently, and if they had been in charge perhaps less suffering would have occurred; be that as it may; the mindset and circumstance would still be absolutely morally and ethically unacceptable.

    Every child knows the difference between an apple and a cow; a chicken and a strawberry, our senses reveal the truth. Always remember we can be conditioned to do anything, even murder. Again: Ask yourself how children would intrinsically react to wails of suffering, gore and blood, and anguish, fear and fright, without conditioning; the vast majority of humans would never, ever kill or rape another (milk production) animal. Truth be told: there is death in all food but our senses will set us free; guide us unto a path of least violence and suffering.

    If you are sensitive enough to feel the plight of plants one ought to become a vegan immediately; minimizing the suffering to which one is part (since far less plants need to be sacrificed if one consumes the plants directly; instead of ingesting animals that have consumed tons of plants beforehand), if not an outright fruitarian (enjoy beans, fruits, nuts, and other seed bearing plants; Most fruit bearing plants want their seeds to be spread far and wide wherefore their fruits are delicious to animals, in other words they want their fruits to be eaten, understand the difference).

    Violence begets violence. Human tribes and communities hunted innocent, free roaming animals; likewise they hunted innocent members of other human communities. Violence begets violence. Pythagoras and many other luminaries understood this principle long ago. We reap as we sow.

  23. Rick Kiriakidis

    "Violence begets violence. Human tribes and communities hunted innocent, free roaming animals; likewise they hunted innocent members of other human communities."

    That is the most insane and dumb argument I've ever heard. As if meat eating people go out and hunt people because we enjoy a good steak once in a while. My philosophy on eating meat is quite simple, if you're not ready to kill (or hunt) an animal than you shouldn't eat meat. But to equate that to being violent to people is just completely imbecilic. Its your free choice not to eat meat and I respect it, but don't give me your morality higher than though attitude about violence and guilt about eating meat. Humans are omnivores, we didnt just one day decide we're going to eat meat, its a product of our evolution, just like the tiger hunts the gazelle for meat. Its not being violent for violence sake, its feeding itself and its offsprings. Its a cycle of nature, you could argue our practices of how we treat cattle in our over consumption society is disgusting and I'll gladly stand by you, but please, stop with this smug attitude of Im more enlightened because I don't eat meat.

  24. Rick Kiriakidis

    Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Doctor, the sperm whale on Earth devours millions of cuttlefish as it roams the oceans. It is not evil, it is feeding.

  25. jaberwokky

    "since I'm a vegan and I can't tolerate killing animals, not for food, not for anything. So I'd pretty much kill someone there"

    Why did you feel it necessary to say this? How come you couldn't have just left it at disagreeing, without the hyper jump to killing your own kind? As a vegan I find that statement rather offensive and it's sickening how often I see it come from people who claim a more righteous set of morals. How do you not see the cognitive dissonance in what you're espousing? Do you even know why you are vegan?

  26. jaberwokky

    I apologize, I can only say that not all vegans are such a bunch of d*cks.

  27. jaberwokky

    Yup, hit by a car ... defiantly.

  28. jaberwokky

    Oh no you didn't! Enough with the 'don't hate me because' cr*p, that does not give you license to state opinion as fact. Our bodies don't require a flesh diet to survive, that's a very simple and observable fact. I haven't eaten meat in over 15 years.

  29. jaberwokky

    The fact that you can equate plants with animals says a lot more about you than it says about anything else.

  30. jaberwokky

    Same reason humans can't, because they don't exist sunshine.

  31. dineaudio

    I am vegan because in my language "killing" means having an argument with someone, but in your language killing literally means killing. It seems? ;) Gosh, man. What's wrong with you? You really thought I meant it literally? That's your problem, not mine. I don't kill anyone or anything. Now go troll somebody else.

  32. jaberwokky

    I'm not trolling. Fair enough then, if that's not what you meant you have my apologies. But it is something I've heard quite a few time before, which is why I generally tend to keep the veganism to myself.

  33. a_no_n

    lol shame, I didn't mean it literally...I was only making a bad pun.

  34. NX2

    Really? You're tracing your arguments for vegetarianism back to the Pythagoreans? As you said we can be conditioned to do anything, like believing that eating no meat is holier then thou.

    "Pythagoras had problems with beans and irrationality. However, the square root of two is irrational, and beans are delicious/ healthy." (source unknown)

    I have no problems with vegetarianism or veganism, but are you not slightly overdoing it with your arguments?

    edit: not sure if the original quote said delicious or healthy

  35. NX2

    I guess a part of me is a sucker for all that hugging (and all that homemade natural punk attitude). And yet there's also a part that wants to be left alone. Would that be frowned upon? I don't know, offer me a piece of that deer steak (or not), give me a good hug and leave me alone for a while, and i'll keep on lovin' ya :)

    However, this documentary is more about community than anything else. Like one of the participants said, a bit of a surprise, but quite alright.

  36. jaberwokky

    And now we can add Irony into the mix, thanks to me getting all d*ckish in the comments below :/

  37. a_no_n

    hey considering my record i'm not going to judge you.

  38. Bozman419

    This thread started about a deer that died of reasons other then being hunted or farmed! I felt inspired that the group or man at least felt the need not to waste a valuable source of nourishment. I would have also had a piece or two.

  39. jaberwokky

    Which is why you eat every cockroach you come across?

    Do you feel inspired enough to go looking for some crickets, dragonflies, dungbeetles or earthworms? All freely available and all a lot better for you than deer carcass.

  40. jaberwokky

    Ah, ignore my last reply. I'm being deliberately obstreperous. I know as well as you that none of this dialogue is going to change either of our minds and after all my righteous venting I'm okay with that. I'm still curious as to whether you'd find the prospect of not eating meat as preposterous as I would find it if I had to eat it but it's a bipolar question isn't it :)

    Apologies dude.

  41. Guest

    "99% of us don't want to poop in a recycling toilet to later us as a fertilizer"
    Yeah, people want to have their poop wisked away as quickly as possible down a drain and out of sight. But key here is "want". When you think about people pooping an a bowl of clean drinking water, flushing it down into a sewer along with jugs worth of draino and whatever other poisonous junk gets washed down with it only to be piped over to a billion dollar sewage treatment plant that spends massive amounts of energy and chemicals to treat the water... well maybe don't poop in the clean drinking water to start with. But if you can't stand to poop in a composting toilet to make something useful rather than harmful, then maybe instead install a greywater flush system and a lowflow toilet so it's not quite as energy intensive to clean up. Anyway, the "reality" that you're talking about is just a cultural norm, little more than a mass habit that really could be anything. If you and everyone you knew grew up pooping in dixie cups we'd be hearing all about how nasty pooping in water is and how sometimes when you drop a big one you get splashback and you know the reality is that 99% of people don't want to get splashback.

  42. Rick Kiriakidis

    What ridiculous comment. What do you think people did before the invention of indoor plumbing? They pooped in jars and bedpans. Its not a cultural thing at all, is advancement in technology that made us live more clean lives instead of having cities where people flung their poop from the window. My point is if you make things easy and convenient for people, they might actually jump on board. But again, you;d need massive investments in transforming the sewer system, and Im sure if they took another piece of your pay check to make it happen, you'd be the first to complain.

  43. Jamie

    What is the song at the end of this? Who is it by?

  44. Michel Polnicky

    Ah youth and the memories that goes with it, I'm a old hippie or was I hitchike 100,000 miles maybe more and met all kinds of people, one fact that we can't change is human nature, how can one know love without the knowledge of hate; community without the solitude there a lesson to be learn there, joy how does one truly feel it if that person asn't felt pain or sorrow. thing is one can come without the other. No emotion no more than a wave can retain it's own original form...we move on.

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