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The Solutions Project


The EcoPersonals

Spring Registration: EcoAwareness and extension classroom experience day programs and multi-day residential camps at OUR Ecovillage for your school class from K-12 grades. Many schools come to OUR Ecovillage immersed learning environment for hands-on and interpretive enquiry based learning programs. We can work with your curriculum focus and also craft unique programming for your needs. Life altering experiences reported by public and private school students.   250-743-3067

Permaculture Design Teacher Training at OUR Ecovillage. Early Registration - seats fill quickly. Advanced design and facilitation of systems application/installation. This course takes OUR Ecovillage "Lawful International Permaculture Design Certification" to a whole other skill building.  250-743-3067


Tue 2, 12 Noon-1:30pm The High Noon Choir, led by Siobhan Robinsong. No audition - all  voices welcome. We sing at The Church of Truth, 111 Superior. On first Tuesday (Jan.2) there’s a 30-minute orientation for newcomers at 11:30am. Fee $100-$80 sliding scale. 250-386-3181 or email 

Thur 4, 7pm An Evening with Geraldine Manson, esteemed Snuneymuxw First Nation Elder. Geraldine Manson has worked for her community since 1980, and is a full-time Elder-in-Residence at VIU, working directly with students and faculty/professors and sharing her traditional knowledge. Yellow Point Ecological Society. 13561 Barney Road, Yellow Point (south of Nanaimo).

Sat 6, 10am-12pm Volunteer Work Party in Cecelia Ravine Park, Invasive plant removal, mulching, planting. Meet Burnside Gorge Community Association Building, Cecelia Street. Rachel O’Neill, BGCA, 250-388-5251

Sun 7, 1pm - 4pm Spirit of Nature Walk at Mary Lake1772 Millstream Rd Victoria,  + Google Map


Mon 8 – Apr 15 Organic Horticulture Specialist-ONLINE. A thorough introduction to the science and practice of organic horticulture. Explore the concepts of landscape health management as well as how to build a holistic decision making framework for creating and maintaining vibrantly healthy gardens and landscapes. $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220

Mon 8 – Apr 15 Ecological Landscape Design-ONLINE. This comprehensive course includes an overview of historical garden design perspectives, principles of landscape design, and how the various elements are used in softscaping and hardscaping. Design terminology and drafting skills will be applied. $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220

Mon 8 – Apr 15 Rainwater Management Certification-ONLINE. The harvesting and use of rainwater is fast becoming a major issue on a global scale. By using the concepts of rainwater management and harvesting, professionals and trades practitioners will be able to design, create and manage quality systems in a sustainable and environmentally ethical manner. $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220

Mon 8 – Apr 15 Business Skills for Land Care Professionals-ONLINE. This course provides a practical interpretation of common business problems and guidance to solutions. While it is addressed at small business owners in the ornamental land care and farming sectors, this course is applicable to all types of small business. Participants will develop their own marketing and business plans. $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220

Mon 8 – Apr 15 Growing Food 1 Fundamentals-ONLINE. This course is for you if you are concerned about where your food comes from, what’s in it, or simply want to get the best nutrition possible by growing your own healthy and delicious produce. Learn essential applied permaculture and organic gardening techniques to optimize your garden year-round, use holistic solutions for plant health, harvest your own seeds, and more. $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Mon 8 – Apr 15 Growing Food 2: Growing Nutrient Dense & High Energy Food-ONLINE. Perhaps the biggest challenge in creating food security for our and future generations is the degradation of the world’s agricultural soils. This course will focus on replenishing and rebalancing soil nutrients with the goal of growing complete nutrition for ourselves and our animals. $695. 250-391-2513    

Mon 8 – Apr 15 Living Green Infrastructure-ONLINE. This course is designed to provide the knowledge and tools to assist professionals and practitioners in attaining a proficient level of competence in living green infrastructure. $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Mon 8 – Apr 15 Organic Master Gardener-ONLINE. This course is considered the foundation course at Gaia College and will provide learners with a comprehensive, professional curriculum in organic gardening. $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Mon 8 – Apr 15 Systems Thinking for Environmental Professionals-ONLINE. This course introduces ways of examining a problem in the context of a larger focus that reveals connections to a situation so that problems can be solved, not recur. $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Tue 9, 10 am – 12 pm The Planetary Shaman, Integral Theory, Evolutionary Spirituality & Participation in the Sacred Biosphere with Layman Pascel. The first of four sessions for a profound but playful look at planetary shamanism using the all-inclusive framework of Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory as a jumping off point into the living mystery. $75 or $20 drop in. Friends Meeting House,1831 Fern St, Victoria. For registration or info: 250-220-460   

Thur 11, 6:30pm Monthly Vegan Buffet at Green Cuisine560 Johnson St, Victoria. An informal gathering of Vegans, Vegetarians, and Veg-curious people. 

Fri 12, 6:30-10pm People’s Pizza Party & Social Environmental Action Awards. You’re warmly invited to start 2018 in a good way at this community gathering, featuring a People’s Pizza Party, musical performances by special guests, and the inaugural Social Environmental Action Awards! Warm your hearts by the fire of our fellowship and get a reprieve from the challenges of the world. $10 (vegan and gluten-free options available) Annual Membership & Meal $20 Norway House, 1110 Hillside Ave. Victoria

Sat 13, 10am-12pm Volunteer Work Party in Beacon Hill Park, Invasive plant removal. Meet at Totem Pole off Circle Drive. Roy Fletcher, Friends of Beacon Hill Park, 250-361-0623 

Sat 13, 10am-2pm Haliburton Farm Saanich Seedy Saturday. Seeds, plants, starts, 31 quality vendors at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Road. $5 entry includes entry to the Gardens at HCP. Speaker at 11 am: Bill Jones: Gardening with Mushrooms! Speaker 12.30 am: Dan Jason: Ancient Grains and Seeds! and 

Sat 13, 12 – 2 pm Habitat Acquisition Trust Volunteer Appreciation Day. A volunteer appreciation pizza party for current volunteers and those interested in volunteering with their local land trust! Hosted with Joanne Thomson’s Wild Anticipation event at the Martin Gallery, Joanne will walk and talk about her art from 9 am – 11 am if you want to come early. Martin Bachelor Gallery, 712 Cormorant St. RSVP to


Tue 16, 7pm The Salish Sea Biosphere Initiative Society AGM. We invite you to join us to think about the possibilities and partnerships for the future benefit of all. UVic Fraser 159.  

Tue 16, 7pm Consider the Tomato. Join us for a 'Deconstructing Dinner' exploration of the back story behind the commercial tomato and the advantages of local, small scale production. Followed by a discussion of varieties and growing methods suitable for our west coast conditions with Marsha Goldberg. Salt Spring Public Library, McPhillips Avenue, Salt Spring. Free admission 

Fri 19-Sun 21 Tiny Home Design & Build Workshop. An opportunity to learn the ins and outs of designing, building and living tiny. Whether you’re a custom builder or starting your tiny home journey, western Canada's tiny house educator Kenton Zerbin will guide you through the process. In Nanaimo. Cost: $349.00. Info and registration: 

Fri 19 – 23, 9am-4:30pm EcoFarm: Winter Fundamentals. Farming is a year-round business. Winter is the time to take stock, plan and prepare for the next season. This course provides practical training in plant propagation, proper tool use, and value-adding product processing (fermentation). On an ecofarm, winter work includes biodiversity and restoration. $795 +GST. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.        

Sat 20 – Sun 21, 9am-4:30pm Mindful Eating. Bringing awareness to the direct experience of eating allows you to non-judgmentally observe your relationship to thoughts, feelings and body sensations associated with food preparation and eating, increasing your ability to slow down in this multi-tasking world. $295 +GST. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Sat 20, 10am-12pm Volunteer Work Party at Moss Rocks Park, planting native plants. Meet corner of Eberts Street and May Street. Pat Johnston, Friends of Moss Rocks Park, 250-595-5600 


Tue 23 – Mar 17, Tue/Thur 6:30-9:30pm Sat 9am-12pm Organic Master Gardener. This intense, challenging, inspiring and profoundly life changing course is the core course for the Gaia College horticulture courses. No previous experience required. Come, learn and have fun! Royal Roads, $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Wed 24, 6:30pm - 8pm Transition Sooke Book Club Planning some meaningful and timely reading for the New Year? Join the newly launched Transition Sooke Book Club for informal, friendly and far-ranging discussions of thoughtful books focused on contemporary issues. One book per night. Vancouver Island Regional Library – Sooke, 2065 Anna Marie Rd, Sooke  

Fri 26-Sat 27 Site C Summit - Accountability and Action. We have invited Premier Horgan and key Cabinet ministers to hear about their reasoning to continue Site C and to hear our questions and responses. The Summit will be a working meeting to decide on appropriate actions, build solidarity amongst those opposed to Site C and strengthen democratic processes. We are particularly concerned with upholding treaties and Indigenous rights. First Metropolitan Church, 932 Balmoral St, Victoria. Steve Gray, Peace Valley Solidarity Initiative. 250-478-5066 

Sat 27, 1-3pm Winter Pruning with Manon Tremblay at the Victoria Compost Education Centre. Pruning fruit trees, berry bushes and canes. Discover how to maintain plant health and reduce the spread of disease through proper pruning practices. Manon Tremblay is a Horticulturist and Environmental Educator passionate about edible plants and organic gardening. Register here: Alexis, 250 386 9676 

Sat 27 – Sun 28 Become a Certified Bee Friendly Farmer. We are looking for farmers who want to enhance biodiversity, reduce input costs and increase yields. You will learn about managed and native bees and other beneficial insects, and how to add habitat to your farm. Site visit and hands on mason and bumble bee home creation. Co-hosted by Habitat Acquisition Trust, Pollinator Partnership Canada, and Saanich Native Plants. Haliburton Farm, 741 Haliburton Rd. Please email to take part. 

Sat 27-Sun 28 Tiny Home Design & Build Workshop. An opportunity to learn the ins and outs of designing, building and living tiny. Whether you’re a custom builder or starting your tiny home journey, western Canada's tiny house educator Kenton Zerbin will guide you through the process. In Victoria. Cost: $349.00. Info and registration: 


Wed 31, 6:30 – 8:30pm Habitat Acquisition Trust AGM & Social, an opportunity to learn about HAT and local conservation over the past year. A chance to meet the Board, mingle with fellow members, and join the conservation conversation. There will be treats! RSVP to but not required for this free event.


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