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Earthship Tour, Intentional Community Living Exploration and Potluck Feast

  • Mar 29, 2014 · 2:00 PM
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Saturday, March 29, 11:30am- SEE YOU ALL IN LANARK TODAY!

UPDATE: Thursday, March 27, 4:30pm-

I have already gotten 5 inquiries today regarding 1.) not having received the address and directions to Lanark which I sent out yesterday, and 2.) problems people are having using facebook.

To answer these questions:

1.) If you check the email account you gave when you signed up for Meetup, that is the one linked to anything you do here with our group, and that is where the email with the directions went to. Some people give a separate email address than one they use daily when they sign up. Please check back to the account you signed up with that is linked to Meetup and you'll probably see the email is there. If you still do not see it, not to worry. I will resend the email tonight to everyone again. BUT BEFORE I DO THIS: Everyone that was on the RSVP list last night at 10pm got the email unless you opted out of receiving messages from the group. I suggest all new members check their settings to make sure you have this communications feature enabled. To do this, please follow these steps:

-Click on your account photo in the circle at the top right of the page.

-Click on 'Settings', which is the second option in the drop down menu.

-Click on 'Email and notifications', first on the left hand side bar.

-Find the Earthship Ottawa group (and/or any other group that you may want to adjust settings for) and click on the 'Email and notification settings' link to the right of the group name.

-Now scroll down to 'Organizer Broadcasts' and make sure that you have enabled the 'Announcements from Organizers(s) and Event Hosts about a specific Meetup' by clicking on the box beside it.

-You will now receive my email with address/directions which I will resend tonight at 9pm, as well as any further updates and other messages sent by myself or other event hosts for all future events.

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2.)There is no Earthship Ottawa facebook page. This is the website that Earthship Ottawa uses exclusively. Please always consult this site for any information you may need regarding any particular events, including checking back in to see if there are changes to dates/times and locations of events, which happens sometimes. It is the only way to be 100% sure of what's going on with anything we are up to at any given time.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, March 26, 11:45am-

1.) I'm suggesting that we have our community living conversation on Sunday, once the flurry of Saturday's visits, potluck dinner and other conversations have run their course.

All those that are strongly interested but cannot stay overnight; please make sure to let myself or Hilary know, and we can plan a date to get together and talk about this on yet another occasion-this type of endeavour will take much more than just one or two meetings to make happen; relationships have to be built in order for something to grow... so no worries if you can't stay this weekend.

For those that will be staying and want to be a part of this conversation- please take a few minutes to do a brainstorm, and write down any and all thoughts that come to your mind regarding living in community, and in particular, focusing on what the particular opportunities and the blockages to doing so are for you personally. 

2.) For anyone staying overnight: please bring your sleeping mat/sleeping bag/pillow/blanket or whatever you may have to make yourself comfortable. Also, if you will be staying overnight, bring a little something to either contribute to breakfast, or to snack on the next day as well. There is an option of a pancake breakfast at a nearby community center for $6 or $8 if we want to go as a group.

3.) Once again; directions will be sent out on Wednesday evening to all who have RSVPd.

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An invitation to an Earthship tour, exploration of the possible creation of an intentional community and a potluck feast in the Lanark Highlands.

For tire pounders, a chance to reconnect and chart spring/summer projects. For the curious, a chance to visit an Earthship in the winter with a warm fire. 

We will hold a casual meeting to talk about the possibility of merging powers into a sustainable community. So for those interested in living together in this way, we invite you to come out and share your thoughts and ideas.

Opportunity to sleep 8 - 10 people, but privacy is limited. Outdoor activities include cross country skiing and snowshoe at the door, or easy walks in the forest, depending on the weather.

Bring your potluck food offering, music and instruments!

Three rounds of house tours, one per hour starting at 2:30, 3:30 then 4:30. Food for snacking plus more at 5:00. Food offering cold cuts, cheeses, sandwiches. Bonfire outside at sundown.

~ The address and directions to Hilary's place will be sent out to all attendees a few days before the event.

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  • Pamela

    Great group of people. Lovely place, appreciate the conversations.

    May 4, 2014

  • Melissa

    Thanks everyone for a wonderful introduction to Earthships. It was great to meet so many like minded people :)

    Some of you may be interested in this natural plaster documentary which is currently running it's kick starter campaign. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/strangefamilia/the-art-and-science-of-natural-plaster

    March 30, 2014

    • Agata

      Melissa- it was great that you came out and got this introduction to Earthships. It was a pleasure meeting and we hope you come to future events for more. Thanks for posting the plaster link, too!-- It's got me thinking of a collaborative donation to the project, so that our group can get the DVD and other materials and we can screen it together when it comes in. Awesome!

      1 · March 31, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's a brilliant idea Agata. And thanks Melisa for the links.

      April 5, 2014

  • Melissa

    I also came across this post recently and it has a lot of specific information to keep in mind when preparing for building an earthship. It's great to see people sharing their mistakes and what the learnt during their journey. http://valhallamovement.com/blog/2014/03/18/8-lessons-learned-help-prepare-earthship-build/

    1 · April 1, 2014

  • Melissa

    A few of you were asking about the dressing on my salad. This is a link to my recipe on my blog http://atfirstblush.co/confession-kale-crush/
    I made the massaged kale salad, added romaine lettuce, carrot and capsicum, cucumber, tomato and red onion. The dressing was avocado with a tiny clove of garlic, fresh basil, cumin, lemon juice, dried oregano, dried provence herbs, dark miso paste and a little salt and pepper - blended with a little water to get a smooth consistency.
    Feel free to follow my blog on facebook to see recipes as I post them https://www.facebook.com/atfirstblushhealthblog

    2 · March 31, 2014

    • Agata

      Hi Melissa- I followed the link and see you've got a lovely food page there. Thanks!

      1 · April 4, 2014

  • Agata

    Hi everyone- I'm about to upload those photos from last weekend. I'm sorry if I did not catch everyone in a shot... I see I missed a few people. As always, if you do not want to have your photo online, let me know and I'll take care of it.

    1 · April 4, 2014

  • Taria W.

    Thank you Agata for putting this event
    together. Its exactly what I needed in the
    direction that I'm going. Thank you Hillary for opening you home and
    your heart to not only myself but my children
    as well as my furry children ;) Your home is
    amazing bright and warm. I think it it gets its
    personality from you. I look forwrd to meeting
    again and helping out wherever I'm needed. Love, light and galactic blessings

    March 30, 2014

    • Agata

      Taria- thank you for your kind words, but I can hardly take responsibility for putting together this event! Hilary got everything ready for so many people and took care of almost everything... I simply worked the communications ;).... Love light and galactic blessings to you as well- see you more, and your nice kids too (and the pups!). I'm so happy you found us and that you feel welcome!

      March 31, 2014

  • Agata

    What an amazing two-day event! Thanks to everyone who came out with a smile and an open heart... and to Hilary for all the work she did in getting her home ready for the huge number of guests all while in the tail-end of bathroom renovations! Like some have already expressed; the people- older, younger, babies, new members and seasoned- and pets, along with the yummy potluck offerings and the multitude of interesting conversations made this event exceptional. Coming and going, the crowd swelled and receded, but the warmth and joviality continued throughout. Lots of laughs and exchanges were had, a bonfire as promised and a nice pancake breakfast on Sunday morning. Our community living conversations alighted informally here and there, and will be continued in an upcoming event. Hilary's home seems to be becoming a hub of everything we find valuable- community, sustainability and inspiration to build beautiful lives together! Thanks again, Hilary- it was a great time!

    March 31, 2014

  • Booth

    Thank you Hilary and Agata! It was great to visit and meet everyone, it is a beautiful house and land. Really very inspiring :)

    1 · March 31, 2014

    • Sébastien B.

      When did you get there? I missed you! I left around 5:30 on Saturday.

      March 31, 2014

    • Booth

      We just arrived after you left! That's too bad. We'll be to the next one though.

      March 31, 2014

  • Taria W.

    Not only was the home warm and cozier then expected but the atmosphere and sense of belonging was just as warm. My children as well as myself really enjoyed the weekend.

    2 · March 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great meeting you guys. We have to take our dogs for a walk when the snow melts

      March 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome weekend, delicious food, great people, enlightening and inspiring conversations. Loved the bonfire too :)

    2 · March 30, 2014

  • Suzane

    I am so happy that I was able to make it to this tour of Hilary's home. Thank you so much Hilary for opening your home to us. It is very beautiful and comfortable. I'm so motivated to make this a reality for myself.

    2 · March 29, 2014

    • Hilary

      THANK YOU, SUZANE FOR YOUR KIND WORDS AND YOUR HELPING OUT.

      March 30, 2014

  • Lynne

    We're so sorry we missed out on meeting everyone and seeing Hilary's wonderful home : ( We hope for another visit and meetup opportunity soon! We'll be eating deviled eggs and home made chicken soup all week! lol ; )

    March 30, 2014

  • martin b.

    excellent, good group, lots of community spirit..kids , dogs , friendly folks

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Jim L.

    Hello all. We drove around for over an hour trying to find Hilar's house based on her directions through Google Maps. No luck :(
    Hoping everyone else has an alternate way of getting there.

    March 29, 2014

  • Darren S.

    What is the road address that I would put into Google maps.

    March 29, 2014

    • Agata

      I can't resend the directions anymore because I'm on the road... please check the email I sent the address is in there.

      March 29, 2014

  • Linda

    I'm coming from Beacon Hill North and can pick up anyone who is on the way. I will not be staying till Sunday though - home Sat. night.

    March 21, 2014

    • Alexander B.

      Glad you're doing well.

      March 29, 2014

    • Pamela

      Yes, I happy to hear you are alright. I'll have a brown coat and as there was an invitation for musical instruments, I'll have my guitar. I trust there is space for one.

      March 29, 2014

  • Darren S.

    Agata, are my kids allowed coming? I did not add them to the RSVP, we are only coming for one of the tours, we will stay for an hour or two. We have four kids.

    March 28, 2014

    • Darren S.

      Great. Thanks Agata.

      March 28, 2014

    • Agata

      No problem. My little girl, a 10 year old boy, and a 4 and a 2 year old are coming too, so the kids should have some company.

      March 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes, Kris and I need a ride. We live in Vanier. Lets us know. Thanks.

    March 4, 2014

    • Suzanne L.

      John: as you know Melissa will also be riding with us. As an afterthought I have just sent her an email making sure she is ok that there will be a dog riding with us.

      March 26, 2014

    • Melissa

      All good :)

      March 28, 2014

  • Taria W.

    I have 2 spaces in my vehicle if anyone would
    like to carpool. As long as you have no pet
    allergies as my pup is often along for the ride. I'm in the West end of the city close to
    Chapters or the Bayshore mall. We will be
    staying over night for the experience of it.

    1 · March 27, 2014

  • Agata

    I've just sent out the address/directions/details email to everyone who is RSVPd. If you did not receive this message, please be sure to let me know by Friday noontime and I can resend. Otherwise, see you all on Saturday!

    March 27, 2014

  • Joel

    My wife and I would like to come (with our two kiddos). Can you advise the itinerary for the day? The are 4 and 2 so want to attend the portions we are super keen on. Can you advise? Thanks, [masked]

    March 23, 2014

    • Agata

      There is no real itinerary other than the potluck dinner is taking place on Saturday and the intentional community conversation is going to take place on Sunday. If you're coming out with the kids, come around noontime, mid afternoon... if the weather's good, you may enjoy the outdoors, and if not, then you'd get to hang out, get a tour of the home, and join in the potluck.

      March 24, 2014

    • Agata

      Sorry; I made a mistake- the event starts at 2pm, so it was wrong of me to say to come at noontime. Going with my original thoughts, mid afternoon would be good.

      March 24, 2014

  • Agata

    I'll email directions/address to all attendees on Wednesday night.

    March 22, 2014

  • Pamela

    Are people driving back and forth? I see the sleep accomodations are limited.

    March 22, 2014

  • Melissa

    I don't have a car so if anyone has an extra seat in their car I'm happy to pitch in for gas. Might try convince my boyfriend to come along too. I'm excited to finally get out and see an earthship :)

    February 10, 2014

    • Agata

      Did you find anyone driving in from Ottawa yet?

      March 5, 2014

  • Amber Dawn Meadows B.

    I am traveling hiway 15 from Elgin. Anyone need a ride?

    February 11, 2014

    • Agata

      Good to have you offer carpooling.

      March 5, 2014

  • Cory A.

    I'll be driving in from Casselman if somebody needs a ride

    February 12, 2014

    • Agata

      Thanks for the carpooling offer.

      March 5, 2014

  • Amber Dawn Meadows B.

    o and I need hillarys address

    February 11, 2014

    • Agata

      Hi Amber- the address and directions will be sent out to everyone a few days before we go... I should have put that in the posting- I've added a note about that now.

      February 11, 2014

  • Agata

    Let's get some carpooling set up for those who either don't have transportation, or those who do and would like to share the cost of gas to get there and can offer a ride... Everyone interested in carpooling can post their desire here in the comments section.

    February 10, 2014

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