by MARUNKAVA on JUNE 27, 2012 - 95 Comments in I WANT TO GO OFF GRID

I am planning to go off the grid — give up all daily conveniences and monatary existence for my daily survival

i believe this is the only way to get really free i would like to be fully self-sufficient, grow my own food, have no Utility power, plumbing or running water

i am not religiuos – just someone who believes that we are made into slaves by our society which wants us to be addicted to money and convenience so we think we cannot survive without

i am looking for same minded peopel they feeling the same and would like to start something togther and suport each other in this.


1 joej777 { 06.27.12 at 4:41 pm }

Hello, I am looking for the same — a community of people with the same intention and commitment of living closer nature and in harmony with each other. I’ve just discovered and look forward to learning and connecting with others.

2 Diane { 06.28.12 at 2:43 am }

Living off grid does not mean giving up plumbing, electric or water, no need to be so drastic. Consider your own well, solar or other systems for electric, and you can have plumbing in your home just fine! The benifit is enjoying that you to no one, other than the property taxes, or debt for land and home! I encourage off grid community development so every one can thrive, not suffer.
You may have more supporters that way. I honor your interest to live with out any comfort, that is rare, but not neccesary. I wish the very best for you!

3 Bruce { 06.28.12 at 8:21 am }

I’m not religious (means back to bondage). God never intended for us to live in bondage to goverment or anything else. I’m on your sideWe are looking for land also. I live in tx looking for land very expense her due to the oil boom. looking for about 5 acres cheap with moderate climate year round. any ideas? I have acces to used generators portable septic systems. We live in a 38 ft RV.

4 Jack Smith { 06.29.12 at 12:42 am }

I am interested in doing this, contact me so we can leave society for good

5 jeremiahjohn { 06.29.12 at 11:23 pm }

Where do you want to go off the grid. Im planning a trip to west virginia to get some land.

6 Cal { 07.01.12 at 5:17 pm }

Also willing to make the move. Currently in New Jersey, USA. I’m sure we might have the same idea in mind, but we should be in contact. We need to plan what month and materials we’ll need. I have a lot of information on wilderness survival, and very serious about the move. My email is: please leave a subject title like “wilderness survival” or the like so I can locate it easier. Looking forward to hearing for you.


7 jrscott10 { 07.03.12 at 12:58 pm }

I am also interested in making money as irrelevant as possible to making a living. I have read some of Mike Oehler’s publications and would be willing to help other people live off the grid using earth intergrated housing. My email is

8 Sage { 07.05.12 at 6:12 pm }

My email is muempire(at)live(dot)com.
I may be acquiring some land in the Catskills (NY). Seeking independence and freedom. Looking to build and live in an off-grid yurt or yome; grow my own food in geodesic-dome greenhouses, possibly by solar powered aquaponics. I have no hunting experience, but my thumb is getting pretty green. Anyone want to join my party? This’ll happen within the next several months.

9 Michael { 07.07.12 at 5:45 pm }

Hi, I have been searching for a way to live without all the material things our society crams down our throats and tries to brainwash us into thinking we need. I have been trying to start planning to live as a wanderer but have no real experience surviving or knowledge so if you are willing to teach me I would be more than happy to do whatever work would be required of me in order to make sure there is proper reciprocity. Please get back to me if you are interested in having an intelligent and hardworking young person to come live with you. I just want to live in a way that doesn’t harm the environment around me. I don’t want to be part of so much destruction.

10 dana { 07.07.12 at 8:46 pm }

I live in Chicago and I’m not rich. I have no means to buy land. I live in an apartment and I’m miserable. I just want to live off the land and free myself and my family. I could possibly save some money up to move. I can cook very well and I can learn how to farm. I’m very organized and a fast learner. If anyone thinks it possible for a poor, single mother from a big city to be free. Please give me some advice.

11 Larry Roberson { 07.09.12 at 9:29 am }

well, lets get together and buy some land .there are a lot of properties around the lake livingston huntsville area for sale with owner finance 50 to 100 ac. so let me know how many of you are willing to get together and will do it.

12 Larry Roberson { 07.09.12 at 9:33 am }

I live in the Huntsville Texas area can send pictures of land (

13 Cornfed { 07.10.12 at 9:26 am }

Sage, Im interested in talking with you. I live very close to the Catskills and have been seriously looking into living off grid for a couple of years now, its just a matter of teaming up with the right company at this point. If you’re serious about getting a group together that can make this dream happen, I can offer a very crafty mind and skilled hands as well…Feel free to email me, would love to hear from you. tglynch -at- yahoo

14 Nick Austin { 07.10.12 at 3:23 pm }

Hey, my names Nick, im a 20 year old guy whose been shuffled from home to home his whole life. Ive lived in all kinds of areas from rural to NYC where I live now. I’m living paycheck to paycheck and feel like I’m about to be laid off. I was homeless for 6 months and know how it works…..i suppose i cant prove my intelligence or survivability through a comment, but it is my dream to move off the grid with a group of people and am prepared (I spend my life studying science,survival, and self-sustainability) and willing to do so if i could just find people to do it with….if you’re interested, email me at

15 Cornfed { 07.10.12 at 8:14 pm }

correct email is tg2lynch at yahoo

16 Sonny { 07.15.12 at 11:06 am }

good luck folks. Community is important. It´s long been my dream to get off the grid and escape the utter madness of our depraved society. unfortunately the debt based monetary system is designed to make us all slaves. the best of luck to you all

17 bob { 07.16.12 at 6:02 am }

clawing my way through a world made up by people which want,and do control all, is not living!
I would love to make a difference to a community, working as a community, for the community.
Free! I am a carpenter by trade, and see a gloomy outlook for this lead by the nose world.
trapped, by the system!
I would appreciate some info about this LIVING possibility.

18 Matt { 07.16.12 at 6:57 am }

Looking for people interesting in going in together to buy land in North Georgia. We would divide it and then be neighbors.

19 paisley { 07.17.12 at 8:04 pm }

I have 40 acres at the top of WI by Lake Superior. Looking to start intentional Community. Other land cheap around here too, $2000 per acre….lots of lakes. Have 2 campers, 1 Airstream and 1 one bedroom log-like cabin available already. some need some fix up. 2000 sq ft log homestead is in middle of mostly forested property with huge spring-fed pond, unseen from dirt roads. Lots of deer/wildlife. Owned land since 1979, paid for. Electric and phone, LP gas, wood heat. Free rent to folks that can help get/keep homestead property sustainable…at least 1-2 acres of personal yard/land use each, rest shared as gardens, pasture, community events, etc. Would like varied craft/talented folks. prefer no children. Absolutely no vices. I am mostly vegan, older female, no vices, financially stable, easy going, but like things done well, not religious, multi-talented/educated, have huge library related to sustainability, bad knees/back…need help to prepare for soon to be crash. Area full of back-to-landers and Environmental College in closeby town. Serious Awake/Aware Only. Do not have time/energy for wannabees/zombies/pansies. Life is hard off-grid…like permanent camping. Easy going egos only. 1 gal already coming from NJ area. Put ‘live off grid at top of WI’ in subject line. Be aware as you prepare. : ) paisley

20 R { 07.19.12 at 8:30 pm }

Paisley, I would be interested in short visit (of course, doing whatever work you need while there. I’m 50 yr old female, hardworker, but broke. Can’t move full time, yet, but researching possibilities.
ps Dana….if this is what your gut is telling you to do…find a place to let you work for rent/food (like places listed here) and take your children, teach them a better way of living. Dragging ourselves into some horrible job day after day, year after year, is NOT “living”.
I’ve done both…a job I despise, and I have lived the simple life…I’ve traveled, lived in a tent, lived in a foreign country…problem now…my adult kids won’t join me but I’m still committed to going OTG full time, so I’m torn between my grandchildren and living my dream (before I get any older)… darn hard decision. My plan is to live on sustainable farm, etc…1/2 the year, and with them 1/2 the year until I find my permanent place in the world. email me, thanks

21 Cornfed { 07.20.12 at 10:10 pm }

PS: has anyone gotten any replies here?? I’ve been trying to get some sort of ball rolling with these ideas people post, but never seem to hear back from anyone. First step is key…anyone?

22 wvhomesteader { 07.22.12 at 3:28 pm }

@JermiahJohn, I currently live in central WV, and have small place here. Please contact me at

WV is very mountainous, and I been thinking about buying 7 acres of farmland in KY. Anyone that would be interested in leaving the grid, let me know.

23 wvhomesteader { 07.22.12 at 3:31 pm }

@Cornfed, contact me and we can do things ourselves if others has no intentions of doing it.

24 foxyavi { 07.22.12 at 5:46 pm }

I am very interested in this opportunity. It would be me and my husband. We also have 2 dogs. I am great at handywork, gardening, and basic homekeeping. My husband has prior AF experience and is into survival. I would love get to know more about what you are looking for and if and when you have room for us! :) You can contact me at
Anyone else, I am open to any kind of OTG living. We are looking to join a community that needs two workers. We are both wide awake, and want to be the change we wish to see in the world! OTG living is the way to go!!

25 Andrea { 07.23.12 at 2:47 pm }

Are you still looking for members?
Please contact me

26 teddeygarvey { 07.26.12 at 1:13 pm }

This is exactly what I am looking for, PLEASE contact me at !!!!

27 Dennis { 07.26.12 at 1:18 pm }

I am not sure who is serious but I am but it needs to be in a state where medical cards are issued. I have pain and would need to grow my medicine. I would love to live off the land and would be a great asset can build hunt and garden I think at least 8 plus people would be good

28 Dennis { 07.26.12 at 1:22 pm }

This is Dennis again not sure if the first post will show my email so again very serious about joining or starting a place. needs to be a state that has medical cards. I am in washington/oregon area

29 Tracy Lawrence { 07.29.12 at 11:16 pm }

I’m not crazy, lazy or insane afterall!! Thank you all for sharing my thoughts. My friends don’t understand why I don’t want to work and be miserable. Trapped like a slave to things. I don’t need many things.

I have been living on my land for 3-1/2 yrs. At first it was to keep from financial ruin. Being laid off and buried in debt I chose to downsize. I got rid of the debt (45,000) eventually got a job that I hated and struggled with no pay or late pay tenants trying to save my condo. I finally surrendered to what was in my heart. Quit job. Sell condo. Clear off debt. Remove stress.

I find odd jobs and I’m happy. I have no well. I barter w a neighbor for water. I cut her grass and I fill my 55 gal drum. We use a transfer pump to move it into camper. Use only 110gal a week. I catch rain water and use it to water my little garden or wash my truck. I use a sawdust composting toilet. I am living in a nice 42 ft camper so this is great! I have a 12 x 20 rough sawn barn built post n beam. Has two lofts. I want to make it a tiny paid for off grid cabin. I have a power pole, but want small solar. I have only 1-1/2 acres in the woods. But its paid for. I have thought about sharing my land. I’ve been unemployed, desperate and feeling real bad in the valley. I know there are people out there who could use a helping hand.

Here I am again unemployed. Unemployed by societies standard. Not on unemployment. But its my choice, no debt, no stress. If people would pull together and help each other, its amazing how well we can live without being slaves to stuff and debt.
Living the little life in the woods!
Chapin, Sc.
So glad to feel connected to people who are taking the road less traveled. Blaze ahead people.
Tracy Lawrence

30 Marko { 07.30.12 at 1:42 pm }

Hi im looking for a group of people to do the same too!! Im unfortunately from Serbia :p… Do you have any idea if it would be possible for me to do this and how to obtain a paperwork cause im not a Canadian? Hopefully i will soon have just over 100k to invest in it and i would love to grow food indoors…aquaponics and hydroponics. All the most nutrient food including algae. Hopefully i will be able to feed dozen families with it. Let me know if you find something out or if not maybe you know someone who does it in Serbia…

31 naturalitree { 08.01.12 at 4:45 pm }

I have joined so many networks trying to connect with people who genuinely want to live the rat race. so far none are serious and most of the others are desperate persons looking for an escape. there are so many simple things that can be done to make good money such as crochet, fruit wines, fruit preserves, punches etc. I live in dominica and there is such rich, fertile land that can be used. its very inexpensive. reach me at bustarhymes53 at excite dot com

32 Girldawg1 { 08.08.12 at 11:44 pm }

One term sums this all up: dreamers. I think a number of these folks are watching too many of these mountain men or survival shows I’ve been hearing about. Problem is, an off-grid community venture takes a lot of money to do, and nobody seems to have any. Who’s going to provide the capital, building materials, the work and expertise? You’re going to have to grow a heck of a lot of food to sustain a bunch of people. Even a group of like-minded won’t necessarily get along fabulously in pursuit of a goal. A person disagrees often enough with a spouse or family members, let alone several acquaintances. We’ve had dreamers here in our area; those who are going to survive by selling wood, eggs, homemade jam, or have a community garden or whatever. They don’t last long. Going off-grid need not be a community venture, in fact, a person is much better off by himself or with his own family. Relying on a group of people puts you in potentially precarious situations, as not everyone is reliable. Finances may also be at stake if you buy-in with others. Personal dynamics with strangers is always uncertain. In a perfect world, this would be great. You can have that off-grid self-sufficient lifestyle, be quite comfortable, and not be addicted to money. In this society you can’t totally eliminate the money part; a balance has to be made – the middle way.

33 Cornfed { 08.11.12 at 9:09 am }

Every idea starts out as a dream my friends, and good dreams are seldom easy to bring to life. If we think of our dreams as just a dream, we all might as well stay asleep….People to this day still live, and even raise children in just about EVERY extreme condition from deserts to frozen waste lands. I dont think they get up in the morning and think to themselves…Its just to hard to do and go back to bed. Where there’s a will there’s a way and dont let anyone tell you its just too hard!

34 Marunkava { 08.12.12 at 2:59 am }

Thank you friends for your interest comments and feedback to my posting here…
I am getting closer to pull this together and in the process getting land…definetly serious to find same minded people ,who like to live totally off the land and back to basic as possible not using modern technology to archieve the totally independancy.
I will offer free rent to same minded creative skilled people who like to work and help with sustainable living in exchange.
I know and believe that it is possible to archieve this and thank ewry one who is suporting my idea here for ewry one else who does not believe in this please keep you comments and thoughts for your self… as we are also not telling you what is right or wrong… and also people who looking ofering a opoertunity here for others please make your own posting…and respect mine…
Looking for to hear from more same minded people and will respond to all commnets here via e mail…

35 Jamie { 08.13.12 at 8:45 am }

Marunkava and Paisley – We are interested! We are in New Brunswick Canada. Our skills include hunting, rocket stove / mass heater building and expert construction. We lack in HOW TO for water and electricity. We are in the middle of building a hot water tank heater with rocket stove, but that’s about it for water. We have a young son, and are interested in families with children as well so he doesn’t grow up alone, or somewhere that would be close enough for him to go to a school if no other children in the community. We are very excited to begin our off the grid lifestyle! If you have already started we would love to join your community. Anyone can email us at

36 Heidi { 08.17.12 at 6:42 pm }

Like many of you, my husband and I would love to do the same. It’s a very scary step to give up a good, but miserable job. Has anyone considered Maine? We live in the southern end of the state, but northern Maine -Aroostook county has amazing deals on land…but you are seriously in the middle of nowhere. I saw 45ac for $9,000, but like I said, nothing around. I wish everyone the best of luck. I hope you all succeed and excel at whatever you’re brave enough to try.

37 aholecop { 08.25.12 at 7:54 pm }

didn’t hippies try this in this in the 1960′s ? then when it didn’t work they started all these “tech” companies that brought down the stock market during the dot-com bubble in early 2000?
are you guys plaining on taking over the world?
i’m telling !

38 Arild { 08.27.12 at 5:19 pm }

Marunkava I live just north of you in Hazelton. I have expertise in off grid systems especially power systems. After my stroke we had to move closer to a hospital and doctors but am still interested in off grid. We have met several people who are off grid some as long as 30 years. One guy just built a waterwheel.

39 Melody Shaughnessy { 08.30.12 at 3:18 pm }

“When the last fish has been caught and the last
tree cut we will discover that we can’t eat MONEY.”
Yes, I want to FREE myself and others from the
addiction to the big MONEY scam, hoax and lie.
I am seeking like minded souls for combining
our long suppressed combined creative genius!

40 Lis { 09.04.12 at 3:40 am }

My husband is retiring from the mil this coming may 2013 and we have 4 children ranging ages 6-18 yrs old we r planning on buying 50-100 acres in northern Maine going off grid, since my husband plans on working overseas to gain financial security for us to do so I wouldn’t mind company up there in the wilds. I plan on homeschooling the younger kids, shoot me an email cuz I have no idea what nds to b done really but I’m a country girl ready to move away from it all. A friend or two would b great plus children for my children to play with is a bonus for us. I don’t want my kids to b totally friendless in Maine.. No nd to pay rent just work the land with us, gardening, wood chopping and upkeep with the land, plus I would nd help with the chickens and goats.. Not to worry I won’t b getting a roaster the 1st yr since I don’t wan my fingers peaked off unless u volunteer to b his personal keeper..

41 Ryan { 09.10.12 at 9:46 am }

Like everyone else here I am interested in breaking free from this “civilized” way of life. I would like to live completely off of the landbase I inhabit. I live in the Philadelphia area, rybleslie at y-a-h-o-o dot you know what. It is encouraging to know that others are fed up with current system and want to live a more rational and I believe moral existence. Peace to all.

42 Chao { 09.16.12 at 2:40 am }

Hello Marunkava, I’m very interested. Please contact me via

43 Mariah { 09.16.12 at 8:12 pm }

My family and I are very interested in the off-grid lifestyle. We’ve been making steps (small steps) towards using less, buying less, more homemade food and soaps, trading in conventional disposable goods for reusable goods…and LOTS of research…not just google search, but actual books and talking to others (when we can) about living off-grid. Not anyone local to us to talk to (would love to talk to like-minded people). We’re also actively looking for land in Maine to make our home. We have a year on our lease before we can move and by then we should have a decent down payment to buy land (hoping for at least 20 acres, mix of pasture and woods, with water access…like a pond, river, or brook). My email is

44 eric (hound) ruble { 09.22.12 at 11:35 pm }

my name is eric, i live in west virginia. i DO have knowledge and experience in more than just hunting, i can also offer experience and skills in general long-term outdoor survival, tool making, dog training, gardening, water purification, and crude shelter construction. just general live-in-the-woods survival. my email is tuffguy81(at)gmail(dot)com. i am interested due to a recent turn of events, and i guarantee that i have something valuable to offer to anyone who wants to do this with me. if not, i will do it on my own, but it would be more enjoyable if i didnt have to live in total solitude. i do have 2 dogs that i insist on having with me, but they are already well trained hunters.(well one is, the other is still a pup, but learning) im doing it , with or without you.

45 AhB { 09.23.12 at 7:13 am }

Society is doomed, there isn’t anything left but to make our own path. I’m a 21 year old woman with a certain set of, ever-developing, skills. My husband , (22, the survivalist) and I have been dreaming about this ever since we we’re old enough to see through whats really going on here. We’re living in Georgia now, but I think making our way to somewhere more sustainable would be the best move. If there are any communities around the south, or anyone with land that’s trying to cultivate, please let us know. We don’t have much money, if any, but we are swift learners, just as nature is a swift teacher. I want-NEED to break this cycle of tyranny over my life. Please help, I don’t know where to start.

46 JC { 09.23.12 at 7:39 pm }

Hello, folks, am new to this site. Earlier posts suggested TX. I am a 3rd generation Texan and while I lovethe character and freedom of Texas, I have to say that in general it is expensive to live here. There is no state income tax and sales tax is fairly comparable to most states/counties, but property taxes tend to be pretty high. Unless you are able to get ag-exempt land (super-low taxes) and meet the annual county requirements to keep the exemption (e.g. sales of x calves, goats, etc), you will have high taxes to pay. Also land in TX in general seems to be expensive to me, unless you buy in the desert. I am thinking along the lines of east TN. Plentiful streams, taxes and property values much lower. KY could be an option too but there is some serious poverty in that state so you had better be sure you are as self-sufficient as possible. Best wishes to everyone. Here’s to making a better life for ourselves and a better world for all of God’s creatures.

47 JK { 09.26.12 at 3:24 pm }

Hey everyone. I’ve slowly been heading in the direction of living a simpler life for a while now and I probably hit my breaking point a year ago and have been struggling a little since. I’m tired of feeling like I’m the crazy one for asking questions and being skeptical of our roles in society. I need to be with like minded people and voices of reason and it’s difficult to find that. Even if peers or colleagues have similar thoughts and ideas, the tendency it seems is to shrug shoulders and just go back to business as usual. “Whaddya gonna do? I have a family to support and I’ve got dinner plans coming up. I’m on the wait list for the newest iPhone” …I can’t do it anymore. I work freelance and have tried to make life work in that capacity, but it’s still just too difficult not to be tied into the mess that is the work/consumption trap. I’m originally from Iowa but have lived in NYC for the past 10 years. I’ve been going back to Iowa more and more often and am considering finding a way to make something work there but am open to other areas. A lot of great comments and e-mail addresses here. Mine is Has there been any progress made in terms of forming a community? Please loop me in if there’s a separate email chain. I would love to find or create a supportive community to live in. I’m just a normal guy I’d say who has a heavy heart and is tired of the apathy, entitlement, and selfishness of society. I believe we’re meant to be free, joyful, and happy and I’m determined to find a way of life that makes that possible. Good luck to all of you.

48 Marunkava { 09.27.12 at 10:34 am }

Thank you Ewry One for the interest and great comments here… It is a Joy to see that the are more of us who think that way…
Finally moved to the location where i am looking now for suitable Land to make this way of free and independent living possible…
Ewry one who is interested in this way of living pls. contact me i will be offering free living on and off my land in exchange for your time work and creativity on this sustainable and free way of living…LOOKING FOR HEARING FROM YOU… PEACE

49 Kisraga { 10.03.12 at 10:28 am }

I’ve grown weary of what has happened to this world. The populations seem to gladly accept wage-slavery. Big pharma shoves pills down the throats of the populace with the only benefits seemingly being their own wallets. The media is corrupting our youth and destroying what morality we have left. I seek something along your lines. An escape.. Freedom from the bondage of wage-slavery. Being coerced into paying for things we don’t need with money we don’t have.. No applicable skills, willing to learn. Open minded (accept when pertaining to the government).

50 James Svinareff { 10.03.12 at 1:33 pm }

please contact me..i am 210% ready to help..this has been a life long dream of mine..hope to hear from you god speed..James svinareff

51 Dom { 10.05.12 at 6:31 am }

if anyone realy would likt to do this email me at im talking about just going into the woods and seeing what happens no need to buy land a such to live in the wood is to stay on the move

52 matthew { 10.07.12 at 11:50 pm }

i am also very interested in off grid living, My name is matthew and i am homeless, i love hard work and will do anything that needs to be done around the community. i am living in california all my life and hate it. please contact me.

53 Marin { 10.09.12 at 9:33 pm }


I have been very interested in homesteading and living off of the grid. Societies discrimination against my lifestyle has pushed me to question why I am even a part of it. I am looking for a new situation, an open situation. A situation with some very good male on male bonding, intimate at times. I promise to give and take the whole nine (in more ways than one). Please reach out to me, I need an understanding friend who can relate to my situation and who is ready for this amazing adventure and can really take in the whole load. Please contact me, marin.kos at austinpowder dot com.

54 Enough { 10.28.12 at 11:50 am }

I agree with everything you said. I would love to join. I was thinking about moving to another country, building a cob house, growing my own food, getting a few chickens. Contrary to popular belief it is not as time consuming to sustain yourself. So after taking care of my basically needs for survival during the day I would like to spend the rest of the day writing and exploring. I think getting a few people together to move to a cheaper place I would be able to meet my vision sooner.

55 Everett { 11.07.12 at 1:55 pm }

Just looking to live a simple existence. Thinking about moving into a place 500 sq ft. as there is our daughter still homeschooled and our older children dropping in from college time to time. Agreeably, sick of all the crap polluting society and a bunch of stuff we don’t need anyways. Best wishes in all your endeavors. Sounds great to me. :)

56 ERIC { 11.17.12 at 3:40 pm }

Marunkava,please contact me at tlively47@gmail.about the opp. you are offering it sounds just like what im lookn for.

57 Earl { 11.30.12 at 5:32 pm }

This sounds awesome! I would love to do this, I am young but I am willing to work hard and learn. I dont really have any experience in anything but this sounds to good to be true. I have been searching for something like this for a long time and if you guy are serious, I would LOVE to be a part of this. Please let me know.

58 Jonathan Stone { 12.12.12 at 9:51 pm }

i have been looking into this as well me and another friend have been looking for like minded people to start an “off grid” Community of sorts with however we are not the most financially stable we do have some money to work with and would love to get on board with some people that are interested in this email me at to get to talking

59 Larry { 12.25.12 at 12:52 am }

Howdy Folks, What happens when you build a community and nobody stays.
BECAUSE it’s too much WORK. Ha.
What do people think? ok now I’m not a slave to debt any more, Ha now your a slave to your offgrid lifestyle. collecting firewood always lots of it, looking for and collecting free food,berries,mushrooms,tapping trees for syrup,hunting and cleaning game and seemingly never ending construction projects. 98 percent that read here will never do anything but stay in the rat race that they are used to. Just an observation.

60 Momoftwo { 12.25.12 at 2:45 am }

Marunkava, where are you located? can u please email me with your location and details?
annointedthreads@gmail dot com. I’m a single mom of two (13,14) and am currently looking at NE California locations. Look forward to your reply.

61 Dustin { 01.04.13 at 12:58 am }

I know exactly what you mean! I can’t even talk to people about this because they tell me I am a bad person for wanting to be free and that I am crazy. My own mother even told me I am horrible and need Jesus and religion in my life…um that is what I am trying to get away from!! I hate money. Yes I may like having nice things but I would give everything up if that meant being free. I am sick of working my ass off just to earn promissory notes to pay to live. Paying rent. Paying taxes. I am so sick of it all. Everyone acts like I want to be a bum and have no responsibility and nothing to worry about that I should just go live in a dumpster somewhere. They tell me I am living in a fairy tale world and blah blah blah I have heard it all. I want to make my own home out of the earth, have a magnet generator for free energy. Have fresh water nearby like a lake or stream or something. Grow my own food in a garden and have some chickens and roosters. If I need anything else I could travel into town for it on a bicycle or something I don’t care. I hate this world and what it has become but there is so much to love about it and I am ready to finally be happy.

62 Gogga { 01.05.13 at 3:01 pm }

Looking for same in Africa….

63 Tracy Lawrence { 01.28.13 at 8:42 am }

If you did your research, youd find the hippies are atill around living in intentional communities.

64 JAMES LANCASTER { 02.05.13 at 4:56 pm }

Please contact me as I am a former builder, gardener. I have all my own tools and skills to build and garden. I can and have all the canning supplies, pressure cookers, propane cookers and jars. let me know… email me

65 Dee { 02.16.13 at 11:32 am }

I am looking for an off grid person in May who needs assistance during the summer for gardening, etc. Very talented grew up on farm, can milk cows, garden, can, etc. I am a carpenter also. Love animals and have experience with goats, cows, horses, and pigs. I need to be able to return home for winter months as I have RA and cannot sustain the cold months of Maine. Please send me an email if you know of anyone who might be interested in Maine. I have my own income just want to be able to spend my summer in Maine near my daughter.

66 Jennifer JF { 03.13.13 at 12:29 am }

Hi . I’m a female ,36 & married to my best friend. I want to live off the grid and have tried so hard to explain all this too him but unfortunately ,his family is extremely staus oriented. I utterly hate it . I have been a food & beverage chemist for 12 years ,recently laid off & so sick of this rate race and keeping up with the Jones . Material items are exactly that ,material. I’m originally from NY state ,Hudson Valley region but moved down to NJ for work after I met my husband. I don’t have kids ,only two German Shepards I adore. We own a home in north NJ & having both of us unemployed takes a huge toll on a mortgage of $2,800 a month plus utilities..we are barely getting by …he won’t sell ,won’t try change & won’t move . I love him dearly but I KNOW this is not the life I want at all. I just have no idea on how to meet a man or a woman who can help me gain the strength to active living life to the fullest & to be connected to the earth as we should be . I’m done being a number & need some help from anyone willing to show me my ideas of this lifestyle are possible & healthy. Stress has been so bag that we no longer sleep in the same room now for almost 4 years. No intimacy ,no bonds that we are working towards as a couple ,just a lif,e I feel is wasting away.
Summary : I want to leave this rat race world , be happy ,have pride in my life & someone who is on the same level & may possibly be in the exact same boat as me .
Please reach out ,I feel so alone on this dream & ridiculed on the idea.
Thank you so kindly in advance .

67 James L { 03.28.13 at 8:12 pm }

Hi everyone, my name is James and I purchased a 5.88 acre parcel of land near the town of Erin, TN. It has 1 acre cleared in the front and the rest is wooded. It has a 30′x30′ storage shed on the front of the property that needs some fixing up which I have been using for storage. I have been saving money to be able to build a cabin and move there to live sustainably and possibly off the grid. Recently I was laid off again so my plans have been delayed. I want to meet like-minded people who are interested in getting to know each other and help each other out with moral support, knowledge, friendship and respect. There is plenty of space in the property so we could live in separate cabins and experience life coexisting peacefully with nature. If there is anyone who is interested in this type of lifestyle or if you have already done this and can mentor me that would be great. Email me and put “Fire Tower Road” on the subject line.

68 James L { 03.28.13 at 8:37 pm }

I forgot to mention that I currently live in Miami, FL. my email is:

69 Hannah { 04.10.13 at 3:40 pm }

Hey guys, I’m only 19 but my ultimate goal is to be able to live independently but to be honest I’m not really sure how to go about it. I’m currently living in Ireland but I’m off to Australia in November for 2 years (exciting stuff). My email is and I’d really appreciate it if you guys could give me more advice on this?
Thanks :)

70 Luke { 04.19.13 at 11:37 pm }

My names Luke I’m 20 from Columbus, OH. I’m packed and ready to start/ join a community please email me at

71 James L { 04.22.13 at 12:54 pm }

to Dustin: I am interested in talking to you but you did not leave your email address in your thread. Read my thread and if you are interested please email me at

72 Bradford { 06.20.13 at 3:50 pm }

I’m not addicted to money and it’s definitely not something i dwell on… i require very little.
I have 100 acres alongside a wild river in Alberta, Canada… and am looking for a suitable partner to live a sustainable off grid existence.
You must have a true passion for nature and wilderness… for in it is the preservation of the world. Someone that’s wide awake to what is going on is preferred. I’m very easy going and open to any ideas you might have.

73 Curtis { 06.21.13 at 5:22 pm }

Hey everyone, im young and have just recently discovered how little freedom we as a people really have. this is an excellent idea to me, im willing to put some money towards land im just looking for a group who is willing as well, here is my email please send me some info!

74 Cal { 07.09.13 at 8:20 pm }

Hi again folks,

So I’ve seen a lot of post about the matter. Some people find this type of lifestyle a bit of a fantasy, and it just might be. I, by no means, am an authority on the situation. I speak only of my experience in wilderness survival. The lifestyle many try to embark upon is not for the faint of heart. You must have a type of true grit, wisdom and knowledge, creativity, and a fatigue for the unbearable beauty of give and take. Nature conforms to no one, spend less time looking, and more time listening. You don’t need much money, most tools are made on the go. Granted, you’ll need some modern tools until you learn to forge metal. Cutting, lashing, container, a pot and pan are essential. When proper skill is attained, living becomes a joy. I had recently went on a one month, …camp/hike/bugout etc, with a two month camp and a one month back home before the recent trip. My two month camp/hike ended with dehydration, and a full set of exercised skills. My one month camp was intended to observe wildlife, and mentally record climate changes in various conditions to practice safety routines. My goal was successful, but of course you always get more than you bargain for. Rain Rain Rain…ahhh, learned a lot about flooding and landscaping preparations. You must learn to take your time, walk slow and observe. You’ll be surprised to know that one hour in the wilderness can compare to a whole day’s work in urban suburbia. So no need to rush…hurry up and take your time! Sorry for this being so long…all I’m saying is get out and practice. The whole time I’ve been alone, it can be done only with practice. I will leave you all with one more.. Some are surprised to know that I don’t go with much food. Vitamin pills are packed but I dont use them. Learn to use the land, the trick is most of what you’ll see around you is learn about them plus they’re light to carry. Well that’s all for now folks.


75 garrett { 07.19.13 at 2:12 pm }

I too seek to live as the ancients did, I believe society as we know it is destructive to the human mind and soul and for me the only way to find joy in life is that everything comes by me by the work of my hands. I am still in highschool but have decided I will not serve the society in which I live or the evil power that be. American civilization is not freedom, the second you look at the dollar with lust you are its slave, and man either serves God or money, I serve God who will tread with me?

76 Dana { 07.30.13 at 2:39 pm }

Greetings Paisley! I am a 40 something woman who would love the chance to learn from you and the others that would join us. I am also vegan/raw foodist…not religious but very spiritual. Great attitude and outlook on life. I am willing to work very hard to make my dream materialize. Please email me with more information…Namaste!

77 Sarah { 08.16.13 at 4:13 pm }

My name is Sarah. At the age of six I became the only vegetarian in my family- a lifestyle choice I have been committed to for 13 years now. As a child, I realized that society was damned; too greedy for their own good. I never did understand why people cared so much about excess they had in their everyday lives, yet couldn’t care less about our mother earth we have now desecrated.
I looked up at the stars almost every night- the ones viewable from the city- and wished to be in a better place. I wished to disown the race that didn’t know what it stood for; that being the population, as a whole.
I had so many dreams, so many great ideas. And aince I have graduated highschool, I have not been able to afford a single one. My generation is blind, and I do not wish to be a part of this “scene.”
I want to experience life as it was meant to be lived. I want to learn as much archaic knowledge as I possibly can.
I am able bodied, have strong will and a great work ethic. I am miserable as I am. I pray to the forces that be to end me if I may not find joy.
I believe joining a community of like minded individuals is my only hope.
I don’t care about hair dye or nails. I like to earn my keep. However, this society is not for me. Nor has it ever been. Please contact me if I could be of any use. Or, maybe just if you would like to throw some ideas back and forth.

78 JakeSnake { 09.08.13 at 12:12 am }

Off the grid living is the intended way of life. But I do not think it was intended to be exploited like everything else in society. There is nothing worse than seeing someone spend thousands on a solar system. That defeats the whole idea of being off the grid. One of the main points is to short circuit the modern way of life. It isnt just about my life or yours. It is about everyone. We all need to do our part in setting the right example by becoming fully self reliant. Without us, the corporations would come crashing down. Isn’t that what we want? Of course it is. They are the reasons why the Earth is suffering. Money creates problems much more than it solves them.

79 tyarak { 09.16.13 at 5:22 pm }

hi guys im an 18 year old guy who graduated recently. this has been my dream since a kid and now that im an adult i want to make it a reality as soon as i can. please get back to me with more info and so we can discuss as well

80 tyarak { 09.16.13 at 5:24 pm }
81 kelly { 09.18.13 at 9:23 am }

I’m 23 years oldfood microbiologist and sick of being inslaved I’m and also thinking of living off the land. Not in the since of off grid but I do have five acres of land in Florida it does not have a house there use to be a teailer but it burnt down. I’m interested in establisjing my own community with my two dogs and boyfriend.I think the smart way to do tjis is not conpmetely exclude urself from society but open up peoples eyes to a different kind of community where peopke work together and share. I don’t know when we will be leaving but I have the land just need some friends to began this journey with. Our vison is to staryt a farm with some typical livestock for food. And also to start a garden. To nake additional money we were going to start our own doggie daycare and also sitter kids . BecUse money is going to be needed if children are sick and need a hospital and also I have student loans to pay off which I could make working part time with the rest of my time to put into my farming . I don’t know if any of this sounds like a good idea to anyone else else but this is my dream . Email me if this seems to interest you. Kelly.brackett@gmail.con

82 twodesertmoons { 09.22.13 at 8:40 pm }

I rode a bicycle into slab city California years ago without a dime in my pocket. I now operate the Slab City Internet Cafe which is totally off-grid and solar powered.

83 Cyncyn { 10.31.13 at 11:53 pm }

Hi all =) I SOOOOO long to be living off grid and self sufficiently. I am currently trying to save up enough $$$ so I can buy a piece of land outright, hopefully with a cabin on it. My difficulty is in the fact that I know no one who has a heart for simplistic, natural living as I do. Can anyone here recommend how to get in contact with like minded people in the upstate NY area? I’m in central NY and want to connect with folks who already live naturally or who have a SINCERE desire to!

84 SIDEWINDER { 11.14.13 at 11:00 am }

Hi All,

I have 20 acres now, and was wondering if there are others who need a place to go, in the Alpine/Big Bend Parks/Terlingua TX area

I am also looking to get another 20+ ac location, to raise catfish to offer the residents on the ranch, and even open a restaurant with the fresh catfish and other fish from the aquatics farming endeavor i wish to set up

could use a few good hands at the setting up a new adventure in fish farming

Let me know what’s up



the skype is


I hope to see you all on skype very soon

85 Jay { 12.05.13 at 9:02 pm }

Our society is run by the dollar bill. I have never loved money, but not too long ago I caught myself being sucked into this world of greed. Now it all seems so silly, I will never be free of debt in this society, I will always be owned by bills, mortgage, taxes ect. I am planning to live off the grid after I receive my degree, possibly before. Me and a friend plan to buy some land in either, GA, TN, or AR. Self-sufficiency is the plan. I don’t ever want to walk into a super-market again. My generation is full of sheep. It is sad, but it is the reality. I feel lucky to have escaped the narrow mindedness that has overcome the majority of my peers. Anyway…I look forward the challenges off the grid living will present, waking up with the sun and going to sleep when it sets is the way we were meant to live. I want to live without relying on the United States Government and various corporations, I wish more of my peers could see what the future holds. this is just a quick rant….anyway, You older folks hold the wisdom my generation needs, speak up and maybe we can change the direction of the land of the free.

86 Geoffrey Stowe { 12.08.13 at 12:54 pm }


I have been interested in living off the grid and in a place away from the addiction to money. Money tears your family apart. Stresses you for no reason. I am 24 and have been working since I was 12 working high labor intensive jobs until I was given a “big boy office job”. I was miserable, stressed over things that didn’t concern me and anxious no know what would come next. I have since left that job on good terms to become an arborist. My family (wife and child 6 months) would like to make our own. Make a life for ourselves nys fulfilling and with minimal monetary obligation. I have skills that make me quite valuable in a community atmosphere and I love hearing life stories. I could listen to them for ever. Please. Contact me if this idea ever comes to fruition. I would like to assist you in anyway possible. I have tended to livestock, have quite a green thumb and can make just about anything out of rope and string. I can cook and I am certified in first response first aid. I am also open to learn many new things. My email is

Thanks for you time.


87 Geoffrey Stowe { 12.08.13 at 12:58 pm }

Cyncyn I am in upstate ny as well and have looked at land near the state park whetstone gulf. Feel free to email me

88 Wise Spirit { 01.15.14 at 8:50 pm }

Currently living in Florida and would love to buy some land, live in an RV and disconnect from all of the hoopla of this artificial “bling” existence that the Kardashians (lol) have stamped as living.

89 wayne { 01.30.14 at 1:38 am }

If anyone is in the Arkansas area email me. Evolutionanon @ gmail. Com

90 Cody { 02.03.14 at 1:51 am }

Hello! My name is Cody,I’m 22 years old and living in Orangeburg SC. Ive been sick of our world of corporate serfdom since I was a wee lad. I don’t have a job, a car(or license for that matter)or much of anything.All I have is self learned knowledge and my dreams of a life truly worth living. My knowledge includes gardening,foraging,shelter making(I intend on building cob homes)I know how to hunt and make a few traps but I hope I never have to.I have more knowledge than experience if im being honest. I intend to squat because all of the land was ripped from honest stewards by greedy profiteers with fancy european legal jargon and meaningless deeds anyway right? I would really like to start a small self sufficient homestead with with a small “neo-tribe” if you will. I’d like to stay in the south, but I’m open to suggestion. I would love to start a brainstorming session! My email is ( God bless.

91 Josephine Denny { 02.03.14 at 7:57 pm }

I wish to be with all of you, as a community. A community where money is no object, and our minds can grow together as we build together. Please contact me with any information.
Peace to All,

92 Tina { 02.23.14 at 8:17 pm }

I live in Canada and looking for a sustainable living home? It interesting I’m finding not to much information on that! I’m wanting to live more natural with nature!

93 danielle { 03.15.14 at 7:08 am }

My husband and i want to go green here in ga im a truck driver and he’s the stay at home parrent .we have alot to bring to the table just cant do this alone i live in ga in palmetto. Iam now in a hotel in hogansville ga the county came to my home two weeks ago tried to take my kids because i turned ofc the city power and turned on my solar,they said i had to be hooked to city power or i had to vacate the property now i cannot work untill i find a Piece of land we want to build our own by hand and camp until finnished please contact me if you see a place for us. I do have money just tired of waisting it on crap ……,please help us free our children from this new product pollution .

94 Bruce { 03.21.14 at 9:42 pm }

Has anyone had any luck getting something started. I read a lot of “I wish and someday”. I would like to hear of a success story. Has anyone made it?
I know I have not. I own 30 acres of woods that is mostly hillside just out side Weston WV. My dream has to go there and build a cabin and kick back. Spend my days cutting fire wood, fishing, hunting tending garden, and anything thing else I may want to do. I am a straight SWM age 56. I am not living there not but would like to be there by the end of this year (2014). If you have some resources that can help maybe we should talk.
you know the rest.
put the word FARM in the sub line.

95 Gestur { 03.25.14 at 2:18 pm }

hi i am also looking to get off the grid at the moment just selling everything i dont need and get what ever els i need then its all going into a pack and im off already got my seeds for planting if you are still looking for prople drop me a line at —

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