by JOANNAGW on MAY 12, 2013 - 0 Comments in I WANT TO GO OFF GRID
I am a 50 year-old artist. I have lived all over the country – and seen many types of cultures. I have been living semi- off-grid within the urban setting since 2008 when I lost my job and became “homeless”. I have not been able to find “normal” work since then. I have been living on charity. I am liberty-minded and spiritual, but non-denominational. I believe in Unity through Diversity – my life’s mission is to demonstrate many different kinds of people living and working together through the use of principle and consensus. I have been involved in alternative currency (barter currency) movements and have been bartering for 5 years. I would not return to Babylon if I could – I am getting ready to let it all go. It might take me a few more years – as long as it takes to find the group and build the earth ship (s).
My skills are in communication and relationships –
I have 3.78 acres in the San Luis Valley, CO. I have water rights but no wells yet. There is fresh water and thermal water. There are no building codes. There is more land available and it is the least expensive land I have ever seen, although the cost to drill is about $20 per foot. There are others who own property there who would be willing to share in the cost to drill. It is 30 mi from Crestone, CO & 16 mi from Saguache, CO. It is on a main road but it is desolate. It is in the San Juan Mountain Range. It is very beautiful in a high-desert way. There is sage brush, but no trees at the moment.
I would like to build earth ship(s), a garden, and live sustainably with or without money, utilizing non-denominational spiritual principles and formal consensus, in community. Businesses of members are encouraged – bees, organic vegetables and farm products, classes, artwork, etc. Barter – alternative currency. There is more land available.
It is not entirely off-grid and it would be possible to have a land-line telephone and land-line internet.
On my website are both a link to formal consensus and to the details of the principles of self-governance as well as a brief history of the project. The principles are non-denominational spiritual principles which have been hammered out by trial and error and used with success to run the most liberty-minded entity of over 2 million members for over 75 years, with no government. They work.
My philosophy is Live and Let Live… but when people live in close proximity, they must also consider how their actions affect their neighbors – so Live and Let Live…thoughtfully and kindly.
I am looking for people who have skills and those who are willing to learn. I want people who don’t use drugs and alcohol to an excess such that it interferes with their commitments. People who believe in Live and Let Live but also are personally responsible, thoughtful, considerate and self-governing.
I am looking for people who are altruistic – either by nature or who have learned it through necessity and now love it. I am looking for people who are open-minded – who have the interior spirit of collaboration and ingenuity, courtesy and kindness, patience and tolerance, existing within them.