Living off the grid would be a dream come true. My goal is to have sustainable housing when I retire. I found the perfect property, but can’t find the financing. The owner will carry 50% too :(. Not to mention – I am off the grid on my credit I guess, because all I have is a car payment! Not good if you are looking for credit.
Myself and my friend David have met and are seeking a group of like minded people to move back to nature possibly in Italy or Spain and build a community based on the people, land and nature.
The main difficulty with living in today’s society is that for many of us it doesn’t feel natural on any level. Everything feels separate from us. Slowly an alternative culture has developed away from this but this in itself is fragmented by its own idealism and is rife with moralist/altruistic justifications for what ends up being very subjective, fear-based motivations for change.
There is however a growing number of people who are interested in moving towards a transition back to nature, for no other reason than that it feels “good” and it’s what they like. Transition culture is not something we can cherry-pick to our personal liking but is something that occurs through us, more like a free-fall into a way of being that “I” have no control over but yet feels deeply connecting and “right”. It isn’t something that can be manufactured but occurs when almost everything else has fallen away. This project originates from a dying away of the ideal of “individualism”, which is occurring through us all now.
The project expressed here is the beginning of a transition movement which has no leader or centre or ideology to be upheld, but is uncompromisingly focused in the observation and recognition of nature and natural processes as the followed direction. There is no “choice” invovled in this process, it simply that which instictively feels natural that is followed. This is not compartmentalized to any one aspect of life because that is not natural. As such for those involved “back-to-nature” it is the magnetic pull that is all-encompassing, involving the whole of human life from finding food and shelter to connecting to other humans, every nuance being left to nature’s way.
This page is a blog-like progression of events of how we have decided to find some land and create a natural-farming community and will illustrate how this community develops and changes. It is also an open invitation to those who would like to be within this at whatever stage, from here at its at pre-seed stage or at any point thereafter, as we follow this simple instinctive-intuitive response to our current lives.
Below are articles, books and materials which are essential in their entirety to illustrate the way we have been changed and opened-up to realize the true nature of ourselves behind the mask. I would suggest that you choose some of these to read in order to see whether you are really interested in what we are doing. Then, if you feel drawn to this, do contact me as I would very much like to hear your comments and would also be glad of your like-mind! Please contact me via this page.
Through something unknown we meet in kinship.
Please look at our website for details on blueprints, ideas and articles :)
I consider myself a spiritual being, who is self sufficient and always hungry to learn more. I absolutely love to surround myself with nature, hiking, swimming and have the idea of wanting to grow my own vegetation. My ideal situation is to live outdoors, away from society and the city and their commercial ways of living. As far apart as possible, and become self sustainable in all ways. I believe we all have the same capabilities, it’s up to us as individuals to want to be capable and translucent. I am 24 yrs. old and have a 3 month old boy. I want my young one to grow up with a different mind set thean the majority of society. Away from TV, commercial influences, and be closer to Earth. We currently live as part of the society and buy organic products from our grocery to our hand soap. And try my best to pick to most earth friendly products including diapers. I wanted to dothis before I had kids but sometimes, our plans change. It’s never too late. I am open to move to any other country/continent. With a good sufficient plan in hands.
_____Greetings to you, whoever you are.
_____First off, I’d like to tell you something about myself. In simple terms, I am a man of vision. And spiritual one at that (I have no religion). Jack of many trades, able to learn whatever is needed. I see no future in this weird society and want to set myself free from it… I am not willing to be slave with boring job for miserable pay…
_____There are two types of people: Those with a vision and those with strength and knowledge to make it come true. One without the other is powerless, other without the one lacks direction. I have the vision… But I need you, you and you, to make it happen.
_____My vision is a community of few dozen people, that is as self-sufficient as possible, that evolves and grows. A community where everyone does what they do best and share it with others, where there’s no money and no one’s left behind. Where you aren’t required to do everything… Where one farms, while the other repairs tools, makes pottery or chops wood. Where “self-sufficient” is brought as far as it goes, going beyond mere food, water and electricity.
_____What I is see is a working village in subtropical climate with all necessary craftsmen and equipment to make tools, clothes, containers, furniture, etcetera, that works on principle of consensus and trust instead of leadership. A point where the best of ancient ages and modern times meets. Natural life alongside of technology and electricity.
_____There is simply too much to convey in such a small place as this, so I will cut it here… My contribution to community would be: Broad though not very detailed knowledge, spiritual insight, good organizing capabilities and help with whatever needs to be dealt with. I am a student from not-so-rich country, which makes my money situation and possible contribution pretty much clear. otherwise… I am animal-loving raw vegan and kinda right-brained person. In a tribe I would be a shaman, a druid, or whatever you call that position. I feel that my place is being the “glue” of community, the soul of it.
_____I am open to questions and discussions. What I need now is basic group of people, about ten or so, to initiate the first step. To do the planning and research with me, to get some money together, to pick the right place (I would be for the Mediterranean. But I can imagine land there being expensive and so I am willing to travel worldwide to make it happen.) and to prepare. I want foundations to be clear before we start building. I am already writing down things, skills and people needed for such a community to work and I am doing some researches. Shortly after posting this, I will be posting a forum thread with much more detailed description of the “bare bones” of my plan and vision. Thank you for reading any of this. If this is resonating with you… Lets make it happen! Individually we might be struggling, but humans aren’t meant to live on their own, we are pack animals, a tribal species… Let us go back to our roots.
We are a 23 year old couple with no children yet, and we wish to move from Sweden to Spain and live off the grid. Maybe building an Earthship, that would be so great!
We are tired of the western way of living, eat-work-buysomeshit-sleep-eat-work-buysomeshit-sleep.. You know what i mean. And the mindless consumption of things that rules our society today.
We want to live in harmony with nature and not exploit it by just being alive.
We want to grow our own food, instead of buying it at the store, stuffed with chemicals and transported all over the globe.
We try to eat organic but that’s expensive here and we don’t have a lot of money.
I’m suffering from seasonal deppression, and the long, cold and dark winters here are slowly killing me, having to eat medications that I really despise. I’m positive that if we could make this dream come true, in a land of the sun, I wouldn’t need them at all and that would be so wonderful!
I’m working as an assistant nurse, and my partner are going to study to be an electrician in the near future.
We seek other people with the same dream, to maybe form a small community with, maybe on the eastern coast in Spain? Or an already established community that suits us, and vice versa, who are willing to welcome us.
Hello, My name is Amanda, I am 28 Years old. My husband Rick is 31 and I have 2 children ages 3 and 5. we are looking to live off the grid in a eco friendly community or just family friendly place. My husband works in the manufacturing field he is good with his hands, hard worker. other then that he is fun laid back easy person to get along with he loves outdoors activity’s. As for myself, I’m a stay at home mom, I love to read, write, watch the news, hanging out with my family, I love to cook, travel and I love anything fun. we would need to be somewhere that my husband can get a job or we could work and contribute for housing. willing to relocate any where in the USA.
I am a 22 year old male who lives in eastern Massachusetts who wants to move off the grid. Although the modern world has given us a lot of technology I don’t think that people are any happier then they were in the past. In fact, I believe that putting in some hard work and effort actually makes people happy. In my opinion, true happiness is being self-sustainable and not having many material possession. True happiness to me is relying on myself or others that have similar views and not expecting the government to give me a handout. I want to grow my own crops, collect my own water, and I want to live in a small house with just the basics. I believe that the focus of life should be on love and happiness and not money. Many people are controlled by the media and material possessions these days, but not everyone. I am looking for people who feel the same way, and I can tell there are a lot of you out there because of this site. If I had the chance I would move off the grid today. I have made some mistakes though such as taking out loans for college that I have to repay. If you are willing to work with me or help me with this one issue I am willing to offer a lifetime of hard labor and work as well as my friendship. I hope to hear from some of your soon. You can email me at email@example.com
Hey, my name’s TJ and I live in Upstate NY. I’m a 21 year-old man looking to start or join an off-the-grid community/homestead with kind, honest people. I’m discouraged with the selfish, greedy state of consumerist living that unfortunately we as a society find ourselves in. I wholeheartedly believe in the DIY ethos and the reward of self-sufficiency and hard work. I’m not much of a religious person, but I have no problems with people who are- as long as they reciprocate the same respect in my beliefs as I do in theirs. I’m an avid angler with experience in many forms of fishing (rod/angling, handline fishing, net, and noodling) and have experience in horticulture. I’ve been composting and growing veggies for over 10 years, with confidence in helping to sow larger scale gardens. I have the utmost respect for nature and animals, only ever hunting twice in my life strictly for sustenance and never for sport. Raising livestock for food and resources is more humane than the torment animals go through in factory farms, so I’m down to raise/care for animals. I have some minor skills in carpentry, more-so in wood crafting than large-scale building. I’m a very open-minded person however I have no tolerance for racism, xenophobia, sexism, or any form of bigotry. I’m not a druggie and never was much of a drinker, but I’m okay with both to an extent; the extent being as long as it doesn’t jeopardize an established homestead and cause unnecessary problems. Physically, I’m 6’0 even and a solid 207 pounds more than capable of putting in my fair share of hard labor. To wrap this up, in my free-time I enjoy cooking, fishing, camping, hiking, amateur geographical mapping, and whittling. I’m pretty much a big ‘ole nerd for survivalist & DIY stuff and I dream of just being apart of a separate self-sufficient community that helps looks out for each other and holds a legitimate sense of camaraderie.
Have you decided to go off the grid and looking to make the move?
We can help you find the ideal off-grid community and want to film you as you make the transition.
If you’re interested, submit a short video (3 minutes) .here: http://www.off-grid.net/videos/ - in the video give answers to the questions below:
Can you tell us about yourself - work, home etc?
Where you live now – city and country – and where you want to live? Why you want to make this move now?
What will be hardest to leave behind?
What you most look forward to leaving behind?
Who will be making the move – just you/ friends/ family etc?
What could you offer your off the grid community i.e. special skills/ resources?
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Do you rely on your own healing powers when you are ill? Or is there an unqualified nurse in your local community?
We want to hear from people who do their own doctoring - using their own herbs and remedies, setting their own broken bones, dealing with their own bodies.
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