after spending 46 years in the uk i had a desparate need to break away from the power grid and have a natural space around me found a ruien of a barn in the middle of france after 3 years of hard work we have created our off grid home in stunning french countryside its a basic system useing used pannels ect but we love every minute
winters can be more difficult with reduced light but we just adapt our lives to what power is avalliable

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11 Responses to “make the break been off grid for 4 years and love every day”

  1. jferg969696

    Hi There,
    I am a 20 y/o male looking to be part of a community with an exceptionally interconnected family/tribe atmosphere…aka full of love. To achieve this to its highest extent, I think it is necessary to be %100 self-sustainable and off-grid, without modern amenities like television and Internet. Are you accepting new members, and, if so, do you think you have (or are striving for) these traits? (And if not, do you know of any communities/tribes that fit this description?)

    I think the purest form of what I am looking for is people to do something like what Christopher McCandless did in Into the Wild with (its really easy to find out about online if you’re not familiar), except being aware of the risks and how to manage them, and over a longer period of time (hopefully a lifetime). This is, in my opinion, the most likely way of achieving the purest sense of freedom that has been alluding the majority of human consciousness more and more over that last 4,000 years.

    Yours,

    John

    P.S. Here is a little bit about myself and why I am looking for a community like this, in case it feels relevant to you:

    I dropped out of college in the fall of 2015 because I knew I needed to find a new direction in life if I wanted to be happy in the long term. I had been on a tedious and tenuous path for many years that included doing a bunch of stuff that I didn’t enjoy for the sake of “ doing the right thing,” not being worthless,” “being a productive member of society” etc. After I finished my senior year of high school in 2015, it seemed like I would continue on this path of being “a good guy, who works and studies hard” (in my own head at least), but really feeling somewhat miserable inside.

    I was pretty much aloof to what was transpiring until the summer before going to college when I had an extremely mystical and revelatory experience that ended up totally changing my life-path. My whole world was shattered. Basically all the nonsense that I had been taking part in for the greater part of 5 years was revealed, and I had to figure out what to do with my life with this new information.

    I went to college in the Fall, hoping I could still overcome all that I had figured out and continue on the straight-edge path while still being happy. I still really hated it, and so I dropped out of college after a few months with the hope of finding something new. The year after that definitely wasn’t a fun one either, but it was enlightening and somewhat productive in figuring out where to go next. I went on several lengthy backpacking expeditions, and that definitely helped to show me that living simply with a group of loved ones is the way to true happiness.

    I’ve been striving for that goal ever since, having worked on a farm in Costa Rica for 3 months and now spending 6.5 months living and working on an organic farm in New Jersey. I can see myself heading in the right direction, but I still have connections to society, money, greed, and human agendas that make me sick. On the contrary to these things, to truly achieve piece and happiness, I think one must feel a genuine sense of oneness between oneself, one’s kin, and the natural world.

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  2. Janine

    Hi, My husband and I are thinking about doing this in France and would love to chat to you about where you are, how youve done it, how youve found setting up, dealing with authorities, planning permission etc. Would be great to chat via email or skype if you have time :) (Couple early 40’s)

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  3. DivineKatyusha

    Still looking for new members? Would love to permanently join a self sustainable off-grid community to work and live with.

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  4. lynn

    hello i am interested on how some of the people on her got on, and would it be possible to go visit anyone who lives off grid, in France ?? me and a collective few see our future in this ..

    thanks in advance

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  5. trev harnett

    Hi, My wife and i have been looking into exactly what you have described. i have been a carpenter for the last 27yrs and still love the trade but want out of the obsession and need for money and all that it entails. we have spent some time trying to find land in France , and could do with some guidance and are more than willing to spend time volunteering on any ongoing projects to gain some experience. Trev.

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  6. nichola

    hi Rebecca, we are interested in what you are doing and would love to go off grid in France
    can you send me more detail about were you are and what you do. me and my husband
    have a variety of skills and my husband works in a school with special needs kids.

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  7. Daniel Kenyon

    If possible id love to come out and join, if theres space i can build my own little place. I have some agricultural skills and building skills. I lived just outside bordeaux for 2 years in a tent and welsh so am hardy!

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  8. Michael Herleth

    We are a young international family (myself new Zealander , wife German, Luca (3) world citizen), looking for the right place to live an alternative lifestyle. Spent 5 months last year in the mountains of Croatia but recognized the need for like-minded people and a supportive community. Would love to hear from others already living the dream, searching for people like us to join them. Rebecca your place in the tarn sounds interesting, would be great to hear from you.
    Our email: michael.herleth@gmail.com

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  9. Paul MacDonald

    Would love to join you. I have hunting, medical and survival skills. I have all my survival gear ready, just need a buddy that needs me. I have experience in organic farming.

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  10. rebecca

    hello, i’m also living off grid in france in the tarn and we’re looking for people to join us in an eco community and set up an alternative school. we have 8 hectares and plan to build small eco cabins for young families which they will be able to stay in for 5 or 10 years for a relatively small contribution, while we run an alternative school. might you know of any networks or other ways to advertise our project to people who might be interested

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  11. fridgeways

    I’m not sure if you are offering or just pointing out that it is possible?

    As someone with an ear to ground so to speak, could you tell me what woodland costs in your area?

    All the sources I can see I’m sure are inflated for the English market.

    Many Thanks

    David

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