A Practical Guide for Permaculturists Living Free

We Need Help and Partners: Lets Make A Sustainable Community

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Photo taken at Envision Festival 2011

I’m a traveler, I’ve been around the globe a couple times.  I’ve lived in the country but mostly in big cities (New York, Paris, Barcelona, Bogota, London…).  I work with my hands and know a little bit about everything I touch, I like to learn and I work hard…too hard sometimes but my dreams come true!

I finally found the love of my life, we’ve been married a year and some, been together 5 years or so.  She is a traveler as well and we plan on bringing up our children around self sustainable communities, the festival world and traveling.  Our philosophy on schools teeters from life school for reading, writing, and maths, the rest will from experience and living closer to nature (We will never know how much of what is written in history books is even true) to home school or entering them into the school system at least in the beginning, so they could make a choice later.

Something that always has stuck with me is that there seems to be something royally wrong in the world, if we have to work for someone else our whole lives.  For what?  They seem to tell us, go to school, get good grades so you can get into a good college so that you can get a high paying job!  Ok true, that is a descent path to a high paying job, but that job seems to be only so that we can pay higher taxes, consume more “things” that are taxed several times, to live a so called comfortable life that leaves us with not much left.  So we keep working because now we have high bills for a lot of these “things”.  I don’t know, if you don’t see that we kind of have become slaves, it’s ok we don’t have to agree on everything.  I can admit that I am a slave of the medical insurance most of the time.

To start our free living, we started looking for land to establish a sort of art collective/community around what would become a learning center for three different aspects of life we believe are most important for us:
1. Art
2. Mind and Body (the physical and none-physical)
3. DIY Sustainability

These three points are very broad, I had to come up with a named category to bunch everything we want to be around into just three sections.

  • The arts are for anything one could consider art, from oil paint to writing to welding to theatre or music and so on…
  • Mind and Body is yoga, multiple dimension theories, tai-chi, lucid dreaming, massage, capoeira….
  • DIY Sustainability is for all things sustainable, permaculture, natural, up-cycling and more…

For now the Idea is to be in the woods within 2hours of New York City, off the water/sewage/electric/gas…grid creating a platform for learning and teaching the skills mentioned above, growing our own food and living as free and moneyless as possible. As the winter sets in, and this little something that’s always in the back of my mind about leaving the US gets louder, I’m thinking Spain, Portugal or Latin America.

The way I’ve imagined this place is everyone involved gets a plot of land to live on. Your plot of land is yours to build what you wish as a small dwelling, as long as it is self sustainable, built with available materials and/or up-cycled materials.  The point is to get off the grid in a very affordable way, in order to show it to others. In this vision I have seen converted trucks and buses or motorhomes, tree houses, adobe homes, earthships, straw-bail houses, and workshops!

Anyway I could go on and on about this as the idea has been morphing in my head for about 8 years now…. but we have finally pushed the ball and it’s rolling!

Along with becoming off grid we want to take a caravan of people (like an old circus or carnival) around different continents learning and teaching free living skills, from time to time, perhaps in the festival season.

If you’re interested in more info and want to help us or join us in this adventure, this is where we are:
http://thepeoplescaravan.wordpress.com/
https://offgridders.wordpress.com/

Please get in touch, we’re looking for serious people who truly want to live a different way!

Thx, and please pass it on so the ball can keep rolling!!!!

Greg

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10 responses

  1. Greg,
    I think you have a fantastic idea. I couldn’t agree with you more. I’m an 18 yr old male and the more I grow up the more I realize this lifestyle ain’t for me. We’re meant to do better in this world. To make a change. Im all for your idea and would like to sign up. Thanks
    -Nick

    January 21, 2014 at 10:24

    • Hi Nick,

      Thanks for your reply and your follow! We’re starting to get a lot of interest in this community we want to see happen, it’s getting very exciting!!!

      I think I might have been thinking like this since I was old enough too to understand I was in school, not by choice but by law….We’re definitely all born to thrive, everywhere you look in nature, everything thrives and only does that!

      You ask how to get involved, how do you sign up? You have several option to choose from.
      1- Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/thepeoplescaravan
      2- The People’s Caravan @ http://thepeoplescaravan.wordpress.com/
      3- Off Gridders @ https://offgridders.wordpress.com/

      We are working on putting a list of what is needed at the moment to move forward.

      My advice for people who are too far from New York or just don’t want to leave their area is to get involved in creating participatory communities around you, start or join a “Caravan” movement wherever you are…(you can find us everywhere and most of us are friendly as long as you come with respect and good intensions) and learn/practice as many off grid living skills.

      February 7, 2014 at 08:06

  2. Reblogged this on The People's Caravan.

    January 21, 2014 at 16:32

  3. Hi Nick,
    Thanks for your reply and your follow! We’re starting to get a lot of interest in this community we want to see happen, it’s getting very exciting!!!

    I think I might have been thinking like this since I was old enough too to understand I was in school, not by choice but by law….We’re definitely all born to thrive, everywhere you look in nature, everything thrives and only does that!

    You ask how to get involved, how do you sign up? You have several option to choose from.
    1- Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/thepeoplescaravan
    2- The People’s Caravan @ http://thepeoplescaravan.wordpress.com/
    3- Off Gridders @ https://offgridders.wordpress.com/

    We are working on putting a list of what is needed at the moment to move forward.

    My advice for people who are too far from New York or just don’t want to leave their area is to get involved in creating participatory communities around you, start or join a “Caravan” movement wherever you are…(you can find us everywhere and most of us are friendly as long as you come with respect and good intensions) and learn/practice as many off grid living skills.

    January 23, 2014 at 17:15

  4. Senor,
    Hello dear friend! My name is Ian Daly, I’m 23, and I’m a day away from walkin my happy *** from Glens Falls, NY, to Colorado.
    Let me start by saying, I’m a freethinking artist of many fields, my passion lies in pondering AND performing the intellectually and spiritually creative aspects of this reality. I come bearing love, arts and truth in a deeeeep way. But I’m stuck, as of late. You see, to return to the point, I can long since remember the voice (as in the literal, seemingly audible sense; not in a crazy way) in my head has always been whispering to trees, asking myself what I’m waiting for, wondering what the hell all the people around me are thinking! Living for an escape from this “life”, caught between college debt and a big oil CEO. It sounds as though you are familiar with the feeling I speak of… I was a month n a half from walking to another state to search further.
    I have no money, no car, very little tools other than minor handheld; BUT, I have been preparing my whole conscious life for such a community, and the time is now. I’m ready, I’m healthy and able, I’m strong and passionate, and what I do come offering, is beyond the realm of simply ‘physical’, if you can dig! I’m studying permaculture and homesteading, as well as many other useful trades and techniques. Please feel free to email me, or find my name in the likes of my new FB page! Much love brother, good luck all!
    Facebook.com/freepersonalizedpoetry

    Sorry for the length! 🙂

    February 7, 2014 at 01:50

    • Sorry I missed replying to your post Ian… Please look below to get more info if you want to get involved.

      September 5, 2014 at 07:44

  5. Just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award. Here is the link for the instructions to accept the award! http://nepermhome.wordpress.com/

    February 27, 2014 at 15:18

    • Thank you so much for the nomination!!!!! I had never heard of the Liebster Blog Award…so I’m reading up on it now. Thanks again

      February 27, 2014 at 15:49

  6. Anne Juan

    Hey Greg,
    I am absolutely in love with this project!! I have been travelling for a while now and got to the States about three weeks ago.. At the moment it looks like I might be on the road for another year, and I would love to participate! So how exactly can I become involved?
    Cheers, Anne

    September 5, 2014 at 02:38

    • Hi Anne,

      We have found people who had almost word for word the same mission statement and decided to join forces. It’s moving very fast and it’s so exciting….

      We are finally building an Ecovillage. We found a 75 acre property with a giant Barn, some apartments, a house a couple out buildings for tractors and things. You can see more here http://catalystecovillage.org/ and if you have facebook you can also find us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/catalystcommunity/

      Happy travels and see you soon!

      September 5, 2014 at 07:41

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