Living off the grid and owning land with a community of like minded people is something that my husband and I have dreamt about for almost a decade. Our idea was to get a few friends and family members together to purchase a plot of land, living off the grid as much as possible and being as independent from any outside source by growing our own food as eco-friendly as possible. Living in the Black Hills, we knew that our dream would some day come true, but we figured our children would be in their double digits before we could attain it since land is expensive here. Whenever you desire something, send your dreams to the universe and it will listen and answer your call! WE have been blessed with meeting a couple who has the same dream as we do. Plus, they have had some experience and training and have started the process to do so in this area!
Everything about our dream is included in their vision, plus more! We will have an eco village to live, child and adult education, many mediums of art in the community, organic/permaculture gardening and farming practices, etc.
“Our Vision is to be in service to our local community and humanity by offering our experience and visions of organizing community plan initiatives for building a harmonic culture of peace and plenty. By building strong and cooperative partnership with one another, we will walk together towards the mutual goal of a world that sustains and supports the highest and best in each and every one of us, bringing True Peace and Love into our hearts and minds.”
As a society we are so disconnected from one an other and it’s really sad. It’s no wonder why there are so many crazy things going on in our world right now. Fortunately, there is hope! When we go back to living the way we were intended to live, in a village or colony who have members who are supporting each other for the greater good for the community and the beyond things will get easier and more peaceful. We have lost so much with the solitary lifestyle that we live today. There is so much struggle and stress, which leads to depression and unhealthy lifestyles and disease. It is unsustainable and unrealistic to think we as a population can continue to live this way and thrive. Instead, we need to work together by raising our children together, learning to protect and nurture our environment for the oofuture generations, and help each other live in a supportive way for all.
Think about all the tribes or villages that used to be or even are up and running today around the world. These community members all help to support each other in ways of cleaning, raising children, food, housing, etc. Today we do it all alone, for the most part and so much suffering and waste stems from this lonely way of living. I love being able to cook and bake the healthiest treats/foods for my family, but I realized that for me to be able to do that on top of all of my other responsibilities, I sacrifice other necessary areas of mine and my family’s lives, therefore, I have been buying more healthy packaged foods which creates more waste and more money. If we had a group to hold some of these responsibilities together, it would be much easier and efficient!
These days, from when a child enters this world they can feel the stresses their parents go through day in and day out from what they are expected at a very young age. Then when that child has their own children they encounter those same stresses their parents did, while struggling through navigating parenthood. If/when this person enters their 50s/60s they get to deal with the loss of their children moving on and if they are lucky enough to be in good health they will get through their next decades. If they don’t have good health, then they are soon shuffled off into old folks homes and all of their wisdom and stories are lost and forgotten. I have never understood this process. I think it’s absolutely horrible and sad that our elderly are treated this way. Getting to this age should be honored and respected (every age should be really) but yet the tendency is to forget about them.
That’s not the way of life I want to live and it’s certainly not one I want my children to live in either. We as a CommUnity are creating a change in our group of people with so many positive impacts and I can’t wait to see our process unfold. We had our first meet up this Monday and will be meeting every month so we can get the process rolling. At this point, we are starting to look for a good piece of land and learning about the zoning laws/restrictions on the areas we are looking.
If you are interested in helping our vision and journey we would love to have you join us by either donating, ideas, building, becoming a member, etc. please, let me know and check out our Facebook group by clicking here. We would love for the support and would love you on our team! Let’s go back to the way we were meant to live, as one!
Here are some intentional communities that are active right now:
Auroville, City of Dawn, India– started in 1968 with 2,500 people from 49 nations
Serenbe – started in 2004 and has over 400 residents
Twin Oaks, central Virginia- started in 1967 with about 90 adult members and 15 children
Dancing Rabbit– Missouri started 20 years ago with 55 members