In the beginning of our search for land, my wife and I decided to wait for it to come to us. (it works) One day while talking with a shopper at our small woodworking shop, she told me about a place her dad was thinking of selling. I called him on the phone, went on down to the area to check it out, and bought the land that same day for a very good price without any Real Estate involvement. It was all very easy and to this day we have few regrets. The work was hard, the hours long, but in the end we created a pretty nice place for ourselves.
That was us, but what about you? What are your desires when it comes to housing? Where and how do you want to live? What can you afford? Following are a few different ways to live if you are young and really don’t want to go it alone like we did.
Let’s look at eco villages . . . (wikipedia)
Ecovillages are intentional communities whose goal is to become more socially, economically and ecologically sustainable. Most range from a population of 50 to 150 individuals, although some are smaller, and larger ecovillages of up to 2,000 individuals exist as networks of smaller subcommunities.
With the increasing evidence of human-initiated climate change, people throughout the world are coming together to try to reduce their carbon footprint. Groups are trying to move away from the dependence of fossil fuels and consumerist practices. There is a focus on producing and consuming locally, forging meaningful relationships and living as sustainably as possible. Many initiatives are encouraged, such as reducing energy use, creating sustainable local businesses, localizing farming and creating environmentally minded communities.
There are many different dimensions of Ecovillages that need to be examined. For instance, building a positive community is integral to the workings of an Ecovillage. As these groups are quite small, members need to feel empowered, included and comfortable speaking and sharing ideas. As well, cultural and spiritual practices are encouraged, such as an understanding of the interconnectedness of the earth.
Ecologically, Ecovillages allow people to be connected to the earth. Members respect their environment as it provides them with the majority of their sustenance. Villages seek to grow the bulk of their food organically, use local materials for their buildings, protect biodiversity and growing seasons and protect local water, soil and air.
The majority of the practices undertaken by Ecovillages aim to take care of the land. Ecovillages demonstrate a unique economic dimension, as many seek to keep money within the community and circulating between members. Income is often generated through the retail sale of their products and services and recycled to improve everyone in the community.
I believe the ecovillage will be the way of the future and for now the best possible way to break clear of the corporation that runs our lives. Were I younger this is where I would be looking . . . though I WOULD advise anybody searching for a better lifestyle to take a good hard and careful look at this way of life.
You will be dealing close up and personal with people in these communities, and you are practically guaranteed to find a few that you absolutely cannot stand, that is the way of the beast no matter what you do.
You must not go into these housing situations wearing blinders, yet if the fundamental goals of your neighbors are the same as yours, you will learn the art of give and take and become a better person because of it. I see nothing, but win, win, for everybody involved in these eco vilages.
I would also recommend all religious groups be avoided, as well as political ones for obvious reasons. I lived on a commune close up with about 50 people once. IMO it was a wonderful experience except for the fact it was Christian based. I loved the people, but . . . .
Following are links to a few prospects that I found very interesting:
http://www.maitreyaecovillage.org This place is just outside Eugene Oregon (oregon is a beautiful place to live in so many ways)
http://columbiaecovillage.org This is a pretty cool urban community in NE Portland Ore. I lived in Portland during the hippie days . . . loved it!
http://www.earthaven.org This place in North Carolina looks very promising . . .
http://www.findhorn.org Findhorn in England has been around a long time . . .
http://www.aaev.net/ For our Australian friends . . . looks promising . . .
Anyways there are whole LOT of these villages springing up all over the planet. Research diligently, choose wisely, and have yourself a piece of the New Earth . . . NOW!