90 acres in eastern TN sounds pretty good eh! I think its been waiting for decades for this purpose. Finally, it seems the time has come. I think the future sorely needs it. I think we all do.
I call it 'Conscious Living' because I think we could all do better to be Conscious of our actions upon others, our Earth, and ourselves.
I love many people, but none of those people can be a part of the community that I envision (they are not able to leave their current lifestyles).
I want people that are reliable, who understand that judgement creates friction, and that everyone has needs that need to be met. These people, I will come to see as Family.
I feel that a community needs to be based on the Non-Violent Communication teachings of the late Marshall Rosenberg. Familiarity with these concepts would be a necessity. Also, I have much experience with the amazing results of the Emotional Freedom Technique. I feel that between these valuable life skill-sets, a community could work through most any tensions.
I really respect Paul Wheaton's Ant VillageProject and desire to use it as a template for the creation of our village. For the current time being, a yearly, very affordable fee would be asked in exchange for off-grid 'membership' (access to use the electricity may require more) and a place to create on (home, garden...etc.). All monies will very likely be invested in the structural needs of the community. Lifetime 'memberships' would also be available if the shoe fits.
I have 5 yrs experience on my small Ohio farm (of which I've already crammed 10+ yrs of experience into). I can do nearly anything my mind can conjure up, but I don't want to do it alone. I am a mother, a gardener, a shepherdess, a tree grafter/plant propagator, biologist, beekeeper, wood-worker, animal trainer, wool spinner/knitter/weaver, energy sensitive, musically inclined, poet. Knowledge excites me, and so I collect it. My most prized possessions are my books and old tools. I was a vegetarian for several years, but now hold a different opinion about death and so now raise and harvest my own meat.
I greatly desire sustainable living models, but also can appreciate the helpfulness of modern technologies.
As a mother, other families including children are welcome (especially if home-schooled).
Religion has no place in my life, Nature is my Church. You can have whichever you like, as long as you remember that pressuring people to accept your religion makes people uncomfortable, and will not be your purpose in this community.
Ahh Jessica, you sound like my hero. It's rare to get those butterflys from a post or an idea like I used to after reading so many stories of broken homesteads and the unbelievable new hardships and regulations this country has began to put on its citizens for the most basic of human needs. I'm a Midwestern son, raised near the mountains of Idaho and returned back to the vast expanse of the midwest. My mother's a full-blooded bohemian and has always tried to keep me under her wing. I've learned that life doesn't need to be as difficult as it's been made to be. Some planning and frugality and a goal in mind and we could all have more time to sit back and enjoy the ride that we're on and take the time to discover what's going to make us all smile for the rest of it. The things my mother has taught me all has newly dubbed names nowdays but I feel like I'm starting to finally figure out the common tongue. If you'd like to talk more, feel free to send me a message.
Love your message! absolutely is on line with what i'm imagining for my ideal home. My partner and I have spent the last few years trying to find the perfect space and community for what we believe is right for us. We are all about NVC, try to practice it daily.
We are still on the lookout for our ideal home and excited to move somewhere new early spring. I would love to talk some more details with you soon! I'll pm you and we can discuss more
ahh that sounds perfect jessica. If you wanna email me instead you can do that too. Its sanguineanimist@protonmail. I'd love to talk more about what you guys have in mind and discuss a little more about ourselves to see if our aspirations align. Being from the Midwest, NCV is just sorta how things work up here for the most part. OH, and do you guys have any thoughts on a few of the surrounding states from TN? Talk with ya soon I hope!
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