We are so so sorry for such a late reply! We didn't get any notification of any messages posted and we just happened to check before xmas and was surprised to see replies! Of course we have been busy over the holiday period and just settled back down now! Also, some laziness in replying (Adam, not Rosa!).
Firstly, just to echo Rus' excellent reply to Jeff. We hope to create something bigger than ourselves. Living in harmony with the land and creating a bigger movement - eco community for example, one that continues well into the future. In this world that is simply impossible if we don't own the land, and that requires being part of the money system as it currently works. Even if you own the land there are no guarantees into the future. Does the land come with all rights (to fish, utilise trees/resources, mining rights - not we want to but stopping others undermining for example, airspace, etc), or what about compulsory purchases because governments want the land for other uses. The more one thinks about it, the more depressing it becomes. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to pick a bit of land and live like a free animal
We actually spent some time looking at France since your posts, however we feel its probably going to be too restrictive, difficult to achieve what we want. You have alluded to that in your last post about the hoops needed to jump through and difficulty buying and building on land. We have been torn between Portugal and Sweden mostly, but recently are thinking Sweden is the way to go. There seems to be less sacrifices there. Although initially Slovenia looked a good option, we think it might be too difficult (legally) and of course the language is daunting.
Looking at Sweden there seems to be many positives, the language is easier to learn for English speakers (apparently!), there is a lot of forest/green land and there seems to be good prices, climate seems very similar to UK in the South and Central parts, it seems easier legally to set up an eco-village as far as we can tell, there is a growing organic farm movement, the government is a green coalition which could potentially be more amenable, a lot of stunning natural areas which could aid an eco-tourism business perhaps. One thing that seems really helpful is the Swedish culture of the 'fritidshus' (basically means holiday cottage), which has easier regulations and is used by some people as a permanent home (and the municipalities are aware of that). It doesn't necessarily mean you build whatever you want (in terms of functionality it must be functional - as an example, that the materials don't rot), but when Rosa did a quick land search she could quite easily find plots that mentioned building a fritidshus as a prime example for the plots' use. Although we have a lot to learn and still ignorant of lots of things im sure! We plan on visiting early this year to get a feel for the country and to hopefully visit an existing eco-village to get more information.
Would you be interested in considering Sweden? Have you made any progress on your plans?
Adam and Rosa.