Building relationships take time, and I am patient (most of the time). This post is just me wishing to start a dialogue with a landowner/permie that is open and willing to consider a lease-to-own/work-trade for rent/land share type scenario within the borders of Canada with myself and my dog, Doodle. If you vibe with what I'm writing, let's get to know each other via the interwebs to see if we'd fit within each other's mid-term vision.
These 31-year-old bones are road-weary from the constant movement of my 20's -- exploring, learning, developing skills and finding my passions, working on numerous homesteads, farms, permaculture design sites, and living and developing shallow roots in many communities all over Turtle Island. I probably was not ready to grow deep roots anywhere, there were too many places to find myself at still, but these days it is what I crave most; to grow into the lands and the people who dwell on them, slowly and purposefully.
Where? I have a vision of a lush valley within the mountains, and wild waters that travel through. I'm open to deviating from that ;p however for long term purposes it has to be in Canada.
What? Depending on the season in which this all comes to fruition (before the snow flies this year, or Spring 2020 would be so ideal) I desire to build my own little simple cabin or refurbish an existing cabin that is primarily off-grid but still wifi-capable so that I can work online. I desire the creative freedom to experiment, design, build, manage, and grow a garden and experiment with agroforestry, while documenting it all over a few years.
; a community-orientated hermity-type who requires solitude on a daily basis as well as loves lotsa human interaction and affection. I'm looking for my own space, yet within a reasonable distance to a vibrant community to participate in.
; a writer, yogi, plant-lover, astrologer, tree planter, cyclist, human design student, permie with lots of projects and crafts in the gestation phase (sewing/dying own clothes, medicine harvesting/making, woodworking/furniture building, book writing, creating hand-stenciled birth charts to name a few) looking for a workspace to see them come to fruition.
I feel at my best and most fertile when I am hands-deep in the soil, face sooty from keeping the fires stoked, preparing foraged food over a castiron on the woodstove, singing and playing music with folks after the work is done for the day, spending days in the kitchen preserving the harvest, spending time watching the forest move and change throughout the seasons.
I love working hard on projects, and love my downtime. I'll spend months pushing for completion on projects and then enjoy months of lazy days of meditation, self-reflection, writing, processing, herbal foraging, cooking and baking, fermenting and crafting in the winter months. I see my entire life as a work/play balance and don't see a need to separate the two. playfully work, purposefully play.
I have a numer of skills conducive to homesteading and farming. I've helped out on a number of natural building projects (strawbale, cob, wofati, round pole) although I can't claim to be skilled enough to take charge of a project all on my own. I will build my own little home someday not so long from now, and so these skills are incredibly important and valuable to me and I am willing to work
very hard in order to achieve my dream of designing and building my own home (by helping you build yours!)
This is a teeny tiny taste of what I'm currently about. With the right people in dialogue, we can uncover our strengths and foibles, our visions, values, intentions, and who knows, maybe build a healthy, rewarding land-based relationship!
I have some poetry that might give you an idea of my current philosophies and where I am currently on the spiritual front http://www.carolannewrites.com