"This is an invitation to those who can hear it, those who already know that something is deeply false and diseased about our way of life and who are looking for fellowship in truly confronting our crisis."
I am 31 years old and have a small piece of land in Central Portugal. It is 6000m2 (20,000 square ft) consisting of olives, grapes, oranges and many other fruit trees and space to plant a forest garden. I moved here in September and have since built a small cabin (15m2) in wood. There is also a tiny stone building to renovate. I moved here with my girlfriend but she has since left and now it is just me (plus the cat, the chickens, ducks, trees and the all the rest). I have realized just how important community is to have a sense of meaning, so I would like to start some sort of mini-community of maybe 4-5 people. Maybe more if we buy surrounding land (it's for sale). But it is not for just anybody who happens to like permaculture. You have to share somewhat the same values and visions. And you have to feel it deeply. What inspired me was the recently published journal Backwoods, which described in a general but accurate way what I want to do. I knew it already, but this was the first time I saw someone else describe it and that made me realize that there are other people like me out there and that I want to find them. I really urge anybody who can relate the slightest to what I am writing to find a copy and read it.
So basically what I want people to join me in is deserting. To abandon the values and practises of the spreading cancer known as Civilization, the culture of cities. This is a process, not something that is done overnight, possibly not even in a lifetime. If you read this you probably know this already; for 99% percent of the human existence on the planet we have lived without civilization, we do not need it, it does not define us. But we have been brought up in it, and some of it's perspectives imposed on us regarding certain things will be hard to shed. So this is very much about changing as a person also.
This community will be anarchist in spirit. That is, we do not vote about things, instead we reach consensus. Communicating is extremely important, something I will admit I am terrible at, but eager to learn. You do not have to self-identify as anarchist or any type of -ist.
The community will be critical of modern technology. That does not mean we abandon all modern technology immediately, but we know that technology always comes with a cost, and industrial technology is not something that can co-exist with a healthy planet. We might for example use a solar panel, but have no illusions about it being "green" and whatnot. I have internet and I have a smartphone, but I see it for what it is. We are not absolutist and this is not a cult. We have more questions than answers.
The community rejects consumerism and instead of thinking about what we could buy, we try to think about what we can do without, or make ourselves.
I don't have to mention that we practice permaculture, seeing the the human being as just another organism in the web of life. We do not see that land as "producer" that we should exploit as much as possible.
The land is just outside a small village of about 600 people, mostly elderly. There is no big city life close by, Lisbon is about 2 hours away by car.
Friends and family and whoever wants to visit but do not share these ideas are of course more than welcome. It will be a welcoming place.
I have no experience in neither country life or starting a community, and you don't have to either, as long as you feel as strongly about these things as I do.
If you want to know more about me and what I have in mind just send me a message or write here. Let's communicate. I am very glad to hear your ideas. Also if you are not interested in this project but just want to connect.
I really want to emphasize that this is not absolutist, there will be no rules saying you cannot to this or that otherwise you have to leave. Or maybe there needs to be some rules? You see!
There are som many practical problems regarding this but the first step is to find the people.
I hope it doesn't sound too much like a religious cult. I am quite a normal guy! I just want life to be as beautiful and meaningful as possible.