christopher marquez

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beth Cromwell wrote:I am so sorry for the traumas that you have had, and the resulting struggles, my heart hurts for you. A long time ago, someone helped my son, and he was able to overcome; it was a long road.  

I am sorry that I have no present solution to offer, but I will be praying for you, if that is acceptable; that a way is provided, and a new start.  

May God bless you.


Thank you so much and yes that is very acceptable and welcomed as I need all the prayer I can get.

Your response really brought joy and warmth to my heart.

Seriously, I've been in a really dark season and although I haven't lost my faith entirely it has been quite difficult to muster up half of the time.

I hope God bless you in return.
2 years ago

paul wheaton wrote:Christopher,

Make sure you know what you are getting into here.  This is not a refuge, this is about teaching people our techniques through a lot of hard work.  

I have always thought that a person could arrive without a penny and do great here, but know this:  every person that has arrived here in the past very low on funds has left.  Every last one.  The people that are still here arrived with coin in their pocket and think that being here is amazing.  

Further, the people that arrived with very little tended to exit with enormous amounts of drama.  The people that arrived with coin that elected to go, tended to exit peacefully.

You mention red flags:  dude, from our perspective you are covered in red flags.  

Ever since we have had the $100 gapper fee, we have held the position of allowing anybody to come that is willing to part with that much coin.  And we will stick to that until our program is full.  You just really never know a person until you know a person.  

I think you need to spend some time learning what you are getting yourself into.  Things here are quite different.

With all due respect, Mr. Wheaton, I have spent the last several days pouring through forum posts from other boots/ants there at Wheaton Labs, watching the YouTube videos, listening to your Podcasts and trying to soak up as much information as I can so that I can learn what I'm getting myself into. I appreciate your reply and despite your awfully presumptuous statement about me being covered in red flags, I'm going to heed your advice anyway and take more time to deliberate and plan this out more carefully.
2 years ago
Best of luck to you, friend! I'd definitely be happy to exchange messages and if I could manage to get my passport/visa (or even better, a way out of the US without needing 'statist authorization') I'd ex-pat and unplug from civilization right along with you! Keep us posted with how things go! One of my favorite music genres is Portuguese Fado (Amalia Rodrigues is a huge inspiration to me and her music always soothes my soul) so maybe there is a certain calling to coming to Portugal!
2 years ago

paul wheaton wrote:There are openings at this time.

Paul, thank you so much for the quick response. I wanted to kind of introduce myself at least as far as my situation right now and how I found out about wheaton labs. Basically I recently found myself homeless after I chose to leave a roommate situation that started to present too many red flags. Instead of returning with my tail between my legs to try to depend on family to help me I have been trying to navigate the whole 'shelter living' system but this has been absolutely soul crushing. It becomes even more difficult when you are thrust headlong into a society that wants nothing more than to make you completely and utterly dependent on it just to survive, much less ever get ahead. So I had to really step back and take this time to ask myself what I really want out of life, what do I stand for and value the most, what do I wish to accomplish?

Anyway, I don't mean to go into some big long life story but through an interesting chain of events I managed to find out about wheaton labs and the bootcamp program and I feel beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is exactly what I have been looking for.

I do have a few concerns only in that I am coming there literally with only the clothes on my back, my little tracfone and a laptop (although I am willing to donate the laptop for the community there perhaps for there at the base camp when other people need to come use the WiFi). I am receiving food stamp benefits until December ($192 a month) and I still have about $100 on there and if there is a store somewhere in missoula I would be happy to use that towards staples not just for myself but other boots as well and would be happy to just entrust that card to someone that handles finances there at the labs because what's mine is yours. The only thing is I don't have any thing else as far as clothes, boots, tools or anything else but in the future I may be able to have some friends mail me perhaps a care package for clothing and whatnot but this is obviously not a damn fashion show either I was just wondering if that is going to be a problem before I come out there.

Also I didn't want to give the impression that I'm just looking for some sort of hand out since I'm currently homeless. There's a ton of work exchange programs and co-ops and places where I am locally that I could look into but frankly speaking even though the bootcamp will likely be exponentially more difficult and much more work than pulling weeds and planting seeds on someone elses farm in a WWOOF-type arrangement, I don't believe that anyone ever accomplished anything worthwhile and meaningful without much hard work and this is the only opportunity I have found where not only I can learn first hand all of the knowledge and skills necessary to living sustainably off the land but also be able to build towards a stable future with a community of like minded individuals. I'm not coming there as a tourist or with some pie-in-the-sky romanticized vision of what living off the grid entails. I also only have very basic experience - I know my way around a toolbox, not afraid to use a chainsaw and can tend to a garden without screwing anything up but that's about it. I want to learn as much as I can with an open mind, an eagerness to learn and the ability to shut up, listen and follow directions to make sure I do the job right.

So I just wanted to let you all know a little bit about my mindset, my situation, where I'm coming from etc. I have a friend that's going to help me with the gapper fee and the bus ticket to the station in missoula asap. Also as I am traveling without any cash would I be able to paypal someone the money for the ride from the bus station? Is that something I could probably work out? That's my only other concern. Anyway sorry for writing a freaking novel pretty much hopefully someone can address my concerns. Thanks again!
2 years ago
Hello everyone,

I'm about to be paying the gapper fee but I wanted to find out for sure if there are still any openings left.

2 years ago

r ranson wrote:Hello and welcome to permies.  Sounds like a rough time.  

I don't know if this is your thing, but the boot camp at wheaton labs is a great way to learn permaculture by doing.  

Thank you. It's been rough but I'm resilient.

That bootcamp looks really awesome actually and I may talk to my mentor about this.

I'm really nervous about working with a group that large honestly but I'll consider it! It definitely looks like I could learn a great deal.

I need to look into pricing to get to montana (?) as well as coming up with the $100 sign up fee but if there's still openings for new boots this might be a good route to take.

Thanks again, R Ranson!
2 years ago
My name is Christopher and I'm 30 years old. I've made an absolute mess of my life and currently trying to pick up the pieces and start fresh. I'm not looking for a hand out, only a hand up. I have crippling ptsd and social anxiety because of physical/psychological/sexual abuse I suffered at a very early age and my life has been trauma after trauma after trauma after crisis after crisis after crisis it seems like. I don't know how to function in 'normal society' but when I sit down and really ask myself what would make me happiest and what I want to do with my life and with my time - there is nothing that interests me more than permaculture, homesteading, farming/gardening and learning to live simply and humbly off the land. I have a very difficult time fitting into the social norms and status quo that people usually expect me to conform to but I decided instead of forcing myself to meet these expectations I wanted to find someone willing to teach me what they know so that I can just reconnect to the earth, find meaningful work that I can do to give back to the earth and hopefully learn and grow and find the healing I'm looking for that modern psychiatry has not been able to provide. I am currently staying in a hotel and my mentor/sponsor has agreed to take care of my traveling expenses if I can find a farm willing to take me in. I am looking for something more long-term but if it doesn't work out I will make arrangements to go elsewhere. Please message me or contact me on here or email me at cmmrq at protonmail dot com. Thank you! Right now I am in Indianapolis, Indiana so something close to here would be preferred but I am able to make arrangements to get a greyhound ticket if necessary.

- CM
2 years ago