Your"Treesong" community does indeed sound amazing! I would love to join it. I don't have any training in permaculture, but I have tried to keep up with the basic ideas.
I'm 67 years old and would have to bring my large dog. I have some gardening experience.
Someone mentioned "intentional communities" website. I am very interested in a community there Caballos de la Estressas located in Arizona and New Mexico. I would love to have folks to help me there with setting up a home and maybe retreat business.
They are starting a permaculture operation there too.
But not to distract attention from Treesong. It sounds astounding and I would like to learn more about it.
Many of these are good suggestions, but lots of folks seem to be hiding from the inevitable-namely that we are all going to die. Or better said, pass on.
Most of us have done part or all of the list for decades and advice like this seems to suggest that if we don't stay active in elder years, we're doing something wrong.
It is wise to start thinking of the spiritual journey ahead and preparing for it. Whatever your beliefs are there is a point that maybe the busyness can stop. It is not wrong to slow down and look forward to a new kind of life on a new plain of existence. Or just to sit on the deck and look back at all you have done. Maybe it is more important for people in their elder years to consider these things than to keep trudging on at work, attending meetings, and otherwise keeping on the human treadmill. We've been there, done that.
Everyone has different paths or needs.
If you have had enough years, decades of the good list mentioned, you might try spending your elder years, at least in part, exploring the spiritual realm. Suggestion: yoga, meditation, reading about eternity by enlightened authors, attending spiritual meetings, turning to a Higher Power. Talk to those with an understanding that no matter how busy this life has been or is for you, at some point it will end for you.
Did you check out Paul Chew's post about his community in North Carolina? It is called Coweeta Heritage School and it sounds like a wonderful place. I would like to visit there this spring or summer.
Hi, Michael! Where are you in Florida? I am interested in moving in the area of Gainsville, Fl, to be near family. I am also interested in joining a sustainable community. I have experience in gardening and country living.
This place sounds wonderful and it is definitely an idea I'm interested in. I am also getting older, almost 66; but I am in good health and have experience with gardening and country living. I would love to hear more about your community. I am not a freeloader!
I am interested in joining a permie community and Colorado might work for me. I am currently in West Texas. I am 66 year old woman, but I am in good health and have experience gardening. I am not a freeloader!
Could you send me more about your community and requirements to join? My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
I, also, would like to find a living arrangement with other permies. I am 65 and although I am willing to pitch in, there are lots of tasks that I can't accomplish on my own. Many times this fact keeps me from doing things the "permie" way, because I have no one to help out with it.
I would appreciate it if all you permies who are thinking of ways to come together keep me in the loop. The permie retirement sounds great! But I think it is true that it is best to have all ages because everyone has something to offer.
I do have 2.5 acres here in west Texas that I would be happy to share if some folks and I could work out a situation that works for everyone involved. Of course, it is very dry here and windy. But I do have some rainwater catchment with gutters and I really want to have grey water system. I have some vegetable beds and berries started. I am trying to start Mexican Marigold to combat bind weeds. I have lots of room if any builders could come and build tiny houses, chicken tractors and etc.
I know if it challenging to work out a system that is fair to everyone and consider all viewpoints.
I am interested in spirituality, if anyone would want to join me in meditation, yoga or study of the Divine.
I agree with the idea that the more folks working together the more we can accomplish in less time in and be able to enjoy life.
Good luck with your community! I am near Amarillo, TX trying to have a small sustainable community here. I have a community of 1 so far, lol. I would love to join you, but I think that area is too remote for me, since I am almost 65 years old.
But it is a great idea and I send you best wishes.
Does anyone know how I can obtain puncturevine weavils? I have read about them but it seems any listed suppliers don't have them available this year. I have had goatheads in the past and they receded but this year they are back. I can't hoe them all since I have 2+ acres. Does anyone have any other ideas about getting rid of them? Thanks
I'm somewhat interested in this...I live in Texas Panhandle currently and I have lived in New Mexico. I would like to have a small community here, but I guess it's not the ideal location! I love New Mexico. I have 3 large dogs, would that be a problem? How much would it cost to get into your community? Thanks, Barbara
Would you consider having a pony or some ponies for children birthday parties, or train your dogs for a little show? How about small bed and breakfast for permie types to visit your place? Yoga ashram or classes? That's just a few of the ideas I have thought about. Maybe a farmer's market if you grow some veggies or do crafts.
Howdy! I read your post and, uh-I need a handyman. I don't know if you would like it here, because I am vegetarian. I only have 2.5 acres and trying to grow veggies and be somewhat sustainable. I would like to have chickens. There is a beef packing plant here, since it seems you work in that industry. I just need lots of help: I a 63 and since my husband passed on I need work around the place. Maybe not exactly your dream life, but....
It's so great that folks are discussing green burial and help with grieving. There is also a magazine "Natural Transition" which has many green burial, and more intimate ways for families and friends of the dearly departed.
I like the idea of "Urban Death Project." Sure there will be obstacles, but it is a giant step toward improvement. Because currently, when someone dies, people have little alternative, because of legal issues and what is available.
Hello, Permies! I love this web site and Paul Wheaton for creating it and all those who contribute. I have learned many things already from reading posts. It's great to hear about folks who are living sustainably.
I have 2.25 acres in West Texas, but since my husband passed away, I need lots of help. It's certainly not off the grid, grow all my own food, etc. But I would like to make it somewhat sustainable.
If I could find maybe a retired man or a couple who know how basic home and yard maintenance that would be great. If anyone is interested we would have to work out the details.
I would be open to moving to a community if I could find a suitable one, but I am 62 years old. I have been here for many years. Also I have 3 large dogs that would have to move with me.
Hi, Andrea! I am interested in joining a community and would be glad to contribute what I can. North Carolina is one place I wouldn't mind living. I have a small place near Amarillo, Tx that I need help with and I would like to have people who are "permies" and spiritual. However, I only have two acres and this is not a the most beautiful landscape, but I believe I could have a small community here...
Anyway, let me know if you have formed a community where you are.
Hey there! I am near Amarillo, Tx! I love the permies web site, and I'm excited to see someone in these parts wanting to a start sustainable living project. I just have 2.5 acres between Amarillo and Canyon but since my husband passed away I have been needing lots of help. I believe that with a few people, or maybe just one good handyman, I could grow some veggies, herb, chickens; and it is very quiet and peaceful-well not as peaceful as where you are James! Keep up the good work! Barbara