Orion Tep

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since Sep 26, 2016
      I am soon to be 25 as of December, 2016. I have been passionately pursuing permaculture and sustaibility for the past several years. While working primarily construction jobs to fund my way of life, I have been traveling around the PNW visiting farms, off-grid communities, permaculture focused groups, and alternative living situations.
       My focus has been learning as much as I can daily while healing and helping people and the Earth, living as low impact as possible. For the past several years, as I gained experience and skill in several areas, I investedy money in the tools of the trades, as well as my personal health and education, and eventually land.
       I recently acquired my first piece of land, a shy five acres where I have been observing the land for the past 9 months and meditating on it's design and my methods of stewardship. I will soon begin manifesting the growing vision. I have most of the tools and skills to start several businesses, including construction, landscaping, tree service work, a plant nursery, and a farm/CSA. With ideas for many more.
       My vision is to eventually live in a way that has a positive overall effect on the Earth, my community, and all of life around me while creating and providing housing, organic food, meaningful employment that pays a living wage and has a positive impact, and educational and learning opportunities...... Maybe......... just maybe...... so much more.
      I am interested in meeting and connected with others who are interested and ready to manifest these changes and support each other.
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     I have been single for most of 4 years, entirely focused on my homestead and work. I'll be 29 at the end of the month. My work has finally got me to a place where I can afford to focus a bit more elsewhere.  More than anything else I can think of, I want to find Her.
     I am looking for someone to really be a team, the real deal. I could write  a novel about myself, so I will save that for us getting to know each other.  One of my female teachers/mentors asked me to create a list of all the things I have admired and been attracted to in women down to fine details. I am not looking for community comments or feedback thanks. I am just looking for "Her", so if you know a woman like this, by all means, introduce us, otherwise I wish you well, good day. lol I am well aware that this would be one hell of a woman, and I know there are many such women out there. I believe the universe is creating them as I type.        I don't care where she is. In the U.S. would be ideal, I'd go anywhere for the right woman, and the right woman might go anywhere with me. I am currently managing farm projects in Washington and Texas. If I have to go to Africa or China to find her, I will.

Things I admire and appreciate in woman I have been attracted to.

Physically: The longer and fuller her hair seems to generally be more attractive. Semi-athletic/fit build. Can be bigger boned, if all the extra is in the thighs and proportioned well. Softball sized, firm breasts or very slightly smaller. Heart shaped faces often catch my eyes. Proper posture.

Well groomed and clean. Nice teeth. Her skin is soft and smooth.

Artistically: She is creative and crafty. She loves to sing and has a rich voice. She dances and her movements are seduction.  She draws and imagines. She has a wild imagination. Her life itself is art. She likes to read and maybe write.

Her spirit: She is wild by nature with a calm soothing accentuation. She is gentle and kind, yet fiercely loyal and protective of those she loves. She is brave and strong, yet can be soft and fragile.
She is passionate and regal, but reserved, humble, unassuming, and earthly. (Comfortable with dirt on her bare feet)

Her eyes dance with curiosity and play or with a deep and somber, penetrating gaze, but always with unmistakable depth and intelligence. She lives fully alive with her whole heart in everything she does.

Habits & mannerisms: She is honest. She looks for and finds the best in everything and everyone. She radiates calm, harmonious energy in others and inspires them to thier best.
She balances frugality and conservation with style, quality, elegance, and celebration in life.
She is kind, compassionate, and forgiving, rather than harsh, rigid, and judging. She makes the best of tough situations with an uplifting spirit. She is nurturing and nourishing to her family and community. She experiences life more than thinking or judging it.

Values and preferences: She eats cleanly. She prefers the company of a close few to the attention of groups. She lives, with intention and meaning. To her, there is sacredness in all things. In all words, movement, and intentions, she conducts herself accordingly with grace and poise. She values love and comfort and happiness over material wealth. She prefers the country to the city and carefully cultivates her community and is uninterested in social media and technology. She has a detachment from the "modern world" and a yearning to build anew.

Intimately: her touch is gentle and full of concious tenderness. For those she is close to, she is full of teasing and play. Her laughter and vibration is like music.
She has a propensity towards devotion to one person.
   
Words that may describe her: Witch, enchantress, goddess, mother (unrealized)

For Her, I work each day to become my best in every way. I would build a home with and for her, and plant a utopian food forest around her filled with flowers and fruit, and a community would grow and flourish around us ......
3 weeks ago
It isn't particularly important whether it is exactly 500sf. It's a general number to create a general footprint. We would absolutely not under any circumstances take more than a 650sf footprint (local codes, etc) so 500 is a nice safe number to plan with. I didn't see your "signature below", but I have looked at the rainwater catchment thread.
I am almost feeling like the slow person in the room that didn't realize this is kind of what everyone is currently working on? But I am sure many people have already perfected it for themselves....?
Anyway, I'm working on it. Thanks for the interest!
1 month ago
cob
Spring is always a good time for help.
1 month ago
We are finally paying off my first little 5 acres! I have been making payments for nearly 5 years, and I began, clearing and living here two years ago.

There is now a rapidly expanding orchard and next year we should have some real crops producing. Maybe at market in two years.

This place is still just beginning and lacking in comforts and infrastructure. I am looking for someone who want so come live/work off-grid. In addition to all organic food being provided and living here at no cost, we can negotiate a salary for you, (as long as you are working and getting things done), I imagine the low end of a monthly salary being 800$. Could be more, and there are lots of opportunities to generate extra income here. Basically, the more you work, the more you make!

Opportunities to learn are infinite! Everything from, organic, biodynamic, natural farming, permaculture, reindiginizing, orchard/food forest planting, to keeping and raising chickens, conventional framing/building, round wood building, felling trees, hugelkulture projects, treehouses hopefully beginning next year, potential for hunting, and all that goes with that. Striving for sustainability! Endless possibilities.
1 month ago
I kind of wish the permies site had a job posting forum link. Not only do I want and need help, I'm willing to pay the right people to come help. Is there a place for that, and I missed it?
I went from car living by Riversides, community/farm hopping, and working construction, landscape, and tree service, to boot strapping my first piece of land, 5 acres at 24 years old.
I spent two years observing and really tuning in to the land. Over the last two years I began building a large community firepit that will host a stonehenge around it eventually. Bordering the final edge of the fire pit is a hugelkulture, three terraced berm/ring being built 6-7 ft high, 12-15 ft wide. Outside diameter of hugelkulture ring is 90ft. Inside, an orchard has been planted in Sacred geometric pattern.
Currently preparing for the next 50 fruit and nut tree plantings. My problem is that I do all this 99% alone. One obstacle is that there is so little infrastructure, it is uncomfortable and not enticing to most. With a little help infrastructure would happen a lot faster.
Many who visit with interest, are visibly disappointed that there aren't more people here. If any of them just stayed a week or two, there would be more people.
I have been consumed by my work and projects and single for most of the past 5 years, I'll be 29 next month. I've posted on the singles section here a few times over the years, no luck. Finding my match in a woman would be a world changer.
I have been hired professionally to help someone else build thier homestead as well. They have some funds, and I now need to assemble teams competent to build villages and food forests from scratch Offgrid in America.
I own a tree service company and a construction/landscape company.
I need a combination of productive, aspiring novices, and some competent professionals in shorter term capacities.
Additionally, I need to invest in rounding out my skill set more with cob, adobe, rammed earth, and Wafiti building. Rocket ovens, stoves and mass heaters, and creating contained functional buildings that catch, store, and filter rainwater, connect it to a cob/rocket oven, and feed it back inside to a sink.
I'd also like to participate in a "professional" living roof build. My ideal home has been Wafiti style for many years.the land I own is very wet and makes it unrealistic.

The Sanctuary, (my land) is near Tacoma Wa
The 2nd site I am managing is near Austin, Texas.

I have gone from sleeping and living mostly off-grid outside of work and doing laundry in the city to now flying between Austin and Seattle monthly. I am loving my job and life. I am building the world I want to live in.


So here I am, one man. 29 years old, kicking ass, but growing old, building teams, building a future, building myself.
1 month ago
Hey Everyone,
   I actually have a lot on my mind and to express to this amazing think-tank, and I am trying to get it out there as efficiently and effectively as possible.
   (I have "bootstrapped" my entire life, and have been learning as I go)

    I  am trying to create amazing places to heal the world. I want to get a 4-500sf kitchen designed, that captures and filters and stores the rain water and that somehow connects to a rocket cob oven? With cob wall on north side.  Inside, which would heat water to flow at a sink where dishes can be washed after meal

 To introduce myself, (it's relevant to topic) my name is Orion. I will be 29 next month. I have been interested and studying or practicing permaculture for close to 10 years now. In the past 7, I've gone from homeless to owning 5 acres, starting and building 2 businesses and recently a 3rd, and was recently forced to start another as I have been hired to help another person design and build thier farm! Amazing times...
    Both properties I live and work on are completely off-grid, no running water, or electricity. One property, where I have lived part time for two years has one 180sf cabin. Bare bones with windows and a metal roof.
    I own a tree service company, so I trim and remove trees, and a construction company. I have even worked on 5 treehouses and intend to build some soon.  I am now trying to put together two teams to work on the projects, and both projects will require a community kitchen ASAP.
    The first 2 years at the "Sanctuary" I observed, then began clearing and building a little over two years ago. We have an orchard planted in sacred geometry in the center and are expanding it with another 60 trees right now.
   I am ashamed to say, my infrastructure is seriously lacking and cooking might be done on a propane stove over the coals of a recreational fire ( I get tons of wood owning a tree company). Last year the house burned down after a rushed/emergency and cheap wood stove installment was left unattended to help a neighbor, so the tiny cabin is currently heated with a propane heater.
    I am really striving to always live in a more sacred way. I want to honor and not waste any resources.
   I need the most basic possible model for an ultra efficient/complete kitchen space for a community of up to 12 on 5 acres. It can include small solar.

    When the house burned down I lost everything. 15k to bounce back. Now I want to make sure any fire installations I do are full proof.

I know this community is amazing, and I am open to whatever comes organically.
Potential hopes:

1) "This wheel has already been invented. Her you go!"

2)Amazing, insightful/inspiring examples and ideas!

3) Someone who has experience building these exact kind of things and is nomadic is interested in coming and co-creating this, and I can pay them a reasonable amount in addition to hosting them!

4) I am interested in workshop/hands on cob building, rocket design ovens stoves, etc.( I am aware of paul's upcoming jubilee learning thing.... I am interested and trying to see if I can budget the ticket and trip and my personal expenses.)

4.5) I do really need to learn these skills.

5) Tips, pointers, and guidance beyond the kitchen.

6) Maybe a few of us create this, and it becomes a new model!?

  Very wet here can't Wafiti. My friend who I am helping is in Texas and Wafiti and earth/cob/adobe is the plan there.
   
           Thanks Everyone!!!
1 month ago
cob
Hey Everyone,
   I actually have a lot on my mind and to express to this amazing think-tank, and I am trying to get it out there as efficiently and effectively as possible.
   (I have "bootstrapped" my entire life, and have been learning as I go)

    I  am trying to create amazing places to heal the world. I want to get a 4-500sf kitchen designed, that captures and filters and stores the rain water and that somehow connects to a rocket cob oven? With cob wall on north side.  Inside, which would heat water to flow at a sink where dishes can be washed after meal

 To introduce myself, (it's relevant to topic) my name is Orion. I will be 29 next month. I have been interested and studying or practicing permaculture for close to 10 years now. In the past 7, I've gone from homeless to owning 5 acres, starting and building 2 businesses and recently a 3rd, and was recently forced to start another as I have been hired to help another person design and build thier farm! Amazing times...
    Both properties I live and work on are completely off-grid, no running water, or electricity. One property, where I have lived part time for two years has one 180sf cabin. Bare bones with windows and a metal roof.
    I own a tree service company, so I trim and remove trees, and a construction company. I have even worked on 5 treehouses and intend to build some soon.  I am now trying to put together two teams to work on the projects, and both projects will require a community kitchen ASAP.
    The first 2 years at the "Sanctuary" I observed, then began clearing and building a little over two years ago. We have an orchard planted in sacred geometry in the center and are expanding it with another 60 trees right now.
   I am ashamed to say, my infrastructure is seriously lacking and cooking might be done on a propane stove over the coals of a recreational fire ( I get tons of wood owning a tree company). Last year the house burned down after a rushed/emergency and cheap wood stove installment was left unattended to help a neighbor, so the tiny cabin is currently heated with a propane heater.
    I am really striving to always live in a more sacred way. I want to honor and not waste any resources.
   I need the most basic possible model for an ultra efficient/complete kitchen space for a community of up to 12 on 5 acres. It can include small solar.

    When the house burned down I lost everything. 15k to bounce back. Now I want to make sure any fire installations I do are full proof.

I know this community is amazing, and I am open to whatever comes organically.
Potential hopes:

1) "This wheel has already been invented. Her you go!"

2)Amazing, insightful/inspiring examples and ideas!

3) Someone who has experience building these exact kind of things and is nomadic is interested in coming and co-creating this, and I can pay them a reasonable amount in addition to hosting them!

4) I am interested in workshop/hands on cob building, rocket design ovens stoves, etc.( I am aware of paul's upcoming jubilee learning thing.... I am interested and trying to see if I can budget the ticket and trip and my personal expenses.)

4.5) I do really need to learn these skills.

5) Tips, pointers, and guidance beyond the kitchen.

  Pics are of my recently emergency rebuilt tiny house/shack under construction. 50+% recycled materials.  Please don't judge. There is a root cellar being excavated below. Could have rocket heater there as well. Future buildings (other than kitchen) will be in the trees, or built into the Earth and cob on the North. Very wet here can't Wafiti. My friend who I am helping is in Texas and Wafiti and earth/cob/adobe is the plan there.
   
           Thanks Everyone!!!
1 month ago
I'll be interested in ticket price.
1 month ago
    I have 5 acres in Washington, where a sacred space is being built to restore balance and harmony between people and wildlife.
    Additionally, I have been hired to create a similar space in Texas. My life and time are now divided 2 weeks a month between the two.
    Before I took on the Texas project, I ran  landscape, construction, and tree service companies, in addition to building the Sanctuary/farm, and preparing to launch a botanicals line, and had a mind to open a local restaurant, if I found the right Co/owner.
    I, like many have been dreaming and searching for the right community. I do have an incredible community worldwide, but not such an intimate one that I can co-habit a couple acres together in happiness and harmony. Inevitably that means I have more growing to do and social skills to obtain and more seeking and patience.
    Additionally I have been single and romantically alone for most of 5 years. Now I see it effecting my professional life and other areas of my life adversely. For example, when interviewing potential tribemates or employees, I'm looking for "Her". I have posted in the singles section for years. Nothing that quite fit the bill yet.
    I feel my life will be much more complete, and my business and missions ever more successful and "professional" or ethical, when I find my partner.
    If I could find like minds, I would like to see a true village at the Sanctuary. At the property in Texas, there is an opportunity for a few people to make a living, living on site and building a food forest/off-grid village infrastructure. The only equity we have there is our salary, and what organically evolves in the social dimensions.
    But this IS AN OPPORTUNITY, to build tribe and community that might be semi-nomadic and travel around building food forests, restoring eco-systems, and building villages. I am also willing to pay for competent help at the Sanctuary in Washington. I do also accept interns/apprentices.
    I am not perfect. I will be 29 years old next month. I am "binary" in my sexuality. Meaning I was born a man and am attracted to women who were born as women. I have spent over 5 years living, working, and dancing in very lgbtq poly communities, and I'm not into it. No offense.
    I am very open to thoughts, feedback, visit requests, intern/apprentices, job applications, networking, and more.... Thanks for being amazing!
1 month ago
I have had the blessing of my work and home life being all pretty permaculture based and have been successful doing so. I am now being paid to design and build off-grid village retreats with food forests professionally.
I am looking for a team lead for a project in Washington and another in Texas. A lead would live onsite and have all food needs met and receive a weekly salary to assist in managing projects.
Both sites are currently 100% off-grid, no running water, or electricity. Both will have solar within a year, and one will have a well within 6 months.
I am open to thoughts, job applications, ideas, and networking. Thanks
1 month ago