After hiking for twelve hours out of a nineteen hour trek, it was time to watch the sunrise at Dinosaur Ridge. When we first looked out, the mountains were completely covered by clouds, but within an hour the clouds dropped and this was what we saw. It felt like heaven, and you could hear everyone present for this moment screaming and shouting for joy! I’d never seen something so incredible, I had to meditate and have gratitude to have experienced this. Some locals said that they’d never seen the mountains like this, even in their 40+ years of hiking there. (© Ka Ram Shim/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)
so beautiful my god
Source: The Atlantic
The revolution is the creation of new living institutions, new groupings, new social relationships; it is the destruction of privileges and monopolies; it is the new spirit of justice, of brotherhood, of freedom which must renew the whole of social life, raise the moral level and the material conditions of the masses by calling on them to provide, through their direct and conscientious action, for their own futures.
I always wanted to live more ecologically and without having to chase large amounts of money. And I’ve now achieved it. I live in a little wooden cabin I built on a piece of land here in the French Pyrenees. I’m off-grid and live by solar electricity, rainwater harvesting, solar showers, dry toilets… It’s real “low-impact living”.
I got here by WWOOFing. From 1999 to 2005 I lived in a truck (with my then-partner) and was a full-time WWOOFer in France and Spain. We visited a lot of ecovillages, some of which were on the WWOOF list, some of which weren’t. We found them through networks like the Global Ecovillage Network or the Réseau Francais des Ecovillages, and they were generally open to taking visitors like us on a ‘WWOOF-style’ basis.
My partner and I were both very ‘handy’ people for building, carpentry, electricity, plumbing etc, and we carried a lot of tools with us, so our WWOOF hosts often offered us some paid work too. That kept some diesel in the tank and got us through the times when we took a break from WWOOFing.
I never did find an intentional community I wanted to be part of long term, but I ended up here on a small patch of land in the mountains, putting into practice what I’d learned through those six years of WWOOFing. It was a perfect apprenticeship. I can recommend it.
If my way of life appeals to you, feel free to come and visit sometime.