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  • Tom Maybrier

    Great photos. I see so much work in living like this but the silence must be glorious.

    • Angela Holtzen

      yes but you have no day job, or currency, your work is just daily living and survival. :) Healthy mind, soul, and body. This is how we all used to live before money and materials took over our lives. I love hiking ...for the silence, just sitting in a forest, clearing your mind, and just listening, it really is rejuvenating.

  • Todd Tyrtle

    We lived off-grid for two years in this yurt when our son was a baby. We both wanted to be at-home parents and the easiest way to do that was to redurce our expenses to near zero. We made a little money doing computer repair (on site) and web design (we had a friend who would let us charge up laptop batteries at their house). Sometimes this would give us money, sometimes we would take barter. We worked for everything from fresh caught catfish to a summer's worth of fresh veggies to a custom curved kitchen for the yurt.

    My mother in law had a tipi a little ways down the path from us that she stayed in fairly often. (She lived about 15 miles away on another off-grid land with several other women).

    It was a great way to live and I'm really glad we did it. It made such a difference to us as a family At the same time, it was very isolating. Any time we wanted to see other people it had to be planned and any friends with kids were about an hour away. Eventually we moved to a tiny house in the nearby town (it was still cheap enough we didn't have to work: $190/month!). After a while, though, the web design business faltered as the market got saturated with designers. I took a short consulting job back in my industry. Eventually, though, it led us to a job that enabled us to immigrate to Toronto. City life, though really different from yurt life, really suits us. So much diversity (not a lot of that in the bible belt, let me tell you), the ability to live car free, and so many people. We love it.

    (I did look a bit different back in those days, though, eh?)

    • Angela Holtzen

      So awesome! I would love to live in a self sustained community one day. That looks like a very rewarding and soul feeding journey for you both. :)Thanks for sharing those pictures!

  • Sasha Martin

    What an interesting life! I'm constantly tempted to live more like this... I think a tech-free vacation would be an awesome start - and of course the continual challenge of simplifying!

    • Angela Holtzen

      Yeah you can start with things like no TV for a week, or no social media for the week. It's amazing how much I get done with no T.V. Ill take social media breaks too. Gets you back into the "real".

      • Sasha Martin

        We don't have a TV, but do allow for Netflix (no more than 1 show a day... my daughter gets 1-2 shows a month- she's five). I'd be interested in hearing more about your social media breaks... I'm not sure how to do that ... it seems like everything is dinging and beeping and calling my attention (especially since my job is "online" as a blogger).

        • Angela Holtzen

          I have two girls as well, 7. We watch movies here and there but I feel like that is better than media driven cable, so it's similar to what you do, I feel cartoons offer imagination, as long as it's not a constant, my kids prefer to play outside in the sticks and mud. I am a photographer and yes, social media plays a role in business, I have the luxury though of being able to jump off for a week or a couple days at least. Maybe just take a couple hours a day, or every other day, and put your phone(and computer, ipad, haha) away and spend some quality time with your kid. I feel like so many parents take their kids to the park or somewhere to just stare at their phone while their kids play. We are gonna turn around and our kids are going to be 18 out of our day to day lives. I feel like so much connection is being lost from parent to child with this constant ignoring, and if they are bothered by their kid they hand them an ipad. I feel like you are more of the conscious parents so keep it up :) Also FYI talking on a cell phone is equivalent to sticking your head in the microwave. All these electrical devices are so bad for our bodies frequency so get outside and walk barefoot on the grass each day if you can, daughter too.