Communes to Run Away to and Live a Natural Life

Trista - November 23, 2021
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Lammas Ecovillage, Wales

Named as one of the top 10 best eco-homes in the United Kingdom by The Guardian, the Lammas EcoVillage remains one of the best options on the list for those who want to live off the grid and still have a sense of a close-knit community. Everything in this eco-village centers around what is best for the group and how each individual could help the other obtain a self-sufficient life. It is a collective of smallholdings and other eco-dwellings in the Preseli Hills in Wales.

Residents are able to explore alternative models to living on the land, which goes well with the Welsh governmental policy. Smallholdings combine old-school and traditional farming methods and building techniques with innovative environmental design and green technology to create a sustainable living model. You can go on a tour, take courses, and partake in the volunteer opportunities available. Lammas EcoVillage aspires to demonstrate the alternative teachings that are modern and adaptable. Residents come from all walks of life to this area. The plots come with their own house, covered growing area, barn, and working space.

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The Konohana Family in Japan

Although they are half a world apart, the Konohana Family in Japan has a similar setup to the Lammas EcoVillage. It focuses on the community and thrives on everyone working together to achieve the off-the-grid and sustainable lifestyle. Starting two decades ago, the land began with the purchase of 40 acres of land. There are approximately 80 members in this self-made family today who cooperate in every way of life.

The village is as spiritual as it is functional. More than 200 types of fruits and vegetables are grown here, and they also raise free-range chickens and eggs as well as honey. They only purchase sugar, salt, and a few spices; everything else is grown or made within the property. The purpose of the Konohana family is to establish a community where people can live in harmony by following the law of the universe, and each person brings their own talents to the table.

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Kovcheg Village, Russia

Sure, you probably envision Russia as a cold country with not much in the way of natural living resources. However, in 2001, Kovcheg Village was started by four families who leased nearly 300 acres of land from the Russian government. It was located 87 southwest of Moscow. The neighborhood has now grown to include 40 families with 120 individuals total. There have been 15 children who were born inside the village. Residents vow to keep an environmentally friendly lifestyle by caring for the land that surrounds the town and protecting the nearby forests from illegal logging.

This trend was the start of something new in Russia. The government has since launched a new program that gives away parcels of land to residents in the Far East region utterly free of cost. It was a way to boost settlement in the thinly populated areas of the country, and the potential is there. The number of eco-communities in Russia has grown exponentially in the past decade, with people opting to get back to a simpler kind of life.

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Cabo Polonio, Uruguay

If you are looking for a place with incredible charm, consider Cabo Polonio in Uruguay. There are no roads to this village, and it is located in an area where the government had designated a national park. The fishing village became a part hippie cooperative with 70 houses scattered across the stretches of beach on either side of the residences. The town has no running water or electricity, and also no roads. Only a few generators are used for a shop and a few makeshift bars.

It is easy to see why this village has been known as one of the most unconventional places to live in all of Uruguay, and it can be perfect for anyone wanting to live a natural life. Cabo Polonio residents live a simple kind of life. Everyone cooks by candlelight, and some nights, the locals gather around a bonfire for some communal time. You can retrieve water from any of the nearby water wells or from collecting rainfall. One of the perks of living in Cabo Polonio is a working lighthouse.

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Tinkers Bubble, United Kingdom 

Tinkers Bubble lies on 40 acres in the Somerset region of England. This 40-acre rural eco-village was first established 21 years ago. The off-grid woodland community has nearly 30 acres of trees along with a wood-fired steam-powered sawmill. Tinkers Bubble has a vibrant community that works in pastures, gardens, orchards, and other areas around the region. The residents use environmentally sound methods while they work the land without the use of fossil fuels. They press their own apple juice and cider for sale, grow their own vegetables, and even raise their own chicken and cattle.

Tinkers Bubble is powered through solar and wind electricity, and the community uses spring water on tap and compost toilets. Most people wash their clothes by hand, and life is lived mainly by enjoying the outdoors. Many wildlife is also in the area, including badgers and deer. There are 12 adults and four children living there right now, and the community is open to new live-in members looking for a way to live and earn off the land.

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Freedom Cove, Canada

Figure out how to spend the next phase of your life floating on top of the water. Located on Vancouver Island, Freedom Cove is something, unlike anything you have ever seen. Built by an artist couple named Catherine King and Wayne Adams in 1991, the community floats on top of a lake. So you do not have to worry about where you are going to get your water supply. The residents grow their own food from the greenhouses and can fish in the nearby bay. For power, there is an array of 14 solar panels that came with the original design. The community decided not to replace them and instead worked with a 3,000 watt per day generator to light the on-water residences.

The trend that the couple started thirty years ago has now become part of a trend. The artificial islands are called seasteading. People all over the globe are living off the grid and enjoying the beauty of nature. Freedom Cove also allows for visitors so you can test out the waters literally before you set up your permanent residence. This is not the only Canadian haven for off-the-grid living. Keep reading to discover another amazing place that offers a natural lifestyle to all residents — all 425 of them!

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Lasqueti, Canada

Here is another Canadian village that is perfect for natural living. In fact, Lasqueti is one of the most well-known off-the-grid communities. You can reach it by taking an hour boat ride from Vancouver. The island is home to people who vow to live completely naturally. What type of resources are there? Of course, renewable resources provide the electricity. How? A hydro infrastructure powers it. The residents live in cozy, smaller-sized homes. One resident even concocted a bus that runs on vegetable oil.

Lasqueti has about 425 permanent residents. The island is home to a community that prides itself on taking a simple life back. People come from all walks of life. Many of those who call Lasqueti home are some of the most highly educated individuals on the entire Vancouver providence. That includes poets, artists, professional consultants, musicians, and physicists. There are even loggers, fishermen, commercial agriculturalists, and tree planters. With a group like that, it is easy to see how a village can thrive independently. Thanks to the talents of the residents, everyone can contribute something important to society.

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Vieques, Puerto Rico

This island is known as the Spanish Virgin Islands, and it is home to the brightest bioluminescent bay in the entire world. Vieques can give you the seclusion you want so you can enjoy the slower and more relaxed pace of island life. The island is uncrowded, lush, and beautiful — a sight that is unparalleled to anywhere else in the world. It is also home to the largest wildlife refuge in the Caribbean.

Vieques is famous for its fantastic beaches, and there are plenty of them that range from pure white sands to soft black. The area is renowned for free-roaming horses that live on the island. One interesting fact about Vieques is that the US Navy had used the area as a bombing range site for military training exercises. A large portion of the island remains off-limits with signs that remind you that there could be land mines. Keep reading to see the last two places you would want to live off of the grid. You can assume they are beautiful places, with great climate, natural resources, and affordable living.

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Communes in Florida and Hawaii

You can find a place to call your own that is secluded in the Sunshine State. All you need is a good water source and a working septic system, and you would be just fine left to your own devices. In Florida, you can install whatever your preferred alternative energy source and home addition is. A garden, wind turbine, solar panel system, and other gadgets can be tailored to make your home a place you would be glad to stay in. Rural land is reasonably priced, and several places in the state have an abundance of water and timber. Liberty County is located in the northwestern part of the state, so it is a favorable climate for growing crops. The summers here are not as hot as those in the southern parts of the state. It also contains one of the lowest prices of land and property within the Sunshine State.

But Florida isn’t the only tropical type paradise you can settle in. If you are going to live a natural life, why not select one of the most beautiful places on the planet? The cost of moving to Hawaii may be high, but it could be well worth the trouble. Get your complete independence and live away from the mainland, and you will swear you live on your island. The electric grid in Hawaii does not extend any further than the city limits, so finding your place is practically limitless. Hawaii has nutrient-rich soil, plenty of sunshine, and bountiful rains, perfect for your island homestead. You can grow nearly anything you would desire there. That includes things you can’t grow in the other lower 48 continental US states, even coffee beans. The possibilities can be well worth the start-up costs to live in paradise.

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