Communes to Run Away to and Live a Natural Life

Trista - November 23, 2021

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!


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.


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.


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.