In times of coronavirus we’re all staying at home. Could this be a practice run? For a future of wonderful self-isolation, with views of pastures instead of buildings. With enough time for cooking, yoga and meditating instead of long queues at Starbucks for a cup of joe. With nature peering at you from your every corner, instead of nitrogen dioxide levels worrying our lungs. With our own abundant food forest, permaculture orchard and a perennial herb garden feeding us healthy goodies. With friends coming together to create hubs of creativity, inspired by the ever-lasting muse that is mother nature. With home-office/co-working wifi hubs that keep us connected to the outside world whilst we work on ourselves, our gardens and our relationships.
Is this just utopia? Or can it be actualised? Is this my personal dream? Or a shared consciousness? A tingling lust for freedom in open spaces and natural environments…Did corona do it? Are we finally over city-dwelling virus spreading crowds? Cramped spaces and over-priced polluted nonsense?
Well one can always dream. In the meantime here are some inspirational stories of people who took the leap of faith and are living their off-grid lives in rural dreamlike oases.
*I’d like to note that this article is by no means intended to diminish the severity of the COVID spread. I’ve personally tested positive and have my dad sitting in the hospital, believe me I understand what this virus can do. However, in these quiet times of self-reflection this is what I’ve pondered in my quarantine.
The Punta Mona ecovillage in Costa Rica