As you probably know, I’ve decided I’m ready to walk away from our civilization culture and just be nobody-but-myself:
I’m going to find someplace natural, someplace warm and peaceful, probably near forests and ocean beaches, perhaps build a cabana or a yurt, live mostly off local and home-grown foods, and reconnect with uncivilized life, with my instincts, with my senses and emotions, learn to pay attention, live in now time, play, reflect, explore and learn about the local ecosystem, and just be present. And from that stillness, I’m going to imagine and write about what’s possible.
You’re welcome to come and visit, and stay as long as you like.
This place might evolve into a natural Intentional Community by force of gravity — if enough of you also walk away, and visit, and stay, who knows what is possible?
But where? I’ve identified the following criteria:
Some readers have suggested that if I don’t choose well, civilization and its problems will quickly arrive in the community I live in, and I’ll be back where I started.
I’ve done some preliminary research:
With that very incomplete and subjective data, I put together a preliminary list of ten places, shown on the map above. In no particular order:
The hardest thing for me in compiling this list was excluding some stunningly beautiful places I’ve visited that are just too cold. I could easily come up with twenty places I’ve seen, or would like to see, that would be on this list otherwise. I also reluctantly took some Caribbean islands I’ve visited off the list because they are overpopulated and unsustainable.
What do you think? Does any one stand out for you? Any obvious clunkers? What’s missing I should check out?
And, perhaps the most important question: If you were to walk away from civilization and live a radically simple, natural life, where would you go?