Julia and I stayed in an Earthship in Taos, NM over Valentine's Weekend. We had an amazing weekend getaway together, and appreciated the simple, tech-free, stress-free, clock-free relaxation provided by off-grid living in the middle of a beautiful landscape.
An Earthship is a minimal-energy home built into the ground and oriented for passive solar heating & cooling:
This stay has revitalized my desires to pursue an off-grid lfestyle. It's expanded my range of interest well beyond Shipping Containers (Cargotecture), as there many options for successfully designing and building sustainable structures using recycled/repurposed/minimalist building methods.
Dan Richfield funded and built the very Earthship that we stayed in. He and his team at Off The Grid Build document the entire build of this structure via their YouTube Channel. These videos have been a great resource for me to see more of the nitty-gritty of building your own home. Oh ya, you can stay in this Earthship Studio ,too! Here's the Air BNB listing.
Below are off-grid communities that have been developed on the principles of low-impact, sustainably built, and simple-living:
Have you seen other examples of pioneer building communities that promote off-grid living and enable tourists and enthusiasts to partake??