college student looking for intentional community to spend time on

Hey Guys,
I am taking a year off from college next year and I am hoping to spend time living in an off the grid intentional community that survives using primitive skills. (preferably with a group of awesome knowledgeable people that would be willing to share with me there skillsets in exchange for my time and effort in the community) I would love to go abroad (I am currently in the US) but I would be interested in living anywhere. If anyone knows of a person/place they could put me in contact with that would be amazing!!

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let me introduce myself, my name is alena and i live with my husband ( we have been married 6 years),my daughter,violet ( 20) and my two sons daniel (13) and j.p. (11).we live in prairie grove, arkansas on 10 acres; which i am trying desperatly to make self-sufffient.
right now we have 5 horses,40 chickens,4 rabbits,5 chihuahuas and a great dane. (oh yea 3 cats)

38 of the chickens are babies and are just now getting their adult feathers. it looks like they are all gunna make it,raising baby chicks can be a challange---- especially keeping them warm enough.we bought the baby chicks for eggs for us to eat and to sell.
we finally sold a horse the other day and bought a barrel racer to replace her. everyone on the farm has to have a job

two of our rabbits are pregnant and due any day now. i am looking forward to the babies not only are they cute but being dwarf rabbits the should sell quickly.

speaking of selling we have 74 tomato and pepper plant to plant this weekend. some we will keep and can the rest we will sell at the f.
farmers market. well it looks like nothing is getting planted this weekend it hasnt stopped raining all weekend but at least we got the shed up for the goats which we did between rain drops.

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I am wondering if anyone could help me find good resources [on-line, and reccomended books] for learning the basics of living a primitive lifestyle. I am currently looking into moving to the foothills of NC to partake in caring for a piece of land that has streams, a spring, waterfall an acre and a half lake and rolling hills. There is woods and open land. Any advice on making the transition is appreciated as well.

I've been enjoying this blog for a while...

There is an artist, in the UK, who has this amazing little moving house that she and her partner built. they travel around England selling her paintings and art. They roam mostly the country side and live in meadows and woods. Her blog is beautifully written and she often posts photos of their travels and her art. Its also really interesting to read about how they get along without running water, showers, and with a wood stove.
I enjoy her blog so much, I figured some of you might too so I'm passing it along.
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Intro post and some tidbits!

Hello! I just joined and already I love this community! A little background on me:
I'm a recent college graduate, my major was outdoor recreation. I've been riding horses since I was 7 and rock climbing since I was 14. I've been in love with the outdoors my entire life (thanks to my parents) and have wanted to live in a tipi (or yurt, or hut, or cabin) in the woods since I can remember. I bought a horse when I was 12 (yes, I bought it, not my parents) and can't imagine a life that can't include horses.
I spent this summer as a sea kayaking guide on the NC coast. I lead groups of 10-16 adults and teenagers island hopping. we took everything we needed with us and paddled from island to island. I slept on a beach every night and paddled to a new destination every day. Now I'm back in "the real world" and poor, and really missing that lifestyle. For now, my boyfriend and I are stuck in the city I went to school in until our lease ends in December. we haven't figured out what we'll do after that.
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I wanted to share a link with anyone in the southeast looking for a wilderness/alternative living retreat. My parent's friend is Eustace Conway and he started Turtle Island Preserve. My first memories of him are from when I was probably 5 or 6, sitting with him in his tipi talking about the Native American way of life. He and my parents met back in the 70's. He was alternating between living in his tipi in his friend's backyards and eating roadkill/dumpster diving and living in the woods killing his own food and making his own clothes. People started noticing him and eventually he was interviewed on the radio and then wrote a book. I think the sales from the book allowed him to start Turtle Island. He has various workshops and things that connect us with our ancestral roots, and re-teach us the old ways of living off the land. I've been up there to visit and its quite beautiful, set deep in the mountains of North Carolina in the Boone/Blowing Rock area.

There is this awesome show on PBS (at least in North Carolina) called Folk Ways. During each episode, they interview someone in North Carolina who has a folk craft, trade or skill. They film a woman carding, spinning and dying wool, Eustace at Turtle Island, and one on a camp you can attend to learn primitive survival skills in a communal setting. I haven't seen every episode, just enough to know its a good series. I also have a couple of DVDs with 4 episodes on them my dad burned for me, if anyone wants copies.
Oh, here is a link to a list of episodes:

You can download the entire video, but you need a real player to watch it. My favorite so far is Earth Skills, and its one of the more relevant episodes for this community.
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primitive living

 We live in Aotearoa NZ, We are still lighting fires to heat our water and have alot of' ' Wildfoods' meals that are just normal to us. Including delicious dried eel. Watercress cooked with wild pork. Venison,( there is no season here they are considered a pest!) Crayfish ,which I think are known overseas as New Zealand rock lobster.  We eat alot of homemade bread, Usually with alot of Porridge (Oatmeal) soaked in water then mixed in before baking. We collect Puha (milk thistle) to eat, that is really good cooked with some fat meat and served with cold potatos. I grow purple maori potatos which have the name of tutai kuri. Kuri means dog and tutai means "shit" and that is exactly what they look like.  I am not joking !!
We always have in the pantry a bucket of muttonbirds. These are the young of seabirds that are collected from burrows and cleaned and salted for storage. they last for two years but some people like the taste of older ones where the fat has started to taste rancid (BLURK) They used to be packed into seaweed bags made from bull kelp and wrapped in bark from totara trees. Now they are harvested by only people with historic family rights to the islands off shore and packed into buckets. We cook these and our children won't eat them! 
We spent part of last winter at our bach which has no water or electricity, It is a small house with no plumbing  (read outside toilet )near the beach and we cooked all our meals on the fire and ate alot of smoked fish and vegetables which had self seeded in a neighbours garden.( swiss chard etc) Our kids loved the baths in front of the fire from a basin and the hardest part was carting water for drinking and washing clothes but we were all so happy. The kids were also filthy but in winter they didnt get sick at all.
My parents brought me up at that same bach, (later having electricity and running water). We ate mostly what we grew and sliced bread was a rare treat until we started school.  They were not hippys but my Dad is a Maori and that was how they lived. They just did not live in a world of consumerism with endless shopping. When I read this page I thought Oh this sounds like us and had never realised that people in other countrys wanted to live this way. Sorry for rambling on, first post and all that, nice to read your postings.
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Vintage Primitive Living Text For Sale

Hi, all. I wanted to see if anyone is interested in this weird book I have. It's called "How to Go Live in the Woods For $10 a Week" by Bradford Angier. It was written in 1959 about survivalism in the woods of Alaska, and although the prices have inflated & the setting is unique, the advice in the book is startlingly useful & relevant. It's listed on Ebay if you're interested, Item number: 280316977075.

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[Pimping] Peat Moors Visitor Centre to be axed

On the 4th of Feb 2009 the Executive Committee of Somerset County Council resolved to close the Peat Moors Centre at the end of October 2009. The decision is due to be ratified by the full council on 18th February.

The Peat Moors Centre is a renowned 'hands-on' archaeology centre. An area like Glastonbury which is renowned for its prehistoric spiritual connections needs to keep its only attraction that showcases who their ancient inhabitants really were.
While I've never been there, it doesn't look like the kinda place that should be getting closed down any time soon.

Link to the page; scroll down to the bottom of the page to read the comments.

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Living off the Land in Maine

Hello everybody!

I just wanted to share a link with anyone in the Northeast who's looking for a wilderness retreat or perhaps ultimately  living a different lifestyle.

Here is an excerpt I copied from their webpage:

"Mission Statement

To teach people the ancient ways of living with the earth so they may hold a renewed perspective of love for all things and move forward with knowledge of both the past and present to freely choose their life's purpose.

Earthways, The Place: Our school is located in the idyllic setting of north central Maine on 200 acres of forest and farm fields, with streams and a secluded pond in a cedar grove. Here, time has stopped its fast pace. We live what we teach, growing our food organically, getting electricity from the sun and composting humanure. Our village is made up of a hogan, teaching lodge, workshop and several earth lodges. These lodges are ancient structures that have been used by indigenous peoples from around the world. Through the architecture is traditional we have crossed into the modern world by adding wood floors, windows, and wood burning stoves. These simple lodges are nestled in a stand of locust trees on the edge of a field, with plenty of surrounding woods to explore. Embraced by the beauty of the natural world, our students have ample opportunities for nature walks, wildlife observation, and to participate in the life of a subsistence farm. Please contact us for information on lodge rentals and retreats."

I went for a weekend last month and it was a great experience.  I'm planning on moving there next spring and perhaps living for a year or however long I'm led to! The guide, friend, teacher, founder of Earthways, is a wonderful man named Ray Reitze.  One look at his eyes and you begin to feel peace rise within you.  I encourage anyone interested to take a look. 

Thanks for reading!

~Follow your heart

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