OFFER: The use of one GeoStudios dome for one night in a campsite in an off grid area with a natural spring and 50 steps to a river. The campsite is close to a newly built outhouse, there is a fire pit and a propane barbecue available. Plenty of firewood. It's a little rustic. Stay here for $35/night. OR offer your help and you stay for no charge.
REQUEST: We're building an ecovillage in a campground! We seek people who want to help us create a year round off grid getaway. We're looking for people wanting to spend time here and help us create that by sharing their talents. As long as you can share your skills, you can stay at no charge. We’re looking for people who are not only interested in alternate off-grid living but people who are willing to do something to make it a reality.
There is a long list of things to do. Some projects will be broken down into simpler tasks so you can enjoy some free time at the campsite. There may be other people around helping out - extra hands make lighter work! Here is only a beginning list of what we want to make; rock garden, solar shower, outdoor quiet space, compost areas, tree care, deck building for riverfront viewing, creating a beautiful garden space, finding a means of keeping the deer from eating the vegetables, a food forest, a “water ram” to irrigate those gardens, organizing future events and more.
As these sustainable permaculture projects get completed you will get to know the others involved and hopefully want to spend still more time there. There will be "work records" kept and those acquiring “seniority” will get first dibs on time blocks. That’s why it’s wise to get involved now - and really, little to lose if you decide to not to continue. BTW, if you just need quiet time let me know - the rate is presently at $35/night. Presently there is room for two adults and in a pinch, two adults and a child.
By now you may see that the bigger picture is about creating an ecovillage in a campground. And we’re doing it by exchanging people’s efforts for stays in the dome. Lots of work to do!
TO LEARN MORE: I need to know/meet anyone who wants to contribute their special skills to move this to the next level. My philosophy is that we all have something to contribute so if you tell me you don’t have a skill to share I will probably disagree. :)
Call me, we'll have coffee. 403.593.2030.
One life, live it well.
Campground outhouse is now ready and all the paperwork is in place. :) And with that, rental of the campsite dome is a reality. Now you can enjoy off-grid camping without the hassles of towing an RV or the worry of the wind blowing your tent down. Neither rain nor sleet nor hail will hamper your camping experience.
Situated only feet away from the fork of the Waterton and Belly Rivers, the dome is nestled in a tiny patch of wilderness. With a solid reference, I am able to rent this space for only $30 a night. A solid reference is someone in my network, that is, friends and friends of friends. And this price is temporary as improvements are ongoing.
Your interest in site improvement can also be part of this package. (Meaning; I like barter too.) Call me at 403.593.2030.
Are we there yet? Are we any closer to seeing that dome materialize in the form of a central headquarters for creating a campsite ecovillage? Are we one step closer to having a critical mass of individuals growing healthy food sustainably at a waterfront location in southern Alberta? Of making year-round off grid living a possibility? Are we closer to making this space available at affordable rates for the GeoStudios network of friends and friends of friends willing to advance the cause? I’m happy to say, YES!
Gilles Leclair is the founder of GeoStudios. Somewhat eccentric, fairly environmentalist, politically aware, he believes the world should have more off-grid communities... many more.