Off-Grid Self-Sustainable Living
Our Off-Grid Self-Sustainable Living Boot Camp Program offers participants the opportunity to experience life in the most aggressive sustainable environment that maintains none of the conveniences provided by access to electricity, municipal services, modern technology or other sustainable products that can be purchased from grid-based manufacturers and vendors. Due to our location and social necessities, this program does maintains access to the municipal sewer system, however, every other necessity is replaced with sustainable practices and solutions that are based exclusively on the use of available natural resources and only a basic set of modern tools.
The general living conditions under this program might resemble life as a homesteader or in any native culture before access to electricity and modern technology. Throughout this program, attendees will participate in a variety of individual and group activities that match their physical and experiential capabilities. Attendees operate as part of a team, under the guidance of SLA staff members, to perform activities that ensure long-term sustainable success. In addition to daily work assignments, participants attend regular classes and discussions that pertain to the knowledge needed to live and operate in this boot camp environment.
This program includes oversight and observation by SLA staff members to provide guidance and instruction as needed for general operation, activities coordination, work assignment scheduling, construction, upkeep and maintenance, and to ensure the safety and security of the environment and all participants. This may including coordination of planning, development, leadership and sustainable solution meetings to expand or replace any existing sustainable practices. Program activities and responsibilities are delegated to those who show aptitude and interest.
Boot Camp Program 3
Food production consists of raised bed gardening using natural resources with livestock for fertilizer and grounds maintenance only. The diet consists of organic raw vegan with fruits and vegetables along with any dried goods. Work assignments may include: gardening, livestock care, meal preparation (harvesting, washing, cutting, chopping, dehydrating, and mixing), composting and cleanup.
Housing is constructed from a combination of log, adobe, cob, mud and other natural materials utilizing a modular design that further promotes teamwork and a collective lifestyle through space and resource sharing. Work assignments may include: planning and construction of housing modules, meal preparation, fabrication and other activities that support transition to greater self-sufficiency.
Designated sleeping areas contain bunk-beds that are hand-made and custom assembled from materials found in nature with separate areas for single attendees and couples or families with small children. Minimal storage is provided primarily for clothes and a few personal items. Work assignments may include wood frame bed assembly, linen fabrication, laundry and general cleaning.
Power is primarily in the form of human labor with some mechanical energy generated by wind and water and other hand-made apparatus. There is no access to electricity in this program. Passive solar is used for warm water and food dehydrators with some cooling alternatives. Work assignments may include: erecting and maintaining natural power generators and daily physical activities.
Drinking water consists of filtered and re-mineralized well water. Showers use filtered well water with rain and unfiltered well water for plants and animals. Warm water is produced with passive solar with water pressure and pumping generated by gravity, wind or human power. Work assignments may include: water filter design and cleaning, plumbing, irrigation, storage and transportation activities.
Technology access is completely prohibited and attendees must leave or relinquish all phones, tablets, computers and cameras before entering the program. Any emergencies are relayed through the head office. As needed, a computer with internet can be accessed for researching sustainable solutions only. This program has no other access to electricity or electronic devices.
Artisan activities primarily involve fabrication of daily necessities with arts, crafts, music and entertainment as time permits. This may include making products that replace all household and store bought items such as soap, paper, dishes, tools and alternative health remedies. Musical instruments are hand-made from natural materials. Attendees are encouraged to participate in group entertainment.